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University of Louisville Basketball Team

According to Billy Reed, former Executive Director for Communications at the Kentucky Commerce Cabinet, the 1979-1980 University of Louisville (U of L) men's basketball team was the first team to win a national basketball championship with an all-African American starting lineup since Texas Western defeated the University of Kentucky in 1966. The U of L starters were Darrell Griffith, Rodney McCray, Derek Smith, Wiley Brown, and Jerry Eaves. For more see the Kentucky Commerce Cabinet [renamed June 2008 to Tourism, Arts, and Heritage Cabinet] Press release dated 02/21/05, "Super Bowl MVP Deion Branch Represents Pinnacle of Proud African-American Athletic Tradition at U of L: Cards a Leader in Integrating Southern Sports."


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NKAA Entry: Texas Western College Basketball Team
NKAA Entry: Griffith, Darrell A.
NKAA Entry: Eaves, Jerry Lee

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“University of Louisville Basketball Team,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed July 28, 2021,

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