Archie Miller was one of the hottest head coaching candidates in college basketball.
Ultimately, he signed a seven-year contract to take over the Indiana basketball program, leaving Dayton. The Flyers saw tremendous success under Miller, and he’ll look to carry over that winning culture to one of college basketball’s most iconic brands.
Even though the move was an obvious step forward in Millers career, change is always difficult.
That’s why prior to accepting the job proposal, Miller sought the advice of a few pros in the business. Among them was his brother Sean, who coaches at Arizona, and John Calipari.
According to Archie Miller’s father, John, the decision to move from Dayton to Indiana wasn’t easy.
“When we lost to Xavier, we got back to the hotel and I was sort of in shock,” John said, via Tom Archdeacon of the Dayton Daily News. “And all of a sudden Arch goes, ‘Guess what, Dad? I got a shot here (at the Indiana job). Whaddya think?’ He listened to Sean and Cal – John Calipari is real close to us family-wise – and I spoke up a bit, too.”
Similarly, when Sean Miller was up for the job at Arizona while still coaching Xavier, Calipari lent his wisdom and encouraged him to take the job.
Despite the fact that Xavier bounced Arizona from the tournament this year, his move appears to have been well-conceived. The Wildcats finished this season 32-5 and don’t appear to be showing any signs of slowing down.
Archie will have his work cut out for him in Indiana, but he does as good a job as he did in Dayton, the Hoosiers will be back in the National Championship picture sooner rather than later.
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