The Indiana Hoosiers have settled on a new head coach after about a week of searching. Current New York Knicks assistant coach and former Hoosier player Mike Woodson will be taking the job. Woodson played for Indiana under legendary head coach Bob Knight. The former Hoosier was a 2,000 point scorer when he played at Indiana. He has spent the past 25 years as an assistant coach and Head Coach in the NBA. Indiana fired Head Archie Miller earlier this month.
Knicks assistant Mike Woodson is finalizing a six-year contract to become the coach at his alma mater Indiana, sources tell ESPN. Formal announcement expected today. Woodson was a Hoosiers star under Bob Knight.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 28, 2021
Indiana settled on Woodson after failing to lure Brad Stevens away from the Boston Celtics and Chris Holtmann away from the Ohio State Buckeyes. While Woodson has been a Head Coach in the NBA he lacks experience in the college coaching world. Indiana announced that they would be bringing in former Ohio State Head CoachThad Matta to the athletic department to assist with the basketball program. That move should help stabilize the program while Woodson is learning the ropes of coaching college basketball.
Indiana seems to want to copy the success of Michigan and Georgetown by bringing in a campus legend to lead the basketball program. The hope is that Woodson can bring back some of that Bob Knight magic that has been lacking for a long time now. This once historic program has seen better days and will need a serious infusion of talent and hard work to fight its way back to the glory days. Mike Woodson is likely up for the challenge of turning his alma mater around.