Friday, March 19th, 2010 at 3:53 pm  |  8 responses

New Site Honors Historic Champs From ’66

Just got this press release from the UTEP, and figured it was a great announcement to share as March Madness heats up…

In honor of the 44th anniversary of Texas Western College’s stunning victory over the University of Kentucky in the 1966 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship, a comprehensive Web site that salutes the coaches and players of this historic and defining moment in sports is ready to be enjoyed at http://www.utep.edu/gloryroad

The dynamic Web site is a collection of photos, stories, interviews and memorabilia that chronicles the lives of the people involved in that magical championship season that culminated with a decisive 72-65 triumph by the Texas Western Miners over the heavily favored Kentucky Wildcats. TWC, now The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), is the first and only university in Texas to win an NCAA men’s basketball title.   The game, which was played at the University of Maryland’s Cole Field House, featured the first all-black starting quintet in an NCAA championship game. The victory by the Miners helped open the door for African-American players to be more readily recruited onto collegiate athletic teams across the country. The team was led by Don “The Bear” Haskins, a legendary coach who was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1997. The hall bestowed the same honor on the team 10 years later. The Miners’ victory “was a key turning point in the civil rights movement in general and in the integration of college athletics in particular,” according to the team’s hall of fame biography.

This technological tribute includes many never before seen photos provided by the Haskins family; interviews with Haskins’ wife, Mary Haskins, and UTEP President Diana Natalicio; historic championship game photos; copies of the 1966 Final Four championship program; the 1965-66 TWC media guide; video highlights of the historic game; and links to stories that chronicled the Miners’ fantastic journey into history.  Haskins died in 2008, but his legacy and that of the ‘66 Miners basketball team will live on through the words and images included in this e-celebration of their accomplishment that changed our country.

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  • matt

    man get your act right, history is never boring, you can always learn something from it!

  • Just sayin’

    Good point- I should have read the whole article before making that comment.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    The movie they made out of it was pretty cool. Coach doesn’t look much like The Bear though, in truth.
    Still, a nice tribute.
    PS – that stat about no Texas team ever winning the NCAA ‘Chip (before OR after UTEP) is pretty insane.

  • http://IJustWantMyNameToLookBig.com Chukaz

    Dude I go to that school. I would like to say we good in academics since our football and basketball teams usually suck but I’d be lying. How da f*ck did we lose to butler is beyond me. We had da better athletes and we got killed.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    lol@ justsayin…. arent those guys on money?

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    dont get me wrong. I respect the history. They inspired the guys who inspired me.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Bron is youngest player to get 25000 points… Lets pretend he wins 3 outta 5 of the next championships.. Is he gonna be better then Jordan or is there too many buzzer-beaters/game winners for Mike to EVER be 2nd best?