A lot of fans are pining for Archie Miller. I'd be OK with that if he addresses the Ohio State issue (allegedly his "dream job"). If he is going to leave for OSU in 2-3 years I wouldn't waste the time.
The more I see of Will Wade (VCU), the more I like. He doesn't have a ton of experience but he has a decent record and a lot of grit. In one presser he said something like, "I'd rather we dribble the ball to half court and punt it out of bounds. At least we could get our defense set." In the clip below he addresses players not traveling to the game in school gear.
Obviously NC State can offer Wade a lot more money than VCU, but I'm a little skeptical he'd take the job. He's still so young that he can afford to wait and see what else opens up in the future, especially if it's a blue-blood that comes calling. He may also see that the grass isn't always greener - look no further than Shaka Smart's current situation.
It's tough to call, since NC State clearly has a higher ceiling on a regular basis, but it's not like VCU is hurting for basketball exposure either. I'd be surprised if he took the job, but that's just me looking at the situation from afar and knowing a bit of the inner-workings at VCU (in my hometown of Richmond).
I don't know if Miller would go to NC State but it is his alma mater, so that is definitely something to consider.
As for Ohio State, I doubt that's his dream job as much as it is a job that he realizes is very well-heeled. As such, if they came calling, of course he would listen. There aren't too many coaches in all college basketball that wouldn't at least give the Buckeyes an audience.
I don't know the Miller family personally but I know a few people who do and they look at it differently than you or I might approach it. They don't look at it with any sentimentality whatsoever. It is all business to them and all about who gives them the best chance to win.
Last year, when Pitt had an opening, Archie Miller wouldn't even look at the Panthers. I found that very odd but a newspaper article suggested that there remains some bad blood between the Miller family and the University of Pittsburgh and it goes all the way back to when Sean Miller was playing PG at Pitt.
I'm not sure what the full story is but apparently the Miller family absolutely hates Pitt to the point that when contacted, Archie Miller informed to Pitt officials that he would not even consider leaving Dayton to take that ACC job. In fact, I'm pretty sure that's how we ended up at NC State in the first place – bad blood between his family and his older brother's alma mater. Incidentally, if you were too young to know it, or too old to remember it, Sean Miller was a hell of a college basketball player for Pitt.
Weird, but what can you do? The kid had a chance to come home and coach in the best conference in college basketball and he wouldn't even agree to sit down and talk about it. As I said, maybe there's more to the story?
I have no idea why people keep saying that you cannot win at NC State? That doesn't make any sense to me. Is that program likely to become the equal of Duke and North Carolina? No, that's highly unlikely – but it's also highly unlikely of any school anywhere.
You can absolutely win in Raleigh and there's no doubt about that. However, I think you do need a charismatic coach and a distinctly different playing style than your closest geographic rivals.
State has a huge hurtle to conquer. Although the time may have come for Coach Gottfried and State to go their separate ways, you can not argue with what he accomplished. Should they have done better? Is this season a fluke season? No one will know. Coaches will look at the fact that State fired not one but two coaches who had successful runs. No, they did not win championships but they didn't make State into a bottom feeder either. Those two firings speak volumes.
(02-20-2017 08:55 AM)Indytarheel Wrote: State has a huge hurtle to conquer. Although the time may have come for Coach Gottfried and State to go their separate ways, you can not argue with what he accomplished. Should they have done better? Is this season a fluke season? No one will know. Coaches will look at the fact that State fired not one but two coaches who had successful runs. No, they did not win championships but they didn't make State into a bottom feeder either. Those two firings speak volumes.
His last 2 seasons at State they finished 13th and 14th. That is the definition of bottom feeder. Not t mention the talent he had.
Fred Hoiberg is looking more and more like a great college coach (Pitino, Calipari) and less like Brad Stevens or Larry Brown: guys who can transcend into the pro ranks. Anyway, I'd be in touch with Hoiberg's people now if I were the NC State AD. Indiana, LSU, Illinois, Missouri...there will be some tasty job openings to choose from.