University of Dayton Athletic Director Neil Sullivan met with reporters at 3 p.m. Saturday in the Frericks Center less than three hours after the news broke about Dayton Flyers coach Archie Miller leaving to coach the Indiana Hoosiers.
Here’s a quick summary of the press conference:
• On timeline for hiring a new coach: “There are benefits to being sooner rather than later,” Sullivan said, “but at the end of the day, you’ve got to do the best you can and you’ve got to get it right. We will be deliberate. We will be intentional. We will be very methodical to make sure we find someone who will represent this university in the right way.”
• On who’s running the team in the meantime: “I’m running the program,” Sullivan said. “Me and my staff and our assistant coaches have been very helpful, but I’ve met with the team. I’ve met with the players. I’ve talked to the (incoming recruits). Right now it’s me.”
• On when he found out about the news: “Archie and I met this morning about his decision,” Sullivan said.
• Sullivan didn’t rule out hiring a search firm, but said he and his staff plan to manage the search.
• Sullivan confirmed there was not a stipulation in Miller’s contract that when he left UD, his next team would have to play a home-and-home series against Dayton. Brian Gregory had that in his contract. That’s how UD ended up playing two games against Georgia Tech in 2013 and 2014.
• Miller will sign a seven-year contract worth $4 million per year, according to a report by Adrian Wojnarowski and Pat Forde. Miller was making $1.16 million two years ago at UD and had received pay raises each of the last two seasons.
Sullivan was asked if he thought this move was about money at all.
“I don’t want to speak to his motivations,” Sullivan said, “but I’m quite confident it wasn’t about increased compensation.”
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