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Ohio State, Dayton reportedly interested in former Pittsburgh recruit

Aaron Thompson, a point guard from Fairfax, Va., went back into the recruiting pool when he was released from his letter of intent to attend Pittsburgh last week. Could he end up in the Buckeye State? Jon Rothstein of Fanrag Sports reported Tuesday the three-star prospect has received interest from Ohio State and Dayton along with Georgetown, VCU and Butler. Ohio State is also in pursuit of former...
Dayton Flyers basketball standout Scoochie Smith starting his own business

Dayton Flyers basketball standout Scoochie Smith starting his own business

Scoochie Smith is asking Dayton Flyers basketball fans for help.  The standout point guard who recently finished his career at UD hopes to start an online clothing store, but there is a familiar problem for any startup: Money.  So Smith did what any good entrepreneur would do these days: He started a GoFundMe.  You can find the GoFundMe account here. 
Wright State transfer visits Dayton Flyers

Wright State transfer visits Dayton Flyers

Could Wright State’s loss be the Dayton Flyers’ gain? Mark Alstork, the Raiders’ leading scorer last season, told this new organization he visited the University of Dayton on Monday night. National basketball analyst Pat Lawless was the first to report the news.  Alstork is a Thurgood Marshall graduate who spent a season at Ball State before transferring to WSU. He requested...
Sports Today: Thames burns Reds again, Bengals’ McCarron speaks and many basketball moves

Sports Today: Thames burns Reds again, Bengals’ McCarron speaks and many basketball moves

The Reds are back to .500 after losing the opening game of their series at Milwaukee 11-7.  Consider the optimism of their hot start officially tempered.  They've lost eight of 11, including four of five against the Brewers, who are 6-10 against everyone else.  The offense has returned over the last four games, but since the start of the season the Reds simply haven't gotten the...
Dayton Flyers find new assistant coach for women’s team

Dayton Flyers find new assistant coach for women’s team

Dayton Flyers coach Shauna Green’s staff will have a different look in her second season. Assistant coach Kayla Ard left the program after two seasons to become the associate head coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Denver. Jeff House, who also coached at UD for two seasons, is also no longer listed as a coach on UD’s website. Ryan Gensler, who was the video coordinator...
Long list of schools chasing former Dayton Flyers recruit

Long list of schools chasing former Dayton Flyers recruit

McKinley Wright told the St. Paul Pioneer Press about 15 schools have contacted him since the Dayton Flyers released him from his signed letter of intent and he will start to cut his list down in the next two weeks. Minnesota, Indiana, Butler, Baylor, Colorado and Dayton are among the schools Wright, a senior at Champlin Park High School (Minn.), is considering. Winning the Minnesota Mr. Basketball...
Texas Rangers designate UD grad Mike Hauschild for assignment

Texas Rangers designate UD grad Mike Hauschild for assignment

The Texas Rangers designated relief pitcher Mike Hauschild for assignment on Thursday. The University of Dayton and Beavercreek High School graduate made his big-league debut on April 8 and had an 11.25 ERA in eight innings and four appearances. On Wednesday in a 9-1 loss to the Athletics in Oakland, Hauschild allowed five earned runs on seven hits in 3 1/3 innings. He gave up three home runs. Hauschild...
Chris Wright looks back on injury-plagued season

Chris Wright looks back on injury-plagued season

Six years after Chris Wright’s career with the Dayton Flyers ended, he’s still chasing his NBA dream. The Trotwood-Madison graduate Wright played in 20 games this season with the Oklahoma City Blue in the NBA D-League, averaging 9.9 points and 4.2 rebounds. Injuries and illness limited his playing time. Wright last played in the NBA in 2014, appearing in eight games for the Milwaukee Bucks...
Sports Today: Fickell’s early impact at UC, high school spring football, Reds turn back clock, etc.

Sports Today: Fickell’s early impact at UC, high school spring football, Reds turn back clock, etc.

Think Luke Fickell is making a difference early in his tenure as head coach of the Cincinnati Bearcats football team?  Here’s what Malik Vann, a four-star defensive end from Fairfield, told our Rick Cassano after verbally committing to UC:  Vann is the second four-star to commit to UC, and he did so despite many Power 5 offers. That includes Michigan State, where teammate Josiah...
Anthony Grant’s Dayton Flyers staff announced

Anthony Grant’s Dayton Flyers staff announced

The University of Dayton announced new Dayton Flyers coach Anthony Grant’s staff on Wednesday. Some of the names had already leaked out in the news. Here’s a quick glance at the assistant coaches: • Associate head coach Anthony Solomon: A head coach at St. Bonaventure for four seasons, Solomon, 52, spent last season as an assistant coach at Georgetown and the eight seasons prior...
Former Dayton Flyers to play against each other in Germany

Former Dayton Flyers to play against each other in Germany

Two former Dayton Flyers will play each other for the first time Sunday in the top professional basketball league in Germany. Vee Sanford is averaging 11.3 points per game for s.Oliver Wurzburg. Dyshawn Pierre is averaging 13.8 points per game for Loewen Braunschweig. Sanford closed his Dayton career in 2014 as the key sixth man for the Elite Eight team. He scored 735 points in two seasons. Pierre...
Dayton’s winning First Four bid: A reminder of the good thing going here

Dayton’s winning First Four bid: A reminder of the good thing going here

The NCAA announced Tuesday something that should have been a foregone conclusion: The University of Dayton will host the First Four through 2022. The road to the Final Four will start in the Gem City for another five years, marking 22 in total when the newly awarded bid runs out. As one UD official pointed out, most if not all of the players competing in the 2022 First Four will have lived only...
Dayton ‘overwhelmed with joy’ to keep First Four

Dayton ‘overwhelmed with joy’ to keep First Four

The First Four will stay at UD Arena — the only home it has ever known — for at least five more seasons. The NCAA extended Dayton’s grip on the opening games of the Division I men’s basketball tournament from 2019 through 2022 on Tuesday. UD had already secured the games in 2018, as part of a three-year commitment in 2014. “It felt like Selection Sunday for us today,&rdquo...
Dayton Flyers to play Auburn next two seasons

Dayton Flyers to play Auburn next two seasons

The Dayton Flyers will play Auburn in the the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons, according to a source. The news was first reported by Jon Rothstein, of FanRagSports.com. The first game will take place at UD Arena. The Flyers will play in Auburn, Ala., the following season. Dates have not been announced. RELATED: First Four staying at UD Arena The game this season is part of the Charleston Classic. Teams...
Sports Today: Bengals back in action, Reds rebuild update, NBA coaching rants and perfect bunts 

Sports Today: Bengals back in action, Reds rebuild update, NBA coaching rants and perfect bunts 

The Cincinnati Bengals began OTAs Monday and there was no shortage of news.  The biggest headline of course came from Adam “Pacman” Jones losing his temper when he was asked about his offseason arrest, but there was actual football news as well.  Jeremy Hill told reporters the past two disappointing years are not him, and he stood by his statement to the NFL Network...
First Four staying at UD Arena through 2022

First Four staying at UD Arena through 2022

The First Four will stay at UD Arena through 2022, the NCAA announced Tuesday. Dayton had secured the games through 2018, and it gets the games for at least four more years. "We are proud that the University of Dayton, The Big Hoopla, and our community partners will continue to be the tip-off for the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship," UD Vice-President and Director of Athletics Neil Sullivan...
Dayton Flyers point guard John Crosby to transfer

Dayton Flyers point guard John Crosby to transfer

Sophomore point guard John Crosby intends to transfer from the Dayton Flyers, UD announced Monday night, and has been granted a release from his scholarship. New Dayton coach Anthony Grant told Tom Archdeacon, of the Dayton Daily News, earlier in the day of Crosby’s decision. Grant had just heard the news himself. Crosby averaged 2.6 points and 1.1 assists as a backup to Scoochie Smith last...
Scoochie Smith among assists leaders at Portsmouth Invitational

Scoochie Smith among assists leaders at Portsmouth Invitational

Dayton Flyers senior Scoochie Smith finished the Portsmouth Invitational on Saturday with the fourth most assists in the tournament. Smith averaged 6.3 assists in three games in Portsmouth, Va. The tournament featured 64 of the top seniors from around the country. Neither Smith nor teammate Charles Cooke shot the ball well. Smith averaged 7.0 points on 33.3 percent shooting. Cooke shot 22.9 percent...
Dayton Flyers climb in national attendance rankings

Dayton Flyers climb in national attendance rankings

The Dayton Flyers ranked 22nd in the nation in average attendance in the 2016-17 men’s basketball season, according to the NCAA. It’s Dayton’s highest national ranking since 2004-05 when it was 18th with 12,570 fans per game. The Flyers set a UD Arena record by averaging 13,018 fans in 16 home games. On average, 98.1 percent of the seats in UD Arena were bought. That ranked...
Dayton Flyers’ Grant-Allen selected in WNBA Draft

Dayton Flyers’ Grant-Allen selected in WNBA Draft

The Los Angeles Sparks selected Dayton Flyers senior center Saicha Grant-Allen with the 11th pick of the third round Thursday. She was the 35th player selected overall. The 6-foot-5 Grant-Allen averaged 9.9 points and 8.6 rebounds last season. She’s a native of Hamilton, Ont. She earned second team All-Atlantic 10 honors and made the all-conference defensive team. The Sparks are coached by Brian...
Anthony Grant makes first addition to Dayton Flyers staff

Anthony Grant makes first addition to Dayton Flyers staff

Darren Hertz will join new Dayton Flyers coach Anthony Grant’s staff, according to a source on Wednesday. The hire has not been officially announced. Hertz is the first addition to Grant’s staff. He spent the last two seasons as a special assistant to head coach John Groce at Illinois. Groce was fired in March and is now the head coach at Akron. Hertz spent 19 seasons (1996-2015) at the...
Sports Today: Scooter driving Reds, Browns consider wasting top pick, Dayton Flyers recruiting news

Sports Today: Scooter driving Reds, Browns consider wasting top pick, Dayton Flyers recruiting news

That’s three wins in a row for the first-place Cincinnati Reds, who took a one-run lead three times in Pittsburgh last night then pulled away late en route to a 6-2 win over the Pirates.  Scooter Gennett’s three-run homer in the eighth inning gave the Reds some breathing room, but Bryan Price left nothing to chance.  He lifted Blake Wood with one out in the eighth and called...
Dayton Flyers interested in transfer from Missouri

Dayton Flyers interested in transfer from Missouri

The Dayton Flyers had all 13 scholarships for the 2017-18 season filled before Archie Miller left for Indiana. With recruits McKinley Wright and Nahziah Carter being released from their signed national letters of intent, UD has two spots to fill, and it could have more, depending on the decisions of two other recruits, Jordan Pierce and Matej Svoboda. There are numerous transfers — more than...
Second Dayton Flyers recruit receives release from letter of intent

Second Dayton Flyers recruit receives release from letter of intent

Dayton Flyers recruit Nahziah Carter has received a release from his letter of intent, according to a report by ESPN’s Adam Finkelstein. Carter, a 6-foot-6 senior guard at Bishop Kearney High School who is the nephew of Jay-Z, is the second recruit in Dayton’s 2017 class to ask for and receive a release from his commitment. McKinley Wright, a point guard from Champlin Park, Minn., is the...
Transfer season has affected eight Atlantic 10 teams

Transfer season has affected eight Atlantic 10 teams

Spring is transfer season in college basketball. VerbalCommits.com keeps a list of transferring players, and as of Monday, it had more than 400 names on it. Eight of the 14 teams in the Atlantic 10 conference have lost players. Six have lost multiple players. The Dayton Flyers appear to be on their way to a third straight season without losing a transfer player. Coach Anthony Grant said no players...
Two Dayton Flyers seniors to play in Portsmouth Invitational

Two Dayton Flyers seniors to play in Portsmouth Invitational

Dayton Flyers senior guards Charles Cooke and Scoochie Smith will play in the Portsmouth Invitational, which runs Wednesday through Saturday at Churchland High School in Portsmouth, Va. RELATED: First Four announcement coming soon The rosters for the event were announced Monday. The Portsmouth Invitational gives college seniors a chance to play three games in four days in front of scouts from every...
NCAA announcement about First Four coming Tuesday

NCAA announcement about First Four coming Tuesday

The University of Dayton will find out Tuesday whether it will keep the First Four at UD Arena beyond 2018. UD has played host to the First Four since 2011. Prior to that, the opening-round game of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, or play-in game, was played at UD Arena every season from 2001-10. Dayton sought a 10-year commitment from the NCAA in 2013, but the NCAA decided against a long-term...
Sports Today: Reds top Cardinals, NHL playoffs coming, NFL draft speculation, etc.

Sports Today: Reds top Cardinals, NHL playoffs coming, NFL draft speculation, etc.

The Cincinnati Reds are 4-2 after taking two of three games from the Cardinals in St. Louis over the weekend.  How about that?  As Tucker Barnhart predicted, Scott Feldman was much better in his second start than his first. The veteran struck out six, walked on and allowed four hits in six shutout innings yesterday. Adam Duvall and Joey Votto homered as the Reds romped 8-0.  Friday...
Two Dayton assistants joining Archie Miller’s staff at Indiana

Two Dayton assistants joining Archie Miller’s staff at Indiana

Tom Ostrom and Bill Comar will join former Dayton Flyers coach Archie Miller at Indiana, according a report from ESPN’s Jeff Goodman on Sunday. Three different Dayton players told the Dayton Daily News on April 1, when new coach Anthony Grant was introduced as head coach, Ostrom had already told them he was joining Miller’s staff. Miller said reporters in Indiana last week he wanted to...
Women’s basketball recruit changes mind about Dayton

Women’s basketball recruit changes mind about Dayton

The first player signed by the Dayton Flyers in the Shauna Green era asked for a release from her national letter of intent and will reopen the recruiting process. Sam Breen, a senior at Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School in Pittsburgh, made the announcement on Twitter. She’s a 6-foot-2 post player who ranked 67th in the class of 2017, according to ESPN’s HoopGurlz rankings. Breen...
Anthony Grant continues meeting with Dayton Flyers recruits

Anthony Grant continues meeting with Dayton Flyers recruits

Dayton Flyers coach Anthony Grant met with 2017 recruit Nahziah Carter on Friday night in Rochester, N.Y. Grant met with Jordan Davis the same day in Irmo, S.C., and convinced Davis to stay with the Flyers. Carter, a 6-foot-6 forward from Bishop Kearney High School, has not made a public announcement about his plans since meeting with Grant. His mom, Lonnie Moore, said earlier in the week he was weighing...
Beavercreek, UD grad makes big-league debut

Beavercreek, UD grad makes big-league debut

University of Dayton and Beavercreek High School graduate Mike Hauschild made his big-league debut Saturday for the Texas Rangers with his entire family in the stands at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas. Hauschild pitched the ninth inning of a 6-1 loss to the Oakland A’s. He allowed a double and then threw a wild pitch. He gave up a single to score a run but then got out of the inning with...
Former Flyers pitcher makes Major League debut

Former Flyers pitcher makes Major League debut

Former Dayton Flyers pitcher and Beavercreek High School graduate Mike Hauschild finally made his major league debut in Texas on Saturday night. Hauschild came on in relief in the ninth inning with the Rangers trailing Oakland 5-1. He gave up a double on his very first pitch, then an RBI single to Marcus Semien. Hauschild settled down to strike out Matt Joyce and get Ryon Healy to fly out to left...

Flyers finishing up spring football practice

If you’re going to compete for championships you have to have a veteran quarterback. Rick Chamberlain can check that box as his Flyers get ready to wrap up spring practice on Sunday. Alex Jeske is set to be the starting QB for the third year in a row. Jeske rolled up more than 27-hundred total yards last season. He threw 15 touchdown passes and found the end zone 14 times with his legs. &ldquo...
Recruit Jordan Davis staying with Dayton Flyers

Recruit Jordan Davis staying with Dayton Flyers

Not long after point guard McKinley Wright announced he will ask Dayton for a release from his signed national letter of intent, reopening his recruitment process, another 2017 Dayton Flyers recruit said he is staying with Dayton. Jordan Davis, a 6-foot-4 senior guard at Dutch Fork High School in Irmo, S.C., met with new Dayton coach Anthony Grant on Friday and then sent a message to the Dayton...
Connecticut writer: AAC should call Dayton, VCU after adding Wichita State

Connecticut writer: AAC should call Dayton, VCU after adding Wichita State

Big news today in college basketball: Wichita State is joining the American Athletic Conference.  A writer for the Hartford (Conn.) Courant suggests the AAC should not stop there.  That’s because while football mobility and lucrative television contracts might still be hard to come by for members of the former Big East, the league can play its way up the basketball ladder by regularly...
Dayton Flyers recruit asks for release from letter of intent

Dayton Flyers recruit asks for release from letter of intent

Point guard McKinley Wright, one of four signed players in the 2017 recruiting class for the Dayton Flyers, has requested a release from his letter of intent, he announced Friday on Twitter. Wright, a senior at Champlin Park High School (Minn.), wrote, “Dayton remains a program I will strongly consider” but he feels it’s in his best interest “to explore all opportunities with...
Sports Today: Marvin Lewis doesn’t see extension before season; Kennard; Reds and more

Sports Today: Marvin Lewis doesn’t see extension before season; Kennard; Reds and more

Remember how Marvin Lewis said he wanted to have his contract with the Bengals extended before the season?  Apparently he’s over that.  The veteran coach told ESPN he doesn't see it happening (as it did last spring).  ESPN also reported the Bengals had Florida State running back Dalvin Cook in for a visit.  While Leonard Fournette is a power back with big-play potential...
Dayton Flyers assistant headed to Syracuse

Dayton Flyers assistant headed to Syracuse

Allen Griffin, an assistant coach under Archie Miller with the Dayton Flyers for the last six seasons, will return to his alma mater as an assistant coach, Syracuse University announced Thursday. The news broke last week, but Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said at the time no deal was in place. Griffin played for Boeheim from 1997-2001 and will now coach on his staff. "I can't express how...
Kentucky getting best early 2018 NCAA basketball championship odds

Kentucky getting best early 2018 NCAA basketball championship odds

The favorite for the 2018 NCAA men’s basketball national championship is the Kentucky Wildcats. Per Bovada, John Calipari’s team is getting 12/1 odds just a few days after North Carolina won the 2017 title. The Tar Heels have the second-best odds at 12/1. They are followed by Duke, Gonzaga, Kansas, Louisville and 2016 national champion Villanova — all at 14/1. New coach Anthony Grant&rsquo...
Anthony Grant makes list of top 10 coaches for next 10 years

Anthony Grant makes list of top 10 coaches for next 10 years

New Dayton Flyers coach Anthony Grant made Forbes.com list of the ten best basketball coaches for the next 10 years. The list included coaches born in 1965 or later and coaches with at least 100 career wins. Coaches on last year’s list were not considered. RELATED: Grant hopes to keep new recruits in the fold Of Grant, who was introduced by UD on Saturday at UD Arena, Rich Cambell wrote, &ldquo...
Anthony Grant hopes to keep recruits in the fold

Anthony Grant hopes to keep recruits in the fold

New Dayton Flyers coach Anthony Grant plans to meet face to face with the four 2017 recruits who have signed national letters of intent to play at UD. Grant didn’t say when the meetings would take place. He did confirm none of the players have asked for a release from their letters of intent. “At the end of the day, when all the dust settles, I never want to stand in the way of a kid that...
New Dayton Flyers coach provides injury updates

New Dayton Flyers coach provides injury updates

New Dayton Flyers coach Anthony Grant has focused on getting to know his players, setting up face-to-face meetings with incoming recruits and building a coaching staff. Grant spoke to the Dayton Daily News on Thursday, one week after UD announced his hiring. Among the topics discussed were two pieces of injury news. Sophomore forward Sam Miller fractured his ankle while playing on Saturday, not long...
Jim Jabir to coach at Florida Atlantic

Jim Jabir to coach at Florida Atlantic

Former Dayton Flyers coach Jim Jabir will take over as the head women’s coach at Florida Atlantic University, according to multiple reports Wednesday. The University Press, FAU’s student paper, reported the school will introduce Jabir at a press conference Thursday. Jabir coached the Flyers for 13 seasons and had a career record of 252-155. He resigned in September, citing health reasons...
Anthony Grant’s first priority: getting to know players, recruits

Anthony Grant’s first priority: getting to know players, recruits

ESPN’s Joe Lunardi didn’t include the Dayton Flyers in his way-too-early first Bracketology of the 2017-18 season. The Flyers have played in four straight NCAA tournaments but lost four senior starters. They also have a new head coach, Anthony Grant, who is working on building a staff and convincing four signed recruits to stay with UD despite the departure of Archie Miller to Indiana...
Whirlwind week ends for Anthony Grant at first press conference

Whirlwind week ends for Anthony Grant at first press conference

Anthony Grant looks as if he could still suit up for the Dayton Flyers. He’ll turn 51 in a few weeks. He left his playing career behind 30 years ago. But he has kept in shape. That doesn’t mean he plans to search for an extra year of eligibility. He’s the new head coach. He won’t have time for pickup games anytime soon. “I work out,” Grant said with a laugh. &ldquo...
Dayton Flyers react: ‘Having someone who knows what it’s like playing here is a big deal’

Dayton Flyers react: ‘Having someone who knows what it’s like playing here is a big deal’

A week ago, the University of Dayton men’s basketball team was coming to grips with losing its coach Archie Miller to the Indiana Hoosiers - a loss that sent shock waves through the university and college basketball. A week later the Flyers were meeting their new coach, Anthony Grant. For Ryan Mikesell, the St. Henry High School grad who grew up watching UD, Grant being a former player brings...
Dayton Flyers grad Mike Hauschild a big leaguer for the first time

Dayton Flyers grad Mike Hauschild a big leaguer for the first time

University of Dayton and Beavercreek High School graduate Mike Hauschild will play in the big leagues for the first time next week. The Texas Rangers finalized their Opening Day roster on Saturday, and Hauschild, a 33rd-round pick in 2012, is on it. Mike’s dad Doug Hauschild, the longtime sports information director at UD, was in Arlington, Texas, with his wife Patty to see the Rangers play...
New Dayton Flyers coach Anthony Grant: ‘This is unbelievable’

New Dayton Flyers coach Anthony Grant: ‘This is unbelievable’

A sign in the front row read, “Once a Flyer, always a Flyer.” That has always been true for Anthony Grant, the new coach of the Dayton Flyers. He was introduced at a press conference Saturday at UD Arena and then told stories later about meeting fellow UD alums like Brian Roberts and Chris Wright in recent years. They share a common bond even if they played in different eras. >>>...
Shauna Green named rookie coach of the year

Shauna Green named rookie coach of the year

The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association named Dayton Flyers coach Shauna Green the winner of the 2017 Spalding Maggie Dixon NCAA Division I Rookie Coach of the Year award on Friday.. Green took over the program weeks before the start of practice in September and led the Flyers to a 22-10 record, a share of the Atlantic 10 regular-season title, the A-10 tournament championship and a NCAA...
CBS analyst Clark Kellogg: Anthony Grant hiring a ‘home run’

CBS analyst Clark Kellogg: Anthony Grant hiring a ‘home run’

Positive reaction continues to pour in from around the country on the University of Dayton’s hiring of Anthony Grant as the Flyers new basketball coach. Former Ohio State Buckeye and CBS analyst Clark Kellogg called the hiring a “home run” when I talked with him from Phoenix on Friday afternoon. Sports Illustrated and CBS college basketball analyst Seth Davis raved on Twitter about...
Sports Today: Grant’s challenge at Dayton, Ohio State’s rebuilds and reboots and the Reds are coming to town

Sports Today: Grant’s challenge at Dayton, Ohio State’s rebuilds and reboots and the Reds are coming to town

As I wrote yesterday, I believe the Dayton Flyers’ hiring of Anthony Grant as head coach is a good move.  I’m a sucker for the homecoming angle, admittedly, but it’s not hard to see him as having a good mix of experiences that should make him a good fit.  He’s been around the block, but he’s still young enough to be here for a long time.  There&rsquo...
Dayton Flyers receive A-10 championship trophy

Dayton Flyers receive A-10 championship trophy

Lost in the excitement of the Dayton Flyers hiring Anthony Grant on Thursday was the news that UD’s Atlantic 10 regular-season championship trophy arrived at the coaches’ offices on the same day. Dayton seniors Kendall Pollard and Scoochie Smith posed for photos with the new trophy and the old trophy they won a year ago when they split the title with St. Bonaventure and Virginia Commonwealth...
Anthony Grant ready to lead charge into the next era

Anthony Grant ready to lead charge into the next era

Anthony Grant takes over a program that set a school record for attendance in the 2016-17, topping 13,000 for the first time in the history of an arena that will celebrate its 50th birthday in two years. The new coach of the Dayton Flyers knows as well as anyone what that means. “That’s so important,” Grant said Thursday on 700 WLW with Lance McAlister. “I’ve experienced...
Exclusive:  ‘Honored, humbled’ Anthony Grant talks to Mike Hartsock

Exclusive:  ‘Honored, humbled’ Anthony Grant talks to Mike Hartsock

New Dayton Flyers coach Anthony Grant spoke with WHIO’s Mike Hartsock on Thursday evening, giving his first reactions on a whirlwind day that saw him take the reins at his alma mater. On his excitement of being named the new UD coach: “It’s an unbelievable feeling. As a graduate of UD, having played there and seen what that place is all about, I’m humbled. I’m honored...
Dayton Flyers: Five things to know about hiring of Anthony Grant

Dayton Flyers: Five things to know about hiring of Anthony Grant

One former Flyer congratulated another Thursday as the Dayton Flyers found the man they hope keeps them on the upward trajectory set by Archie Miller. “Congratulations to my guy AG!” Chris Wright wrote on Twitter. “Type of guy players love to play for! Extremely knowledgeable of the game and knows what it takes to succeed!” Dayton announced the hiring of Anthony Grant, 50,...
Neil Sullivan, Anthony Grant agree: Dayton is a ‘destination job’

Neil Sullivan, Anthony Grant agree: Dayton is a ‘destination job’

Dayton Athletic Director Neil Sullivan and new Dayton Flyers coach Anthony Grant look at the program the same way. “We both look at it as a destination job,” Sullivan said Thursday, hours after UD announced the hiring of Grant. Dayton’s last three coaches have used the program as a stepping stone, leaving for jobs at Clemson, Georgia Tech and Indiana. Grant, 50, played for Dayton...
Dayton Flyers will meet new coach on Saturday

Dayton Flyers will meet new coach on Saturday

Kendall Pollard was taking a class with a number of fellow Dayton Flyers — Scoochie Smith, Joey Gruden, Josh Cunningham and Darrell Davis — when they saw the news break on Twitter about UD hiring Anthony Grant. Pollard said they didn’t need to start researching Grant on Google. They had time to do that earlier in the week because Grant was one of the favorites for the job. The players...
Dayton gets its man; can Anthony Grant keep the Flyers on the upswing?

Dayton gets its man; can Anthony Grant keep the Flyers on the upswing?

Anthony Grant looks like a strong hire for University of Dayton basketball. The 50-year-old brings a little bit of everything to the table. He’s a former Flyer, so he knows what a unique place in college basketball Dayton holds. He has proven he can win at a mid-major school (VCU), and he has seen first-hand the differences that go into trying to build a powerhouse program in the SEC -...
Dayton Flyers: Assistant coach Tom Ostrom praises hiring of Anthony Grant

Dayton Flyers: Assistant coach Tom Ostrom praises hiring of Anthony Grant

Tom Ostrom has known Anthony Grant a long time. They coached together on Billy Donovan’s staff with the Florida Gators for seven seasons from 1998 to 2005. Ostrom, an assistant coach on Archie Miller’s staff at Dayton for the last six seasons, praised the announcement of Grant’s hiring on Thursday. “I’ve known Anthony and (his wife Christina) for 20 years,&rdquo...
WATCH: New Dayton Flyers coach Anthony Grant interviewed by Don Donoher in 1986

WATCH: New Dayton Flyers coach Anthony Grant interviewed by Don Donoher in 1986

For the first time since Don Donoher took over for Tom Blackburn, the Dayton Flyers have named a former player to run the program. Anthony Grant becomes the 19th head coach in UD history, returning to the place where he was the Most Valuable Player for the Flyers his senior season in 1987. Grant was a seldom-used freshman on Dayton’s elite eight team in 1984. He played in two NCAA tournaments...
Tom Archdeacon: Final Four coach an admirer of UD hire Anthony Grant

Tom Archdeacon: Final Four coach an admirer of UD hire Anthony Grant

New University of Dayton men’s basketball coach Anthony Grant inspired one current Final Four coach and former high school teammate to put pen to paper. Grant is close friends with South Carolina coach Frank Martin, who has the Gamecocks in their first ever Final Four. The two were high school teammates at Miami High School in Florida. Grant was the All City star, Martin was a glorified manager...
Dayton Flyers announce hiring of Anthony Grant

Dayton Flyers announce hiring of Anthony Grant

The University of Dayton announced the hiring of Anthony Grant as the next head men’s basketball coach Thursday. Grant has spent the last two seasons in the NBA as an assistant coach with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Grant succeeds Archie Miller, who was the head coach for six seasons before leaving for Indiana on Saturday. Grant is the 19th head coach in UD history and the seventh in the last...
Sports Today: More on Dayton’s coaching search, Mike Brown and Adam Jones, whither Robert Stephenson?

Sports Today: More on Dayton’s coaching search, Mike Brown and Adam Jones, whither Robert Stephenson?

Another day, another story about Anthony Grant and the Dayton Flyers basketball coaching vacancy.  Tom Archdeacon writes the university has reached out to the former Flyer, who is an assistant for the Oklahoma City Thunder, and Grant is interested in the job.  He also provides lots of great background on Grant here.  Earlier in the day, Thunder coach Billy Donovan told reporters...
WATCH: Our special report on the Dayton Flyers … Who’s Got Next?

WATCH: Our special report on the Dayton Flyers … Who’s Got Next?

Flyer Nation … Who’s Got Next? Join us tonight at 7:30 on WHIO-TV Ch. 7 for our special on Dayton Flyers basketball. ARCHDEACON: One prime candidate could be ‘natural fit’ for FlyersWe’ll take you to Bloomington to hear what Archie Miller had to say about his former team and his plans for moving on to Hoosier Nation. We will introduce you to Anthony Grant the next...
AP ranks Dayton Flyers among top 100 programs of all time

AP ranks Dayton Flyers among top 100 programs of all time

The Associated Press ranked the top 100 men’s basketball programs of all time, based on appearances in the top 25 poll. The Dayton Flyers ranked 76th with 98 points. Teams received one point for each week they have been ranked or two points for being ranked No. 1. Kentucky was No. 1. The Wildcats have appeared in 75.4 percent of all polls and been ranked No. 1 124 times. Rounding out the top...
Sports Today: Reds set rotation, UD Flyers candidates, Ohio State spring football updates, alligators, etc.

Sports Today: Reds set rotation, UD Flyers candidates, Ohio State spring football updates, alligators, etc.

Dayton Flyers basketball’s nascent coaching search gained some steam last night with the revelation former Flyer Anthony Grant is among the candidates.  That was confirmed by WHIO’s John Bedell after Jeff Goodman of ESPN shared the name of Grant along with Dayton assistant Tom Ostrom, Northern Kentucky head coach John Brannen, former Illinois and Ohio head coach John Groce. ...
Anthony Grant among candidates for Dayton Flyers job

Anthony Grant among candidates for Dayton Flyers job

Oklahoma City Thunder assistant coach Anthony Grant, a former Dayton Flyer, is a candidate for the Dayton head coaching job, a source told WHIO’s John Bedell on Tuesday. Grant, 50, was a head coach at Virginia Commonwealth (2006-09, 76-25) and Alabama (2009-15, 117-85) earlier in his career. He was an assistant coach under current Thunder head coach Billy Donovan at Florida from 1996-2006. Grant...
Sports Today: Cavs skidding to NBA finish, Bengals on Raiders move, college basketball moves, etc.

Sports Today: Cavs skidding to NBA finish, Bengals on Raiders move, college basketball moves, etc.

If you are running out the clock on the NBA regular season waiting for the playoffs to begin, you’re not alone.  The defending champions Cleveland Cavaliers seem to be doing the same thing.  LeBron James’ crew slipped behind the Boston Celtics after getting blown out by the Spurs last night, and they are only two games ahead of the third-place Washington Wizards.  That prompted...
Archie Miller hopes McKinley Wright sticks with Dayton

Archie Miller hopes McKinley Wright sticks with Dayton

Dayton Flyers recruit McKinley Wright, one of four players signed with UD in the class of 2017, may follow Archie Miller to Indiana, according to a report Monday from a Minnesota TV station. Wright, who didn’t respond to a Dayton Daily News question on Sunday about his status, told Darren Wolfson, of KSTP Ch. 5, he has not officially asked for a release from his national letter of intent...
Indiana introduces Archie Miller as head coach

Indiana introduces Archie Miller as head coach

Archie Miller has never liked press conferences, but he doesn’t let that stop him from delivering great performances at them. One reporter covering his introductory press conference Monday at Indiana’s Assembly Hall said he won over the whole state. Two days after his six-year run as coach of the Dayton Flyers ended with a sad goodbye to his players at UD, Miller began a new chapter as...
Dayton basketball can keep dreaming big thanks to Archie Miller

Dayton basketball can keep dreaming big thanks to Archie Miller

I haven’t been back in town long enough to consider myself any sort of Dayton Flyers insider, but sometimes that’s a good thing. Like today I can give you my perception of how the program changed during Miller’s six years in the Gem City. In short, he took the program up a notch. That might sound simple, but it shouldn’t be overlooked because it is not an easy thing to do....
Sports Today: Archie Miller’s gone, Final 4 set, Reds inch closer to Opening Day and more

Sports Today: Archie Miller’s gone, Final 4 set, Reds inch closer to Opening Day and more

So, anything happen over the weekend?  Oh yeah…  I will have some thoughts on Archie Miller leaving Dayton for Indiana, his impact, etc., later today, but first let’s look at what else is going on around the sports world.  How many Final Four teams did you pick correctly?  I got one – Gonzaga – as my brackets continue to trend worse and worse from year...
Search ongoing for new Dayton Flyers coach; Archie Miller introduced today at Indiana

Search ongoing for new Dayton Flyers coach; Archie Miller introduced today at Indiana

Former Dayton Flyers coach Archie Miller will be introduced as the new coach at Indiana University at 3 p.m. today in Bloomington, Ind. Miller accepted the job at Indiana on Saturday after six seasons at Dayton. Miller went 139-63 with four NCAA tournament appearances in six seasons at Dayton. He ranks fifth in school history in victories, winning percentage and games coached. Miller posted a letter...
Archie Miller thanks ‘Flyer Nation’ in letter

Archie Miller thanks ‘Flyer Nation’ in letter

Former Dayton Flyers men’s basketball coach Archie Miller thanked Flyer Nation on Sunday night in a letter posted to his Twitter account. Miller, who was named the new coach at Indiana on Saturday, thanked the players, fans and university administration for their support during his six seasons at UD. “This was a hard decision for my family and I,” he said. “We have been embraced...
Dayton Flyers legend Bucky Bockhorn will miss Archie Miller

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

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. 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...
Dayton Flyers fans make their case to be next UD coach

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. 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...
Dayton Flyers made ‘aggressive’ push to keep Archie Miller

Dayton Flyers made ‘aggressive’ push to keep Archie Miller

The Archie Miller era in Dayton ended with what’s known on Twitter as a “Woj bomb” at 12:28 p.m. Saturday. Adrian Wojnarowski‏, who breaks most of the big news in basketball, sent shock waves through the Dayton Flyers community with an 82-character tweet. He didn’t need the full 140 to ruin everyone’s weekend. “Archie Miller and Indiana finalizing a 7-year contract...
Second Thoughts? An All-American move might be good for UD

Second Thoughts? An All-American move might be good for UD

I used to yell “stop the ball” a lot when I coached CYO basketball. I was yelling at Wisconsin at the end of its regional semifinal game late Friday. But the Badgers let Florida’s Chris Chiozza dribble straight up the court and paid the price. Four seconds is plenty of time to get a good shot. Stop the ball! The success of the Big East in the past two NCAA tournaments got me and...
Archie Miller: Indiana a ‘dream destination’

Archie Miller: Indiana a ‘dream destination’

Archie Miller provided a first glimpse into his thoughts about leaving the Dayton Flyers for the Indiana Hoosiers on Saturday in a press release by IU. “I am honored to be the head coach at Indiana University,” Miller said. “IU is one of the greatest basketball programs and academic institutions in the country and I cannot wait to get started. With peerless fan support, outstanding...
Dayton Flyers AD on hiring new coach: ‘You’ve got to get it right’

Dayton Flyers AD on hiring new coach: ‘You’ve got to get it right’

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,&rdquo...
Fans, students react to Dayton Flyers coach Archie Miller’s departure

Fans, students react to Dayton Flyers coach Archie Miller’s departure

Fans, alumni and students wished former Dayton Flyers basketball coach Archie Miller well on Saturday but wondered how his departure for Indiana University would impact the team he will be leaving behind. The campus was abuzz with the news Saturday afternoon after it was confirmed that Miller had called a mandatory team meeting to let his players know he had taken the Indiana job. “I think it&rsquo...
Archie Miller leaving Dayton Flyers for Indiana Hoosiers

Archie Miller leaving Dayton Flyers for Indiana Hoosiers

Dayton Flyers coach Archie Miller will be the new head coach at Indiana, both schools announced Saturday Miller called a mandatory team meeting on Saturday afternoon, according to multiple sources. Some players, who were working at UD baseball game, were called away to the meeting and told they had 15 minutes to get there. "I want to extend our deepest gratitude and sincere thanks to Archie for...
Xavier’s Elite Eight run similar to Dayton’s in 2014

Xavier’s Elite Eight run similar to Dayton’s in 2014

It will come as no surprise that fans of the Dayton Flyers still hate their old rival Xavier, even if the teams have played only once in the last four seasons and may not play again until who knows when. “I hate Xavier,” one fan wrote Thursday on Twitter. “I couldn't care less that we don't play them anymore. Fight me.” “I respect Xavier but I will continue...
UMass looking for a new coach again after Kelsey changes mind

UMass looking for a new coach again after Kelsey changes mind

One Atlantic 10 Conference program finds itself looking for a new coach for the second time this week. Massachusetts announced Tuesday it was hiring Cincinnati native and Xavier grad Pat Kelsey, the head coach at Winthrop. He arrived in Amherst on Wednesday, posed for photos and was all set to be introduced at a press conference Thursday. At the last minute, Kelsey changed his mind, telling reporters...
Dayton Flyers: Managers one win from Final Four

Dayton Flyers: Managers one win from Final Four

The Dayton Flyers are still alive in March Madness — at least the team’s managers are. The Manager Games were established in 2014. Team managers and graduate assistants play each other throughout the season. For example, when Dayton hosted Virginia Commonwealth on Senior Night on March 1, VCU arrived in Dayton the night before and its team managers played UD’s team managers in an...
Dayton Flyers recruit leads team to state semifinals in Minnesota

Dayton Flyers recruit leads team to state semifinals in Minnesota

Dayton Flyers recruit McKinley Wright scored 30 points to lead Champlin Park High School to the semifinals of the Class 4A tournament in Minnesota on Wednesday. Wright, one of five recruits in Dayton’s 2017 class, made 13 of 25 shots from the field and had eight rebounds, but it took a crazy last-second shot by teammate Sam Dubois, after a miss by Wright, to beat Chaska 53-50 at the Target Center...
Dayton Flyers coach Archie Miller wins another award

Dayton Flyers coach Archie Miller wins another award

Dayton Flyers coach Archie Miller was named the National Association of Basketball Coaches District 4 Coach of the Year on Wednesday. District 4 includes teams from the Atlantic 10 Conference. The Flyers finished 24-8 and set a school record with their fourth straight NCAA tournament appearance. They won the A-10 Conference regular-season championship. It was the first outright conference title in...
Two Atlantic 10 teams find new coaches

Two Atlantic 10 teams find new coaches

Two Atlantic 10 basketball teams found new coaches Tuesday, according to reports. Massachusetts will hire Winthrop head coach Pat Kelsey, a Cincinnati native who graduated from Elder High School and played at Xavier. Virginia Commonwealth will hire Rice head coach Mike Rhoades, a former VCU assistant. The news broke less than 24 hours after Will Wade left VCU after two seasons for LSU. Kelsey, 41...
Dayton Flyers recruit wins top honor in Minneapolis

Dayton Flyers recruit wins top honor in Minneapolis

The Minneapolis Star Tribune named Dayton Flyers recruit McKinley Wright its 2017 Metro Player of the Year on Monday. Wright, one of five freshmen in Dayton’s 2017 recruiting class, has averaged 22.9 points, 8.1 rebounds and 7.8 assists per game as a senior at Champlin Park High School (Minn.). Champlin Park (29-0) plays Chaska (24-5) in the Class AAAA state quarterfinals at 10 a.m. Wednesday...
A-10 basketball: VCU loses Will Wade to LSU

A-10 basketball: VCU loses Will Wade to LSU

An offseason marked by coaching turnover in the Atlantic 10 Conference continued Monday when Virginia Commonwealth coach Will Wade left the Rams after two seasons to take the head coaching job at Louisiana State. VCU has played in six straight NCAA tournaments, but it will start the 2017-18 season with its fifth coach in the last 16 seasons. Jeff Capel coached for four seasons before leaving for Oklahoma...
Dayton Flyers seniors thank fans via social media

Dayton Flyers seniors thank fans via social media

The five Dayton Flyers seniors said goodbye to the fans on social media after losing 64-58 to Wichita State on Friday in the first round of the NCAA tournament. On Instagram on Tuesday, Kyle Davis wrote, “I wish this season didn't end as early as it did, but over my four years at UD I've grown as a person and player and realized all good things comes to an end. I want to thank everyone...
Women’s Basketball: Dayton Flyers fall to Tennessee in NCAA Tournament

Women’s Basketball: Dayton Flyers fall to Tennessee in NCAA Tournament

For awhile, it looked like the University of Dayton women’s basketball team was going to follow the same script from the Atlantic 10 Tournament in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday afternoon at the KFC Yum! Center: Get down big early, make a run to tie the game then slowly build a lead after getting the jets revved. Well, two out of three. The Flyers (22-10) got down by double...
One era ends for Dayton Flyers; another begins

One era ends for Dayton Flyers; another begins

Expectations soared for the Dayton Flyers four years in a row. Now they will come back to earth — for almost everyone, that is, except the players who will take the court for the 2017-18 season. “Great things are coming,” freshman Kostas Antetokounmpo wrote Friday on Twitter. “Facts!” wrote Dayton’s other freshman, Trey Landers, in response. “Can’t wait...
NCAA Tournament: Dayton Flyers fall to Wichita State

NCAA Tournament: Dayton Flyers fall to Wichita State

The Dayton Flyers went nearly eight minutes without a field goal in the second half Friday night, enabling Wichita State to pull away for a 64-58 victory in an NCAA tournament first-round game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Dayton ends its season at 24-8, while the Shockers (31-4) advance to face the winner of the late game between Kentucky and Northern Kentucky. No. 10 seed WSU outrebounded...
Women’s Basketball: Tennessee ‘just another team’ to Dayton

Women’s Basketball: Tennessee ‘just another team’ to Dayton

With their schedule getting tougher each year, the Dayton women’s basketball players have learned to take games against power-five conference teams in stride. And it’s no different as they enter the NCAA Tournament on Saturday against traditional juggernaut Tennessee. “We are just going to focus on what we can do. They are just another team,” guard JaVonna Layfield said Friday...
N.C. State hires UNC Wilmington’s Kevin Keatts

N.C. State hires UNC Wilmington’s Kevin Keatts

North Carolina State will hire UNC Wilmington’s Kevin Keatts as its men’s basketball coach, according to multiple reports Friday. N.C. State was rumored to be interested in Dayton Flyers coach Archie Miller, a N.C. State grad. Keatts will replace Mark Gottfried, who coached for six seasons. N.C. State announced in February Gottfriend would coach to the end of the season and not return...
March Madness: 5 things to know about the NCAA women’s basketball tournament

March Madness: 5 things to know about the NCAA women’s basketball tournament

Friday is the beginning of the NCAA women’s basketball tournament.  While No. 1 Connecticut tends to make most of the headlines, there are plenty of other things to know.  Here are five:  The Atlantic 10 champions will face the No. 5 seed Tennessee in Louisville, Ky., at 4 p.m. Saturday.  Tennessee beat Dayton in 1986 and against in the 2010 NCAA Tournament.  Host Louisville...
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