“I Pray for Them to Lose”

“I Pray for Them to Lose”

dan-haskins-players-utep-1966A few miles from the border separating Texas, Mexico, and New Mexico, an orange banner hangs from the rafters at Don Haskins Center. That’s where the Miners of the University of Texas at El Paso, UTEP, play their home games. “Texas Western College NCAA Champions 1966,” the banner reads in plain, white font. A short walk from there, UTEP displays the championship trophy from that same season inside the school’s basketball practice facility. Resting inside a wall niche at the building’s entrance, the trophy is part of a shrine to the historic team. With five Black starters, the ’66 Miners team beat top-ranked—and all-white—University of Kentucky for the 1966 NCAA championship. The shrine’s wall is covered with a photographic mural featuring Willie Worsley, David Lattin,…View Original Post

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