A day before the NCAA tournament, the last thing Dayton Flyers coach Archie Miller wanted to talk about was his future. Of course, that’s what he had to talk about Thursday in a press conference before the Flyers practiced at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Indiana fired head coach Tom Crean earlier in the day, meaning Miller was bound to get a question about it, just as he did earlier this season about the job open at his alma mater North Carolina State. He did. In fact, it was the first question he had to answer.
Reporter: “Archie, one of the challenges of being an accomplished coach is your name gets attached to some of the openings that are out there. Illinois is open. Indiana opened today. How do you handle that, the buzz of being attached to some of those things?”
Miller: “I’m not attached to any of that. I think everybody else attaches me to them. I think it speaks volumes about how we do things at Dayton. That’s the only thing I concern myself with. Growing up as a player, we were taught to eliminate noise and distractions and bring your best to the floor every day and sort of treat that with our players the same way. It wouldn’t be right as a coach if you were thinking about anything other than them. That’s all I really concern myself with.”