EL PASO, Texas — A proclamation by the city of El Paso named Friday, November 12 as El Paso “Miner Orangeville” day to mark the basketball season opener against Pacific with Coach Tim Floyd.
Coach Floyd was assistant to Hall of Fame coach Don Haskins from 1978-1986. The team will wear Texas Western uniforms for the first game. The University of Texas at El Paso was formerly Texas Western College, from 1949 to 1967.
It was in 1966, under Coach Haskins, that Texas Western College fielded the first-ever all black starting team in a NCAA Championship game and then won the championship.
Just as Coach Haskins broke barriers with the 1966 team, Borderzine.com breaks through borders of all kinds with journalism. Join us in the celebration by wearing UTEP orange on that day and in continuing to overcome barriers. Go Miners!