BLOOMINGTON — Elkhart Memorial High graduate Ernie Jones has been named to the Indiana University Athletics Hall of Fame with the class of 2017, according to Fred Glass, IU’s Director of Intercollegiate Athletics.
Jones, a two-sport star for the Crimson Chargers, was an outstanding wide receiver at Indiana under former head coach Bill Mallory.
Joining Jones in this year’s class will be Danielle Carruthers (Women’s Track and Field, 2000-2003), Isabella Hutchison (Women’s Administrator, 1979-1994), Ken Kaczmarek (Football, 1965-67), Don Padgett II (Men’s Golf, 1969-71) and Keith Smart (1987-88).
Those six will be officially inducted at the annual Hall of Fame dinner on Friday, Nov. 3, and will be recognized at halftime of the Indiana-Wisconsin football game at Memorial Stadium the following day.
“We are thrilled to welcome these legends into the IU Athletics Hall of Fame,” said Glass 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.”
Jones lettered for the Hoosiers from 1984-87, turning in one of the finest seasons in program history in 1987, as he earned first team All-America honors. Jones also earned Associated Press Big Ten Player of the Year honors, first team All-Big Ten recognition and was honored as the team’s MVP. After that season, Jones played in the East-West Shrine Game.
In 1987, Jones totaled 1,265 receiving yards, which is still the program record, and he set school marks at the time with 66 receptions, 13 touchdowns and 1,807 all-purpose yards.
On IU’s career lists, Jones’ 2,361 receiving yards are third, his 20 touchdowns tie him for third and his 133 catches rank him ninth.
Jones was a seventh-round draft pick of the Phoenix Cardinals in the 1988 NFL Draft. He played five seasons with the Cardinals (1988-92) and one with the Los Angeles Rams (1993).
At Memorial, Jones was the football MVP in his senior year, while leading the team in receiving. He was also a captain of the Chargers’ basketball team a and was part of three Northern Indiana Conference title teams and an All-Conference selection as a senior. Memorial also won the sectional championship when Jones was a sophomore.
Among the other new inductees at IU, Smart is the most famous, as it was his jumper from the baseline with one second to play that gave Indiana a 74-73 victory over Syracuse in the 1987 NCAA championship game.
With the addition of those six members, the current roster of Hall of Fame inductees will be 225.