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Former IU basketball star Landon Turner to sign new book at IU Northwest

Former IU basketball star Landon Turner will appear at the February 2 nd IU Northwest RedHawks vs. Moody Bible College men's basketball game to sign copies of his new book Landon Turner's Tales From the 1980-'81 Indiana Hoosiers from 5-7 pm. He will then give remarks at halftime.

The beginning of the 1980-81 NCAA basketball season was a dismal failure for Indiana University by all accounts.  During a two week stretch early in the season, the Indiana Hoosiers lost nine games, seemingly headed towards an equally disappointing end of the season. Riding the bench, watching his team struggle was forward Landon Turner, a junior whose lack of a strong work ethic and poor study habits often had him at odds with Coach Knight.  But by the end of that season, Landon would be credited with leading the Hoosiers to capture the 1981 NCAA championship title.

Nearly four months later, Landon would again be sidelined, but not defeated, after being paralyzed from the chest down in a car crash. Graduating from Indiana University three years later, Landon began a career at Indiana-Purdue-Indianapolis as Coordinator of Minority Affairs.  Today, he is still active on the court in a wheelchair basketball league, and speaks to schools, churches and business groups.

Turner co-authored his book with Bloomington Herald-Times sports editor Stan Sutton. Sutton, a Mays, Indiana native, has followed Indiana basketball for more than 50 years, and has covered the Hoosiers since 1984.

Landon Turner's Tales From the 1980-'81 Indiana Hoosiers is available in the IU Northwest bookstore for $19.95. Turner's book signing begins at 5pm in the Savannah Center Lobby, and is free and open to the public.  The IU Northwest RedHawks basketball game tips-off at 7 pm in the Savannah Center Gymnasium. Tickets are $2 for students and $3 for all others.

For more information about Landon Turner, contact Susan Schaefer at the IU Bookstore at 980-6895 or email .

For more information about the IU Northwest RedHawks, contact the Office of Student Life at 980-6746.



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Alisha Throckmartin
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