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Basketball Coach
    (March 14, 1930-September 7, 2008)
    Coached Texas Western College (later University of Texas at El Paso) (1961-99)
    Won NCAA Championship (1966)
    Attended Oklahoma A&M (State) University
    Inducted into Basketball Hall of Fame (1997)
    Subject of the 2006 film 'Glory Road'
    He was wrongly credited with integrating Texas Western's basketball team (it happened years before he arrived).
    Contrary to popular belief, his 1966 title team wasn't entirely African-American.
    Other than the 1966 triumph, his teams haven't come close to the NCAA title.
    He signed a contract to coach Detroit University in the 1970's, but he backed out.
    He hunted with Bobby Knight.
    He looked like Albert Finney (the older, more bloated version).
    He coached the first team with an all-black starting lineup to win the NCAA basketball championship.
    This accomplishment was considered more significant in that the team they beat in the title game, Kentucky, was all-white and its coach was an alleged racist.
    His team's win helped lead to more positive perception of African-American ballplayers and more desegregation of college sports.
    He emphasized that he wasn't trying to make a racial statement and simply wanted to recruit the best players.
    He led his team to the Sweet 16 after they upset Roy Williams' number-one ranked Kansas team (1992).
    He coached Tiny Archibald, Tim Hardaway and Antonio Davis.

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