Report: Indiana considering role for Larry Brown on Mike Woodson's coaching staff
Longtime NBA and college basketball coach Larry Brown could soon be landing in Bloomington.
That’s according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, who adds that Brown’s role would be on-campus but would not involve recruiting.
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.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 29, 2021
Brown has had a successful — and at times, controversial — coaching career in both the NBA and in college. He was most recently SMU’s head coach from 2012-16. However, his time with the Mustangs ended poorly as the program was sanctioned for NCAA violations.
This is Woodson’s first college coaching job, and Indiana’s administration seems to be focused on surrounding him with coaches who have collegiate experience. The Hoosiers have also hired former Ohio State coach Thad Matta to have a role within basketball operations.
Because Brown wouldn’t take up a recruiting position, Woodson would still be able to hire three primary assistants on top of Brown and Matta.
Brown has not been an assistant coach since he was on Dean Smith’s staff at North Carolina from 1965-67.