The Archie Miller Era in Bloomington is over. Jeff Goodman is reporting that Indiana has parted ways with Miller after four seasons. His buyout is $10.3 million.
The Hoosiers finished 12-15 this season, 7-12 in Big Ten play. During Miller’s four seasons as coach, Indiana was 67-58 and never made the NCAA Tournament (last season’s was canceled). The Hoosiers haven’t been to the NCAA Tournament since 2016 and have only advanced past the Sweet Sixteen once since 1993.
…Rick Pitino to Indiana???
UPDATE: Indiana just made it official in a statement from Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Scott Dolson:
“As the Director of Athletics, I wanted to wait until the conclusion of the season before evaluating the leadership of our men’s basketball program. In the days following the completion of our season in the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament, I have spent a great deal of time evaluating our recruiting, student-athlete development, leadership development, and playing philosophy and strategy. That review, combined with the on-court results, ultimately led me to conclude that a change in leadership of our program is warranted at this time. I shared my assessment with Indiana University President Michael McRobbie, and he accepted my recommendation.
I want to thank Archie Miller, his staff, and their families for their service and commitment to IU and for his unwavering commitment to our student-athletes, the men’s basketball program and Indiana University. We wish Archie and his family all the best in the next steps of their journey.
Given the university’s very tight financial situation in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, private philanthropic funding has been obtained for all transition costs and obligations related to the change in leadership. We worked to secure the necessary private support following my recommendation to President McRobbie, ensuring that there would be no charges to the university budget.
Indiana Basketball has a long, rich history of success that dates back generations. Our five national championships and 22 Big Ten titles make us one of the most accomplished programs in college basketball history. I have high expectations for our program, and we have not competed at a level within the conference or nationally that I believe we should.
While I will not establish a formal search committee, I will consult within the University and with trusted experts in the state and around the country as I seek out and recruit a new coach. The work to find the next leader of Indiana Basketball will begin immediately, and I will seek a chief executive that I can partner with to reestablish the brand and national presence of Indiana Basketball.”