Report: Mike Woodson Discussing Role for Larry Brown on Indiana Coaching Staff

Blake SchusterSenior Analyst IIIMarch 29, 2021

Charlotte Bobcats head coach Larry Brown during an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
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New Indiana basketball coach Mike Woodson is considering adding one of the state's most legendary coaches to his Hoosiers staff. 

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Woodson has discussed bringing former Indiana Pacers coach Larry Brown to Bloomington in a non-recruiting role:

Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn

New Indiana coach Mike Woodson has talked with Hall of Famer Larry Brown about a possible role on the IU coaching staff, sources tell ESPN. Idea would be an on-campus, non-recruiting slot. Woodson was an assistant under Brown with Sixers and Pistons. Brown, 80, left SMU in 2016.

The 80-year-old's last college job was as the head coach at SMU from 2012-16. He spent the 2018 season coaching in Italy. 

Brown won an NCAA title with the Kansas Jayhawks in 1988 and an NBA title with the Detroit Pistons in 2004, served as the head coach for Team USA at the 2004 Olympics and as an assistant at the 2000 Olympics. He is a member of both the Basketball Hall of Fame (2002) and College Basketball Hall of Fame (2006). 

After putting together three consecutive 25-win seasons at SMU, Brown stepped down in 2016 following failed contract extension negotiations. Prior to the 2015-16 season, an NCAA investigation found that Brown had failed to report numerous violations including academic fraud.

The NCAA banned SMU from the postseason and suspended Brown for nine games. 

Brown left Kansas shortly after winning the NCAA tournament in 1988 following the NCAA levying multiple sanctions against the Jayhawks tied to a number of recruitment violations. 

That kicked off an NBA coaching career that spanned seven franchises and nearly three decades. Brown's stint with the Pacers included back-to-back trips to the Eastern Conference Finals in 1994 and 1995 at the height of the team's rivalry with the New York Knicks. 

Woodson would join Brown's coaching staff shortly after, as the coach transitioned to the Philadelphia 76ers and Pistons. 

As Woodson begins his college coaching career with this alma mater, he's hoping there's room to bring one of his mentors back with him.