Knight releases statement on Woodson’s hire as IU head coach

On the 50-year anniversary of Bob Knight’s introduction as Indiana’s men’s basketball coach, one of his former players, Mike Woodson, was introduced for the same role.

Knight, himself, released a statement Monday to welcome Woodson back to Bloomington.

“We are all very pleased to have Mike Woodson as the person in charge of our program,” Knight said, according to a statement tweeted out by IU’s men’s basketball account.

“He will do an excellent job. He will be an outstanding disciplinarian and teacher working with his team. I’ve never known a better person than Mike. He is just a great man.”

Woodson played for Knight at IU from 1976-80. The Indianapolis native finished his career with 2,061 points, which makes him one of just five Hoosiers to reach the 2,000-point threshold.

Woodson spoke extensively about Knight in his introductory press conference Monday. Knight was introduced as IU’s coach on March 29, 1971, in Indianapolis. That was also a Monday.

“He took a chance on a kid out of Indianapolis many years ago to come here and play basketball, and it was a journey for Mike Woodson,” Woodson said. “Coming to Indiana University to play basketball, he taught me how to play the game of basketball from a fundamental standpoint. He taught me how to be a man, on and off the floor. And that was huge for me coming out of the innercity of Indianapolis.

“So I pay tribute to Coach Knight in the utmost way, because Indiana Basketball will always be Bob Knight. Will always be.”

Woodson was one of several former players to return to Bloomington in February 2020, when Knight made a long-awaited return to Assembly Hall. That was Knight’s first appearance in the Hall since 2000, when he was dismissed as the Hoosiers’ coach.

Knight has since moved back to Bloomington.

“Coach, I love you guys, and for me this is a complete circle,” Woodson said. “I’ve done pretty much everything that I wanted to do in basketball.”

2 comments

  1. I would like to release a statement:

    CONGRATS HOUSTON COUGARS AND KELVIN SAMPSON!!

    Beautiful scene after the game tonight…You could tell how much this meant to Sampson’s team to do this for their coach. Great story of true redemption. They almost blew a big lead, but they persevered in the style of their teacher. They never panicked. 19 OFFENSIVE REBOUNDS! That’s what you call a hunger..

    Hi, Bob. Need to get you on the bench to kick some shins.

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