Glory Road - 2 Stars (Average)

Basketball Coach Don Haskins does not have to continue for his allegory to fall out. He is a appendage of the Texas Sports Hall of Fame and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Few today would recollect Don Haskins. He was the handler at Texas Western in 1966 when his 27-1 squad vie Adolph Rupp's 27-1 University of Kentucky Wildcats for the NCAA nickname.

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Nothing too unique astir that, bar that Haskins would change state the premier handler in NCAA past times to activation an all-African American roll when the Miners square off opposed to Rupp's all-white Kentucky social unit that conspicuous two players who would go celebrated 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 batting order for Texas Western when the Miners won the NCAA high status hostile an all-white Kentucky team, 72-65.

I would postgraduate from Michigan State University two months after Texas Western won the title, and would not be mindful of right how historic this happening was. My full arts school and academy territorial division and path teams were integrated. Kentucky would not even donate African Americans basketball scholarships, and in that were some other than colleges and universities which excluded African American players in 1966.

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There was a lot of emotion in the South at that case. Heck, nearby was a lot wickedness everywhere, but not in Don Haskins' will to win for Texas Western, notable today as UTEP, the University of Texas at El Paso. Haskins was colour-blind and simply put the top players on the floor to contend.

Haskins recruited the primo players, nada other mattered. Not even the bad psychotherapy and departure terrorization some Haskins and his players prescriptive from die-hard, ignorant, intolerant Texas Western relay transmitters and donors. They sing out a contradictory melodic line in Texas today, mega at the University of Texas.

Glory Road in 2006 retold the parable of Don Haskins and Texas Western. Josh Lucas vie the office of Don Haskins, Derek Luke compete Bobby Joe Hill and John Voight vie Adolph Rupp. It is not one of the longest films ever made, but the relation of Texas Western is on par beside other than terrible victories in sports history, plus the 1980 U. S. Hockey social unit successful the Gold Medal in the Olympics. Contrary to the pic version, the header winter sport was not as big an troubled as was delineated. Texas Western had an first-class team, as proven by its No. 3 top-level the crucial place that period. Haskins was not the basic guide to romp African Americans, Texas Western had African American players on its timetable earlier Haskins arrived.

Haskins was the prototypal to foundation an all-African American card in the NCAA banner game, and it is too literal that Texas Western was the prime body in a Southern say to incorporate its active teams. Good for Texas Western.

Glory Road had a dutiful phone call of belief for African Americans. At least one instructor had the lynchpin to tragedy the superfine. Do not consider for a second that this was Don Haskins' one twinkling of glory, and that he was brave but not an supreme hoops coach.

Since Glory Road was not as much nearly Don Haskins as more than a few terrifically talented, severely easygoing and amazingly gritty Texas Western players, let it be noted that Don Haskins:

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

2) Was bound for 4th set among the NCAA's utmost triumphant progressive coaches when he inactive with 719 wins and 353 losings.

3) Had 33 triumphant seasons at UTEP in 38 old age of coaching job.

4) Led UTEP to no smaller number than 17 20-win-seasons, an NCAA header 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 school basketball ad infinitum by starting an all-African American squad against an all-white Kentucky unit in the NCAA tournament and ahead the headline.

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

Glory Road is a motion-picture show for every court game protagonist. It has a serious communication and represents a grave flash in the development of hoops as we know and savour it today.

Copyright © 2007 Ed Bagley

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