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Report: Knicks assistant coach Mike Woodson to be head coach of Indiana Hoosiers

The assistant coach of the playoff-bound Knicks will takeover a team that hasn’t seen the postseason since 2016.

New York Knicks assistant coach Mike Woodson helps the team warms up before the game against the Atlanta Hawks on January 4, 2021 at State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images

Former New York Knicks head coach and now assistant Mike Woodson is expected to be the next man in charge of the Indiana Hoosiers, according to a report from Shams Charania of Stadium and The Athletic.

Woodson is a Hoosiers alum, played for legendary head coach/pariah Bobby Knight, and scored 2,062 points at IU while winning the 1979 NIT and 1980 Big Ten championships. The 63-year-old had a 10-year NBA career as a player, having been drafted by the Knicks in 1980.

So the poisoned chalice of the Crimson and Cream falls to a homegrown son. Since losing the national championship game under Mike Davis in 2002, the Hoosiers have only been to eight NCAA Tournaments, and have yet to get past the Sweet Sixteen. Some cell phone calls to prospects from now-Houston head coach Kelvin Sampson in 2007-08 got the program in NCAA trouble (what he did is completely allowed nowadays by the way), and the rebuild by Tom Crean is famously symbolized by this picture.

Archie Miller went 0-4 in making the NCAA Tournament, despite what he thinks about bracketologists and their prognosticating abilities. And Woodson will be asked to rebuild a fan base that has dwindled a bit, as well as get higher-end players to Assembly Hall to rebuild one of the most powerful brands in college basketball.