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Southern Discomfort: Dayton Flyers Join the Underachieving Athletics

Watching His Back to Bring Dayton Back....
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Ezri SilverCorrespondent IMay 7, 2011

Following Xavier was the right path.

Certainly Cincinnati Catholic league athletics have been better than Dayton.

Look at the league formerly known (depending on the year) as the Greater Catholic League (the acronym is the same today—GCL) boasts Elder and St. Xavier out of Cincinnati but less than consistent performance nor NCAA Division I products out of the Dayton member in Chaminade Julienne, Alter, and Carroll out of Dayton.

This goes for all sports.  Dayton holds the principles of faith in Midwest, real America sports, out of the eastern most Midwest associated with sports, yet the end result is never quite what is expected for the disproportionate passion associated with Dayton athletics.

Enter Archie Miller.  

Miller has the stats and the pedigree that Dayton faithful crave.  Big brother Sean knows the religious fortitude that comes with small town (relative) Southern Ohio sports that little brother Archie has followed with similar conviction.

Balancing act.

The question is whether little Archie is seeking his own Veronica inside the Atlantic 10 or the seemingly more green (Scrooge McDuck speaking) pastures of the Big and Pac-10 (do not worry SEC and ACC—I am using the 10s for effect).

Vanity.

With the ever vain Juwan Staten leaving with the opinion of big daddy's over indulgent personality (Juwan, if you think Penn State has anything for you, I will give you a heads up on your future—McDonalds has an excellent management program you would be suited for), Dayton has reached the recruiting cross roads that could bring the Flyers back to the honesty that has defined Dayton prior to Brian Gregory's resume forming, disloyal dumping of the Flyers (he certainly never cared about the city—only his career).

Enter Archie Miller. Dayton may finally have found Don Donoher's replacement.

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