UPDATE: In a new report on Thursday, Griffin indicated that he intends to stay at Syracuse.
Just a day after the news broke that former IU assistant coach Bruiser Flint was leaving the program, a name has surfaced as a possible replacement.
Syracuse.com’s Mike Waters is reporting via sources that IU head coach Archie Miller is courting Syracuse assistant Allen Griffin to join the staff in Bloomington.
Griffin played at Syracuse under Jim Boeheim from 1997 to 2001, and he joined the Orange coaching staff in 2017.
A native of New York, Griffin works primarily with the centers at Syracuse. He is also in recruiting and opponent scouting for the Orange.
Griffin spent six years as an assistant coach on Miller’s staff at Dayton. The Flyers were 139-63 during Griffin’s tenure. Dayton made one NIT appearance and four straight NCAA Tournament visits in the six seasons.
When they parted ways in 2017, Griffin spoke fondly of Miller and saw a good fit at IU.
“(Indiana is) a place where you can compete for national championships,” Griffin told The Dayton Daily News, “and they want you to compete for national championships. If you know Archie, you know he wants to compete for national championships, so this was a perfect fit for him and his family. I think he’s going to knock it out of the park.”
As a guard at Syracuse, Griffin played on four teams that earned NCAA Tournament invitations at Syracuse. The Orange were 98-36 (.731) during that span.
Originally from Brooklyn, Griffin has also coached at St. Francis, Hofstra and Providence during his career. His east coast roots and coaching background would seem to make him a natural replacement for Flint, who focused on recruiting that part of the country.
Indiana is looking for an assistant coach after Flint took an opening at Kentucky.
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