Breaking News
More () »

Louisville's Leading Local News: Weather, Traffic, Sports and more | Louisville, Kentucky | WHAS11.com

Archie Miller out as IU basketball coach

The news comes after IU lost to Rutgers Thursday in the Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Archie Miller is no longer Indiana University's basketball coach.

The news comes after IU lost to Rutgers Thursday in the Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament, 61-50.

IU finished the season 12-15, going 7-12 in the Big Ten. In previous seasons under Miller, IU finished 20-12 (2019-2020), 19-16 (2018-2019), and 16-15 (2017-2018).

Miller had been the team's head coach since 2017, when he replaced Tom Crean.

In a statement, IU Director of Athletics Scott Dolson thanked Miller for his service and commitment to the program, but said on-court results combined with off-court tasks like student-athlete development ultimately led him to his decision.

Dolson said he will not launch a formal search committee to find a new head coach but will instead lean on experts he knows to help recruit a new coach. He will also look to re-establish IU basketball's brand and national presence.

Read Dolson's full statement below:

"As the Director of Athletics, I wanted to wait until the conclusion of the season before evaluating the leadership of our men's basketball program. In the days following the completion of our season in the Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament, I have spent a great deal of time evaluating our recruiting, student-athlete development, leadership development, and playing philosophy and strategy. That review, combined with the on-court results, ultimately led me to conclude that a change in leadership of our program is warranted at this time. I shared my assessment with Indiana University President Michael McRobbie, and he accepted my recommendation.

I want to thank Archie Miller, his staff, and their families for their service and commitment to IU and for his unwavering commitment to our student-athletes, the men's basketball program and Indiana University. We wish Archie and his family all the best in the next steps of their journey.

Given the university's very tight financial situation in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, private philanthropic funding has been obtained for all transition costs and obligations related to the change in leadership. We worked to secure the necessary private support following my recommendation to President McRobbie, ensuring that there would be no charges to the university budget.

Indiana Basketball has a long, rich history of success that dates back generations. Our five national championships and 22 Big Ten titles make us one of the most accomplished programs in college basketball history. I have high expectations for our program, and we have not competed at a level within the conference or nationally that I believe we should.

While I will not establish a formal search committee, I will consult within the University and with trusted experts in the state and around the country as I seek out and recruit a new coach. The work to find the next leader of Indiana Basketball will begin immediately, and I will seek a chief executive that I can partner with to reestablish the brand and national presence of Indiana Basketball."

According to basketball Jeff Goodman, the firing happened despite a $10 million buyout.

Dolson said due to the financial constraints of the COVID-19 crisis, the university will depend on private philanthropic funding for transition costs.

RELATED: Rutgers ousts Indiana from Big Ten tourney 61-50

RELATED: Selection Sunday: Gonzaga, Baylor, Illinois and Michigan get No. 1 seeds