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If/When Knicks fire Woodson he could end up at alma mater Indiana

Mar 14, 2014, 2:58 PM EDT

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Mike Woodson knows what is coming.

It is expected that some time in the next 72 hours Phil Jackson will put pen to paper and become the president of basketball operations for the Knicks. When the season ends he’s going to clean house (CAA is not going to enjoy the experience), bringing in his people to go with what is a good front office staff in place (just one too often ignored). Woodson will be out as coach and someone Jackson has a relationship with will get that chair.

Then Woodson may well go home again.

By home I mean his alma mater of Indiana. That could happen, reports the New York Daily News.

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.

Last season, Crean led Indiana to a Big Ten title and a No. 1 seeding in the NCAA Tournament. On Thursday, the Hoosiers (17-15) were knocked out of the conference tournament in the first round. The Hoosiers are hopeful to receive an NIT bid. Woodson has never been a college head coach.

Woodson played for Bobby Knight and along side Isiah Thomas for the Hoosiers, he was one of the stars on the 1980 sweet 16 team.

On first blush my thought is that is awfully quick to can a college coach who had Indiana looking on the road back a year ago, but expectations are high (unreasonably high for some) in Indiana and I really have no idea if Crean is the long-term answer or not.

I also have no idea if Woodson can coach at the college level. Neither does anyone at Indiana. It’s not a question of Xs and Os, Woodson can hold his own there just fine (I hope those IU players know how to switch on picks), but can he recruit? He has an NBA pedigree and that’s a nice thing to sell to prospective players, but the college game is really all about recruiting and nobody knows if Woodson would be good at that or not.

Just consider it something to watch as the winds of change sweep through Madison Square Garden.

  1. dyn0myte - Mar 14, 2014 at 3:17 PM

    “To cast a long shadow”
    – Something or someone that has considerable influence on other people or events

    The mere suggestion that Phil Jackson may be interested in a front office job with the New York Knicks has the basketball coach at Indiana University looking over his shoulder.

  2. cantonbound13 - Mar 14, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    Nice guy, horrible coach.

    • nykfanwakemeupin2015 - Mar 14, 2014 at 6:46 PM

      I dont even think he is a nice guy. He seems like a jerk off

  3. calkinsrob - Mar 14, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    That would be a great signing!

    – Purdue Alum

  4. asimonetti88 - Mar 14, 2014 at 4:25 PM

    Crean is a good coach, Indiana basketball has unrealistic expectations.

    • vickwalksmydog - Mar 14, 2014 at 5:07 PM

      he is not a good coach. he does not make in game adjustments. great example was the syracuse zone in last year’s tourney. of course syracuse is in a zone all game. crean didn’t know how to attack it in the 1st half and didn’t change anything in the “game plan” (more like 3 dribble hand offs at the top of the perimeter followed by a long, contested jumper) for the 2nd half.

      did you watch the game yesterday? that wasn’t basketball. i love the Hoosiers and hated this team. buncha weak zone defense with yogi giving up baseline for cut layups all game, missing free throws and doing 1 pass isos followed by missed layups.

      if crean can’t coach and he can only recruit 1 Vonleh caliber talent at a time, i’m all for the buyout.

  5. ryanaammess - Mar 14, 2014 at 4:47 PM

    Good luck with that IU. Creans a good coach.

  6. bkbell3 - Mar 14, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    Where has woodson shown any aptitude at X’s and O’s? where has he shown any discernible offense or the ability to make in game adjustments? Every once in a while they run some sort of weave or play and it works and then they don’t run it again. Statt is the pick and pop and roll king and most of the time they run it with tyson instead of him.smh They post melo and the first pass out of that is to felton NOT a shooter like hardaway or jr. Last year jr, melo and others were hot and having career years so the lack of an offense didn’t hurt as much. They are last in assists and tops in least amount of turnovers for a reason. Iso- joe from alanta turned into iso-carmelo and iso- jr-joe. Not much chance for assists or turnovers when it’s all one on one. I won’t even go into the lack of a coherent defensive game plan or lack of in game adjustments.smh

  7. eagles512 - Mar 14, 2014 at 4:59 PM

    Would be ridiculous to fire Crean. He rebuilt that program.

    • vickwalksmydog - Mar 14, 2014 at 5:14 PM

      he got Jordan Hulls to join the terrible teams so Cody would join and Yogi would come with Cody. 1 season riding Cody to a 1 seed and then falling apart the last month of the season isn’t a rebuilt program. Vonleh is going to the draft. Blackmon coming next season, but he’s probably gone after freshman year too so the cycle continues. this is not a rebuilt program.

  8. caeser12 - Mar 14, 2014 at 5:58 PM

    If this happens no Freshman/Sophomore would ever see the court no matter how good they are, Woodson only plays “Vets.” Maybe he can take J.R. with him and enroll him in school.

    Go NY.

  9. sportsfan18 - Mar 15, 2014 at 12:15 AM

    IU grad here… grateful for Woodson’s play while on the IU team…

    But please, he should NOT be the coach at IU and Coach Crean certainly deserves more time…

  10. sportfan2 - Mar 15, 2014 at 4:50 PM

    If Woodson can recruit hire him.

  11. andreboy1 - Mar 15, 2014 at 6:47 PM

    IU basketball lives off of past achievements that happened 30 years ago.

    • dexterismyhero - Mar 16, 2014 at 7:07 AM

      Like you know anything about IU dumba$$!

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