Miller confident IU not involved in FBI investigation

Archie Miller says he isn’t concerned about the FBI showing up on Indiana’s doorstep.

Speaking on the eve of conducting his first practice as IU’s men’s basketball coach, Miller said Thursday that he and the school’s athletic department have received no indications that Indiana is involved in the corruption scandal that has embroiled college basketball this week.

“We’re focused on the task, so to speak, at hand of running this program, which was clearly defined on Day 1, and the expectations of doing things the right way,” Miller said.

Four college assistant coaches from Arizona, Auburn, Oklahoma State and Southern California were among 10 people arrested on federal charges on Tuesday after they were caught accepting cash bribes for steering high school prospects toward agents, advisers and apparel companies.

From 2009 through 2011, Miller was an assistant on his brother Sean’s coaching staff at Arizona, where he worked alongside Wildcats assistant Emmanuel “Book” Richardson.

As one of the assistants targeted in the FBI’s probe, Richardson is facing federal charges including conspiracy to commit bribery, solicitation of bribes by an agent of a federally funded organization, wire fraud conspiracy and conspiracy to commit honest services fraud.

“When it comes to Arizona, obviously, (I’m) very prideful there with my family,” Miller said. “I’ve been able to talk to Sean only one time, very briefly, to add my support.”

Adidas is among the apparel companies facing heat after James Gatto, the company’s director of global sports marketing for basketball, was named in criminal complaints filed this week in the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York.

According to federal documents, Gatto and others are alleged to have funneled $100,000 to a high school prospect to ensure he signed an Adidas contract once he turned professional.

That player is believed to be Louisville recruit Brian Bowen, who was suspended from the basketball program on Wednesday. Louisville’s involvement in the case has also led to the suspension and eventual firing of both athletic director Tom Jurich and head coach Rick Pitino.

Like Louisville, Indiana is contractually linked with Adidas. IU entered into an eight-year, $53.6 million agreement with the Germany-based apparel company in August 2015

“Fred (Glass) and I have discussed things from the first day, a conversation on the telephone,” Miller said. “They’ve always been the same. I think our relationship with Adidas over the course of not only his tenure but his short tenure has been great. We look forward to continuing it. But we have no reason to believe anything else.”

During this week’s regularly-scheduled meetings with Glass, Indiana’s athletic director, Miller said he and his staff were given no reason to believe IU’s program is involved with anything.

With the first practice of the fall looming on Friday, Miller says the start of training camp has been Indiana’s primary focus this week.

“We’re business as usual here,” Miller said. “I think in regards to us and our staff, we’re business as usual. We’re approaching things very, very similar to the way we do things day-to-day.

“I think everybody is probably taking a step back is obviously a little bit reserved, or a little bit guarded, but as you look at your own players and whatnot, you have to remind them with great urgency to do things the right way. I don’t have any reason to believe they’re not.”