Mike Woodson didn’t have interest in any other job. If it wasn’t Indiana calling, he would still be in New York.

That’s what the newest coach of Indiana’s basketball program talked with NBA insider Ian Begley about his new job with his alma mater. Woodson said that he wouldn’t have left the New York Knicks organization for just any job.

“I would never have left the Knicks for any other job, there’s no way,” Woodson said when speaking with SNY NBA insider Ian Begley in a phone interview late last week. “That’s just how much respect that I have for Jim Dolan and what he’s done for me.”

Woodson was a bit of a surprise hire at Indiana because of a lack of experience at the college level. He had been working in the NBA since 1996, having head coaching stops with the Atlanta Hawks and New York Knicks. When he was hired at Indiana, he had been working with the Knicks as an assistant.

Woodson played at Indiana from 1976-80 under legendary head coach Bob Knight.