President Obama Praises 1966 Texas Western Team [VIDEO]
If you were in attendance Saturday afternoon at Don Haskins Center, you were treated to one of the most memorable games in recent memory. Despite being down by 19 points in the second half, the UTEP Miners came back to defeat Western Kentucky in overtime by a final score of 93-89. The team won both games this week in exciting fashion to improve to 13-11 on the season and 5-6 in C-USA play.
Besides the game on the court, every fan in the sold out DHC also soaked in the numerous tributes to the 1966 Texas Western National Championship team. Those Miners were honored for their 50th anniversary of the school's historic win over Kentucky to win the NCAA National Championship. Among the various dignitaries who addressed the crowd on the video boards were former UTEP coaches Billy Gillispie, Doc Sadler, and Tony Barbee. Producer Jerry Bruckheimer, who made the movie Glory Road also talked about the importance of the 1966 TWC team, along with Nike chairman Phil Knight.
Near the conclusion of halftime, UTEP saved the best for last and President Barack Obama gave a special message to the fans at the Haskins Center. President Obama ended his message with a "Go Miners", and already there is a kickstarter campaign to print and sell orange t-shirts with his quote.
The University also produced a nice 50th anniversary retrospective video on the famous team, which aired at Saturday's game.