The Dayton Flyers’ 2016-17 season officially ended on Friday night following a hard-fought 64-58 loss to the Wichita State Shockers in the NCAA Tournament. Naturally, the postgame press conference immediately featured a coaching carousel question for Archie Miller.
Specifically, Miller was asked about being tied to the job openings at Illinois and Indiana, to which he responded with a simple “no comment.”
Archie Miller immediately shut down a reporter who asked about him being tied to Indiana and Illinois job: "No Thoughts. Thanks."— Josh Tolentino (@JCTSports) March 18, 2017
Obviously, any such inquires were always going to be met with a similar answer because Miller was just moments removed from an emotional locker room. Even so, he technically did not offer a denial in regards to the ongoing speculation. We’ll certainly take that for right now.
A good amount of Fighting Illini fans are lobbying to stay away from a mid-major hire this offseason, but Miller is one of the few widespread exceptions to that preference. That makes sense, too, because he’s compiled a 140-62 overall record and four NCAA Tournament appearances in six seasons at Dayton.
The Fighting Illini can’t officially name a new head coach until at least Tuesday morning, but with most other candidates still focused on coaching their teams, it’s likely that the next wave of rumors will center around Miller this weekend.