Archie Miller on Saturday. David Jablonski/Staff
Seth Davis, of Sports Illustrated, ranked Archie Miller ninth on a list of ten national coach of the year candidates. I imagine Dayton fans will enjoy reading every part of this except the last sentence.
Dayton’s season appeared to be all over but the shouting back on Dec. 17, when the school dismissed the team’s starting center, Devon Scott, and his primary backup, Jalen Robinson, because of a dorm room theft incident. The Flyers were left with just six scholarship players, none of whom is taller than 6’6”. It should be no surprise, however, that Miller has his team in a tie for first place in the Atlantic 10. This is the same guy who took an 11th-seeded team to within one game of the Final Four last year. And of course, he comes from pretty good bloodlines. When the coaching carousel starts turning in the spring, expect Miller’s name to come up early and often.