Smart headlines IU Athletics Hall of Fame class

The man who sealed Indiana’s 1987 national championship is headed to the IU Athletics Hall of Fame.

Keith Smart headlines this year’s class, which will be inducted at the annual Hall of Fame dinner on Friday, Nov. 3. Smart is joined by fellow inductees Ken Kaczmarek, Ernest Jones, Danielle Carruthers, Don Padgett and Isabella Hutchison.

“We are thrilled to welcome these legends into the IU Athletics Hall of Fame,” IU athletic director Fred 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.”

Smart 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, helping the Hoosiers to their fifth national title. Smart, who began his collegiate career at Garden City Community College, was named co-MVP of IU’s 1988 team 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.

Kaczmarek was the first IU linebacker to earn All-America honors, having helped the Hoosiers to the 1967 Big Ten title and the 1968 Rose Bowl. As a senior that season, Kaczmarek finished second in the Big Ten with 118 tackles, including nine for loss.

Jones had one of the finest seasons in IU football history during his senior year of 1987, earning first-team All-America honors after setting a program record with 1,265 receiving yards and catching 66 passes for 13 touchdowns. His 2,361 receiving yards are third, 20 TDs share third and 133 catches are ninth on IU’s career lists.

Carruthers won track letters in 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003. During her time at Indiana, she helped lead the Hoosiers to three 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 four championship relay teams. She was a 10-time All-American and twice was named Big Ten Athlete of the Year.

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.

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.