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October 8, 2009

MARK BENNETT: Larry Legend Foundation working to raise money for Larry Bird statue

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The benefits of that sculpture go beyond historical relevance. Visitors to the campus and Hulman Center often look for signs that Larry Bird once was there. “I think some people in higher education are a bit reluctant to admit that point,” Crume said. “[Visitors] do, in some ways, expect to see certain things like that.”

Recruits look for those things, too.

“I think it would do nothing but help the basketball program,” Wolfe said. “I think if they brought that 7-foot recruit in and walked him around and let him see Larry up there, it would reinforce the history and what happened in that ’78-79 season.”

Ninety-five percent of the people Fenton has encountered like the idea, he said. The other 5 percent question its need, or doubt it will happen.

Most share Wolfe’s outlook: “It’s something that’s long overdue, and there’s a lot of people, I think, who would agree.”



Mark Bennett can be reached at (812) 231-4377 or mark.bennett@tribstar.com.

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