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Mike Woodson to become new Indiana basketball head coach

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This is the new face of Indiana basketball.

The Indiana Hoosiers have finally found their next men’s basketball coach.

No, it’s not Brad Stevens, Chris Holtmann, Chris Beard, Porter Moser, Eric Musselman, Billy Donovan, or even John Beilein.

Mike Woodson (and his beautiful face) will now be running the show in Bloomington. Shams Charania broke the news first.

Woodson, who has been coaching in the NBA since 1996 (a very good year might I add), will come to Hoosierville sporting a 315-365 record in head-coaching stints with the Atlanta Hawks and New York Knicks.

In his nine seasons as a head coach, Woodson’s teams missed the playoffs four times, got beat out in Round 1 twice, and bowed out in the Eastern Conference Semifinals three times. He’s never been to a conference finals series.

A likely key reason for Woodson being the man is he’s an Indiana alum who was born in Indianapolis, so he’ll definitely have as good of a feel for the program as one could hope for.

That’s about the only upside from this hire.

The 63-year-old has never coached at the collegiate level, and he’s currently an assistant for the Knicks.

It’s shocking that the Hoosiers couldn’t find a more suitable coach. Woodson certainly had some nice moments running NBA teams, but college is a completely different animal.

Oh, and imagine paying a $10 million buyout to get rid of Archie Miller only to hire...Mike Woodson.

I could be wrong, but I don’t think we’ll be saying ‘Indiana basketball is back’ anytime soon.

But hey, we’ll be getting plenty of Mike Woodson face for the foreseeable future. It’s the small wins in life that really bring out true joy.

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