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"Glory Road:" The man behind the legend and the players who fought to end discrimination

This project is based on the 1966 Texas Western Miners basketball team from El Paso, Texas. The Miners were well-known for winning the 1966 NCAA Basketball Championship against Western Kentucky, which was an all-white basketball team. The Texas Western Miners, led by legendary coach Don Haskins, was renowned for having an all-black starting lineup.

Glory Road

This book was written by Coach Don Haskins and his experiences as the 1966 Texas Western Miners coach from El, Paso, Texas. His team was well-known for having an all-black starting lineup, which eventually went on to win the 1966 NCAA Basketball Championship against Western Kentucky.

How Texas Western's 1966 national championship changed college sports forever | NCAA.com

This article is about the 1966 NCAA Basketball Championship team, the Texas Western Miners. Coach Don Haskins was renowned for having an all-black starting lineup during the height of Jim Crow and segregation. The Texas Western Miners later went to defeat the well-known, all-white Western Kentucky team.

The Texas Western Miners (1966)

The 1966 championship game for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) basketball tournament came down to a test between a small southwestern institution, El Paso’s Texas Western College Miners, and an accomplished four-time NCAA tournament winner, the University of Kentucky Wildcats. This game, however, proved to be more than just a challenge by the Miners, a multi-racial team that had joined the NCAA just three years earlier, and an all-white opponent, the Wildcats, widely considered the strongest basketball team in the nation. This game, according to many sports observers, forever changed major college basketball. The Miners’ unexpected victory demonstrated that African American players had the skill to control the game as well as a white team, and ultimately better than the best white team.

NOVA: Texas Western College Magazine 66'

NOVA: Texas Western College Magazine, written January 1966

3 months before the Texas Western Miners would win the 1966 NCAA Basketball Championship

40th anniversary of the 1966 NCAA Basketball Championships

NOVA Quarterly: The University of Texas at El Paso, written in April 2006

The 40th anniversary of the 1966 NCAA Basketball Championship win led by Coach Don Haskins and his Texas Western Miners

NOVA: The University of Texas at El Paso Magazine 75'

NOVA: The University of Texas at El Paso Magazine, written March 1975

Mary Haskins remembers a night that made history

Legendary coach Don Haskins' wife Mary was part of that 1966 championship history

24 Things You Probably Don't know about El Paso, Texas - 52 Perfect Days

El Paso has so much culture and history -- from Billy the Kid during its wild west days to today with it's up and coming culinary scene. With a growing list of top-notch restaurants, museums, and theater El Paso, Texas a town worth getting to know. 

Timeline - UTEP History - UTEP Library Research Guides at University of Texas El Paso

1916 - The School of Mines held its first commencement in the assembly hall of the Fort Bliss campus on May 30, 1916, when three Miners received their degrees.

Haskins, Donald Lee | The Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture

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Houston Chronicle | HoustonChronicle.com - Houston Chronicle

Historic photos show segregated life in Jim Crow Texas

Glory Road

The 72-65 victory over Kentucky in College Park, Maryland is considered one of the most important in the history of college basketball, as it marked the first time that a team with five African-American starters won a title game. The Miners played against the Kentucky Wildcats, a team that had no African-American players during the period of the Civil Rights Movement.

Adolph Rupp | American coach | Britannica

Adolph Rupp, American collegiate basketball coach at the University of Kentucky (1930–72). He retired as the most successful coach in collegiate basketball, with 876 wins (surpassed in 1997 by Dean Smith). Rupp’s teams won more than 82 percent of their games. Rupp grew up on a Kansas farm and was

Adolph Rupp: Fact and Fiction

The legacy of Coach Adolph Rupp and his loss at the 1966 NCAA Basketball Championships

Kentucky vs. Texas Western (March 19, 1966)

COLLEGE PARK, Md., March 19 -- Texas Western, overlooked in preseason ratings last December, became the collegiate basketball champion for the first time by whipping long-time powerful Kentucky, 72-65, tonight in the final of the National Collegiate Athletic Association tournament.

Don Haskins Center - Facilities - The University of Texas at El Paso Athletics

The official facilities page for the The University of Texas at El Paso Miners

Before The NBA Was Integrated, We Had The Black Fives : Code Switch : NPR

The Black Fives were African-American basketball teams that played in America before the NBA was integrated in 1950. Their lost history is making a comeback.