Hoosier Morning for March 27

1. HOOSIERS HQ
The Archie Miller era officially begins today, and IU’s new coach has already reached out to one old commit, Mike writes.

IU women’s basketball didn’t end the season without a fight, but the season still ended in the WNIT quarterfinals, Jon writes.

Teri Moren’s team and program got a well-deserved afternoon in the spotlight on Sunday, I wrote.

IU baseball held on in the ninth inning to complete a weekend sweep of Northwestern, we reported.

2. IT’S INDIANA
Former Hoosier Ted Kitchel had strong words for Fred Glass, alleging the IU AD did not live up to his promises in the coaching search, Terry Hutchens of CNHI writes.

The hiring of Archie Miller has put a good buzz back in IU basketball, Pete DiPrimio of the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel writes.

New IU coach Archie Miller has good genes when it comes to coaching, Chris Goff of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette writes.

Archie Miller has the coaching chops and personality to succeed at Indiana, Bob Kravitz of WTHR writes.

Fred Glass knocked it out of the park with his hire of Archie Miller, Gregg Doyel of the Indianapolis Star writes.

Archie Miller, Darrelle Revis, Courtney Lee and why folks like the IU hire, Rick Bozich of WDRB.com writes.

Behind the scenes on Archie Miller’s hiring, a deal done while fans were murmuring about Steve Alford Friday night, Tom Archdeacon of the Dayton Daily News writes.

3. ONE FOR THE ROAD
For Indiana’s new coach, The Archies with “Sugar, Sugar.”

13 comments

  1. Too bad about Kitchel’s sour grapes. If there were former players who were qualified I’m sure they were considered. Reading between the lines it seems that players were sought out. Ted just wasn’t one of them. There’s probably a reason for that. Personally, I can’t think of a former player who I would want as our new coach.

    Time for Ted to realize that it’s not about him or his former teammates. It’s about what is best for IU and IU basketball.

  2. I think Kent Sterling’s son, Ryan, has a future in sports broadcasting…Don’t know if he’s pursuing such an avenue, but he has excellent impromptu speaking/camera skills. Certainly, being a former college basketball player helps as well.

    Stumbled on a YouTube video of Kent & Ryan discussing the new b-ball hire. The father/son team are rather fun. Kent doing the set-up questions(along with some commentary)…and Ryan offering well-reasoned, basketball expertise.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULLQtuSAsWY

  3. I appreciate Kitchel’s frustration and can understand where it comes from. Glass ran his mouth at the beginning of this process and created expectations that, in retrospect, appears were insincere. All that “an Indiana man, ties to IU and the state, etc.” was just BS. Pure pap! I suspected it was BS at the time and if it wasn’t, thought such criteria was just stupid. If the best man for the job happened to be an IU alum/former IU player, great. But for such an important job, such criteria was just silly. Ted’s calling Glass out, and I can’t blame him. I approve and support Glass hiring Miller, but I understand why people like Kitchel are frustrated with Glass. Glass should have simply come out the day after firing Crean and said, “we’re going to hire the best man we can find within the constraints of our budget, then we’re going to support him in every way possible in order to help him lead IU back to ranks of the elite in college basketball.”

    And I believe it’s a 50/50 bet that Miller’s new IU compensation plan pays him the same or less than what Crean was getting paid. I’ll be very surprised if Miller’s compensation package exceeds and average of $3.3 million per season. And that’s fine, but if it’s less, than we’ll know Glass was talking out his backside when he said “resources won’t prevent us from getting who we want,” and that the budget and overall costs were primary criteria in defining who IU wanted to hire.

  4. FYI, I suggest everyone read the story in the Indianapolis Business Journal by Anthony Schoetle titled, “Coach decision puts IU’s Glass on the hot seat.” I think it is a fair assessment of Glass and the challenges he’s faced since taking on the job as IU’s AD.

  5. I think I read somewhere his 7 yr contract came to $4 M yrly?

    I think Glass has no problem being on the hot seat.

    Probably trademark restrictions on ‘It’s Miller Time’?

    The more I see/read about Calipari – I’m starting to respect the guy.

    1. You can be both a good friend and a basketball cheat at the same time (which is well established). They are not mutually exclusive.

  6. Fred was hired by a caddyshack committee containing Crean. Without little coincidence, Joey Glass, a student at Marquette at the time, had expressed deep affections and loyalty to Crean(discussed how Crean was on Indiana’s short list and defended a long contract extension that many at Marquette had vocalized opposition).
    The Indianapolis Business Journal is nine years too late. Scrutiny for such bizarre arrangements and committee choices to bring in Fred should have happened long ago. Fred even had ties to Harry Gonso(chair of the committee that hired Crean) via Lucas Oil Stadium dealing between the state and Indianapolis.

    Lastly, simply because Stevens or Donovan were not interested in the IU job doesn’t mean IU wasn’t prepared to offer up the boatloads of dollars.

  7. …Also read where IU gets a NCAA payout of $980,000 in April.

    …Chet, I think ‘we’ are in the process of redefining the definition of what a ‘cheat’ Is, based on the national political actions.

  8. It’s interesting how prostitutes for recruits at Louisville ….or ghost classes given to athletes at UNC for 15 years is not viewed as “cheating.”
    It’s also a disgrace while in the context of a man removed from college basketball for five years because of a 3-way calling habit.

    1. I’m pretty sure it is. I also agree that the phone call sanctions were way over the top.

      Certainly, UNC should get the ‘death penalty’ and then pulled out of the ground and get a stake driven through their heart. As you might imagine I have many Tar Heel fans as friends and, generally speaking, they have reconciled that they deserve whatever they get. While they are cheering the guys on the floor they are quite appalled that the institution they love, and long believed would never cheat, has sunk to depths never seen before.

      Personally, I think it is worse than than when UK players were shaving points for gambling syndicates. You expect Kentucky players to do that.

      UofL fans are another story. They don’t seem to think providing prostitutes to recruits is any big deal. That’s just who they are.

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