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I haven’t given a lot of thought yet to my preseason rankings for next season yet, but I think I may know who I’m putting in last place.

Another Eastern Illinois player is leaving town, as the school continues their search for their next coach. Although this one is much less surprising.

Former head coach Mike Miller’s son, Joey Miller, plans to transfer to Illinois-Chicago according to the Journal Gazette and Times Courier. (Which has to be the worst amalgation of every generic name used in newspaper titles.)

The 6’3″ freshman Miller averaged 10 points and almost 3 assists a game last season for the Panthers.

Despite being the team’s leading point guard, Miller recieved much flak on this site and the OVC Fans message board from fans for being the coaches son and playing more minutes as a result, although personally I didn’t see a better option on the bench to fill his spot. While I suspect many won’t be too sad to see Miller leave, the team’s top 4 scorers from this past season have either graduated or are transfering out, and the 5th highest scorer spent much of last season injured.

Whenever this school does pick a coach, they’re going to be left with a huge uphill battle in the coming season.

  1. EIU FAN:
    Not exactly breaking news.  This was reported in the Charleston paper a day or two after Coach Miller was let go.
    • Sorry. First I had heard of it. I'll try to be quicker next time. I still think it's safe to say everyone didn't know about it.
      • EIU FAN:
        The original article about Miller transferring was in several weeks ago and mentioned on the message board at that time.  This new article did add where he was going. There are a few positives.  The coaching candidate pool was good.  Despite "being in the middle of nowhere" as reported, Charleston was deemed by many in the know as having a good location for recruiting (very near Indy, St. Louis, Chicago, and down-state/central Illinois).
OVC Ball
Compiling all OVC non-conference games

2016 Football Standings

OVC Overall
Jacksonville State 7-0 10-2
UT Martin 6-2 7-5
Tennessee Tech 5-3 5-6
Tennessee State 4-3 7-4
Eastern Illinois 4-4 6-5
Murray State 4-4 4-7
SEMO 3-5 3-8
Eastern Kentucky 2-6 3-8
Austin Peay 0-8 0-11

2016-17 Basketball Standings

OVC Overall


Belmont 15-1 23-7
Morehead State 10-6 14-16
Jacksonville State 9-7 20-15
Tennessee State 8-8 17-13
Tennessee Tech 8-8 12-20
Eastern Kentucky 5-11 12-19


UT Martin 10-6 22-13
SEMO 9-7 15-18
Murray State 8-8 16-17
Austin Peay 7-9 11-19
Eastern Illinois 6-10 14-15
SIUE 1-15 6-24