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Indiana announced Friday it handed males’s basketball coach Mike Woodson a pay elevate forward of the 2023-24 season.
Woodson will now common $4.2 million yearly, $1 million greater than in his authentic contract. That determine ranks ninth nationally and third within the Huge Ten behind Michigan State’s Tom Izzo ($5.7 million) and Illinois’ Brad Underwood ($4.6 million).
“Upon his arrival, Coach Woodson instantly re-inserted our program into the nationwide dialog each by way of an elevated degree of success on the court docket and in recruiting,” athletic director Scott Dolson mentioned. “I knew that returning our program to the extent that Hoosier followers rightfully count on can be a course of that would not occur in a single day. I’ve been extraordinarily happy with the steps now we have taken over the past two years.”
Woodson’s hiring was met with a level of skepticism as a result of he had by no means labored within the school ranks earlier than. Whereas he possessed a wealth of expertise as an assistant and head coach within the NBA, main the Hoosiers meant taking over fully new challenges.
The 65-year-old has repaid the administration’s religion by guiding Indiana to a 44-26 report and back-to-back NCAA event appearances over his first two seasons. That is the sort of consistency that eluded this system throughout Archie Miller’s tenure.
The Hoosiers is perhaps destined to take a step backward this season with Trayce Jackson-Davis and Jalen Hood-Schifino now within the NBA. Miller Kopp and Race Thompson graduated as nicely, which means the Hoosiers can be with out 4 of their high 5 scorers from 2022-23.
With Friday’s transfer, the varsity is nonetheless assured it might probably proceed shifting in a constructive route with Woodson on the helm.