Bengals make LaFell signing official

Published: Thursday, March 09, 2017 @ 2:48 PM


            Bengals make LaFell signing official

The Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday officially announced the signing of wide receiver Brandon LaFell to a two-year contract.

LaFell was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent with the start of the league new year at 4 p.m. Thursday, but the new deal assures the Bengals of returning their six leading receivers from last year.

“I’m happy to be back in Cincinnati,” LaFell told Sirius/XM radio. “I have a good chemistry with the guys in the locker room, and Andy (Dalton) is a great quarterback.”

In his first season in Cincinnati, LaFell caught 64 passes for 862 yards and a team-high six touchdowns.

Dayton Flyers legend Bucky Bockhorn will miss Archie Miller

Published: Sunday, March 26, 2017 @ 12:13 PM

Dayton Flyers legend Bucky Bockhorn will miss Archie Miller

Archie Miller called Bucky Bockhorn on Saturday after the news broke of him leaving the Dayton Flyers for the Indiana Hoosiers.

“He said we’ll get together before we get out of here for a beer and pizza,” Bockhorn said Sunday.

Bockhorn, the Dayton Flyers legend and longtime radio analyst for the games on WHIO, said he’s going to miss Miller. They grew close in Miller’s six seasons at the helm. Bockhorn not only attended most games, home and away, he was a consistent presence at practice.

“He treated me with a lot of respect,” Bockhorn said. “I was the first guy that met him when he got here, and he did a hell of a job, no doubt about it. He was one of the hardest-working coaches I’ve ever been around in my life. He surrounded himself with some pretty good people, and I’m going to miss the little (guy), It’ll you you that.”

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Bockhorn said he was flabbergasted UD hired such a young coach in 2011 — Miller was 32 at the time — and Miller was shy around him at first.

“Of course, I’m a legend, you know how that goes,” Bockhorn joked.

Bockhorn would put Miller among the greatest UD coaches, right up there with Don Donoher and his own coach, Tom Blackburn. He was sad to hear Miller is leaving but said it wasn’t about the money and it was hard to blame Miller for taking such a big job.

“I called him briefly and told him he did a hell of a job and whatever he decided to do I’m 100 percent behind him,” Bockhorn said.

Where have Dayton’s past coaches come from?

Published: Sunday, March 26, 2017 @ 11:15 AM

The University of Dayton is searching for a new basketball coach after Indiana’s hiring of Archie Miller this weekend.

Athletic Director Neil Sullivan said, “You try to find the best coach you can for the University of Dayton.”

Here’s where UD has looked in the past for its past five coaches:

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ARCHIE MILLER: Assistant coach, Arizona 

Miller was an assistant coach for his brother, Sean, at Arizona, when Dayton came calling. 

“When I left that meeting room, I felt I did everything I could to get my message across, and they did everything they could to explain their vision,” Miller said of Dayton during his introductory news conference on April 3, 2011. 

“When I left, I said, ‘I don’t know if I’ll have the opportunity, but whoever it is has one heck of an opportunity to hit a home run.’” 

BRIAN GREGORY: Associate head coach, Michigan State 

Gregory had been the associate head coach for coach Tom Izzo at Michigan State for four seasons when he took the Dayton job. 

Then-UD athletic director Ted Kissell recalled the first time he met Gregory during the news conference to introduce him on April 9, 2003. From a Dayton Daily News story: 

Several years ago, Kevin O'Neill, then the men's basketball coach at Northwestern University, introduced one of his assistant coaches - Brian Gregory - to his friend, Ted Kissell, Director of Athletics at the University of Dayton. 

"Ted, keep your eye on this guy," O'Neill said. "He's the best." 

OLIVER PURNELL: Head coach, Old Dominion 

Purnell had gone 57-33 at Old Dominion after a 44-42 record as the head coach at Radford when he entered the winding tale of Dayton’s search to find a coach to replace Jim O’Brien. 

That tale included Kissell talking his way into a suite at a hotel in Charlotte, N.C., site of the 1994 Final Four, for interviews after Siena coach Mike Deane turned down the job. Kissell met with coaches including Fran Fraschilla, then at Manhattan, before interviewing and hiring Purnell. 

"This is a great area," Purnell said of Old Dominion a day after he had become the first black head basketball coach in UD's history. "I live on that bay. I'll miss the area. I'll miss all these people. I'll miss the (Old Dominion) players, the bay. I'll miss all those things. There's no question about that. 

"But I'm going to a better opportunity and I'm sure there are going to be a lot of things about the University of Dayton and that entire area that I'm going to enjoy also." 

JIM O’BRIEN: Assistant coach, New York Knicks 

O’Brien was an assistant coach for Rick Pitino with the Knicks, and his previous head coaching experience included a stint at Wheeling Jesuit in West Virginia, where he went 74-69. He was hired at Dayton on April 19, 1989. 

O’Brien had also previously been an assistant coach with St. Joseph’s and Oregon. 

''Jim is one of the brightest coaches I have had the pleasure to work with in the last 15 years,'' Pitino said at the time. “He's an outstanding teacher and communicator of the game of basketball. We wish him well.'' 

DON DONOHER: Assistant coach, Dayton 

Tom Blackburn hired Donoher from his job as freshman coach at Chaminade High School in 1963, and by the end of his first season as an assistant, Donoher was filling in for the ailing Blackburn. 

Blackburn died of cancer in 1964, and Donoher was promoted to the head coaching position. He coached Dayton for 25 seasons, until 1989.

John Calipari: Archie Miller will do ‘great job’ at Indiana

Published: Sunday, March 26, 2017 @ 9:47 AM

John Calipari: Archie Miller will do ‘great job’ at Indiana

Kentucky Wildcats coach John Calipari goes way back with the family of Archie Miller. He’s from the same area of western Pennsylvania as the Millers and wrote the foreword for a book written about Archie’s dad John last year.

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Calipari raved about Archie Miller in Indianapolis earlier this month when Kentucky and the Dayton Flyers both played in the NCAA tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. On Saturday, after the Indiana Hoosiers hired Miller, Calipari praised the decision as he spoke a press conference a day before playing North Carolina in the Elite Eight.

“If I were hiring a coach, I would hire Archie,” said Calipari in Memphis, Tenn. “I say that because, one, we all grew up with his father. His father coached all of us. All of us that came through there. And he’s a basketball coach. That’s what he does. He’s a basketball guy. Not afraid. He’s got a fight in him, and he’s got a will, and the kids love playing for him.

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“I think he’ll do a great job there. I mean, it’s not an easy job. None of these jobs are easy, but that’s not an easy job, either, and you have to walk in there wanting that challenge, kind of like wanting Kentucky. If you don’t want this — all that goes along with it — don’t come here, and it’s the same with Indiana. You’ve got to want that, and he did, obviously, or he wouldn’t have taken that job.”

Dayton Flyers fans make their case to be next UD coach

Published: Sunday, March 26, 2017 @ 8:20 AM

Dayton Flyers fans make their case to be next UD coach

To cheer up fans of the Dayton Flyers on a sad day, I asked them Saturday to tell me in 140 characters or less on Twitter why they should be the next UD basketball coach.

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Judging by their responses, it did brighten their day just a tad — even if everyone woke up Sunday getting used to the news that Archie Miller did indeed leave to coach the Indiana Hoosiers. To UD Athletic Director Neil Sullivan and President Eric F. Spina, these Tweets are for you. Good luck on your decision.

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