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Indiana fires Archie Miller after four seasons

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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.”

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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37 Comments for Indiana fires Archie Miller after four seasons



  1. bbn606
    12:12 pm March 15, 2021 Permalink

    And he had a better record than UK. At least they don’t tolerate mediocrity.



    • ClutchCargo
      12:41 pm March 15, 2021 Permalink

      You might just be insane. Also, IU doesn’t tolerate mediocrity, they embrace it. Look at the ridiculous contract given to Crean they eventually had to eat. Garanteed they will paying former coaches more than the new coach when he is hired.



    • ukkatzfan
      2:15 pm March 15, 2021 Permalink

      I Agree with Clutch



    • nocode96
      1:45 pm March 15, 2021 Permalink

      lol, let me find this one very minute thing in a sea of success and use it as proof for my argument. Sounds about right. Gtfo, CATS all day, every day poser.



    • UK Big Board Update
      3:14 pm March 15, 2021 Permalink

      Cry harder.



  2. Youngcat25
    12:18 pm March 15, 2021 Permalink

    Lol we miss the tournament for only the second time in the 11 years Cal has been here. In Miller’s tenure at IU they haven’t even been to the tournament but yet we tolerate mediocrity



    • BTownUKFan
      12:25 pm March 15, 2021 Permalink

      Agree, the last several years of Knight’s coaching, Mike Davis, Kelvin Sampson/dakich, Tom Crean, Archie Miller. Indiana has been tolerating mediocrity for decades. Few shining moments since 1987.



    • BLUEVADER
      5:42 pm March 15, 2021 Permalink

      0 shining moments since 1987 unless you count the sweet 16 T’s and rings and the 2011 buzzer beater vs the Cats. Other then that 0 shining moments to be technical.



  3. JT55
    12:19 pm March 15, 2021 Permalink

    If Cal doesn’t win next year, the heat will turned way up.



    • Mr.Incognito
      12:48 pm March 15, 2021 Permalink

      No sh*t?



    • nocode96
      1:45 pm March 15, 2021 Permalink

      No



    • ukkatzfan
      2:16 pm March 15, 2021 Permalink

      And when Cal does win, your volume will be muted.



  4. dandycat
    12:29 pm March 15, 2021 Permalink

    Soon to be an assistant???



  5. Han
    1:03 pm March 15, 2021 Permalink

    The question is if they’ll offer enough money to try to get one of the rising stars to jump ship (Oats, Beard, etc.).



  6. Ryan Lemonds Toupee
    1:10 pm March 15, 2021 Permalink

    Oats ain’t going to Indiana



    • RackEmWillie
      2:28 pm March 15, 2021 Permalink

      Well, yeah, obviously not. Alabama is more of a basketball school than IU is.



  7. jack8291
    1:12 pm March 15, 2021 Permalink

    Go after Pitino , but a decent chance he gets a ‘show cause ‘ when UL’s punishment comes down this year for FBI scandal . Do you take that chance ?



  8. sprtphan
    1:19 pm March 15, 2021 Permalink

    Dane Fife is probably the best they can get.



    • BLUEVADER
      5:45 pm March 15, 2021 Permalink

      No one really wants to play there anymore. I mean you can sprinkle in few burger boys over the last 10 years. I would like to see the List of Burger boys and Jordan AA’s between Kentucky and Indiana since Cal has been here. There has got to be a huge gap.



  9. rickat
    2:15 pm March 15, 2021 Permalink

    Look out. This situation screams for Brad Stevens should the Celtics let him go. Could be a timing problem though since the NBA season has some time left.



    • ukkatzfan
      2:17 pm March 15, 2021 Permalink

      Hahahahahahahahahahahaha



    • ClutchCargo
      3:07 pm March 15, 2021 Permalink

      The situation can scream whatever it wants. lol He ain’t getting let go by the Celtics, and he can do a lot better than IU if he did.



  10. Bluehender
    2:16 pm March 15, 2021 Permalink

    They have struck out on all their hires. #IndianaSucks…



  11. GoCatz
    2:27 pm March 15, 2021 Permalink

    Scott Drew is who they should be looking at.



  12. mashman 93
    2:30 pm March 15, 2021 Permalink

    Get Pitino and let’s get UK/IU going again. lol!!!



    • CahillsCrossingNT
      4:33 pm March 15, 2021 Permalink

      Calipari proved he’s afraid of IU.



    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      9:29 pm March 15, 2021 Permalink

      Now you’re making me laugh Cahill.



  13. UK Big Board Update
    3:11 pm March 15, 2021 Permalink

    The same crybaby geniuses on here saying Cal should be fired are the same ones who said we should’ve gotten Archie Miller when we had the chance LOL



  14. UK Big Board Update
    3:16 pm March 15, 2021 Permalink

    #FarCal #HarTrump #MakeKentuckyGreatAgain



    • peaches76
      4:12 pm March 15, 2021 Permalink

      And there it is…the Trump appearance. Geez.



    • sprtphan
      8:56 pm March 15, 2021 Permalink

      Nancy and friends haven’t shut up about him.



    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      9:28 pm March 15, 2021 Permalink

      He has to come out of hiding once a year to take his annual jab at those he hates.

      See ya next March Big Board!



  15. CahillsCrossingNT
    4:33 pm March 15, 2021 Permalink

    They should go after Kentucky’s coach.



  16. Not Dan Issel
    5:11 pm March 15, 2021 Permalink

    I am surprised that he was not successful at Indiana. Watching him at Dayton, I thought he was one of the true up and coming next generation coaches. I even thought he might wind up at UK one day. I am sure there is a lot more to this story than we weill ever know, but I am surprised.



    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      9:26 pm March 15, 2021 Permalink

      The landscape is littered with coaches who won at a smaller or non power 5 school (I get tired of the “mid-major” thing) but couldn’t get it done when the big boy school came calling, in football and basketball. Sometimes it just isn’t the right fit, sometimes the coach was lucky and caught lighting in a bottle, sometimes one star player made them look good and got them the big time job. Cases in point on the last one: 1) Curley Hallman/Brett Favre, 2) Dennis Francione/Ladanian Tomlinson, 3) Dwyayney Wyaydyey/Tom Crean.

      Just having some fun with Wade since his first name isn’t spelled phonetically.



  17. ukkatzfan
    5:45 pm March 15, 2021 Permalink

    Sounds like a great time to get Alford. 3 million per and his buyout should do it.



  18. BBNBRIAN
    4:38 am March 16, 2021 Permalink

    Richard Pitino is looking for a new team….