BYU basketball: Looking back at the Cougars' two NIT championship games in the Big Apple

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  • Coug50years SLC, ut
    Jan. 15, 2013 12:09 p.m.

    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.

  • aztexas Houston, TX
    Nov. 17, 2012 7:39 p.m.

    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.

  • CoachJ Ijamsville, MD
    Nov. 16, 2012 9:36 p.m.

    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......

  • Owl Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 16, 2012 4:16 p.m.

    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.

  • BlueCoug Orem, UT
    Nov. 16, 2012 11:25 a.m.

    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 someday.