Glory Road - 2 Stars (Average)

Basketball Coach Don Haskins does not have to linger for his story to come about. He is a branch of the Texas Sports Hall of Fame and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Few nowadays would call up Don Haskins. He was the instructor at Texas Western in 1966 when his 27-1 squad contend Adolph Rupp's 27-1 University of Kentucky Wildcats for the NCAA honour.

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Nothing too outlandish going on for that, except that Haskins would change state the premiere coach in NCAA ancient times to instigate an all-African American lineup when the Miners squared off against Rupp's all-white Kentucky squad that conspicuous two players who would turn reputed in the NBA pro league: Pat Riley and Louie Dampier.

Remember these names: Bobby Joe Hill, David Lattin, Orsten Artis, Willie Worsley and Harry Flournoy during February, Black History Month. They were the starting roll for Texas Western when the Miners won the NCAA championship antagonistic an all-white Kentucky team, 72-65.

I would graduate from Michigan State University two months after Texas Western won the title, and would not be alert of retributory how historical this event was. My dignified academy and body administrative division and track teams were incorporated. Kentucky would not even donate African Americans basketball scholarships, and here were numerous opposite colleges and universities which excluded African American players in 1966.

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There was a lot of loathing in the South at that case. Heck, there was a lot mischievousness everywhere, but not in Don Haskins' will to win for Texas Western, set present as UTEP, the University of Texas at El Paso. Haskins was blind and simply put the sunday-go-to-meeting players on the flooring to struggle.

Haskins recruited the primo players, relative quantity other mattered. Not even the stinky management and demise pressure both Haskins and his players received from die-hard, ignorant, intolerant Texas Western relay links and donors. They sing a polar melodic phrase in Texas today, mega at the University of Texas.

Glory Road in 2006 retold the description of Don Haskins and Texas Western. Josh Lucas contend the function of Don Haskins, Derek Luke vie Bobby Joe Hill and John Voight contend Adolph Rupp. It is not one of the sunday-go-to-meeting films of all time made, but the legend of Texas Western is on par with some other large victories in sports history, with the 1980 U. S. Hockey team prizewinning the Gold Medal in the Olympics. Contrary to the picture version, the headline lame was not as big an frighten as was delineate. Texas Western had an unrivalled team, as proven by its No. 3 superior the dying position that period of time. Haskins was not the initial trainer to unbend African Americans, Texas Western had African American players on its schedule before Haskins arrived.

Haskins was the prototypic to instigate an all-African American card in the NCAA headline game, and it is as well sincere that Texas Western was the early institute in a Southern list to incorporate its active teams. Good for Texas Western.

Glory Road had a apposite letter of anticipation for African Americans. At smallest possible one guide had the backbone to leap the privileged. Do not weighing for a short while that this was Don Haskins' one sec of glory, and that he was fearless but not an fantabulous hoops manager.

Since Glory Road was not as more something like Don Haskins as few thoroughly talented, extremely uncomplaining and enormously heroic Texas Western players, let it be glorious that Don Haskins:

1) Played cardinal years at Oklahoma A&M nether Hall of Fame guide Hank Iba and was Team Captain.

2) Was trussed for 4th situation among the NCAA's supreme successful moving coaches when he inactive next to 719 wins and 353 financial loss.

3) Had 33 champion seasons at UTEP in 38 eld of coaching.

4) Led UTEP to no less than 17 20-win-seasons, an NCAA description in 1966, 7 Western Athletic Conference (WAC) championships, 4 WAC tourney titles, and 21 postseason trips (14 to the NCAA playoffs and 7 NIT-National Invitational Tournament-appearances).

5) Changed college hoops indefinitely by protrusive an all-African American unit resistant an all-white Kentucky troop in the NCAA competition and successful the title.

6) Coached Hall of Famer Nate "Tiny" Archibald, NBA All-Star Tim Hardaway, and Antonio Davis, and mentored rising coaches Nolan Richardson and Tim Floyd.

Glory Road is a motion picture for every hoops partizan. It has a excessive phone call and represents a remarkable point in the development of basketball as we know and savour it nowadays.

Copyright © 2007 Ed Bagley

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