It's Miller time

I don't know if Archie Miller's hiring at Indiana is worse news for Ohio State or Dayton.

Sure, Dayton loses a coach who made an NCAA Tournament berth routine, getting the Flyers there in four consecutive seasons.

But now Ohio State has to compete with Miller, and that's going to be a problem, as Gregg Doyel of the Indianapolis Star predicted when he talked to 1057 The Zone last week.

Doyel told us that, even if they didn't know it, OSU and Indiana were in a race to hire Archie Miller as their next coach. Whoever wins that, Doyel said, is going to have to deal with the consequences.

I agree with him, and it's not comforting as an OSU fan to contemplate.

Watching Dayton play the past few years, I've been struck by how well Miller's teams played defense, despite being undersized, and how well-drilled they were on offense.

Now he will have better talent and a bigger pulpit to spread his influence, in the same league at Ohio State.

The Buckeyes are trying to rebuild at the same time as IU. I would have much preferred Indiana hire Steve Alford, who would have reaped an instant bump in recruiting from returning home, but eventually would have underachieved like Tom Crean.

I wish I felt the same about Miller.

Instead, I feel very uneasy about the future.




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