This week, Ole Pete wants to take you back a little bit in time. Back seven days and back more than 40 years. The Aggies’ Final Four basketball team of 1970 was presented championship rings, May 16, as a project of the school’s African American Alumni Association. This team certainly deserved them as the Aggies fought their way into the spotlight of college basketball’s best as the Cinderella team of the decade.
Head coach Lou Henson was there to praise the men who made it happen. Jimmy Collins, Sam Lacey, Roy Neal and others were in attendance. Bill Moore was there in spirit. We told you about
Henson had to reassure folks in
As far as championship rings go, those were extravagant items in 1970 reserved for Super Bowl Champs and others who had supersized budgets. Things like jewelry weren’t on the radar, at NM State even though they had been earned. The years go by so quickly and the teams and players we love move on to careers in education, public safety, agriculture as well as professional sports.
Some will point to this team as being super because it had three NBA stars, but you are missing the real picture if you limit it to that. There were no separate facilities or restrictions on friendships or association for this group of men. Reaching the NCAA Final Four was a great achievement, but growing together as one people is a lot further up the list in Pete’s book. Thank you all who made this night so great.