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Haskins remembered as John Wayne of basketball

Originally Published: September 7, 2008
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

Former UTEP and current Nebraska coach Doc Sadler couldn't remember who said it, but he never forgot this description of Don Haskins: "He was the John Wayne of basketball."

Haskins, who passed away Sunday at the age of 78 after a bout with a number of illnesses from heart disease to diabetes to cancer, was as iconic a figure as there has ever been in college basketball.

Born in Enid, Okla., Haskins coached at several high schools before he took over at seldom-heard-of ...

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