Early Step On The Road To Glory

Washington Post

Forty years later, with Kentucky vs. Texas Western having become the most significant game in college basketball history...


Video Commentary; Black History: Glory Road, the story of the 1966 Texas Western Championship.


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


Thousands attend memorial for UTEP coach Haskins in El Paso, Texas.

ESPN Classic

Former Texas Western (UTEP) basketball coach Don Haskins made a special visit to chat as part of Sunday's ESPN Classic's Game of the Week broadcast.

Texas Western's 1966 Lasting Legacy

Texas Western, was little known outside the Southwest despite its 27-1 record and its No.3 ranking. Their 72-65 victory that night over No.1 Kentucky stunned college basketball and upset conventional wisdom.


Ground Breaking NCAA Champions, Athletically and Socially, "Kentucky was playing for a commemorative wristwatch and the right to say they were national champions. We were out to prove that it didn't matter what color a person's skin was."

El Paso Times, Don Haskins stories

Bear on the Border: 25 years with Don Haskins. Accounts and Stories of an El Paso Icon.

Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture

Donald Lee "The Bear" Haskins, born in Enid, Oklahoma, on March 14, 1930, earned All-State honors in basketball and baseball with the Enid Plainsmen.


In 1966, UTEP " then named Texas Western College " changed the face of collegiate athletics forever by starting an all-black lineup for the first time in NCAA championship history. The Texas Western Miners, led by Hall of Fame Coach Don Haskins, upset the University of Kentucky to win the national title. The win symbolized a breakthrough for blacks in college sports.

ABC News

Hall of Fame basketball coach. Took Texas Western to the first major sports title the school has ever won-- made history by starting five black players during the '66 NCAA championship.


On March 19, 1966, Texas Western College defeats the University of Kentucky in the NCAA men’s college basketball final at Cole Field House in College Park, Maryland. This marked the first time an all-black starting five had won the NCAA championship.

Bay State Banner

The world in 1966 was not ready to accept Texas Western’s defeat of Kentucky for the NCAA basketball championship. A team with five black starters and its triumph over an all-white Southern basketball elevated the game to a broader discussion about segregation and race relations.

Haskins: The Bear Facts
Basketball's Biggest Upset: TX Western Changed the Sport with a Win Over Kentucky in 1966
And the Walls Came Tumbling Down: The Basketball Game that Changed American Sports
Glory Road: My Story of the 1966 NCAA Basketball Championship and how One Team Triumphed against the Odds and Changed America Forever
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