Collector’s note: I have always had a great passion for collecting team-signed IU balls. If they connect to a key season, such as a Big Ten and/or NCAA title, the relic is even that more significant.
When I was able to acquire this 1970-71 ball, I felt very certain that it was probably one of a kind, especially since the ball is an official game used “INDIANA” ball. The key signature on the ball is obviously George McGinnis, whose lone season at IU stands out as one of the best of all time.
Team-signed IU basketballs, especially those that pre-date the 1980s, are becoming harder and harder to find.
The Lou Watson era of Indiana basketball is an oft-overlooked six seasons of IU history.
Considering his predecessor (Branch McCracken) and his successor (Bob Knight) are responsible for Indiana’s five national titles, it’s easy to look upon Watson’s helm as head coach and dismiss it. [Read more…] about 1970-71 Indiana Game-Used Basketball Signed By Team