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Report: Indiana Will Hire Former Player Mike Roberts as Assistant Coach

It will be a homecoming for Mike Roberts.

According to a report on Twitter by 247Sports’ Evan Daniels, Indiana is expected to hire UNC Greensboro associate head coach and former IU player Mike Roberts as an assistant coach.

A previous report by that same outlet had speculated that Roberts was a finalist for the job.

Roberts will fill the void left when former assistant Ed Schilling left the program in June.

A Terre Haute native, Roberts was recruited to IU by Bob Knight but never played for him.  His career in Bloomington spanned from 2000 to 2005 and began just after Knight was fired.  Roberts was a member of the 2002 national finalist team.

Roberts averaged 1.4 points and 1.0 rebounds per game during his career at Indiana.

As an eight year assistant at UNCG, the program has made major strides during his tenure.

Roberts has helped the Spartans reach the 20-win mark each of the last three seasons for the first time in that program’s history, including a 29-win 2018-19 season. Additionally, UNCG has earned a trip to either the NCAA Tournament or National Invitation Tournament each of those three years.

Although he never played for Knight, Roberts spent a year as a graduate assistant coach at Texas Tech under the legendary coach after wrapping up his playing career at Indiana.  Current Texas Tech head coach Chris Beard was also part of that Red Raider staff.

Roberts spent four years at Rice and two years at California before arriving at UNCG.

Despite being an Indiana native, Roberts attended South Eugene High School in Oregon and then later New Hampton School in New Hampshire before arriving in Bloomington.

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