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Before taking questions from the media at Knicks practice Friday, Knicks coach Mike Woodson said he wanted to put to rest a report that he is a candidate for the Indiana University job, should head coach Tom Crean be fired.

"I got a call this morning about something that was written in the Daily News about the Indiana Universtity job," Woodson said. "First and foremost that's not me. I have a great deal of respect for Tom Crean and what he's done at Indiana University and I'm going to leave it at that. Because I don't like being affiliated with no one's job that a coach is already in position as coach. It's tough enough on all of us as coaches. It's tough enough on all of us as coaches. I don't care what level it is. I've said that ever since I've been here."

The Daily News reported Woodson, who played for Bob Knight at Indiana, could be targeted by Indiana should Crean get fired. Indiana (17-15) lost in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament and are eyeing an NIT bid. A year ago, the Hoosiers won the Big Ten title and were a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Ironically, Woodson is adamant about not being connected to his alma mater at the same time the Knicks have openly talked with Phil Jackson about coming to the Knicks to work in the front office. Woodson is viewed as a lame duck coach, with the Knicks bringing Jackson on board as team president and the Knicks currently on the outside looking in at the playoffs.

SMU coach Larry Brown, a friend of Woodson's, previously told and The Knicks Blog it was "wrong" for the Knicks to court Jackson while Woodson was still the coach. At that time, it was reported Jackson might become the Knicks' coach.

"I can’t control none of that, that’s for sure," Woodson said when asked about the parallel between the Crean situation and his. "But I just think it’s ugly in our business when things like that happen because again it’s not easy being a coach.

"I’ve got to respect the game and respect the coaching part of it because it is a fragile thing. Guys are [caught] in it too deeply then they lose control in terms of what they’re about and what they’re trying to get accomplished."

Adam Zagoria covers the New York Knicks and Big East hoops for and He also appears as a Big East Basketball Insider on SNY and 1050 ESPN Radio. You can follow him on Twitter and read his blog.

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