Larry Bird signs letter of intent to play for Bob Knight and Indiana University
April 24, 1974 Signs a letter of intent to play basketball for Bob Knight and the Indiana Hoosiers, choosing the Bloomington school over Purdue and Indiana State.
Bird received a basketball scholarship to Indiana University in 1974. However, he was overwhelmed by the size of the campus and number of students and, as he would later admit in his biographies, wasn't mentally ready for this stage of life. Bird was also treated poorly by an established IU star, Kent Benson; as Bird recalled, the other upperclassmen of the team treated him well.
On April 24, 1974, Larry signed a letter of intent to play for Bobby Knight and the Indiana Hoosiers, however Bird would hitchhike home, complaining that he couldn't get accustomed to the large school.