There is currently some buzz about Ben Affleck (you have heard of him right?) being cast as Hall of Fame coach Don Haskins.
The Disney produced film will follow the events of the 1966 season, in which Haskins led an obscure state college (Texas Western “Miners”, now UT EL Paso) to the NCAA College Championship. He did so with an all black starting line-up (which sounds rather ordinary now, but at that time it was revolutionary), against the Kentucky Wildcats - at the time still an all-white team, and one with a long history of winning.
Don Haskins is nicknamed the “Bear”, not only because he is rather husky, but also because he has a very ornery temperment. I simply cannot accept pretty boy Affleck as any sort of coach, much less a hard drinking, Oklahoma bred good-old boy Don Haskins. This is simply the worst casting I have ever heard of!! The only person I have heard express any satisfaction with this choice has been…Coach Don Haskins.
Is anyone else here familiar with the subject matter, or is it simply too local (I live around El Paso). Is this a story or coach people elsewhere are familiar with?? I suppose if you have never heard of these people, it doesn’t matter so much.