Mike Woodson a candidate to coach Indiana Hoosiers?
New York Knicks coach Mike Woodson is expected to be unemployed at some point in the very near future. The Knicks, who are expected to hire Phil Jackson to take over their basketball operations department, are in need of an overhaul. That will likely start with Woodson. Could the NBA coaching veteran be heading to the NCAA once he’s terminated?
According to Frank Isola of the NY Daily News, Woodson would be a top candidate to take over at Indiana if current head coach Tom Crean is bought out. Crean has led the Hoosiers to a 17-15 record and it hoping for an NIT bid. Indiana was a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament last year but was eliminated in the Sweet 16.
According to a source, Woodson would be a top candidate at his alma mater, Indiana University, if current coach Tom Crean does not return. The source claims that several prominent IU boosters are pushing to buy out Crean and install Woodson, a product of Indianapolis, as the coach.”
Woodson graduated from Indiana, where he played college ball and ended up being the 12th overall pick in the 1980 NBA draft. He has been an NBA coach since 1996, though a source told Isola Woodson fully expects to be fired by the Knicks.
If Indiana truly is hoping to hire Woodson, the deciding factor will obviously be if he wants to coach at the collegiate level. While Indiana is one of the most elite programs in the country, going from the Knicks to the Hoosiers would obviously be taking a step back.
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