Consider the dramatic turns experienced by Butler and the Colts, Pacers and Fever.
The city’s sports landscape was sparse, indeed, in May 1980. That was before the city adopted a sports strategy that led to the Pan Am Games, the NCAA and Indianapolis Colts moving to the city, and a string of high profile events including the Super Bowl and several Final Fours. Today, the city is a sports powerhouse.
By injecting a first-year coach into the mold of an established roster, Kevin Pritchard has hit on the formula that has worked eerily well for the Pacers throughout their history.
The path to a head coaching or key front-office job in professional basketball is often paved with sleepless nights and little or no pay.
The Colts new kicker joins an impressive list of local pro athletes who didn’t quite fit the cool jock stereotype.
Hiring a coach is one of the most important moves a franchise makes, but there’s no formula for success.
The only Native American to have played for the team thinks the franchise should keep the name and use it to educate the public.
From Brickyard Crossing to South Grove, business is booming for a sport in which social distancing is par for the course.
Nate McMillan had the fourth-best winning percentage among Pacers coaches, but he also had a 3-17 playoff record.
Terre Haute’s Duane Klueh remembers long, cold road trips and teams that pinched pennies to pay the bills.
Indiana’s oldest living Mr. Basketball, now 86, shares his passion for the game and life lessons at a park not far from the outdoor court where he got his start.
Evansville basketball was known for more than its national titles.
When the city was threatened with losing the Indianapolis Indians, the public rallied in ways big and small to keep the team here.
In an era when most college cheerleaders were still wearing bulky sweaters and pleated skirts, or at least nothing more risqué than a skirt, blouse and vest, UCLA’s eight-girl dance team broke the mold.
Getting his ring back from the 1980 NCAA championship was nice and all, but David “Poncho” Wright would regain something more important several years later: his life.
Coaches don’t usually leave for a smaller program after a big tournament run, but this divorce made sense.
Before we get to the fluky set of circumstances that got Barry Collier to Butler in the first place and meet the man who made it happen, let’s establish a premise: Without Collier, there is no Butler Way.