[4], In the first round of the tournament, the Miners defeated Oklahoma City 89–74. But in 1966, when his all-black starting five Texas Western team won the NCAA national championship against Adolph Rupp’s all-white Kentucky team, Haskins changed college basketball forever. Overall record: 719-353 (.671). He and his 1966 Texas Western team had a renaissance two years ago, thanks to the Disney film "Glory Road."       Postseason invitational champion   Dwayne Haskins Goal is the Hall of Fame.       Conference regular season champion   Before Don Haskins won the 1966 NCAA Championship with the five black starters, it was rare for a black to even play in a game even if they were the best on the team. In the next round, they defeated Cincinnati 78–76 in overtime. "I really didn't think about starting five black guys. Carr was present in El Paso as a guest for the premiere screening, November 28, 2005. Entrée de l'ancien bâtiment du Hall of Fame dans le centre-ville de Springfield. Bob Knight was Haskins' fishing partner and one of his best friends. His greatest triumph occurred in 1966, when his team won the NCAA Tournament over the Wildcats of the University of Kentucky, coached by Adolph Rupp. These scenes would have depicted a formative influence on Haskins' game of basketball. Mr. HERMAN CARR (High School Friend of Don Haskins): Don and I would meet up there, you know, and we'd just play one on one. Hunt, Darren. In 1961–62, Haskins' first season as head coach, the Miners had an 18–6 record. Haskins to join Hall of Fame By Linda Naylor. Haskins used a starting lineup of five African-American players for the first time ever in an NCAA title game. But I went out there and I showed him, you called me a big girl, huh? The Hall of Fame has more than 400 inductees and 40,000 sq. J.W. Haskins is in both the Naismith and College Halls of Fame. On numerous occasions, Haskins stated that he believed his 1964 team could have won the NCAA Tournament had All-American Jim Barnes not fouled out after playing only eight minutes in a 64–60 loss to Kansas State in the tournament. Tom Goldman, NPR News. It chronicled their David-over-Goliath moment against Kentucky, and it elicited a Haskins growl with its depiction of him as somewhat of a social crusader. All rights reserved. These scenes would have depicted a formative influence on Haskins' game of basketball. College basketball is mourning the death of one of its great coaches. Coach Don Haskins was one of Texas’ most notorious personalities, and one who changed the history written a bout the game They went on to defeat Kansas in double overtime in the Midwest Regional Finals, 81–80, and to defeat Utah in the national semifinals, 85–78. It was simply a matter of a coach putting his best team on the floor. Another good friend, Norm Ellenberger, is former coach of the New Mexico Lobos. Haskins stated his disappointment[9] at the cutting of the movie scenes of his one-on-one games with his boyhood friend Herman Carr, who is African-American.       Division regular season champion Haskins appeared in the movie as an extra by playing a gas station attendant. All rights reserved. The Miners took the lead midway in the first half and never relinquished it — though Kentucky closed to within a point early in the second half. We Insist: A Timeline Of Protest Music In 2020, 'Glory Road' Plays Fast and Loose with Facts, Pioneering Basketball Coach Haskins Retires. Privately who knows what he's feeling. Bob Knight was Haskins' fishing partner and one of his best friends. His teams won 719 games and made 14 NCAA tournament appearances. He was enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1997 as a basketball coach. The Texas Western Miners finished the 1965–66 regular season with a 23–1 record, entering the NCAA Tournament ranked third in the nation in the final regular season AP college basketball poll. His greatest triumph occurred in 1966, when his team won the NCAA Tournament over the Wildcats of the University of Kentucky, coached by Adolph Rupp. In the event that you have not been following the story of Coach Don Haskins, I will repeat “the bear” facts. Mr. CARR: I mean, when it really hit him, you know, is when he found out that I couldn't drink out of the same water fountain that he drank out of, you know. The watershed game initiated the end of racial segregation in college basketball. He was also a mentor for several future coaches, including Nolan Richardson and Tim Floyd.       Division regular season and conference tournament champion "I really didn't think about starting five black guys. A street is named after him in El Paso's East side. However, director Jim Gartner stated that Rupp Sr. would not be negatively portrayed in the film, claiming that Jon Voight, who played Rupp, was careful in his role, seeking not to mischaracterize Rupp as a racist.[8]. 1997: Haskins was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame. One of those players, El Paso native Nolan Richardson, later won the 1994 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament as the head coach at Arkansas. This picture shows how much discrimination and segregation there really was in the 1960s. Haskins is also a member of the Texas Sports Hall of Fame, Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame, College Basketball Hall of Fame and the National Basketball Hall of Fame. Haskins coached UTEP for 38 seasons, compiling a 719-353 record, suffering only five losing seasons, and retiring with the fourth best record in history. He won 14 Western Athletic Conference championships and four WAC tournament titles, had fourteen NCAA tournament berths and made seven trips to the NIT. You watch this. In the 1950s, prior to Haskins' arrival, Texas Western recruited and played African American players, in a time when it was still common to find all-white college sports teams, particularly in the South. "Film captures team's journey well; some history left out. Haskins led UTEP to 17 20-plus-win seasons and served as an assistant Olympic team coach in 1972. Chris Russell. [5], Facing the top-ranked University of Kentucky in the championship game, Haskins made history by starting five African American players for the first time in a championship game against Kentucky's all-white squad, coached by Adolph Rupp. And, you know, of course I was kind of angry at him. ft. of basketball history. Hunt, Darren. Another good friend, Norm Ellenberger, is former coach of the New Mexico Lobos. Don Haskins, one of the greatest coaches in college basketball history, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 7, 2008. GOLDMAN: Not only was Haskins a great motivator, he showed great flexibility as a coach, changing his team's style to best match up against an opponent. Haskins led UTEP to 17 20-plus-win seasons and served as an assistant Olympic team coach in 1972.[1]. Their one-on-one games at Longfellow High School led to a friendship. He managed all this at a small school in the middle of nowhere, molding his teams into contenders. Accuracy and availability may vary. Known as “The Bear” for his robust build and stern manner, Don Haskins always put the best five players on the floor regardless of race, creed, or color. Other UTEP alums moving to the NBA included Marlon Maxey and Greg Foster. Haskins missed twelve games during the 1995–96 season while recovering from a heart attack and triple bypass surgery. After college and a stint with the Amateur Athletic Union's Artesia Travelers, Haskins began coaching small-town Texas high schools (Benjamin, Hedley and Dumas) from 1955 to 1961.       Conference tournament champion. A national best seller, it was reprinted five times in its first four months of release and was selected as an "Editor's Choice" by the New York Times Book Review. The Special Events Center was renamed after UTEP's Hall of Fame coach Don Haskins (1930–2008) in 1998. His son Steve is a professional golfer, who began play on the Champions Tour after reaching the age of 50 and won two events on the Nationwide Tour during his regular career years. Haskins was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Sept. 29, 1997, and the Jim Thorpe Association Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame on Aug. 9, 1999 in Oklahoma City. They went on to defeat Kansas in double overtime in the Midwest Regional Finals, 81–80, and to defeat Utah in the national semifinals, 85–78. Although Haskins was never able to duplicate his 1966 success, he is nonetheless regarded as an important figure in basketball history. [4], In the first round of the tournament, the Miners defeated Oklahoma City 89–74. A national best seller, it was reprinted five times in its first four months of release and was selected as an "Editor's Choice" by the New York Times Book Review. Adolph Rupp, Jr., pointed out that his father had previously used the term "Glory Road" in his farewell speech to his fans and worried that his father would be villainized in the film. Dwayne Haskins sure isn't lacking in confidence for himself. This is a picture of an all white basketball club. Donald Lee Haskins (March 14, 1930 – September 7, 2008), nicknamed "The Bear", was an American basketball player and coach. In his time at Texas Western/UTEP, he compiled a 719–353 record, suffering only five losing seasons.       Division regular season and conference tournament champion [6], Later asked about his decision to start five African American players, Haskins downplayed the significance of his decision. Haskins, the Hall of Fame coach credited with helping break color barriers in college sports in 1966 when he used five black starters to win a national basketball title for Texas Western, died Sunday. College Basketball Hall of Fame Inducted in 2006 Donald Lee Haskins (March 14, 1930 – … The Miners finished with 72 points to Kentucky's 65, winning the tournament and finishing the year with a 28–1 record. Donald Lee Haskins (March 14, 1930 – September 7, 2008), nicknamed "The Bear", was an American basketball player and coach. Copyright © 2020 Lakefront Media Group. Starting five African-Americans against all-white Kentucky was not a civil rights statement, he said. NPR's Tom Goldman has this remembrance of Coach Haskins. He played college basketball for three years under coach Henry Iba at Oklahoma A&M (now Oklahoma State University). Glory Road, a Disney film about the then-Texas Western 1966 championship season, was released on January 13, 2006. I just wanted to put my five best guys on the court," Haskins was later quoted as saying. Don Haskins is the former head men's basketball coach for the Texas Western/UTEP Miners, famously winning the NCAA Tournament in 1966. The color barrier in college basketball was to be no more and the credit goes largely to the man who only wanted to win. He was enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1997 as a basketball coach. Other UTEP alums moving to the NBA included Marlon Maxey and Greg Foster. After college and a stint with the Amateur Athletic Union's Artesia Travelers, Haskins began coaching small-town Texas high schools (Benjamin, Hedley and Dumas) from 1955 to 1961. ft. of basketball history. Haskins led UTEP to 17 20-plus-win seasons and served as an assistant Olympic team coach in 1972.[1]. He was also a mentor for several future coaches, including Nolan Richardson and Tim Floyd. His 1966 team was inducted in its entirety by the same Hall of Fame on September 7, 2007. Haskins is portrayed in the film by actor Josh Lucas.       Conference regular season and conference tournament champion He was the head coach at Texas Western College (renamed the University of Texas at El Paso in 1967) from 1961 to 1999. 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