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Hilltoppers top the Fighting Illini, BioRC edges closer to NCAA bracket domination

There are few things more satisfying in life than correctly calling a first round upset in an NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament bracket. So it is with great gloating and pleasure that we can tell you that our upset special, Western Kentucky (12) vs. Illinois (5), was a resounding success, with WKU topping UI 76-72. (Our bracket is currently crushing Literature Resource Center’s and Gale Virtual Reference Library’s, and Shakespeare Collection better watch his back; we Gale resources are a bit competitive, ya dig?)

In celebration, a few Hilltoppers we found in BioRC:

  • Clem Haskins, who along with Dwight Smith was the first black basketball player for WKU; he played 9 seasons in the NBA, then ultimately became the Hilltoppers’ coach before moving on to a scandalous yet successful tenure at University of Minnesota
  • Joseph A. Uveges, Jr., a professor emiritus of government at WKU, wrote one of our favorite bedtime stories, Federal-State Relations in Interstate Highway Administration (1963)
  • Nappy Roots, the hip-hop group, which formed at WKU in the mid-1990s; member Scales played on the basketball team
  • Billy Vaughn, conductor and arranger whose smooth orchestral versions of pop and R&B hits made him one of the most successful recording artists of the 1950s and 1960s, attended WKU when it was known as Western Kentucky State Teachers College
  • Romeo Crennel, who coached the Cleveland Browns for three seasons, graduated from WKU in 1969
  • Anthony Harkins, an assistant professor of history at WKU, wrote the book Hillbilly: A Cultural History of an American Icon

Sources:
“Anthony Harkins.” Contemporary Authors Online, Gale, 2009.
“Joseph A(ndrew) Uveges, Jr.” Contemporary Authors Online, Gale, 2009.
“Romeo Crennel.” Contemporary Black Biography. Vol. 54. Thomson Gale, 2006.
“Clem Haskins.” Contemporary Black Biography, Volume 23. Edited by David G. Oblender and Shirelle Phelps. Gale Group, 1999.
“Nappy Roots.” Contemporary Musicians, Volume 46. Gale Group, 2004.
“Billy Vaughn.”The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives, Volume 3: 1991-1993. Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2001.

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Posted on: March 20, 2009, 1:34 pm Category: Factoids Tagged with: , , , , , , ,

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