IU Athletics Announces Six-Member 2017 Hall Of Fame Class

Stu Jackson, Staff Writer
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IU Athletics Director Fred Glass on Wednesday announced six former Hoosier student athletes will be inducted into the IU Athletics Hall of Fame, including Danielle Carruthers (Women’s Track & Field, 2000-2003), Isabella Hutchison (Women’s Administrator, 1979-1994), Ernest Jones (Football 1984-1987), Ken Kaczmarek (Football, 1965-1967), Don Padgett II (Men’s Golf, 1969-1971), and J. Keith Smart (Men’s Basketball, 1987-1988).

Carruthers, Hutchinson, Jones, Kaczmarek, Padgett and Smart will officially be inducted Nov. 3 at the annual hall of fame dinner and be recognized at halftime of the IU football home game vs. Wisconsin on Nov. 4.

"We are thrilled to welcome these legends into the IU Athletics Hall of Fame," Glass said in a statement. "This is a tremendous class of inductees whose contributions to IU Athletics represent the best of our championship heritage. Congratulations to each of these Hoosier legends who left an indelible mark on IU Athletics."

Established in 1982 by the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics in conjunction with the Varsity Club and the I-Association, the IU Athletics Hall of Fame recognizes individuals "who have made exceptional contributions to the prestige of IU both on and off the field of competition," the release said.

From the release, here are the career highlights of each of this year's inductees:


Danielle Carruthers won track letters in 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003. During her time at Indiana, she helped lead the Hoosiers to 3 Big Ten championships, an 8th place finish in the 2003 NCAA Indoor Championships, and a 6th place in the 2003 NCAA Outdoor Championships. Danielle was a Big Ten champion in the 60m and the 100m hurdles in 2002, and was on 4 championship relay teams. She placed in two NCAA Indoor Championships, earning 2nd in the 60m hurdles and 6th in the 60m in 2002, and 3rd in the 60m hurdles in 2003. In NCAA Outdoor Championships, she earned 2nd in the 100m hurdles in 2001 and 2003. Danielle set IU records in 60m hurdles indoors and 100m hurdles outdoors, and remains 2nd on IU’s all-time list in the 60m and 200m indoors and the 100m and 200m outdoors. She ranks third in school history for career points scored by a female at the NCAA Championships with 41 points. She was a 10-time All-American and twice was named Big Ten Athlete of the Year.


Isabella Hutchison served as Women’s Athletic Administrator and Associate Director of Women’s Programs from 1979-1994. In her 25 years with the department, Isabella was instrumental in developing women’s athletic programs at IU. She received undergraduate and graduate degrees from IU. Prior to working for Indiana, she served at Miami (Fla.) as Director of Women’s Athletics (1975-79) where she started several women’s intramural programs, which led to intercollegiate status. Isabella Hutchison was inducted in 2002 to the Miami University Hall of Fame.


One of the most accomplished wide receivers to ever step foot inside Memorial Stadium, Ernest Jones lettered for the Hoosiers from 1984-87. He turned in one of the finest seasons in program history in 1987, as he earned first team All-America honors. Jones also carded Associated Press Big Ten Player of the Year honors, first team All-Big Ten recognition, was honored as the team’s most valuable player and played in the East-West Shrine Game. The Elkhart, Ind., native collected 1,265 receiving yards, which is still the program standard, and set school marks at the time with 66 receptions, 13 touchdowns and 1,807 all-purpose yards. His 2,361 receiving yards are third, 20 TDs share third and 133 catches are ninth on IU’s career lists. Jones was a seventh-round draft pick of the Phoenix Cardinals in the 1988 NFL Draft. He played five seasons with the Cardinals (1988-92) and one with the Los Angeles Rams (1993).


The first Indiana linebacker to earn All-America honors, Ken Kaczmarek helped the Hoosiers to the 1967 Big Ten title and the 1968 Rose Bowl. Kaczmarek, who lettered from 1965-67, capped his career with All-America and first team All-Big Ten accolades. He finished his senior campaign, one in which IU finished ranked fourth in the nation, with 118 stops, second in the B1G, nine for loss, two interceptions and one forced fumble against Purdue, which clinched the Rose Bowl berth. In 1966, Kaczmarek also led the club and finished sixth in the conference with 92 tackles to go along with two fumble recoveries, one forced fumble and one INT. Upon the conclusion of his IU career, he played in the 1968 Hula Bowl. A South Bend, Ind., native, Kaczmarek graduated with a degree in accounting in 1968, and he earned his MBA from the prestigious Indiana University Kelley School of Business in 1971. Kaczmarek was inducted into the Indiana Football Hall of Fame in 2003.


Don Padgett won golf letters in 1969 and 1970. He earned national recognition after being named second team All-American in 1969 and receiving honorable mention All-American honors in 1970. Padgett placed first at the Big Ten Championship in 1969 and qualified for the 1969 NCAA Tournament. In 1970, Padgett tied for 28th at the NCAAs. After winning the Big Ten Individual Championship, Padgett was an All-Big Ten selection in 1969. He led the team in scoring average in 1968-69 and was second on the team with in 1969-70. Post-collegiately, Don played in the PGA tour for a short time before becoming the Director of Golf at Firestone County Club, and later the President of Pinehurst Resorts. Don Padgett was inducted into Indiana Golf Hall of Fame in 1989.


Keith Smart played two years for the Indiana University men’s basketball team from 1986-88 and is best remembered for hitting the game winning basket in the closing seconds of IU’s 74-73 victory in the 1987 NCAA Championship game in his home state of Louisiana (New Orleans), giving IU its fifth national title. A native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, he overcame great odds to even play basketball at the collegiate level. Smart was only 5-7 as a senior at McKinley High School and was limited to just three games in his final prep season because of a broken arm. He began his collegiate career at Garden City Community College where he gained the attention of the IU coaching staff by earning Jayhawk Conference Player of the Year as a sophomore. He came to and started 52 games averaging 13.2 points as a sophomore and 11.2 points as a freshman. He was named Co-MVP of the team in 1988 and is tied for the IU single-game record with 15 assists which he recorded in an NCAA tournament game win over Auburn in 1987. He was drafted by the Golden State Warriors and was later traded to the San Antonio Spurs. He has served as a head coach in the NBA for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings and is currently on the staff of the Memphis Grizzlies.


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