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Coaching giant passes

September 8, 2008 - Neil Rudel

Here's hoping you enjoyed the blanket coverage the Mirror provided this weekend on Penn State and the Steelers.

I'm biased, but I feel there's not a paper in the state who does a better combo job on both teams, with wraparound four-pages sections on Sunday and Monday.

But there was a story that also struck me in Monday's paper, and that was the death of former Texas Western basketball coach Don Haskins.

A couple of weeks ago, Cory Giger and I squared off/wrote about our favorite sports movies. I picked "Remember the Titans," but "Glory Road, " the story about Texas Western, which fielded the first all-black starting lineup and won the 1966 NCAA title (beating Kentucky and Adolph Rupp) is high on my list.

Haskins won 719 games at UTEP, and as one of the significant coaches in college sports history, he's in the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Deservedly so.


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