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  • University of Dayton hired Archie Miller in April, 2011, to lead the Dayton men's basketball program, less than a week after Brian Gregory left to take over at Georgia Tech.

Ryan "Archie" Miller, Ryan Miller.

Miller, 32, in 2011, been associate head coach the past two seasons for older brother Sean Miller at University of Arizona. Both Millers played at Blackhawk High School; Sean starred at Pitt while Archie played at North Carolina State.

Archie Miller started as an assistant under Herb Sendek, spending three years at North Carolina State and two at Arizona State. He also was one of Thad Matta's assistants at Ohio State for two years before joining his brother's staff.

  • University of Dayton Arena hosted the NCAA tournament's "First Four" in 2011.

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"I don't take lightly for one second the opportunity or responsibility in front of me," Miller said. "Our program is one of the rare programs that stacks up with any in terms of the total package of athletics, academics and community support."

Miller takes over a program in transition, coming off two disappointing seasons.

The Flyers were picked to win the Atlantic 10 Conference in 2009-10, when they had four starters and 10 of their top 11 scorers returning. They were erratic and lost a lot of close games under Gregory, finished only 8-8 in conference and had to settle for an National Invitation Tournament berth. The Flyers beat University of North Carolina to win the NIT title and finish 25-12.

They were expected to be among the A-10's top teams in 2011, but had to settle for the NIT again. The Flyers lost to the College of Charleston in the first round.

After the 2011 season, starting freshman point guard Juwan Staten and reserve freshman guard Brandon Spearman decided to transfer. Staten started 34 games and averaged 8.5 points and 5.4 assists. Spearman started two games, averaged 11 minutes and scored 2.5 points per game.

Dayton lost in the first round of the NCAA tournament in 2000, 2003 and 2004. The Flyers reached the second round in 2009, but haven't made it past the second round since 1984.

"Archie Miller is the right guy for this time at the University of Dayton," Dayton athletic director Tim Wabler said. "He is someone who embraces building on what has come before and getting us annually in the NCAA tournament.

"He is a great fit for the University of Dayton, and it became clear as our search progressed that he was our man."

Sean Miller spent five seasons as head coach at Xavier University -- one of Dayton's biggest A-10 rivals -- from 2004-09 before moving to Arizona to rebuild the program, bringing his brother along as his top assistant.

The Utes, University of Utah, hired former Nets assistant Larry Krystkowiak to coach the and lead them into the Pacific 12 Conference. The school made the move three weeks after athletic director Chris Hill fired Jim Boylen after consecutive losing seasons. Krystkowiak, 45 in 2011, has been an assistant with the New Jersey Nets the past eight months. He spent the 1992-1993 season playing for the Jazz. This will be Krystkowiak's fourth head coaching job.



Butler, Coach Brad Stevens feels for the non-Bowl Championship Series football schools that never get a chance to play for the national championship no matter how good their records are. He said he's a fan of Boise State and Texas Christian University.

"I'm one of the guys screaming at the TV when TCU doesn't get a spot to play for the national championship," he said.

He was excited when someone told him Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore attended a Butler game in Salt Lake City a year ago wearing a Bulldogs' T-shirt.

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