June 15, 2000 |
Jimmy Chitwood, the kid from Hickory High School whose jump shot in the 1954 Indiana state basketball championship gave berth to the movie "Hoosiers," walked around a picket fence and stuck out his hand, friendly as could be. Only, his real name is Bobby Plump. You understand. The town's brooding basketball stud couldn't be named "Plump," of course. So, the movie folks took a small liberty. No harm in that. And, it was little Milan High that he shot to the championship, not Hickory High.
August 30, 1987 |
Steve Hollar firmly believes that art imitates life. In l984, he dramatically sank two free throws--the final shots of the game--to give the Warsaw, Ind., high school team the state basketball championship. Last winter, Hollar played out the same scenario as a member of the Hickory Huskers who also won the state title. And once again, he made the same two free throws. But this time, he already knew the outcome, thanks to a Hollywood script.
June 25, 1989 |
Ron Newlin stood on a rise in this rolling hill country, 35 miles east of Indianapolis, gazing in wonder at the nearly completed building, then shot a roll of film, getting progress photos of the construction project. "It should be finished (soon)," he said. "It will take seven or eight months after that to set all the exhibits in place. We hope to be open in time for the state tournament next March." Newlin, 30, is executive director of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame, soon to be located here in New Castle in its first permanent home, a $2.5-million shrine to the favorite game of Hoosiers.
April 1, 2002 |
Indiana forward Jarrad Odle had a DVD of the movie "Hoosiers" in his gym bag Sunday. Guard Kyle Hornsby used to watch the video before every high school game, and guard Dane Fife says he still likes to walk into an empty gym and yell "Hickory!" for fictional Hickory High, the tiny school that won Indiana's state high school championship in the film.
November 8, 1987 |
The Hoosiers loooooove their "Hoosiers." The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals laid the injunction on sales and rentals of the Indiana basketball adventure but vidstores seem reluctant to return copies while the legal wrangles wrangle on, possession being 9/10ths of the law. "Platoon" is constrained in the same Hemdale-Vestron-HBO Video hassle over vidcassette distribution. In Indiana, the injunction stopped "Platoon." But. . . .
February 6, 1988
Good for Allen Parkinson (who has announced plans to build a wax museum in Santa Ana that would include a miniature Nazi concentration camp)! For all these years the Jews have been hogging the Holocaust story. What about all those others: the Gypsies, the Eskimos, the Watusis, the Hispanics, the Hoosiers and countless other minorities who have been totally forgotten by history? Our time has come! MORRIS WERTENBERGER Ex-Hoosier Irvine
March 6, 1989 |
Nick Anderson's desperation 35-footer at the buzzer gave eighth-ranked Illinois a 70-67 victory over third-ranked Indiana Sunday, preventing the Hoosiers from clinching the Big Ten title. Illinois (25-4 overall, 12-4 in the Big Ten), which can tie Indiana (24-6, 14-2) by winning its last two games if the Hoosiers drop their final two, overcame a 13-point deficit in the final 12 minutes to snap Indiana's 15-game home winning streak.
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July 2, 2008 |
John Pont, 80, a football coach who guided Indiana University to its only Rose Bowl appearance 40 years ago and also coached at Northwestern, Yale and Miami of Ohio, died Tuesday at his home in Oxford, Ohio. He had been fighting cancer. Pont coached the Hoosiers from 1965 to 1972. In the 1967 season, Indiana was 9-2 before representing the Big Ten Conference in the Rose Bowl in 1968. The Hoosiers lost, 14-3, to USC's national championship team that featured running back O.J. Simpson.
March 18, 2000 |
FIRST HALF PEPPERDINE 45, INDIANA 27 What Happened: Apparently, the Hoosiers never watched any tapes of Pepperdine games. The Waves' swarming defense befuddled Indiana, which could find no answer. Pepperdine went on a 12-0 run in the middle of the half, as the Hoosiers went 6:43 without making a field goal. The Hoosiers seemed woefully underprepared. Perhaps Coach Bobby Knight was too distracted this week to tell his team how to counter Pepperdine's trapping defense.
October 8, 1995 |
The Illinois defense came to the rescue again. The Illini forced four turnovers and turned two of them into touchdowns on passes by Scott Weaver in a 17-10 Big Ten victory Saturday over Indiana. Weaver, making his first start of the season, passed 25 yards to George McDonald for the first touchdown after an Indiana fumble in the second quarter and 14 yards to Ty Douthard for the second touchdown after an interception by Dennis Stallings in the third.