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Edinboro OC, Miller, to return to pro football in ‘developmental league’

Abbreviated form of this story appeared in the Feb. 12 edition of the Spectator. This version of the story is a exclusive.

Last offseason head football coach Scott Browning had to search for a new offensive coordinator.

The 10th year coach will be doing the same this offseason.

Offensive coordinator Mike Miller will not be returning for the 2015 season as the former Arizona Cardinal offensive coordinator has accepted a position in a “developmental league.”

Miller informed the players in a meeting Thursday morning.

In a phone interview Tuesday morning, Miller would not elaborate on his new destination stating that the team’s head coach will be announced in June with his staff being introduced in July. He would confirm, however, that he will be an offensive coordinator with the team.

The Clarion graduate and former NFL and CFL coach was hired last July on a one-year contract to oversee the quarterbacks, wide receivers and the offensive unit as a whole.

The hire created a buzz around the program as Miller has an impressive resume in professional football serving with the Arizona Cardinals, Pittsburgh Steelers and Buffalo Bills of the NFL as well as the Montreal Alouettes of the CFL.

Miller was the wide receivers coach for the Cardinals during their run to the Super Bowl in 2008, where the team lost to the Steelers.

“After I thought and prayed about it, with my faith in God, I just thought that it was an opportunity I just couldn’t pass up,” Miller said about the new job.

When offered the position earlier this month, Miller said it wasn’t so easy of a choice.

“It really was a tough decision because of my relationship with the players,” he said. “I think we have some very special kids here and I enjoyed coming to work every day. I will always be supportive of Edinboro and the Fighting Scots and I’m very thankful for the opportunity.”

Miller also noted that he was in the running for the vacant head coaching position at Clarion, but withdrew from consideration once this other offer came through.

The Fighting Scots went 3-8 overall and 2-7 in the PSAC in 2014, but sixth-year senior quarterback Cody Harris completed 69.6 percent of his 342 pass attempts for 2,344 yards, throwing 18 touchdowns and just three interceptions under Miller’s tutelage. Harris also tacked on five rushing touchdowns as well.

“Coach Miller set a new standard for the entire team,” Harris said via a text message. “From the moment he arrived he was the same person from day one through game eleven. My time with coach gave me a new perspective, on and off the field.”

Harris is happy Miller’s one-year in the Boro coincided with his final campaign as a Scot.

“I couldn’t imagine having another OC for my senior year and I’m excited to see his future success,” he said.

Despite his stay in the Boro lasting only one season, Miller will cherish it for quite some time.

“It came at a perfect time in my life,” he said. “It allowed me to get back to western PA, back to my home and I really enjoyed it. We just had the best kids there. I want to thank Coach Browning, [Director of Athletics] Bruce Baumgartner and [Assistant Director of Athletics] Todd Jay for giving me the opportunity.”


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