Mike Sorensen: Uncle Harold Christensen was a good athlete, and man

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  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    April 2, 2012 9:24 p.m.


    Wow, even in the google age, your relative knowledge here is impressive.

    Now when Utah won the NIT, it was the premier tourney in the country right (the 40's)? The Utes also won the NCAA title in that era as well. In 1966, Utah lost in the final four, but got there (NCAA) nonetheless. We all know what happened in 1998 (4 minutes away from a national title).

    As for right now, we also know the Ute basketball program is a nightmare.

  • tdlawton Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 2, 2012 4:18 p.m.

    I certainly don't want to say anything to diminish the accomplishments of your uncle Mr. Sorensen, but it is just WRONG to say the NIT was the premier College Basketball Tournament in 1951.

    The City College of New York (CCNY) won both the NIT and NCAA tournaments in 1950 an historic feat that soon turned to shame as most of the team was discovered to have been involved in a Point Shaving ring in the NIT... An American sports scandal that ranks behind only the Black Sox scandal of 1919. CCNY dropped their Basketball program and became a trivia question.

    As a result the NCAA moved its finals out of New York (a hotbed of gambling) and the top teams in America declined invitations to the NIT in 1951. In fact any Basketball historian will tell you that after 1950 the NIT was never a serious challenge to the NCAA again as the decider of the "true national champion."

    In fact BYU played in the 1951 NCAA tournament as well: The Cougars lost in the 2nd round and then went on to win the watered-down NIT.

    The truth is more interesting than BYU propaganda, look it up.

  • Louisiana Cougar Pineville, LA
    April 2, 2012 7:42 a.m.

    Knew Joe Richie well and knew of HC. As BYU VP of Athletics in 1970, during the ytime when BYU was under attack for the LDS Church's policies about blacks, I initiated a program to welcome all visiting athletes . . . but that program was discontinued.

    Thanks for a great article! HC, Richie, and so many others on that NIT team were great people!

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    April 2, 2012 3:12 a.m.

    Great piece of writing Mike. You honored your uncle well. I enjoyed it.