In the 60's Texas lost many great African American basketball recruits due to perceived racial intolerance. UT also lost recruits due to some non-racial obstacles. By the late 60's Gregory Gyms useful life was over. Coach Black said the facility was small so UT could only offer visiting teams $1300. A laughable amount even in the 60's. No great basketball team from the East or West coast wanted to play Texas in Austin with a guarantee to lose money on the game. As a consequence, no great high school athlete wanted to attend Texas and play in a small facility that could not attract great basketball teams.

Then there was the huge mistake made by UT media to promote the Longhorns as a two sport school- Fall football and Spring football. Coach Black said “We always had that back seat.” “Every time I went to recruit somebody, they had that article. And the recruit said ‘Why should I come to Texas? Here’s your SID, he’s saying there are two sports at Texas, and basketball is not one of them."

Coach Black said that The UT Administration, coaches, and donors were all aware of these recruiting and structural handicaps and for the next 10 years focused on correcting perceptions and facilities. Photo below is Dan Krueger and Leon Black with the "Drum" building site in the background.

1967- 1968  11-13 RECORD     COACH LEON BLACK

Finished 2nd in the SWC.   Arnold and OverBeck were All SWC.  Billy Arnold sets a conference record with 311 points .  Overall there were 16 Longhorn records set this year by Longhorn players.  Coach Black is leading the way. 

 

1968-1969 9-15 RECORD COACH BLACK

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With only 10 prospects decided on a slow down offense.  It was the worse season since 1959. The Horns were 6th in the conference

Visiting teams at Gregory Gym only receive $1300 Revenue. Great teams refuse to play the Longhorns in Austin for such a paltry sum  so 7 of 10  non-conference games are played on the road.  Kurt Papp  leads the team in scoring.   

1969-1970   11-13 RECORD   - COACH BLACK 

Sam Bradley was on the freshman track team and Leon Black asked him to join the basketball team. He Is the First African-American to play basketball at Texas. 

 

Texas is  listed in the pre-season top 20 national, but never fulfills that destiny. Coach Black changed the offense and defense to a fast-breaking and pressing game.  Wayne Doyal leads  the team  

Sam Bradley Is First Black Athlete To Letter In Basketball At Texas.

 

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Wayne Doyal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wayne Doyal Is A Three Year Starter And Second In Scoring As Of 1970.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1970- 1971  12 - 12 RECORD      COACH BLACK

 

 

Injuries to Eric Groscurt and John Wilson missed the whole year. Mike Dukes was lost at mid-season and Sammy Hyde left at semester break. 

Jimmy Blacklock transfers to Texas and leads the team in scoring. Howden sets a school season record with 264 rebounds.  Team ends in a 5th place tie. 

STEER FORWARD RALPH ELLIOTT WAS KILLED IN A CAR ACCIDENT.  HORNS UP!!  

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Ralph Elliott

STEER FORWARD RALPH ELLIOTT WAS KILLED IN A CAR ACCIDENT. HORNS UP!!

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Horns up!!!! Ralph Elliott

Steer forward Ralph Elliott was killed in a car accident. Horns up!!

Steer forward Ralph Elliott was killed in a car accident. Horns up!!

 

Larry Robinson is the first Black athlete who signed a letter of intent to attend Texas. On The Freshman Team he Scores 55 Points And 28 Rebounds In A Win Over TCU.  

 

1971-1972 - 19-9 RECORD   COACH BLACK - CO-CHAMPS WITH SMU FOR THE SWC- SWEET 16 APPEARANCE

 

Harry Larrabee and Larry Robinson

Harry Larrabee and Larry Robinson

 

 

 

 

 

While All Of Larry Robinson's Records Have Been Eclipsed , At One Time He Held Most Of The Scoring And Rebounding Records At Texas. Twice SWC Player Of The Year And He Scored Double Digits In 59 Of 64 Games.  

 

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Jimmy Blacklock

Team had its best non-conference record ever.  Red shirts Groscurth and Wilson returned to the team to join Blacklock and Robinson.  This year a mid-season slump did not slow down the Horns. 

Texas Football Players Are Accused Of Attacking Some A & M Cadets at a basketball game. 

Larry Robinson Is SWC Player Of The Year

Texas Upsets The Houston Cougars In NCAA Tournament Play. One Of The Biggest Wins In Texas Basketball History. 

Due to injuries the Horns succumbed to Southwestern Louisiana and Kansas State in the Midwestern regional play-offs.  

 

1972-1973 13-12 RECORD   COACH BLACK AND UNDISPUTED SWC CHAMPS

 

 

Harry Larrabee - floor leader

 

 

 

 

Coach Black far right

 

 

 

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Larry Robinson

Larry Robinson hurts a knee in the Oklahoma game and the chances of a SWC championship are also hurt.  Irony is that this team at 13-12 was 5th in the SWC and the next year they are 12-15 and undisputed SWC Champs.

Robison was coming off a knee surgery and the Horns had one of the shortest teams in Division one basketball.  Horns using the running game in a big surprise won the SWC championship.

In the NCAA tournament the Horns lost to Creighton College in the first round.  Robinson is MVP for the SWC.  Coach Black is name Coach of the Year in the SWC.

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For The First Time In 25 Years Freshman Are Eligible For Varsity.

 

1973- 12-15 RECORD COACH BLACK AND UNDISPUTED SWC CHAMPS

 The Longhorns are short on height. This is one of the shortest basketball teams in Division I Basketball and they start the year with Robison coming off knee surgery. Horns use the running game and win the SWC championship. They lost their first 9 games and were 1- 11 in non-conference play before finally putting together a competitive team. Dan Krueger was the surprise player of the year with his outside shooting.

In the NCAA tournament the Horns lost to Creighton College in the first round.  Robinson is MVP for the SWC.  Black is name Coach of the Year in the SWC.

Harry Larrabee said about this year  " this team doesn't make sense....We lose two conference games at home and only one on the road.  We beat TCU by 51 points and then lose to them by one... I don't know what it means. I quit trying to guess." 

 

1974- 10-15 RECORD COACH BLACK TRIAL AND ERROR year

Coach Black uses all 12 players this year but concedes " No team in the history of basketball has ever won using that many players, but we were in a situation which everyone was equal."


Dan Krueger has a great year and Black returns all starters but Tyrone Johnson.

Team finishes with a 5th place finish in the SWC.

1975-- 9-17 RECORD COACH BLACK - placed 8th in conference

Stating that he could not recruit a big man to Texas, Coach Black resignsafter this season. The Cactus states that Coach Black is “a great guy, a good coach, but a poor recruiter.”

Coach Black protested that two A & M athletes were bribed. SWC Commissioner gets involved , media castigates Leon Black, and he receives all kinds of threats. Coach Black says “ I love coaching but it’s all the things that go with coaching that have become very distasteful to me”.

Leon Black was about 10 years premature with his complaint about two Aggies getting $6000 each and the washer and dryers for their parents. If he had made this complaint in 1985 when the NCAA was all over the SWC for compliance infractures, everyone including the media would have supported his courage to come forward.

Houston Cougars Join The SWC

This is the First Year For The Post Season SWC Tournament. George Breathalyze Of The Austin American Statesman Questions The Motives Behind The Tournament Stating "The Theory That Sports Turnstile-Keepers Learned Long Ago: Eternal Hopes Means  Extra Gate Receipts." There Was Always Hope by The Worse Team In The SWC during the Regular Season Could Win The SWC Tournament.  Larry Robinson breaks his knee cap and the season goes downhill. 

Coach Black Resigns And Takes An Inside Job At Texas.

 

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