Glory Road - 2 Stars (Average)

Basketball Coach Don Haskins does not have to hang around for his fable to happen. He is a contributor of the Texas Sports Hall of Fame and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Few today would think Don Haskins. He was the handler at Texas Western in 1966 when his 27-1 team compete Adolph Rupp's 27-1 University of Kentucky Wildcats for the NCAA term.

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Nothing too uncommon astir that, with the exception of that Haskins would turn the oldest manager in NCAA yesteryear to initiation an all-African American roster when the Miners squared off hostile Rupp's all-white Kentucky social unit that featured two players who would go infamous 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 protrusive card for Texas Western when the Miners won the NCAA title fight hostile 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 mindful of fitting how historic this thing was. My dignified seminary and institute territorial division and course teams were unified. Kentucky would not even tender African Americans court game scholarships, and at hand were galore different colleges and universities which excluded African American players in 1966.

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There was a lot of wickedness in the South at that event. Heck, there was a lot hate everywhere, but not in Don Haskins' will to win for Texas Western, specified nowadays as UTEP, the University of Texas at El Paso. Haskins was unsighted and simply put the top-grade players on the horizontal surface to strive.

Haskins recruited the go-to-meeting players, zip else mattered. Not even the rotten treatment and disappearance coercion some Haskins and his players standard from die-hard, ignorant, fanatical Texas Western relay stations and donors. They sing out a variant melody in Texas today, specially at the University of Texas.

Glory Road in 2006 retold the narration of Don Haskins and Texas Western. Josh Lucas contend the role of Don Haskins, Derek Luke contend Bobby Joe Hill and John Voight compete Adolph Rupp. It is not one of the highest films ever made, but the account of Texas Western is on par next to other bad victories in sports history, plus the 1980 U. S. Hockey squad triumphant the Gold Medal in the Olympics. Contrary to the picture show version, the term spectator sport was not as big an disquieted as was delineated. Texas Western had an first-rate team, as evidenced by its No. 3 ranking the decisive place that period. Haskins was not the oldest handler to kick up your heels African Americans, Texas Western had African American players on its timetable in the past Haskins arrived.

Haskins was the primary to kick off an all-African American batting order in the NCAA heading game, and it is likewise genuine that Texas Western was the initial school in a Southern government to reconcile its active teams. Good for Texas Western.

Glory Road had a bang-up announcement of expectation for African Americans. At slightest one coach had the backbone to production the first-class. Do not come up with for a flash that this was Don Haskins' one tick of glory, and that he was valiant but not an terrific hoops guide.

Since Glory Road was not as some in the region of Don Haskins as many highly talented, immensely charitable and extremely daring Texas Western players, let it be legendary that Don Haskins:

1) Played 3 old age at Oklahoma A&M below Hall of Fame handler Hank Iba and was Team Captain.

2) Was tied for 4th locate among the NCAA's utmost conquering stirring coaches when he retired next to 719 wins and 353 losses.

3) Had 33 successful seasons at UTEP in 38 old age of employment.

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

5) Changed school hoops for ever and a day by starting an all-African American social unit antagonistic an all-white Kentucky squad in the NCAA tournament and conquering the statute title.

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

Glory Road is a moving picture for all court game partisan. It has a terrible announcement and represents a marvellous twinkling in the development of court game as we know and delight in it nowadays.

Copyright © 2007 Ed Bagley

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