Mike Woodson 2021 Indiana close to deal to make the program39;s 30th .

Mike Woodson 2021 Indiana close to deal to make  the program39;s 30th .

Mike Woodson 2021 Indiana close to deal to make the program39;s 30th .

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Sun, 28 Mar 2021 13:00:00 -0700

Indiana is close to a deal with Mike Woodson to become the 30th head coach in school history, Inside the Hall has learned


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Indiana is close to a deal with Mike Woodson to become the 30th head coach in school history, Inside the Hall has learned.

Rick Bozich of was the first to report that Woodson had emerged as a leading candidate for the job on Sunday afternoon.

The two sides are believed to be close to a deal that would bring Woodson, a current assistant coach with the New York Knicks, back to Bloomington.

Update: The deal with Woodson is now official:

Welcome home, Coach Woodson.

— Indiana Basketball (@IndianaMBB) March 28, 2021

In addition, former Ohio State coch Thad Matta will be hired at Indiana University as associate AD for men’s basketball administration under Scott Dolson, according to a source.

Gregg Doyel of The Indianapolis Star was the first to report that news.

Woodson, a Broad Ripple product, starred for Indiana from 1976-80 under Bob Knight and went on to be selected No.

12 in the 1980 NBA draft by the New York Knicks.

A 6-foot-5 guard, Woodson finished his career in Bloomington with 2,062 points and led the Hoosiers to a 1979 NIT championship and a Sweet Sixteen appearance in 1980.

He was named the Big Ten’s most valuable player in 1980 and in 2010 was recognized for his storied high school and collegiate career with an induction to the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.

Over 11 NBA seasons with the Knicks, New Jersey Nets, Kansas City/Sacramento Kings, Los Angeles Clippers, Houston Rockets and Cleveland Cavaliers, Woodson averaged 14 points, 2.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.2 steals per game.

Following his playing career, Woodson began his career in coaching as an assistant with the Milwaukee Bucks.

From there, Woodson had stints as an assistant coach with Cleveland, Philadelphia and Detroit before landing his first head coaching position with the Atlanta Hawks in 2004.

Over six seasons in Atlanta, the Hawks went 206-286 under Woodson, but won 47 and 53 games, respectively, over his final two seasons.

In each of his last two seasons, Atlanta won a playoff series under Woodson.

Following the 2009-10 season, the Hawks opted not to renew Woodson’s contract.

Woodson was subsequently hired by the Knicks as an assistant and he took over the Knicks head coaching job on an interim basis in March of 2012 when Mike D’Antoni resigned from the position.

Despite the awkward timing of the move, Woodson guided the Knicks to an 18-6 record to close out the 2011-12 season.

Following a first-round loss to Miami in the 2012 playoffs, Woodson was named the permanent head coach of the Knicks.

In the 2012-13 season, Woodson coached the Carmelo Anthony led Knicks to a 54-28 record and an Atlantic Division title.

The Knicks advanced to the Eastern Conference semifinals, where they fell to the Indiana Pacers.

The Knicks struggled in the 2013-14 season, missed the playoffs and Woodson was dismissed from his position in April at the conclusion of the regular season.

Since his dismissal in New York, he has had worked as an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Clippers (2014-2018) and the Knicks, where he currently works under Tom Thibodeau.

The 63-year old Woodson was one of several former Knight players who were at Assembly Hall in February 2020 for the legendary coach’s first public appearance at the university since his dismissal in 2000.

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Sun, 28 Mar 2021 13:00:00 -0700

First-year athletic director Scott Dolson will name former Hoosiers star Mike Woodson as the program's head coach


Indiana men’s basketball has a new head coach, and it’s blast from the past, which has been a prerequisite for a large portion of the Hoosiers fan base.

First-year athletic director Scott Dolson will name former Hoosiers star Mike Woodson as the program’s head coach.

Here’s what you need to know about Woodson:

Doyel:IU’s Mike Woodson grand experiment comes with bumper rails: Thad Matta.

Insider:Mike Woodson hire a bold risk worth taking for a program that’s gone stale

Woodson turned 63 on March 24.

Woodson, a star at Broad Ripple, played under Bob Knight at IU from 1976-80.

He averaged 19.8 points and 5.6 rebounds over his four seasons in Bloomington and scored 2,061 career points, fifth-most in program history.

He was the team’s leading scorer and an All-American on the 1979 NIT championship squad.

As a senior, he missed about half of the season with a herniated disc, but returned to help the Hoosiers to the 1980 Big Ten title and a Sweet 16 berth.

He played just six Big Ten games that season, but was still named the conference’s player of the year.

“My sixth grade teacher…

he came back into my life my junior year in high school,” Woodson told the New York Post. “He tracked me down.

And he was my favorite teacher, he was my math teacher (Bill Hamilton).

And he saw something that I probably didn’t see at an early age.

And he said, ‘Mike, I’d like to send you to coach Knight’s basketball camp.’ And I was like, ‘I don’t have any money’ — my mother couldn’t afford to send me there.

He said, ‘But I’m gonna pay for it, I just want you to go.’ So he sent me, and it was the biggest thrill, relief, that a player could probably ever have.

His big thing at camp was his three-on-three tournament.

His three-on-three competition.

Whoever was the last standing in the three-on-three got camp T-shirts.

That meant a great deal to me.

We won, and we were the best three in that camp, and I got my T-shirts, and it was the biggest thrill of my life.

And Knight, he comes to me, says, ‘Hey, good luck, I’ll be watching.’

During Knight’s in-home visit to recruit Woodson later, Woodson told the Post the scene was “hostile.”

“My high school coach was there, my pastor of my church, my mom … My high school coach asked some questions — and I won’t even let you interview him — it got heated because my high school coach wasn’t too sure that’s where he wanted me to go.

And I knew where I really wanted to go.

And some words were exchanged, and our pastor kinda calmed everything down and said, ‘Hey, understand we’re under Ms.

Woodson’s roof, and Mike Woodson’s future is at stake here, we’re here to discuss his future as far as going to school, and let’s be sensible here.’

“My mom’s only concern was — and it always was this way — ‘I could care less if you play basketball — but you’re gonna get an education.’ I was the first to go to college, the first to graduate college.

For her, that was huge.


So, the confrontation didn’t bother her.

She just wanted me to be happy and make sure that I did the right thing and chose the right situation.

“I just felt — it happened to be perfect because they had just won the national title on that undefeated team … and they graduated all those guys.

I wanted to go somewhere where I could play, and where I knew I could get a great education, and my family didn’t have to travel far to see me.

So it was perfect.

And I thought I was playing for the best coach in the country at that time.”

Woodson played 11 seasons in the NBA, including five seasons with the Kansas City/Sacramento Kings.

He averaged 14.0 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 786 career games.

He also played for the New York Knicks (who drafted him 12th overall in 1980), the New Jersey Nets, L.A.

Clippers, Houston Rockets and Cleveland Cavaliers.

He finished his pro career just shy of 11,000 career points (10,981).

Woodson began his coaching career as an assistant coach with Milwaukee in 1996 and served as an assistant with the Bucks, Cavaliers, 76ers and Pistons (won NBA title) over eight seasons before getting his first NBA head coaching job with Atlanta in 2004.

He coached the Hawks from 2004-10, compiling a 206-286 (.419) record, and led Atlanta to the playoffs three times.

The Hawks’ win total increased in each of Woodson’s six seasons, including a 53-29 (.646) mark in his final season in charge, though he was not retained when his contract expired.

The 53 wins were the most by the franchise in 13 seasons and fourth-most by the Hawks since the team relocated to Atlanta from St.

Louis in 1968.

“Here’s the unbelievable thing,” Bob Knight told ESPN in 2012, “Mike is the only coach in the history of the NBA to take over a franchise and in his first (six) years improve its record every year.

And he winds up getting fired for it.”

He joined the Knicks as an assistant under Mike D’Antoni, but took over as interim head coach after D’Antoni resigned in March 2012.

Two months later, Woodson’s  interim tag was removed.

He led the Knicks to the playoffs in 2012 and 2013, including a 54-28 (.659) season in 2013, but after a 37-45 season in 2014, he was fired.

He then joined the Clippers staff as an assistant for four seasons before resigning in 2018.

He re-upped with the Knicks prior to this season as an assistant.

His entire coaching career has been in the NBA, with a 315-365 (.463) record.

Woodson told the New York Post his favorite player was former Indiana Pacers star Roger Brown.

“My idol was Roger Brown.

He was the same height I was, 6-5.

A lot of people don’t know, he’s a New York street legend … Roger Brown was one of those unique one-on-one players that had a beautiful jumpshot.”


– March 28, 2021

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