Rather than hire a director of basketball operations replacement, UConn decided on changing the title of the position to director of basketball administration and bringing on former Penn head coach Glen Miller. Transactions yawner?
Maybe, but Miller takes over for Beau Archibald, who was forced to resign his post in May while the program works on providing its response to the NCAA's accusations that it committed eight major violations.
Does the fact that UConn went with the experienced Miller and gave him seemingly more duties in compliance help the program's image in the eyes of the NCAA?
According to the Hartford Courant:
The director of administration position, previously referred to as director of operations, has an expanded job description. The one-year deal Miller signed will pay him $120,000, and calls for him to perform a wide range of duties.
The director largely focuses on issues such as NCAA compliance -- obviously now a key area for UConn -- academics and housing of athletes. With a recent tweak in NCAA bylaws, the job now also allows for more interaction with the rest of the staff on basketball issues, such as game plans and film breakdown. The director of operations position was not as involved, focusing mostly on day-to-day team activities, such as practice times and travel plans. Given the modified job description, Calhoun was seeking someone with experience in every aspect of a program's needs.
Miller, who was fired at Penn last December, played for UConn, graduated from UConn, and previously spent years under Jim Calhoun on the Huskies' staff.
Miller will look at returning to Storrs as somewhat of a steppingstone back into coaching, considering what he told the New Haven Register:
"It is what it is," Miller said on Friday. "It's a step backward, the first time I've had to experience a step back like this, but I'm just very excited to get this opportunity. I’m looking at it as I'm not on the floor coaching this year, but I'll have a chance to help in a lot of other areas, and it will enhance me as a coach."