The Father’s Love



“I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angel, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord”

Texas Western vs Kentucky

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.

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 Beard from Breckenridge County High School in Kentucky, but both players felt  that Kentucky would not be a welcoming environment and they chose to attend the University of Louisville.  Rupp did pay a visit to Ron King in his home in 1969.  King along with Otto Petty led  Louisville Central to the 1969 Kentucky State Championship.  The same year King was named Kentucky’s Mr. Basketball. King decided to attend Florida State, where Hugh Durham, a Louisville native was the head coach.
Adolph Rupp won 4 national Championships at Kentucky during his career. He wanted to win just one more championship before he retired and 1966, he felt this was his year to do it. Rupp had a team, featuring five undersized players, led by Pat Riley, current Miami  GM, Louie Dampier, Tommy Kron, Thad Jarez and Larry Conley. They were known as Rupp’s Runts( no player was over 6’5 inches tall) and they terrorized the Southeastern Conference. They were a great team and they played an exciting brand of basketball.

Texas Western had one of the best point guards ever in Bobby Joe Hill from Detroit. Don  Haskins recruited five black players and he promoted that he would flaunt it doing warm ups. He would encourage his players to dunk to create intimidation. Haskins was a con-man, and a pool shark, he transferred those characteristic to the basketball floor.
A white basketball player on Texas Western team, said he grew up hating opposing white players, because of the despicable things that they said to the Texas Western’s black players. Pat Forde, a reporter for the Louisville Courier Journal, said they brought a street game with them. It started with Don Haskins’ Texas Western team.
Kentucky won a number one ranking by beating nearly everyone, with a unrelenting defense and fast break offense, Rupp’ s team was a well oiled team. Texas Western survived Kansas by one point in double overtime. The other semifinal game over shadowed the Texas Western-Kansas game. The general consensus was that the Kentucky – Duke winner would be the national champions. Texas Western was furious. They wanted to beat Kentucky not because they had the possibility of being the first all black team. They wanted to beat them because they were being overlooked.

Haskins made a crucial strategic decision prior to the game. He played three guards to keep up with Kentucky’s speed. Haskins, rolled out five black players to start the NCAA championship game. Just understand there was an unwritten rule by white college basketball coaches in the south; never start five black players at one time. Haskins did it. It was on. One undefeated team in Kentucky and one once defeated team in Texas Western.

Haskins was a gambler and he would do anything possible to win the gamble; beat Adolph Rupp. Haskins did ,more in this one game to further the cause of integration than Martin Luther King. This game was the defining game of the century for College basketball.
It had tremendous social implications. I remember seeing the game myself . I was only 11 years old, but this game is sealed in my memory as the most exciting and significant game ever in NCAA finals history. There was the notion that if you had five black players that they were not as intelligent as the white players. If you put pressure on them they would crack. Texas Western proved this to be unfounded.
At the start of the game Big Daddy Latin rejected Pat Riley’s shot and the next time he dunked over Pat Riley. Later, point guard, Bobby Joe Hill made two consecutive steals in the game. Kentucky was down 34-31 at the half. Kentucky kept it close they felt they could still win.  Texas Western won the NCAA Championship 74-65.

The Texas Western players, as always took it in stride, Haskins hoped his players would be a little excited about the win. Coach Haskins smiled. Don Haskins begin to realized the impact of the victory. He would later received basketball cans filled with hate mail for coaching all black players. He even received a letter from black leaders who called him an exploiter. Haskins, a white coach, paid a price for his courage.

But if it were not for his courage, college basketball would not be where it is today. Adolph Rupp fought the memory of that game for the rest of his life. In a time when our country was in turmoil, fighting for equality for blacks in the south The Texas Western- Kentucky NCAA championship played a significant role in breaking the chains of integration. After this game, southern white coaches started recruiting the black athlete, one by one the ban was lifted. Adolph Rupp coached five more years before his retirement. He finally successfully recruited and signed to a scholarship, his first black player, Tom Payne, out of Louisville Shawnee High School in 1969. Rupp died of cancer in 1977. In 1998 Kentucky won the National Championship, ironically, with a team coach by Tubby Smith, a black man.

Hoop Values- Road To McQuaid

Hoop Values-Road to McQuaid-

It was an eye opening intramual game, The Gym was not packed, however there were a lot of people at the game, most certainly nearly all the African American Students. I put together a pretty good team especially the starting five. Eddie Debro, Mike Beatie, Don Tester, the only white player on either team were good. Being tested from playing basketball in Louisville, Kentucky I knew that I had some talent and could compete. Don Tester, the white player from Bristol, played in high school and I was interested in getting him for rebounding and sure enough he delivered every game. In the championship game, I scored eight points, I had two blocks, 3 assist and I ran the offense.

Lynn Ring, Tim Fleming and Bob Hall, were former Buc players who started in the NCAA tournament for the ETSU Bucs in 1968. They were out of shape for this game, however, they had enough left to beat us, however we gave them more than all they could handle. It was a fun game and a great time.

I was able to see some very good basketball games and some very good basketball players in the Ohio Valley Conference that East Tennessee State was affliated with. At that time some 20 to 25 miles away there was a pretty good basketball player by the name of Skip Brown who played for Kingspoint Dobbyns-Bennett High School. He was a senior at Dobbyns-Bennett High School during my Freshman year at ETSU. I saw this kid play at Vanderbilt University my Senior Year of High School. This guy was a scorer, could penetrate the lane and had a smooth pull up jumper or could dish to the open man. or shoot a very accurate three point shot. It turns out that Skip Brown was recruited and signed with Wake Forrest and set a few records during his four years at Wake Forrest. I saw at least 3 games that he played in that year at Dobbyns-Bennett High School and in Johnson City.

East Tennessee State University played home games in the old Brooks Arena that year 1972-73. The Mini-Dome was under construction. To me the entire concept of the Mini Dome was cool. I can’t imagine why the brain trust at ETSU could not make the facility work. I believe it was not well thought out, however it had potential if someone with vision and creativity was put in charge of the construction. The Bucs finished 9-17 overall and 2-12 in the conference.

I graduated from ETSU in August 1976. The best player that ETSU had that year was Henry White, a 6-3 Shooting Guard who would have been an excellent three point shooter if the rule were in effect. I remember one game he scored 38 points. He averaged 19 points per game that year.

Some great players came to Johnson City that year, Frank Jones, Wayne Pack from Tennessee Tech, Les Taylor of Murray State, Johnny Britt of Western Kentucky, Charlie Mitchell, Eastern Kentucky, Kevin Gray, Univerity of Tennessee-Chattanooga, Billy Martin and Jimmy Powell, Middle Tennessee State. They were all decent players, although none were good enough to make the NBA.

If my first year was was uneventful my sophmore year was highlighted not by good competition on ETSU’s team, but by excitment when James Fly Williams, from Austin Peay came to town to play the Bucs. The legend of James “Fly” Williams, stands tall at Austin Peay in Clarksville, Tennessee. Williams landed at Austin Peay from the Bronx and brought his magic to Northwest Tennessee to a little school called Austin Peay, not a local lawyer, but an actual college. In a small town called Clarksville. The town where I was born. The town is most noted for its close proximity to Fort Campbell, home of the 101st Airborne division in the U.S. army. Fly started his heroics in 1972-73 when he took the Ohio Valley Conference by storm.

Time moved on and so did I. I decided to transfer to Memphis State University, but ended up staying there only six months before I made the decision to transfer to University of Tennessee-Chattanooga until I could reapply to ETSU and resume studies there in the summer. I was pretty confused at this point and I needed to settle down. I re-enrolled to ETSU in the summer of 1975.

The Road To McQuaid- Chapter 2

Tennessee Revisted……. Nurturing The Basketball Legacy

“It is a mistake to look too Far ahead. Only One Link of the Chain of Destiny can be handled at a Time.” Winston Churchill

In November  1971 my father, a Pastor moved back to Chattanooga, Tennessee. We originally left Chattanooga in November 1965. Chattanooga progressed tremendously from the southern segregated town that we left in 1965, six years earlier. Desegregation of the public school system was implemented and was in full  effect and the face of the Chattanooga Public School system had changed for the better.

I was in my senior year of High School.  I tried out for the Varsity basketball team at Chattanooga High School. I  made the team, however I was far behind in learning the plays, I was in a transition of sorts, I only needed few credits to graduate  and only needed to take  three courses to graduate, because Louisville schools were much more advanced than the Chattanooga School system could only hope to achieve.  I decided against playing basketball  and got a job. My goal was to save money and attend college at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tn.

It was an interesting time for me, however it was a sad time to leave my friends at Shawnee High School in Louisville, Ky.   The first day that we moved back to Chattannoga, I met with the Principal at Riverside High School.  After learning that I was very interested in studing Journalism, he felt that Chattanooga High school would be a much better choice for me.

It was a fairly new school and I liked the atmosphere. It was a newer, cleaner school.  I met with the teachers and the basketball coach and he offered  a ride every morning along with the other players. I practiced with the team.  I decided not to play basketball and concentrate   on my classes. I had a good deal. I completed my classes everyday at 12 noon.

The competition in Chattanooga was decent, but most people in pick up games were not that good compared to Louisville’s talent. It was a good interlude between my graduating from high school and my transition to East Tennessee State University and my Freshman year.

The highlight of my first year at East Tennessee State was basketball intramurals. I organized a team of freshmen and seniors. Our colors were Purple and Gold, which were the same colors of Omega Psi Phi Franternity, which I would pledge  and make the frat in the spring of my Freshman year.

I recruited Ken Gator,  6-1 freshman football player,  Mike Beattie, 6-3 Senior, from Knoxville, Tennessee, Don Tester, a 6-4 Center from Bristol, Tn,  Eddie Debro, a 5-11 Freshman, from Knoxville, and myself Charles Jenkins, 6-0, Freshman, Chattanooga, Tennessee ( by way of Louisville, Ky).

We went on to win 12 straight games and we were forced to play the United Black Students in the Championship games, both teams were undefeated.

The United Black Students were loaded with former ETSU basketball players……………………

Lynn Ring 5-10, Washington, D.C.,   Dennis Griffey 5-10, Harlan, Kentucky, Tim Fleming 6’6, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Bob Hall 6-4, Roanoke, Va, and James Plummer, 6-0, Ferrum, VA.

We played the United Black Students, all former players in the championship game. The score was 62-54,  United Black Stuents won.

We had a great intro music, using Curtis Mayfield’s music.  The gym was rocking. Music tracks- Pusher Man, We’re a Winner, Move on Up.   

            (To be continued- be sure to check back!)

Youth Facing The Rising Sun




Speech Delivered by My Father  at Central High School Graduation, Paris, Tennessee

Graduating Speech, May 16, 1947

Salutatorian Speech- Charles E. Jenkins, Sr.

Superintendent, Members of the Board of Education, Teachers, Friends, Parents and Schoolmates:

The great English Dramatist, William Shakespeare, has said, “All is well that ends well”, but in my case I think that phrase should be amended to read, “All is well that begins well.” For, in my position as salutatorian of the Class of 1947, there rest upon my shoulders the important task of opening the evenings program, and extending to you a hearty welcome.

We are sitting here tonight in all our splendor because we had the right beginning. We are basking under the sunlight of your approval because we had parents who realized the importance of and the value of sending us to school every day that we might not fall behind. We are wearing the crown of graduation tonight because we had teachers who cherished the principle of thoroughness. In other words, we started well, and step by step we advanced just as the child in the nursery grew stronger with practice, so did we. We found the steps steeper but we were prepared now by experience and determination. 

We forged ahead, won our point of vantage and now, we, the graduating Class of 1947, are about to step out upon the highway of life to face the dawn of a new era – – -the Atomic Age – – – the Rising Sun.. Yes, YOUTH FACES THE RISING SUN.”

Since time immemorial men have been making discoveries and seeking things beyond the rising sun, because man has been the bond servant of time in all that he did or talked , he found himself faced in by certain limitation set by the sunrise and sunset; the surge and flow of the tides; the waxing and waning of the moon; the coming and going of the seasons. Yet, as he gazed upon the rising sun he must have seen in it not merely a measure of time, but a symbol – – -a symbol of the dawn of freedom. Necessity soon taught man to overcome his limitation. The dawn of liberty
made man conscious of his personal rights.

The youth of today are no less worthy of advancement of this age, than our fathers were in their day. Our day, affords the greatest opportunity of any day or age in the history of the world, because of the many facilities we have at hand.This is a day of one world, whereas, our fathers thought in terms of the east and west and the north and south.

There was a time when sticks and guns were our implements of war, such was the world in which our fathers lived. The educated youth of today are facing an atomic age, an age that shatters the dreams and vision of our fathers. The responsibilities that rest upon our shoulders are greater than any in the history of America. The youth of today must learn to live together in a world of science or be blown into oblivion. This age which we are facing requires God, the Supreme Being; Brotherhood; Religion, the system of faith or worship and above all common sense application of these requirements. 

The day for schooners and steam engines is about gone. We bear a magic psychological atomic age that must not only be matched with education but with experience. The youth if thoroughly educated must be made to bear the yoke by learning from experience how to perform the common everyday duties of life. We stand today between the old and the new with our backs on the old and our face on the new. Our character is being formed;our destiny is being fixed; and our youthful bodies reflect the sacrifices and unrelenting toil of those who have pushed far enough into the height and warmth of the rising sun of tomorrow’s opportunities. The educated youth face tomorrow unafraid, uncompromisingly and strong in his volition.

We have what our fathers had, “God”, and because of the atomical storm and anguish, we will not loose our grip and let go. We shall face tomorrow with confidence of victory. our fathers parted the murky waters of the Atlantic and gave us the land of the free and the home of the brave. They tunneled the mountains; they fell the forests; they spent restless nights to ransack disease and alleviate human suffering; they built highways upon which the merry motorman rides on to fame and prognostication. Why should we be afraid the educated youth of today? We shall take the Atomic bomb and instead of blowing cities into cinders, we shall do as our fathers did, alleviate human suffering. 

Afraid! Afraid! Afraid! No! a thousand times no. We face the future with keen anticipation and high prospects of all that the future holds, for we are still with “God”; the master of our fate; the captain of our soul.

Charles E. Jenkins, Sr.

Avery Johnson Making An Impact For The Tide


Avery Johnson has led the Alabama Crimson tide to signature wins.  The Tides record stands  at  8 wins and 2 Losses.  The signature wins were significant, with  wins over Wichita State, Notre Dame and Clemson.  Johnson transferred his coaching skills to the college ranks from the NBA and has proven that the Tide will be a force  to deal with during the run to capture the SEC Conference championship and to secure a birth in the NCAA Tournament in March.  As usual the SEC will be tough and it will be a battle in a run for the crown.  If this start is any indication, we can expect the Tide to be in the running for an NCAA tournament berth.

College Basketball Update

Tom Izzo has the Michigan State Spartans off to a great start  with a 13-0 record through the Christmas break.  As usual  Izzo is a master of scheduling and  he is a master of putting fear in the referees thus the 13-0 start. Of course when the NCAA tournament roll around expect Izzo to meat formidable competition in the Big Ten.  Signature wins were over Kansas, Louisville, and Florida. 

These teams finish the season in the Top Ten Michigan, Oklahoma, Kansas, North Carolina, Louisville, Kentucky,Virginia, North Carolina, Duke, Utah, in no particular order. Biggest Surprises Expect Kentucky  and Louisville to inhabit  the Top Ten  before the season is over. Xavier, Butler, Iowa State, Virginia to  drop out of the top tenTeams to watch Pitt, VanderbiltUCLANotre DameDayton, and Alabama.

 Current Top Ten USA Today

 Michigan State, Michigan State,  KansasMarylandVirginiaXavier,  ArizonaNorth CarolinaIowa State, Butler.

Ben Simmons Is The Next Real Deal

Great court vision and excellent leadership by Ben Simmons powered LSU past Kentucky in an important SEC Match up in Baton Rouge.  Simmons provides the entire package at LSU particularly by providing a marque win at home against Kentucky. The Tigers came away in the end with a 85-67 victory over the Wildcats. Simmons provided the leadership and scoring 14 points, 3 assist, 2 turnovers while playing 27 minutes due to foul trouble.  Simmons is without a doubt the real deal and comparisons will continue with Simmons being compared to both Magic Johnson and LeBron James as a 2016 Point Forward.  Whatever position the pundants feel Simmons fits it does not matter, he will be a first round NBA draft pick and his upside is well, amazing.  The win cast doubt on where Kentucky will finish, we will not know what effect this loss will have on the Wildcats until a few days from now. The SEC will be Interesting this year.