Thanks for the fun walk down memory lane Jeff. I remember the 1966 NIT team
well, since Gary Hill's brother, Robert, who played for the University of
Utah, was our neighbor, and Robert and his wife frequently attended BYU games
with my parents. I used to have a program that was autographed by every member
of BYU's 1966 NIT championship team.I fully expect that Dave
Rose will be joining Stan Watts in the National College Basketball Hall of Fame
I was there for the BYU-Army game. The reason the Cougars won is that the Army
players couldn't take their eyes off the BYU cheerleaders. And
incidentally, BYU had a better team.
7' Center Jim Eakins played on the '66 team. He then went on to play
10 yrs. in the ABA/NBA and was voted as the ABA Players Association President.
His signature was one of only 5 signatures on the documents when the NBA and ABA
merged. He was in charge of representing the ABA players and Julius Erving - Doc
- was his VP. He averaged 12 points and 10 rebounds a game for 10 years and was
an ABA East All Star. He also had a great career at BYU! Wonder why he
isn't in the BYU Hall of Fame as an individual......
Ezra Taft Benson was Sec of Agriculture from 1953 - 1961, so he wouldn't
have been in office during either of the tournaments. I would like to have seen
more of the players names mentioned, too. The truly ironic thing about the1966
season is that Utah went to the Final Four, and BYU won the NIT.
How can we see those NIT games again? WIth all the technology of today,
certainly there must be a way. I worked in food services during the 1966 game
and never got to see it. Great game. Jim Jimas stole two passes at the end of
the Army game to seal the win.