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Fans honor Haskins

September 10, 2008

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— Dozens of fans, many wearing UTEP orange and blue, solemnly filed past Don Haskins' wooden casket Tuesday at center court of the arena named for the pioneering basketball coach. A song softly played from the soundtrack to "Glory Road," a film about the school's improbable 1966 NCAA title run when it was known as Texas Western College.

The Hall of Fame coach, who retired in 1999, died at 78 on Sunday from congestive heart failure. Haskins is credited with helping break racial barriers by starting five black players during the 1966 championship against all-white Kentucky.

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