Terry Hutchens, who has covered IU sports for 16 years, most of them with the Star, wondered one day how many IU players had an Indiana hometown address since the start of the IU program in 1901 up to the 2013-14 season. He found 587.
Then like all fans, he started ranking — picking his top 50. That's the game plan for Hoosiers Through and Through, a 258-page list that will leave fans either ready to tear into Hutchens or applaud him for the chutzpah.
I won’t spoil the proceedings by naming names, but I’d advise proceeding page one onward because Hutchens builds a delightful case for his ordering. He lists the top 26-50 in alphabetical order — a smart defensive move — then starts assigning numbers with the 25th best player.
It’s a great read throughout with Hutchens’ zippy, chatty style carrying you through 112 seasons of highlights and disappointments, player by player. But always the ball is in the hands of the 50 people who dreamed the dream and made the cut, wearing the uniform, carrying on the tradition. Passion, dedication and undivided love for the game mark every page.