2nd Apr, 2009

Truth 101

NCAA Championships- 1966 Texas Western and University of Kentucky

 

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Glory Road,  Directed  By James Garner did a wonderful job telling this history making event. In the years immediately after Texas Western’s title, the integration of college sports took a great leap forward. Between 1966 and 1985, the average number of blacks on college teams jumped from 2.9 to 5.7. Adolph Ruff, known as a racist, never accepted loosing that game. One month after the humiliation of the game he was pressured to recruit blacks for the University of Kentucky team. It wasn’t until in the 70′s Adolph Ruff recruited a black player.

As for Don Haskins, coach of the Texas Wetern Miners, Haskins became well-known for the changes he implemented at a time when there were no black players at many colleges and universities. Haskin’s never made it back in his 38 year career to the NCAA Championship Game.


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