Indiana University basketball had always been an institution. It was a program synonymous with not only success on the court but with running a clean program off of it. In college basketball terms, Indiana did things the right way.
The Hoosiers had won two national championships with Branch McCracken at the helm and three more in the 29-year tenure of Bob Knight. The program boasted the last undefeated national champion with the 32-0 1976 Hoosiers. Indiana trumpeted a tradition that included 43 All-Americans and a stretch of 18 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances through the early 00s.
Then shortcuts and impermissible phone calls in the recruiting process committed by Indiana coach Kelvin Sampson beginning with the 06-07 season brought IU basketball to its knees. In Rising From the Ashes: The Return of Indiana University Basketball author Terry Hutchens chronicles IUs journey back to relevance.
Author Terry Hutchens
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