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Could Mike Woodson Land on His Feet with Indiana After NY Knicks Job?

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 1: Head coach Mike Woodson  of the New York Knicks yells to a ref during the second half of a game against the Miami Heat at Madison Square Garden on February. 1, 2014 in New York City. The Heat defeated the Knicks 106-91. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)
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Adam FromalNational NBA Featured ColumnistMarch 14, 2014

Can we just all agree that Mike Woodson isn't going to have the New York Knicks coaching job after the 2013-14 season draws to a merciful close? 

Although he somehow hasn't been fired during the miserable campaign, he hasn't exactly done much to help get the Knicks off the schneid. Even though they're in the midst of a five-game win streak that has them crawling toward the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference, the stench of this season can't be erased with any sort of ease. 

Especially after the recent hiring of Phil Jackson, as reported by Yahoo! Sports' Marc J. Spears, it seems as though some fresh blood will be pacing the sidelines of Madison Square Garden during the 2014-15 season. Maybe it'll be Steve Kerr or another Jackson acolyte, but that's not entirely relevant for the goatee-bearing lame duck currently in charge of the Knicks. 

Fortunately, it appears as though another gig could be waiting for Woody. 

All he'd need to do is pack his bags and take his talents to Indiana. Not to coach the Pacers—there's no chance Frank Vogel is going anywhere in the near future—but to lead the Indiana Hoosiers, replacing Tom Crean as the man in charge of one of college basketball's most historic programs. 

Feb 25, 2014; Madison, WI, USA; Indiana Hoosiers head coach Tom Crean coaches his team as they play the Wisconsin Badgers at the Kohl Center. Wisconsin defeated Indiana 69-58. Mandatory Credit: Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports
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As Frank Isola  of the New York Daily News reports, that could happen even though Crean is still under contract: 

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.

Just as the Knicks have struggled in 2013-14, so too have the Hoosiers.

Without Cody Zeller and Victor Oladipo bolstering the program, they've faltered to a 17-15 record after losing to Illinois in the first round of the Big Ten Conference tournament. Ranking No. 73 on Kenpom.com, the Hoosiers are hoping just to make the NIT, and dreams of the NCAA tournament are just foolish at this point. 

Woodson, though, is remaining focused on steering New York into the postseason: 

Even though he played for Bobby Knight back in the late 1970s, Woodson may not be the perfect fit for an up-and-down Hoosiers program. 

Associated Press

"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?" questions NBC Sports' Kurt Helin. "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."

At the moment, this is a rumor to file away and save for later.

A lot would need to happen in order for this to become a reality—Woodson being fired, Crean being pushed out despite the success he experienced in 2013 and then the Hoosiers deciding Woodson was a good fit—and none of the steps are going to take place in the near future. 

It's intriguing, but that's about it in the middle of March. Madness may rule the month, but the timing of this would be sheer insanity. 

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