Every July, Query & Schultz catch up with former prominent Indianapolis and/or Indiana athletes, coaches, and influential figures in their "Catching Up With" series! Hear those players, coaches, and other luminaries look back on their time in Indiana, share personal stories from inside and outside the locker room, and get you up-to-date on what they're doing now.
When talking about the biggest shots in Pacers' history, Travis Best's game-winner in 2000 doesn't get mentioned enough. The diminutive guard saved the Pacers from a disastrous first round series loss to the Bucks with his last-minute three-pointer, and Indiana went on to their only ever NBA Finals appearance that same summer. Best talked about that shot, his icy relationship with Isiah Thomas which led to a trade demand, members of his family making their home in Indianapolis, and a cameo in the 1990s film "He Got Game".
Indiana University has had a long list of great running backs, and although he's rarely mentioned, Levron Williams absolutely belongs on that list. The Evansville Bosse star formed a dynamic offensive duo with Antwaan Randle-El, accruing 4,000+ total yards in his time in Bloomington. The former Hoosier talked about his football life - how he ended up at IU, that six-touchdown afternoon in Wisconsin (still a school record), Cam Cameron's interesting personnel decisions, etc. But, most importantly of all, how he was able to cope with and overcome the tragic murder of his mother at right at the end of his senior season.
Everyone knows about Purdue's heralded Cradle of Quarterbacks, but just how far back does that tradition go? Samuels, the oldest living member of the elite signal-calling fraternity, first stepped onto campus in West Lafayette in 1949. The second member of the Cradle of Quarterbacks - the late Bob DeMoss, Samuels' quarterback coach, was the first (1945-48) - talked about how he ended up at Purdue, the Boilers' epic upset of #1 Notre Dame which ended the Irish's 39-game winning streak in 1950, and how he still remains a Boilermaker superfan today.
Most of our Catching Up With guests played sports, but Marc Summers never did. Growing up on the northside of Indy, Summers wanted to be a magician or stand-up comic, but a random audition with Nickelodeon resulted in the "Double Dare" hosting gig and a 40+ year television career. He talked about his path from Indy magician/comic to Double Dare/Food Network host, and what his hometown still means to him today.
The Northwest High School standout left the state to become a star at Memphis under John Calipari and an NBA First Round draft pick. Although his NBA career was short-lived, he's played professionally all over the globe. He talked about his extensive travels and why Indiana is still home.
Chappell was the first athlete Schultz was "paid" to see at Bloomington South HS in 2005. The Hoosiers' third all-time leading passer's five-year tenure at Indiana saw the tragic passing of Terry Hoeppner, the hiring and firing of Bill Lynch, and the rise and fall of trouble talent Kellen Lewis.
The Carmel native led Purdue to one of the best three-year runs in school history (1978-80) and left as the NCAA's all-time passing leader, but it was mostly dysfunction and frustration when he played in two separate stints with hapless Colts.
Hear our past Catching Up With interviews here...
2017 Catching Up With: Jim Mora, Seth Morales, Matt Howard, Ray Buchanan, Mark Patrick, Fred Jones, Buddy Rice, Curtis Painter, Bob Kevoian, Lyndon Jones, Freddie Lewis, Herb Williams, Kyle Taber, Gary Brackett, Willie Deane, Greg Graham.
2016 Catching Up With: Vinny Sutherland, Delray Brooks, Clarence Verdin, Dale Davis, A.J. Graves, Roosevelt Potts, David Teague, Roberto Guerrero, Ricky Calloway, Chad Austin, Billy Knight, Kirk Haston
2015 Catching Up With: Chandler Thompson, Bill Mallory, James Banks, Bill Brooks, Purdue's "Three Amigos" (Troy Lewis, Todd Mitchell, Everette Stephens), Tom Coverdale, Joe Tiller, Steve Stipanovich, Razor Shines, Raheem Brock, Sen. Richard Lugar, Rylan Hainje, George McGinnis, Jeff George, Marco Killingsworth, Jeff Foster, Jeff Saturday, Chris Kramer, Dean Garrett