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Archie Miller to Indiana Appears to Be a Go

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A press conference is scheduled for Monday at 3 p.m.in Bloomington to officially announce Miller as the new coach of the Hoosiers.

"Here at Indiana University, non-conference scheduling is about finding a way to put yourself in a great position in terms of seeding", Miller said. "We have to become a tough, nasty team on defense, and I think at the end of the day, if you looked at our teams at Dayton, we may not have been the biggest, but there wasn't very many days that I left that I said, 'That's not one of the toughest-minded groups of people".

The Indiana Hoosiers correctly hired Archie Miller, avoiding the pitfalls of what life could have been with Steve Alford. The program drips with history.

He also understands it will take more than words to add a national championship banner to the five already displayed at Assembly Hall. "The ability to unite a fan base is productivity is what it comes down to".

Tom Crean did a lot of good things in Bloomington. IN was 18-16 this past season, a campaign marred by injuries.

In 2008, the storied basketball program was in complete shambles. So Crean, like Kelvin Sampson before him and Mike Davis before him, was fired.

Indiana University has officially introduced former University of Dayton head coach Archie Miller as the new coach of the Hoosiers. That hasn't always happened at IN the last 20 years, not with Gary Harris, Trey Lyles, Greg Oden, Mike Conley, Kyle Guy, Sean May, Josh McRoberts, Tyler Zeller, Trevon Blueitt, Paul Scruggs and others who headed out of state.

A source close to Oklahoma City Thunder coach Billy Donovan tweeted Friday night that Donovan had not been contacted by Indiana.

The truth is that IN got the best coach it could, one who is young but prepared, measured but not overwhelmed. We have a great recruiting class coming in and a brand-new practice facility. There was a time when that rarely happened. What remains unknown at this point: Did Indiana pass on Alford, or vice-versa?

"I don't think you come to IN if you don't want to live IN the neighborhood", Miller said. Let's go with 22 wins and 11-7 in the Big Ten for now. Arizona-Louisville? Done that a five times, too, including three since the mid-1990s. Duke has been every year since 1996 and has missed just once (1995) since 1984. IN has won 22 Big Ten regular-season titles, second to only Purdue's 23. Instead, he talked basketball, his family and the plan his program moving forward. He took the Flyers to the Elite Eight in 2014. And as the current UCLA head coach's non-denials during the Bruins' NCAA tournament run this year fueled speculation, IN appeared destined to let the faded glory of its past dictate its future. "To graduate from Indiana University and play here, your avenues and your doors are open much wider than most probably realize, and nothing will be more important off the floor other than a degree". He's been a rumored candidate in the past for then-vacant jobs at NC State, Pitt, and Florida.

I think that given the available candidates that they could have realistically hired, he was the best one that IN could have made. This is what giants of the sport with the heritage, resources and talent base that IN possesses do.

What are your expectations for the Hoosiers in Archie's first year? . Duke, North Carolina, UCLA, Kansas, Louisville and Kentucky have been recruiting Langford for months.

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