Indiana University Basketball Coach Mike Woodson Remembers George McGinnis

Staff report

Bloomington, Indiana, December 15, 2023 — During a press conference today, Indiana University Men’s Basketball Head Coach Mike Woodson reflected on the impact and legacy of George McGinnis, an esteemed figure in basketball who recently passed away.

Woodson shared memories of his close association with McGinnis spanning nearly five decades. Growing up in Indianapolis, Woodson spoke of the profound influence McGinnis had on his life, both on and off the basketball court.

“He impacted my life from a young man growing up in Indianapolis as a basketball player,” Woodson said. “He gave me an opportunity to play at an early age against him when he was a Pacer in the ABA days. It was just special for me.”

Recalling their enduring friendship, Woodson emphasized McGinnis’s character, highlighting him as a better person than the multitude of accolades he received throughout his illustrious career. McGinnis’s passing has left a significant void in the basketball community.

The press conference follows a statement released by the Indiana University men’s basketball program on December 14, expressing deep sorrow over the loss of George McGinnis, a member of the Indiana University Athletics Hall of Fame.

“George was a Hall of Famer on and off the court, and I am going to miss him so much,” Woodson expressed in the official statement. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the McGinnis family, his friends, and his teammates. Rest easy Big Mac.”

McGinnis, who passed away at the age of 73, made an indelible mark on the sport. His achievements at Indiana University, leading the Big Ten in scoring and rebounds during his sole varsity season, underscored his immense talent. McGinnis’s basketball career extended to the ABA and NBA, earning multiple accolades and championships, culminating in his induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2017.

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