Four Years After Don Haskins’ Passing, A Tribute to The Bear [VIDEO]
It’s hard to believe it’s been four years since El Paso lost the man who put UTEP — if not El Paso — on the map. Don Haskins died on this day in 2008. In tribute, here’s the feature on his viewing at the Haskins Center, along with testimonies former former players and assistants (including UTEP coach Tim Floyd, then at USC) on Haskins’ impact on their lives.
As he always said, the man credited with breaking basketball’s color barrier just wanted to play his five best players when little Texas Western College upset Kentucky for the 1966 NCAA Championship.
His five best turned out to be black, turning the old axiom about playing African-American players (“Two at home, three on the road and four if you’re behind”) on its ear. The Miners beat the Wildcats’ all-white lineup, 72-65, and the game was never the same again.