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The death of a legend

September 8, 2008

Don Haskins died today.  For those of you who don’t recognize the name he was a College Basketball coach.  He coached men’s basketball at UTEP.  He was a national championship coach, a hall of fame coach and an El Paso icon.  He was a flawed man but he was much beloved by the people in El Paso.

I love college sports and specifically college basketball.  I fell in love with the game while I was at University.  I have had season tickets to the UTEP Miners since the 80’s and spent many nights watching Coach work his magic.  Although he has been retired and there have been 4 other coaches at UTEP since he left there was always the spector of Coach at the games.  The arena is called the Don Haskins Center aka “The Don” or the “Bear’s Den”.   

Don Haskin was a legend, his story was told in the movie Glory Road, he broke the color barrier by starting 5 black players against an all white Kentucky team and won.

It just makes me sad that the legend is gone.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 8, 2008 1:36 pm

    😦 How sad. 😦 But it does look like his memory will live on at UTEP for a long long time to come!

  2. Renee permalink
    October 5, 2008 3:00 am

    I forgot to mention to you on the Friday I flew into ABQ from El Paso, Willie Cager was on the flight. He was one of the 5 African American players that Haskins put in the game.

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