ting, as coaches are want to do – but specifically for North Eastern US black players – a rarity for Southern based basketball teams which were white dominated and mostly segregated back in the day.
Coach Haskins diversity recruitment effort and results made NCAA history and much more according to Frank Fitzpatrick, a sportswriter for The Philadelphia Inquirer and author of a 1999 book on the championship game, And the Walls Came Tumbling Down: Kentucky, Texas Western and the Game That Changed American Sports (ISBN 978-0-80-326901-9), wrote in a 2003 piece on the team,
But even as the jubilant Miners celebrated a new set of myths was emerging. Rupp's lingering bitterness helped paint the Miners as urban street thugs, quasi-professionals imported from Northern cities to win Haskins a championship.
Sadly, Don Haskins was quoted as saying, soon after Texas Western's defeat of mighty Kentucky and winning the NCAA Basketball Championship finals --
“The worst time of my life was the next two weeks that we won the championship and thousands of hate letters started coming in. And it really didn't dawn on me what this was all about until that time.”
Don Haskins quote