Monday, September 8

Don Haskins 1930-2008

Sadly, sports lost one of its great pioneers yesterday as Don Haskins passes away. Hasskins led Texas Western (now UTEP) to the 1966 NCAA Championship by starting five black players against the all-white University of Kentucky. That game helped changed the way people thought and coaches' recruiting of black athletes. He coached 38 seasons at UTEP and amassed a 719-353 record. He retired in 1999 and his story was told in the book and movie Glory Road (a great read or watch). Coaches all around basketball respected Don and knew him as a great basketball mind. He will be missed.

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