Archive for Monday, September 8, 2008

Hall of Famer Haskins dies

September 8, 2008

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— The glow from Don Haskins' greatest triumph was mostly a memory when Disney decided to take another look.

Then came the movie "Glory Road" and a whole new generation learned what Bob Knight already knew about his old friend's career - and legacy.

"Don got more out of his teams and players than any coach who has ever coached college basketball," Knight said.

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. He was 78.

Texas-El Paso spokesman Jeff Darby said Haskins died at his home Sunday afternoon, surrounded by family members and friends, but had no details on the cause of death.

Comments

Tony Kisner 6 years, 8 months ago

I remember UTEP beating KU in '92 tourney. At the time I thought it must have been a good learning opportunity for Roy. In the chess game of basketball Don put some short pants on Roy and sent him home.

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