|Thursday, July 17
Legendary coach was swerving, had open containers
EL PASO, Texas -- Hall of Fame basketball coach Don Haskins is charged with driving while intoxicated.
The 73-year-old coach, whose Texas Western team upset Kentucky to win the NCAA championship in 1966, was pulled over by police Wednesday night. They saw him swerve out of his lane three times, police spokesman Javier Sambrano said.
"He was showing signs of being under the influence, and officers observed two open containers of alcohol in his car," Sambrano said.
Haskins was given sobriety tests both at the scene and at the police station, Sambrano said. Haskins spent about an hour in jail Thursday morning but was released after posting a $600 bond.
Telephone messages left at Haskins' El Paso home weren't immediately returned.
He fielded an all-black starting five against an all-white Kentucky team in the NCAA final, and Texas Western, now Texas-El Paso, won 72-65. The victory was credited with opening the doors of universities across the nation to black athletes.
Haskins posted a 719-353 at the school from 1961-1999. Under Haskins, the Miners had 17 20-plus win seasons. They won seven Western Athletic Conference championships, four WAC tournament titles and made 21 postseason tournaments - 14 in the NCAA and seven in the NIT.