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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
For more information about the IU Northwest RedHawks, contact
the Office of Student Life at 980-6746.