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The 1966 Texas Western ( now known as The University of Texas at El Paso -UTEP)- Kentucky NCAA Championship. Certainly the most significant game ever played in the history of basketball. Simply because of the segregated nature of basketball in the south during the sixties. This game and this game alone served to remove the barriers and unwritten rules that college coaches observed in the failure to sign the black athletes to a four year scholarship in the segregated south . After this game, the barriers were lifted and southern schools began in earnest to recruit the black athlete.
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Adolph Rupp, The head basketball coach at the University of Kentucky, went to great lengths to refrain from diligently recruiting black basketball players. He did recruit Wes Unseld a graduate of Louisville Seneca High School and he also recruited Butch…
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