Archie Miller comments on college basketball recruiting scandal, relationship with adidas
Indiana coach Archie Miller spoke for nearly 30 minutes on Thursday afternoon at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall to tipoff the program’s media day and made three separate statements in regards to the recruiting scandal in college basketball.
We have a full transcript of Miller’s comments, with context given before each quote.
Miller’s comments about the topic that were a part of his opening statement:
“I’ll address the college basketball setting, right now, that way I think we can get some things out of the way. I’m as surprised as anyone, just like 99 percent of the basketball world about what is going on. I’ve had very little information other than what you guys have. I’ll probably stay away from commenting on the actual facts. When it comes to Arizona, obviously very prideful there with my family and I’ve been able to talk to Sean only one time very briefly, to add my support. That brings it back to Indiana. Obviously as a staff and myself, we’ve met with Fred (Glass) multiple times and we’ve talked about a lot of things and have no reason to think that Indiana is involved in anything right now. We’re focused on the task, so to speak at hand, of running this program, which was clearly defined on day one as doing things the right the way. With that, we’ll kind of put that to bed.”
On whether the scandal changes how things are working on a day-to-day basis:
“We’re business as usual here, I think in regards to our staff. We’re business as usual. We’re approaching things very similar to how we do things day to day. Everyone is probably taking a step back and is obviously a little reserved or a little guarded, but as you look at your own players and what not, you have to remind them with great urgency to do things the right way and I think they are.”
On what he’s talked about with Fred Glass regarding the scandal and the assurances he’s given Glass and Glass has given him that Indiana has been a clean program:
“Fred and I have discussed things from the first day, our conversation on the telephone. They’ve always been the same. Our relationship with adidas, not only over the course of his tenure, but my short tenure, has been great. We look forward to continuing it. But we have no reason to believe anything else.”