Indiana hires Knicks assistant Mike Woodson as former Hoosiers star and replaces Archie Miller as coach

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Indiana has hired legendary former Hoosier and current New York Knicks assistant Mike Woodson as their next coach Program announced on Sunday. Woodson will replace Archie Miller, who was sacked this month after failing to make the NCAA tournament in four seasons.

Woodson, 63, is from Indiana and scored more than 2,000 points in his college career playing for legendary coach Bob Knight. He then played in the NBA for over a decade and has been an NBA coach for the past 25 years.

The Hoosiers reportedly have Boston Celtics trainer Brad Stevens and Ohio State Chris Holtmann before reaching out to Woodson, who has never trained in college basketball. However, Woodson was head coach as he ran the Hawks from 2004 to 2010 and was head coach of the Knicks from 2012 to 2014.

Although Woodson’s lack of college coaching experience is noticed, he will have a Big Ten veteran available to help. Former Ohio State Coach Thad Matta CBS Sports’ Matt Norlander has confirmed he will join the Indiana Sports Department as assistant sports director for men’s basketball administration.

Having Matta as a sounding board could be a valuable resource for Woodson as he navigates the minefield of NCAA recruitment rules and other unique college basketball challenges.

Woodson averaged 19.8 points per game during his four year career in Indiana despite the lack of a 3-point line. In the 1980 NBA Draft, he was elected 12th overall.

Woodson will only be the youngest ex-college player to take the job of head coach at his alma mater despite having no college head coach experience.

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Michigan is thriving under sophomore Juwan Howard, Georgetown just made the NCAA tournament for the first time under fourth year coaches Patrick Ewing and Memphis just won the NIT under third year coach Penny Hardaway.

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