Around the Hall: Reaction from Archie Miller press conference

  • 03/28/2017 9:31 am in

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Rick Bozich of writes that the road to the top for Archie Miller at IU goes through the state:

You didn’t need a translator to understand the people that Miller was speaking to during his introductory press conference. He was speaking to Indiana kids, Indiana coaches and Indiana fans who want Indiana players performing well at Indiana.

Miller’s recruiting philosophy will begin by chasing every Indiana kid that he believes can play in the Big Ten.

Miller even had a phrase for the strategy – Inside/Out.

Start with Indiana prospects. Add kids from Big Ten areas. Chase the national guys that you believe you can sign. Fill in the blanks with international players if necessary.

Eric Crawford of believes Miller was excellent in his introductory press conference:

And on Monday, Indiana introduced its new coach — Archie Miller, from Dayton. He was hailed by many as, you guessed it, a “home run.” He doesn’t quite bring the resume Crean brought. But resumes aren’t everything.

Miller was outstanding in his introductory news conference. He embraced the expectations. He reprised the “inside out” recruiting theme. He talked about leveraging the history. And there’s no doubt he’ll work at it. His work ethic at Dayton has been widely praised.

Miller has a plan. His older brother, Sean, has worked it with successful results at multiple stops.

More than we media types, I tend to listen to recruiting analysts when evaluating a coaching hire. And those guys are Archie Miller fans. Evan Daniels of Scout, for one, called it a “terrific” hire.

Mike DeCourcy writes that Archie Miller is the hype of Hoosier that Indiana needs:

As introductory press conferences go, this was closer to a coaching clinic than a pep rally. That is the man Indiana hired when it chose Archie Miller as its next men’s basketball coach. And that is exactly the man Indiana needs.

Miller spoke for a few minutes after being introduced by athletic director Fred Glass to a standing ovation before a few thousand Hoosiers fans assembled at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. Then he answered media questions for another 20 minutes or so.

Throughout that period, his preternatural intensity made itself obvious to everyone in attendance. He responded to questions directly, firmly without any hint of political bombast.

Zach Osterman of The Indianapolis Star writes that Miller isn’t hiding from IU’s sky-high expectations:

This was Miller’s most basic and resonant pitch to his new fan base Monday. That he has little use for pretense, that he believes in hard-nosed basketball and tough-minded players, that he wants “nasty” defense to be his program’s foundation and that he’s ready to recruit the state “inside out,” prioritizing talent within Indiana’s borders first and foremost.

Mostly, that the Beaver Falls, Pa.-born son of a high school basketball coach, a 5-9 point guard with a scrappy reputation, speaks the language of IU’s blue-collar fan base.

“The state of Indiana,” Miller said, “in many ways, is me. It’s how I grew up. … I’m the son of a coach who sat around all day long with a ball in his hands from about five or six years old, and the only thing that was ever preached to me was you have to outwork everyone.”

Gregg Doyel of The Indianapolis Star to IU fans: Don’t worry, Archie will get to work:

Archie Miller doesn’t assume Indiana will like him just because he’s the new basketball coach. Something for nothing? The world doesn’t work that way, not this part of the world anyway, and Miller knows it. He knows the Midwest. He knows basketball tradition. He knows proud fan bases.

He knows you, Indiana. You hearing me? He knows. Another man might look around Assembly Hall, see those five national championship banners and that giant scoreboard celebrating his arrival, and decide: I did it.

Miller looked around and decided:

I better do it.

“We don’t expect to get anything,” he said Monday, mirroring something he said in various ways about recruiting the state, winning over former players, uniting the fan base, more. “We’re going to have to earn our respect.”

Jeremy Price of The Herald-Times writes that Miller is genuinely off to a good start:

Miller, however, had his game face on for his first public appearance as the Hoosiers’ coach.

Once at the podium, Miller spoke for more than 30 minutes, providing first his own remarks and then answers to questions from the media, somehow winning the press conference without it ever feeling like he was trying to do so.

It didn’t come off as a sales pitch — although in many ways, it was, for the current players seated in the second row, for the future players watching on TV and for the fans both near and far who wanted to see what the new guy was all about.

What they heard was a quiet intensity, a detailed plan and a desire for the university, players and fans to all live up to their individual and collective lofty expectations.

Greg Gottfried of The Indiana Daily Student writes that Miller is already 1-0:

Miller is not here to mess around, and that was evident on day one.

Perhaps the most crucial parts of the event were the small tidbits the media could produce from the new head coach about his on-court vision. This is where Miller seemed to perk up a bit like a gopher poking his head out of a hole.

A running offensive style isn’t a newfangled idea when coaching IU, but his ideas on the other side of the court seem groundbreaking, and something to “take pride in.”

Miller doesn’t simply want his team to play defense.

Miller requires his team to play defense.

Miller sits down with Don Fischer for an interview following the press conference:

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  • sarge

    I can definitely see him as a scout. He has proven to see talent where others don’t.

  • iugradmark

    Listened to the tape of the DD interview today. Couple of pieces of info were interesting to me. First, when asked about the POY from Minnesota that he recruited for Dayton, Archie said he should still go to Dayton. I realize that he cannot say anything about recruiting him since he hasn’t asked for his release yet, but I take it he is not going to make the first move on him.

    Second, the kids that asked to be let out of their LOI from IU do not seem like they have been granted that yet. Archie said it is normal for schools to hold them until the new coach can meet with them. He went on to say that they would be let out if they don’t want to attend IU but my take away is that they are not yet free to talk with other schools.

    Finally, he is not expecting to keep many if any of his assistants from Dayton. They are presently being interviewed by Dayton for his replacement. It sounds like he is proceeding as if he is starting over with new coaches.

    I will follow up on what many said yesterday after the introduction, it is refreshing to have someone talk openly and honestly.

  • Where’d you find the recording? I can’t locate it myself so far…

  • Ole Man

    I think he’ll ask for at least 3 mil.

  • HoosierBballNut

    Now that he is at IU, I think he is going to have access to a better recruiting pool. So I think it will bolster his NBA profile. Also, I wouldn’t mind it at all if we become a Wisconsin-esque program with a bunch of fundamentally sound four year players.
    Note: I am not a fan of the slower pace Wisconsin style of play, but they always seem to be at the top of the Big Ten table, and make decent runs in the tourney. Hopefully we get that and more with CAM !

  • iugradmark

    One more thing of note is that he said he saw the kids that Crean had signed during his recruiting efforts. He said that he was not necessarily recruiting them but did see them play.

  • iugradmark

    I tried to post the link but doubt that it will pass the filters. Go to Twitter and find DD’s feed and scroll down a bit and you will see him advertising the interview. It is on the 1070 the fan website under DD show.

  • John D Murphy

    Yeah. I don’t think he is prioritizing adding players when we are still officially over signed. The four groups of players he (I think) is focusing on are:
    a. Returning players (JM, RJ, JN, FM, DD, DG, TP, Cujo,GG). How would they fit? Are there places they may get playing time (TP)? Do they want to start fresh at IU or somewhere else?
    b. Players who may turn pro (JBJ, OG, TB). What are their chances of landing where they want to be? Would another year help? Hurt?
    c. Potential 5th year (CH). Interest? Health? Fit? Staff?
    d. Signed recruits (AD, JS, CM). How would these guys fit? Do they want to play for him? Are there really 3 scholarship spots?

  • John D Murphy

    DD. Do you mean Dakich? I assumed you mistyped at first. Archie was on the Dan Patrick show this morning as well. I was going to find that tonight.

  • iugradmark

    John, yes Dakich

  • iugradmark

    I guess I am saying that he is doing both because he has to. Just as Crean was looking at adding players to account for NBA and other changes, Archie is doing same. He has already contacted all of the players Crean was recruiting. As I mentioned, he indicated that the players that have asked for release have not yet been granted their releases. He wants to talk to them. I think you have the 3 kids that are going to try and go pro. I think RJ is also a likely leave. I never felt that CH would come back. He has a great education and has had two major injuries and is now working on getting married. I think he is gone. I hope we can hold most of the rest. I think it is possible that some of this year’s Frosh class may try another place as well.

  • Shaggy_C

    You jest, but on the premium forum there was actually a serious discussion about how Priller was being used as a “hatchet man” to purposely injure opposing players. Worth the price of admission people.

  • John D Murphy

    The NBA is way x/o. And compared to the complex rotations of a good NBA defensive team, college zones are child’s play. TC is weak in the x/o and going to work for a guy who isn’t, say Budenholzer in ATL, would benefit his development.

  • Shaggy_C

    He could always redshirt his senior year ?

  • John D Murphy

    For the record, I am in complete agreement except about RJ. My impression is that we’ll have enough guys without oversigning. Based on his comments, he would be more likely to sign transfer who has to sit unless more guys bail. Unless you can get in on a top 100 guy who hasn’t committed – no rush to fill the spot. Save it for 2018.

  • Mark Bando

    yep, i agree with everything you say here. and i can’t wait to see the progress

  • Mark Bando

    i agree with you. but one of my points is about your comment that it “highlighted whatever the coach wanted to highlight”. our new coach would have insisted on a mix of offensive and defensive drills

  • Mark Bando

    i agree. he played with a level of confidence and aggressiveness that impressed me. and yeah, he’s a good defender that will get better

  • John D Murphy

    I also just saw that Chase Jeter is transferring from Duke. Former top 10 prospect will sit a year and have two years left. That might be a guy I would go after before he ends up at Gonzaga.

  • Lance76

    Does anyone know if CH fiance is graduating this year?

  • MarkHoltzHoosier

    Come on now. I love all our guys and appreciate the time and effort they have given our program.

    Their coach, who they are very close with, just got fired and they’re in a very awkward position now. As much as we live to think players commit to a university, we all know it’s not just as simple as that.

    If any of them choose to leave, then I wish them well and nothing but success.

  • The Lights Go Down

    Yeah, I’m sure all of the guys that want to stay will work hard. I noted Priller simply because he’s seemed to be the one that worked harder than the others in some of the games he got into.

    As for DG, he may get some time at point, but I think we could be back on the board for Waters, if he gets his release (unless I’ve missed that in recent news). We need a point guard badly, and I think we have a shot with him since CAM was also a point guard.

  • TomJameson

    Hi sarge, good to “see” you. I think the energy at AH is about to jump off the charts. Could be wrong though, I’ve been doing that a bit lately. 🙂

    I think a little less fluff, and a bit more content for Hoosier Hysteria. Still needs to be a family fun event though, and still have to keep the contests. That said, I can see the desire to entertain the fans, kids, and the recruits.

  • TomJameson

    I think Archie was addressing what he himself was going to do, and wasn’t giving a thought to the former coach. Pretty sure some of those ideas came from Glass’s vision of the program as well, but the inside/out recruiting idea is just a basic idea that needs to be done.

    I’m saying I don’t think Archie is giving any thought to addressing the “deficiencies” in the former coaches approach to anything, instead just laying out what he is going to do.

    In other words, I don’t think Arch gives a rats petunia about what TC did, and just cares about communicating what he’s going to do.

  • TomJameson

    I think DD is still sore about not becoming the IU head coach. Just my opinion, but it seems to color everything about what he says about IU basketball. Didn’t really seem to like TC, and now he’s kind of luke warm about Archie.

    Like I said … just my opinion. Like good investing advice … do your own research. lol

  • marcusgresham

    I think “Bittersweet Symphony” is about as unenthusiastic as anything that could be played prior to tip-off.

  • marcusgresham

    Lou Holtz. No one, NO ONE, made Little Sisters of the Poor out to be the ’73 Dolphins quite like Holtz.

  • marcusgresham

    I was fine with Archie’s performance, I just felt bad for his daughter. Look at her in the background of the picture on one of the other threads–she looks awfully sad. I know he’s excited and I’m sure his wife is excited for him, but all that poor little girl knows is she’s moving away from all of her friends and everything she knows. I know with time she’ll be fine, and if things go like I hope they do she’ll have an entire state eating out of her hand, but right now her whole world is being turned upside-down.

  • marcusgresham

    That’s why almost every year you hear the slimeball in Lexington telling some reporter, “look, we’re the youngest team in the country…..they’re only 18……we are really young…..”
    You created it, jackwad, now quit using it as a crutch.

  • marcusgresham

    They put their pansh on the shame way that we do!

  • marcusgresham

    The only thing Rome ever did I found entertaining or worth my time was get pimp-slapped by Jim Everett.

  • marcusgresham

    What I often see is the move of a guy who grew up playing against inferior players and never learned to give 100%. We have a kid at my old HS who does the same thing. This kid IS usually the fastest one on the floor, but he likes to let people get past him so he can try to reach around and poke the ball out. It works a very small percentage of the time; about as often it’s a foul; other times he just allows himself to get burnt. Blackmon tries that same maneuver.

  • marcusgresham

    If he can pull up at full speed and shoot a three, he can play D. I have a bad knee so I have some understanding of the situation–it’s far more difficult to stop quickly than it is to get it moving. If he couldn’t do either I’d agree with you, but he stops on a dime.

  • marcusgresham

    Dude was afraid of nothing from the moment he set foot on the floor at Hoosier Hysteria.

  • marcusgresham

    Durham’s father says he’s still considering IU and that Miller told him he still wants him here. I assume he’s being honest–I think his name is Al Sr., not LaVar, so I’ll take his word.

  • Logical Lurker

    Saw that as well and was very impressed. Wish Crean and anyone that chooses to transfer the best and will root for them provided they don’t goto PUke or pUKe 🙂 (And I really hope they stay!)

  • AndyCapp

    I was simply responding to Sherron’s remarks about players possibly transferring because of the new coaches emphasis. Whether they signed because of Crean, who did *not* emphasize D, does not make my point less valid. I like the players… but if they can not play as our coach needs them to play then they need to move on… Now!