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The passion for the Hoosiers in particular is passed down from generation to generation and keeps everybody talking, whether you’re 9 or 90.

“Here, it’s deep-seeded, more deep-rooted to the point that it’s almost a birthright,” Dakich said. “What you know is what your dad knew. I can still remember being at a friend’s house in 1973, when I was 11, and his dad came in and knocked us the heck out of the way so he could turn on the TV when IU was playing.”