News and notes from Archie Miller’s radio show

  • 02/23/2018 8:23 am in

Inside IU basketball with Archie Miller was live on Thursday evening at the Holiday Inn in Bloomington for the final time this season. Miller was out recruiting and joined the show briefly via phone, while assistant Bruiser Flint sat with host Don Fischer. Tim Priller was the player guest in the show’s final segment.

Below are news and notes from Flint, Miller and Priller:

· Flint, after Fischer said he had some really good teams while coaching at Drexel: “Not bad. Not good enough to keep my job…We had some good times at Drexel though and made some really good friends.”

· Flint said he spent the year after being let go from Drexel trying to figure out his future. He did some television and radio work, and also went around the country sitting in on around 25 professional and collegiate practices. After that, he decided he wanted to get back into coaching.

· Miller, on Robert Johnson: “(Since my) first day on the job, he hasn’t changed one bit. He’s been all in (done) everything we’ve ever asked. Above and beyond in terms of coachability. He’s turned into a really good leader although a little quiet…Some of our best moments, he’s been a part of…He gave us a chance to be pretty successful in our first year, especially down the stretch.”

· Flint said the Big Ten has the toughest road environments in the country.

· Flint recruited Miller when he was in high school and has known the family for a long time. Near the end of last season, Sean Miller asked Flint if he’d consider joining Archie’s staff. Flint and Archie Miller met during the Final Four to discuss the possibility and Flint later became an assistant.

· Flint, on Bloomington: “I’m a city guy. You know me. I grew up in the city… It’s a great college town. One of the things I will say when I first got here, myself and Archie and (assistant athletic director for basketball administration) Bill Comar were the first three guys to be here for a significant period of time before everybody else. We use to take these tours through campus. And I will say this – the campus is unbelievable. I couldn’t believe how beautiful the campus was. That took me back, so that’s one of the things I’ve enjoyed. But Bloomington has been good. They love their basketball here… It’s been a lot of fun and I’ve enjoyed it. People have really made me feel comfortable here.”

· Flint said that “Archie let’s you coach as a coach. I’ve been in this business for a long time, and sometimes coaches just sit on the sidelines. They don’t say anything. He does a great job of delegating, letting you know ‘this is what I expect out of you. This is what I want you to do.’ So actually, as a coach, it keeps you refreshed, it makes you feel as though you’re a part of what’s going on. I’ve known a lot of guys that have done work at some places where they just sit there and let the coach do what he wants to do. But Archie lets you really get involved, with what the gameplan is about, with what practice is about. So that keeps you fresh.”

· Flint said Miller has a lot of similarities to John Calipari, who Flint was an assistant for at UMass, including “unbelievable organization,” an “intensity about them that doesn’t intimidate,” but also “a kindness about them where you know that they care.”

· Asked if he’s ever coached a player that had a game like Robert Johnson’s against Iowa, Flint said Damion Lee made 10 threes when he was at Drexel.

· Flint, on Justin Smith’s emergence: “He’s getting a better feel for what we’re asking for and what he can do on the floor. When you make the transition from high school to college, people don’t understand that shot when you drove to the basket and dunked, it gets contested. That move you made, it gets contested. Guys are a little bit bigger, a little bit faster, a little bit more athletic than you’re used to playing. Night in and night in. I thought (Smith) got a little tired (leading up to) the Christmas break. I think after (the break), he came back, he was a little bit more refreshed. He also got a better understanding of what he could do out there. Some of the things that he could do in high school he realized he can’t do in college… Now, he’s not making as many mistakes. Because he’s played a lot, he has a better understanding of what he can and cannot do out there.”

· Flint, on how to get the team to play more consistently: “If we knew that, we’d be able to answer a lot of questions. But you never know. You’re dealing with kids also, too. I always laugh because I tell adults who talk about sports, I say, when you’re dealing with kids, you’re going to be consistent. If you’re inconsistent as an adult, you get fired from your job… When you’re with a kid, you’ve gotta stick with them and hope they get better as time goes on.”

· Flint, on if he’d rather play in the afternoon or evening session of the Big Ten tournament, “I’m just glad we’re not playing on that Wednesday. That’s the good thing for us, I guess. I don’t know I just wait for them to put out the itinerary, so I don’t know anything about when we’re leaving or anything like that. I just wait for the email, let me know when I have my bags packed by.”

· Flint, on his role in commit Jake Forrester’s recruitment: “I actually played against his dad in college. His dad played at Temple… We had sort of a relationship going into (the recruitment). Actually, the previous staff had done some pretty decent work with Jake. Knowing his parents, I was able to jump right back into it, but he’s going to be a really good player for us. He plays with a lot of energy, really athletic, 6-foot-9. We need to get some size, and that’s one reason why we like him. But he plays with a lot of energy, I think the people will enjoy him here.”

· Priller, on how he earned his cult status: “I have no idea. My freshman year I went in at the end of the game and hit a three, but it was a little long and hit the backboard, but went in though. I got a steal and after that, I was trending on Twitter and ever since then, it’s just been a thing, I guess. I don’t know.”

· Priller said he chose Indiana because it was his biggest offer. He was thinking about going to the University of Illinois at Chicago but, “then coach Crean called me up and offered me. I was like ‘yeah, I’ll come to Indiana.'”

· Priller on his role with the program: “Everyone wants to play and obviously, I haven’t played that much, but if (scout team) is going to be my role, I’m just going to do whatever I can for the team and try as hard as I can at being a scout player and getting them ready for the games.”

· Priller is majoring in liberal studies with minors in criminology and sociology.

· Priller, on what he does outside of playing basketball: “I sleep. I do homework. And there’s a game called Fortnight… It’s a pretty fun game.”

· Priller said his best friend on the team is Robert Johnson: “We’ve been through a lot of ups and downs. We used to argue all the time, but y’know, that’s just part of building a friendship and stuff.”

· Priller said his worst experience at Indiana was during an offseason workout freshman year. The team was flipping 75-pound logs on a wet field and one slipped out of Yogi Ferrell’s hands and hit him in the head.

Priller added that “Let’s just say the rest of that workout I was pretty dizzy and nauseous.”

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  • mharv2631

    IU nor any player has been implicated in the scandal, but Kentucky, Duke and North Carolina have. Lets keep it that way.

  • iugradmark

    I think we should enjoy Bruiser while he is here. He mentioned several times he is a city guy and I think Bloomington is a bit too small for him and where he enjoys living. I didn’t realize he had recruited Archie and also didn’t realize that Sean had contacted him about working for Archie. Sean has helped Archie get two of his coaches. Nice to have a close family.

  • SCHoosier

    If there is an “All-conference Bench gum chewing team” Bruiser would be a unanimous choice:) I think he brings a lot to the staff and he’s not afraid to get in the players face if need be. I wish Tim Priller good luck where ever he ends up. Good kid..and will always be a Hoosier favorite. Rob- geesh what can you say. He’s the kind of kid you hope your daughter brings home! Rob will make the play for pay circuit some where. Thanks for a huge all out effort during your career Rob!

  • IdahoHoosier

    Have you read the article on MSN about Crean taking the “ultimate gap year”? Good read, and despite flaws the man may have, definitely shows a tireless worker and a guy devoted to basketball and improving. Good read.

  • inLinE6

    It was quite eye-opening. But didn’t answer my question why we failed? Why did we lose to Syracuse? Why did we close out the season on free fall, with NBA talents? And why did we lose so many high-level talents, that we had to offer some kids just to fill out the roster?

  • IdahoHoosier

    That article didn’t set out to answer any of those questions.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    Sorry to get off topic, but I have to bring up the proverbial elephant in the room. Anyone else notice that two of the three schools on romeos list were mentioned in the fbi probe?

  • VAHoosier

    No. Which two?

  • steelhoosier

    In the Syracuse game we appeared to me to be tired, everyone looked slow. Definitely a game we could have won. We never seemed to come up with a plan to attack their zone defense. The in game adjustments just weren’t there, I believe CTC was out coached. Last season they just seemed to be ready to move on. When you decide that you don’t want to play your first round nit game at home something’s wrong. I like the way Archie is handling the scholorship situation for some reason CTC always felt the need to over sign.

  • bpw97214

    I saw Kansas but not Vandy. I’ll assume you’re right.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    Vandy and jerKS, although vandys is just an impermissible dinner or something.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    Involved a former player and a free dinner. So not as big a deal as what went on elsewhere

  • mharv2631

    Will any players be suspended before tournaments? Miles Bridges name was mentioned.

  • N71

    There’s also mention of Romeo making yet another visit to Bloomington, a positive for sure.

  • mharv2631

    Please, please, please!!!

  • N71

    This is cynical but the FBI could put a coach or player in jail tomorrow and the NCAA would put together a committee, have 3 weeks of meetings, and then release a statement that says they are concerned and looking into the matter.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    I think it’s entirely possible. They got caught about as red-handed as possible. So why play if they’re gonna have to vacate wins and pay back money

  • mharv2631

    Kind of my thinking after what just happened to Louisville.

  • Ivan Renko

    sounds a lot like a certain notable IU coach of the past!

  • Lance76

    Arch -you have put into words what Hoosier Nation has been thinking all along. Thanks!

  • coachv

    crean has no idea how to play against a zone

  • coachv

    what coaches do you know and how did you get to know the crean family?

  • coachv

    don’t understand why priller will always be a hoosier favorite? why is that exactly? for being the worst 4 year scholarship player ever? i just don’t get it

  • coachv

    no one here has mentioned this but our very own jared jefferies is on the list. he accepted nearly $5,000 from a sports agent

  • Arch Puddington

    No, I get — and agree with — what you are saying about the culture. But the two parts are connected: NCAA rules that prohibit players from being paid, hiring professional help, accepting endorsements, and all the rest lead more or less directly to the whole underworld of AAU coaches, shoe companies, unscrupulous agents, etc. As far as I’m concerned, the NCAA creates the illicit world in which the culture you are referring to exists.

  • VOXAC30

    Arch I would like to agree with you but the NCAA will modify the rules so teams like Duke, UK, and Michigan State will get a pass. Even after the the DOJ presses charges – I have no faith in the NCAA actually taking action. The North Carolina issue has been going on for years and they still have not acted on anything.

    The NCAA and the NBA caused this problem with the one-and-dones. It kills me a kid who is 18 years old cannot go out and make as much money as they want doing what they have worked years and years to perfect. Let them go to the NBA get the ugly under the table crap out of the college basketball. The college game does not need the best athletes but we do need the best coaches and the craziest fans.

    If I were an elite level developer it would not matter if I had an education or not. I see a lot of really talented kids who do pretty well and haven’t had a thought to get a degree.

  • IUBizmark

    Dude, Priller said RoJo is his best friend?! I laughed pretty hard at that odd couple. Also, getting hit in the head by a log? Amazing. I’ve heard Priller is pretty funny. This definitely got a laugh out of me.

  • Arch Puddington

    You heard it here first: puritanism began with puritans. HA!

  • Arch Puddington

    Not to be all mysterious, but I’ll keep those names and that information private. Nothing I said in this case isn’t widely known anyway, so there really wasn’t any real point in my disclosure. You can of course take what I say with reservations as a result.

  • IUBizmark

    Jared Jeffries was on there.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    Yeah, but PUke fans are having fun with it. Problem is, that report was from 2015.

  • IUBizmark

    Jared Jeffries is on the list to the tune of $4800.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    Amen! Thanks for the great news

  • inCMitrust

    Timing of the loan is the important thing. He maybe got the loan when he was in school or maybe after he was done at IU and before signing his first contract. Kind of funny this agent would keep a loan for that amount on his books for 15 years. I know with some of the recent players they have dates attached and some of the money was lent when they where still playing. I think with one player had money given while playing and more after playing and before signing a contract.

  • MK

    I highly doubt they will have to vacate for 400 bucks to his mom

  • steelhoosier

    Yeah it was hard to watch

  • dwdkc

    This is a good point. A black market will exist when a normal above board supply/demand situation is suppressed, and there certainly is enormous interest and therefore money associated with bigtime College FB and BB. That money will find its way to people who can help create value just as surely as water will flow downhill. All of these other layers you refer to are there to keep it out of sight.

  • dwdkc

    You realize, don’t you, that Jared’s college career ended more than 5 years before this agency was started, and 13 years before the timing of the list? If you’re not a college player, a loan from an agent is not a scandal.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    Sure, but don’t forget Louisville had to pay back the 600k they made from postseason games.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    What really ticks me off is all the schools listed who have been poaching the top talent from Indiana for years. In particular, Louisville and msu. Oh yeah, and Xavier.

    And if iu does walk away from this unscathed, we owe CTC a debt of gratitude. And from some of us, an apology. One could argue these miserable cheaters cost him his job

  • Travis

    Not his fault for being offered that scholarship. I would take it in a heartbeat!

  • IUBizmark

    2015? Where did you see that? That definitely wouldn’t implicate us.

  • Olde Hoosier

    Facts aren’t cynical.

  • eljay

    Worst 4 year scholarship ever?

    Did Pat Knight not have a scholarship?

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    I read it somewhere, pretty well discussed now. Jeffries left in 2002, the place wasn’t open for business until 2007. That list didn’t only contain cheating players. So don’t sweat it biz, we’re good to go

  • inCMitrust

    There is a podcast with David Sisk who covers Vandy for rivalsdotcom and he talks extensively about Romeo. He seems to think it is a two horse race between IU and Vandy. He has talked with Romeo’s dad many times and says he has no indication that they have decided.

  • Arch Puddington

    Not necessarily in contradiction to anything you have said, what happens to Sean Miller from here isn’t clear. His program has come up more than once as part of the FBI investigation, and it isn’t difficult at all to imagine some real trouble for him.Granted, the NCAA has proven time again that it is far better able to deal with small issues (texting) than big ones (systemic academic fraud), so maybe neither Sean Miller nor anyone else will face anything more than bad PR. But if the NCAA responds to what appear to be rampant “extra beneift” cases, the thing it hates above all, Archie could someday be the only active coach in the Miller family. I’m neither hoping for nor predicting that, but we are heading into the great unknown. No one named or implicated can be sure of surviving.

  • coachv

    wonder why he is on the “loan” list

  • coachv

    so you don’t think he took the money while he was at iu?

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    Haha! Those two would definitely have to duke it out for WOAT! But they’re far from my least favorite of all time