Alabama males’s basketball will meet Colorado State this December in a renovated Legacy Area, and the sport will likely be often called the “C.M. Newton Basic,” the sport’s organizer Knight Eady introduced Wednesday.
Newton was the SEC’s coach of the 12 months 3 times throughout his 12 seasons (1968-80) teaching Alabama. He later served as Vanderbilt’s coach and was Kentucky’s athletic director till 2000. Newton, a member of the Basketball Corridor of Fame, died in 2018 at 88.
“I’m thrilled to have two nice groups taking part in within the inaugural C.M. Newton Basic,” Martin Newton, C.M. Newton’s son and Samford’s athletic director, mentioned in an announcement. “My father didn’t care as a lot about wins and losses however extra about creating equal alternative for everybody to play, no matter race.
“I hope this recreation will honor his legacy and make clear the significance of range, equality and inclusion.”
The Dec. 21 recreation in Birmingham will likely be thought-about a impartial web site recreation for each groups. The sport time will likely be introduced at a later date and tickets will go on sale this fall.
Alabama introduced its full non-conference schedule Tuesday.
“We’re excited the Knight Eady group approached us about returning to play in Birmingham this 12 months for the C.M. Newton Basic,” Tide coach Nate Oats mentioned in an announcement. “It ought to be an thrilling recreation for the followers and a good way to honor a legendary determine in school basketball. We now have loads of followers and supporters in Birmingham and taking part in there’s something we’re open to doing every 12 months.
“It’s additionally thrilling as a result of it is going to be our first alternative to play within the newly-reconstructed Legacy Area in entrance of what we imagine will likely be an electrical environment.”
The sector closed in early 2020 to bear an in depth renovation that will likely be accomplished this fall.
Whereas Newton was Alabama’s coach in 1969, Birmingham’s Wendell Hudson grew to become the varsity’s first Black scholarship athlete. In 1973, Newton’s staff began 5 Black gamers for the primary time in SEC historical past.
The present Alabama staff spent a day final week on the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery.
Mike Rodak is an Alabama beat reporter for Alabama Media Group. Comply with him on Twitter @mikerodak.
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