Coaching Legend Don Haskins Dies, Remembered for Breaking Color Barrier

Coaching Legend Don Haskins Dies, Remembered for Breaking Color Barrier

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basketball.pngDon Haskins coached perhaps the most important basketball game of all time and broke the color barrier in an all-white sport at the time. In 1966 as coach of Texas Western, he fielded 5 black players in a championship college game against Kentucky’s 5 white players. The story of that game, and the magical season, was made into a film called “Glory Road”, which was released in January 2006. Haskins died Sunday at the age of 78.

“He remains one of the most revered and honored coaches in basketball history, said the Texas school’s athletic director Bob Stull. “His decision to start five black players in the 1966 national championship game changed college basketball and the sports world.”

 

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