Indiana basketball is closing in on a deal to make former Hoosiers’ star Mike Woodson this system’s subsequent head coach.
When the Indiana Hoosiers fired Archie Miller and paid a $10.3 million buyout to maneuver on, followers started dreaming of some marquee coaching candidates. Visions of Chris Beard, Brad Stevens and Porter Moser have been dancing within the heads of the Indiana trustworthy however the Hoosiers opted to maneuver in a distinct course, hiring New York Knicks’ assistant coach Mike Woodson to exchange Miller, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reviews.
Indiana closing in on hiring Woodson was first reported by Louisville-based reporter Rick Bozich. Woodson, 63, performed beneath legendary head coach Bob Knight at Indiana from 1976-1980, scoring 2,062 factors and serving to the Hoosiers attain the Candy 16 as a senior in 1980.
The transfer matches with the latest rumors that Indiana was looking for a former participant to function their subsequent head coach. This system, dealing with a rash of potential defections with seven gamers at the moment within the switch portal, was additionally reportedly rebuffed by large names like Stevens and Ohio State’s Chris Holtmann.
Indy Star’s Gregg Doyel can also be reporting that the Hoosiers are also bringing in former Ohio State head coach Thad Matta to function an affiliate athletic director for the basketball program. Matta ought to be capable to assist Woodson assemble a training workers able to doing properly within the Huge Ten.
Did Indiana make the best rent with Mike Woodson?
The selection to rent Woodson does match this system’s need for a former participant however this doesn’t precisely scream Juwan Howard-to-Michigan vibes. Howard was 46 years outdated when he was employed by the Wolverines and has ties to a historic period in this system as a member of the Fab 5, and his days as an NBA participant assist give him credibility with recruits.
Woodson is a stable NBA coach however he has by no means coached on the faculty degree, making it a whole unknown how he’ll be capable to recruit and outfox Huge Ten rivals like Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State to maintain a few of Indiana’s homegrown highschool expertise within the Hoosier state.
This rent looks like Indiana opted to accept somebody with ties to this system’s glory days as an alternative of specializing in touchdown a candidate that will assist the one-time blue blood powerhouse evolve into the fashionable age of school basketball.
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