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Who Kentucky Fans Don’t Want to See as Florida’s Next Coach

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Unless Billy Donovan pulls a Billy Donovan, we will now see something we haven’t seen in nearly two decades. A new head basketball coach at Florida, the biggest rival to Kentucky in the SEC. While the Wildcats usually got the best against their former assistant coach, Donovan still held a 17-29 record against us. He always seemed to be the thorn stuck in our sides during conference play and made Florida extremely relevant to where people often said it was either Kentucky or Florida’s league to lose.

So, now with Florida stuck in a coaching search and at the worst possible time thanks to Shaka Smart taking the Texas job, it’s time for us to keep an eye on who Florida hires as this can either run the program into the ground or keep the Gators as one of the better programs in the NCAA. There’s one person who Kentucky fans don’t want and shouldn’t want to see roaming the sidelines in Gainesville for the next 17 years.

That man is Dayton’s coach Archie Miller.

Now, it’s not like he’s going to come in and have a Calipari-like turnaround, but Miller is the best coach on the board. He’s young enough to be the head man at Florida for a couple of decades like Billy D while still able to talk to recruits on a different level. Milller, just 36 years old, has already reached an Elite Eight, Sweet 16 and won an average of 23 games a season at Dayton, not a school you consider a powerhouse.

He’s the brother of Arizona’s Sean Miller who took a similar path leaving Xavier to head west and turn Arizona into a powerhouse thanks to his recruiting tactics. Archie has connections to three prominent recruiting areas as well in Pittsburgh, North Carolina and Ohio. With the ability to pitch Florida at a recruit instead of Dayton, Ohio, you have to think he’ll be similar to his brother in grabbing a couple of McDonald’s All-American’s each year.

It won’t be easy to land Miller though as he did just re-up his contract at Dayton through the 2021-22 season and the Flyers rank as the 23rd most profitable basketball program in the nation, 15 spots head of Florida, but we’ve seen Gators’ AD Jeremy Foley pony up to pay coaches and go away from the norm when it comes to hiring. As the selfish Kentucky fan, I hope Foley goes away from the norm and doesn’t contact Archie Miller. Instead let’s hope to see a coach like Michael White or Richard Pitino on the sidelines.

Who do you want/not want to be the next head coach at Florida?

 

Article written by Bobby Reagan

One time representative of UK at SEC 3v3 basketball championships. Northern Yankee living the Kentucky dream. Follow me @uklefty22

17 Comments for Who Kentucky Fans Don’t Want to See as Florida’s Next Coach



  1. KevinM
    9:05 am May 1, 2015 Permalink

    If Foley wants to keep the same system, he’s going after Lil Ricky.

    I see Archie Miller waiting on a bigger opportunity.



    • Delk for 3
      9:24 am May 1, 2015 Permalink

      I don’t buy it. No way Foley is that ignorant.



  2. BTownUKFan
    9:11 am May 1, 2015 Permalink

    Bring him on, the only way we can be a legitimate basketball conference is by having coaches that are successful in March. However, this remark: “….turn Arizona into a powerhouse”. There was a guy at Arizone prior to Miller that had a lot to do with their reputation and success…I think his name was Lute Olsen…just sayin’.



    • millerkc
      9:40 am May 1, 2015 Permalink

      Which would be the exact situation Florida is in. Replacing a legend



    • BTownUKFan
      10:15 am May 1, 2015 Permalink

      Exactly millerkc. Hopefully Rick Barnes and Howland can step up their game. Pearl, Anderson and Fox show some potential. Andy Kennedy, Martin and Jones need to do more. The truth is all of the major conferences only have 3 or 4 programs that are consistently competitive. The SEC could do that, with another 3 or 4 that have above average years.



    • Tomasito
      1:07 pm May 1, 2015 Permalink

      Olsen did really well at Arizona, but at the end he kind of fell off. Some of that had to do with his health, but Arizona was not what there here in the late 90’s and early 00’s when Sean took over. He brought them back to national relevance and regional dominance.



  3. Delk for 3
    9:25 am May 1, 2015 Permalink

    There isn’t one person who should concern Kentucky fans.



    • millerkc
      9:42 am May 1, 2015 Permalink

      I would be concerned if they hired John Calipari. But we all know that’s not happening.



  4. millerkc
    9:45 am May 1, 2015 Permalink

    Is Marshall at Wichita State an option for them. I know he just signed an extension to stay, but this may be a move worth taking. It’s definitely better than the Alabama job.



  5. secrick
    9:52 am May 1, 2015 Permalink

    Hope they hire Rick Pitino, would like to see them hire Coach Antigua, great recruiter .



  6. KatFromHell
    10:08 am May 1, 2015 Permalink

    Tubby Smith, Steve Masiello. I’ll pay half their salaries.



  7. rdhack
    10:18 am May 1, 2015 Permalink

    Tubby Smith or Billy Clyde



  8. Time Expired
    10:26 am May 1, 2015 Permalink

    Lets all pull for Billy G to be there as I am sure he has learned his lessons on dos and don’ts at coaching by now, and deserves another chance to show his coaching knowledge……said this writer tongue in cheek.



  9. phantompain
    11:49 am May 1, 2015 Permalink

    I am surprised no one ever talks about the fact that Calipari and the Miller brothers are cousins.



  10. Old Henry Man
    12:10 pm May 1, 2015 Permalink

    Archie Miller scares me, Richard Pitino does not



  11. MaysvilleJack
    12:34 pm May 1, 2015 Permalink

    Tom Crean. If they can’t land him maybe they can get a real coach, like Derek Anderson.



  12. darthblue
    2:00 pm May 1, 2015 Permalink

    Florida should get the best coach possible. Miller would be excellent and the SEC has some premium coaches. I want a Florida coach to make Kentucky “battle-harden” and step on the throats of any team to ultimately win a National Championship. You never improve or evolve if you do not have great competition to get you ready for the NCAA championship.