1966 TWC Miners / Photo courtesy UTEP
Fifty years later, the 1966 National Championship Game remains one of the most famous in sports history. CBS Sports Network further tells the story of this historic game with participation from members of the 1966 National Champions.
CBS Sports Network presents 1966 Texas Western: Champions of Change, a special about Texas Western’s National Championship and the impact it had on the sports and cultural landscape in the United States. The one-hour special airs on Sunday, Feb. 28 at 12:00 NOON, ET.
Against the backdrop of the civil rights movement, and for the first time in NCAA Championship history, an all-black starting lineup took the floor for Texas Western and defeated top-ranked and all-white Kentucky on March 19, 1966.
In a unique panel discussion, moderated by journalist Jack Ford, members of the 1966 team, journalists, historians and other special guests, provide accounts of basketball life in the segregated south, the challenges and triumphs of the 1966 Miners team and the way the Championship has resonated with fans throughout the years.
The program also includes interviews with former Kentucky players Pat Riley and Larry Conley.
To view a clip from the documentary, click HERE