Mike Woodson denies interest in Indiana University job

Adam Zagoria, Team Reporter

Before taking questions from the media at Knicks practice Friday, Knicks coach Mike Woodson said he wanted to put to rest a report that he is a candidate for the Indiana University job, should head coach Tom Crean be fired.

“I got a call this morning about something that was written in the Daily News about the Indiana Universtity job,” Woodson said. “First and foremost that’s not me. I have a great deal of respect for Tom Crean and what he’s done at Indiana University and I’m going to leave it at that. Because I don’t like being affiliated with no one’s job that a coach is already in position as coach. It’s tough enough on all of us as coaches. It’s tough enough on all of us as coaches. I don’t care what level it is. I’ve said that ever since I’ve been here.”

The Daily News reported Woodson, who played for Bob Knight at Indiana, could be targeted by Indiana should Crean get fired. Indiana (17-15) lost in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament and are eyeing an NIT bid. A year ago, the Hoosiers won the Big Ten title and were a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Ironically, Woodson is adamant about not being connected to his alma mater at the same time the Knicks have openly talked with Phil Jackson about coming to the Knicks to work in the front office. Woodson is viewed as a lame duck coach, with the Knicks bringing Jackson on board as team president and the Knicks currently on the outside looking in at the playoffs.

SMU coach Larry Brown, a friend of Woodson’s, previously told SNY.tv and The Knicks Blog it was “wrong” for the Knicks to court Jackson while Woodson was still the coach. At that time, it was reported Jackson might become the Knicks’ coach.

“I can’t control none of that, that’s for sure,” Woodson said when asked about the parallel between the Crean situation and his. “But I just think it’s ugly in our business when things like that happen because again it’s not easy being a coach.

“I’ve got to respect the game and respect the coaching part of it because it is a fragile thing. Guys are [caught] in it too deeply then they lose control in terms of what they’re about and what they’re trying to get accomplished.”


Adam Zagoria covers the New York Knicks and Big East hoops for NBA.com and SNY.tv. He also appears as a Big East Basketball Insider on SNY and 1050 ESPN Radio. You can follow him on Twitter and read his blog.




15 comments
Brian Webster
Brian Webster

I wonder if that was a shot at Phil Jackson & reports he talked to Steve Mills about Knicks coaching job before taking President gig.

William Lucca Jr
William Lucca Jr

Lol at a lot of the people on this blog thinking that Phil Jackson is coming to the Knicks for rebuilding. Open your eyes kids, open your eyes!

dagawd
dagawd

Stefan Bondy: Asked Paul Pierce for his reaction to Phil Jax joining the Knicks: "I don't talk about the Knicks. No Knicks questions. Ever."

dagawd
dagawd

Rockets have a lot of young talent to do a SnT with MelO

newyorker9
newyorker9

Knicks are 3.5 games out of the 8th spot

Knicks are 5.5 games out of the 7th spot


16 games left..

newyorker9
newyorker9

Sources tell ESPN that Phil Jackson's #Knicks deal will be done today. 

rico
rico

I think that was Woody's way of saying, "stop talking about me while I'm still here"



Sandro
Sandro

@newyorker9

That means we can finish the season 10 games out of 8th spot. Sad.

dagawd
dagawd

Mos Def, looks like Lin returns with some campany

Josh Gabriel
Josh Gabriel

@dagawd If I want Melo to go anywhere besides the Knicks, it's probably the Rockets. For starters, I'd probably ask for Lin, Asik, and Parsons, and possibly a 1st round. Pick. But of course, I'd prefer him staying here.