By Jeff Goodman
When Wes Miller was called into UNC Greensboro athletic director Kim Record's office in mid-December, he was informed Mike Dement was out. Miller was also told he was the choice to take the reigns on an interim basis, and the 28-year-old was admittedly nervous.
"It was so unexpected," Miller said. "I didn't have any time to prepare for it."
But the former North Carolina guard, who inherited a program that started the season 2-8, began to feel comfortable in the middle of his first game - a loss to East Carolina.
Five more setbacks followed the loss to ECU and Miller's long-term prognosis didn't appear promising.
Then came the road victory against Bobby Cremins and the College of Charleston, another road win against The Citadel and two more -- Chattanooga and Samford.
That's four straight.
"These kids have responded to adversity," Miller said. "They've come together, worked hard and are believing. They didn't give in."
Miller spent half a day in Chapel Hill with his former coach, Roy Williams, shortly after getting the interim gig. He speaks with Williams each week, but said that the transition has been easier since he is able to fall back on the way things were down at UNC.
"If I'm unsure how to do something, I do it like they do at Carolina," Miller said. "Coach Williams has been such a sounding board and he helped me see the big picture."
Right now UNCG is just a half-game out of first place in the north division of the SoCon, but Miller isn't getting ahead of himself.
"One of the players told me that, but I haven't even looked at it," Miller said. "I know we're not where we want and need to be. We're not afraid to talk about big goals and dreams, but in order to do that we have to take it one practice and one game at a time."