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National Collegiate Athletic Association. University of Houston Basketball NCAA Tournament Guide - Page 8. 1968. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 20, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/champ/item/546/show/538.

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National Collegiate Athletic Association. (1968). University of Houston Basketball NCAA Tournament Guide - Page 8. University of Houston Sports Championship Publications. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/champ/item/546/show/538

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Title University of Houston Basketball NCAA Tournament Guide
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  • National Collegiate Athletic Association
Publisher National Collegiate Athletic Association
Date 1968
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  • Basketball
  • College sports
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  • National Collegiate Athletic Association
  • University of Houston
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  • programs (documents)
Language English
Physical Description 16 page document
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Transcript Elvin Hayes Page -2- three colleges tried to recruit him. The story of how Hayes ended up at the University of Houston is becoming something of a legend. It was the year the Cougars desegregated their athletic program. Basketball coach Guy Lewis and assistant coach Harvey Pate searched the South for top Negro basketball players. The tip on Hayes came from Isaac Morehead, then basketball coach ait Texas Southern University. Elvin's sisters had attended Southern University in Baton Rouge, La., and his coach, Rogers, was a Grambling College alumnus. Both schools are in the same conference as TSU. Offers Help "We know we can't get him," Morehead told Lewis and Pate. "So anything we can do to help you recruit him can only help our basketball program. Lord knows we don't want to spend four years watching him come after us." Pate, who made four trips to Rayville that year, believes Hayes' dicision to become a Cougar was due in part to family advice and the attraction of the city of Houston. Rogers says Houston's schedule, offering travel and exposure throughout the country, helped sway Hayes. /'The fact that he would be in in the first group of Negro athletes to play for the University of Houston was another factor," Rogers said. "It was a challenge to him and he thought he could do it. Elvin always has had an unbelievable amount of self confidence." All of this is true. But Hayes cites another reason he came to the U of H, one that gives some insight into this serious, firecely independent young man. "I never liked to be told whit, to do," he said. "I w*jl thinking of going to Grambling, but the people there wanted to make up my mind for me- *I know you're going to Grambling,' they would say- So then I started thinking about Southern and the same thing happened. Has No Regrest "When I visited Houston | the coaches told me I had to make up my own mind. They said I should go where I would be happiest." He has never regretted hi3 decision. "The people of Houston," Hayes said, "have been wonderful to me and I will never forget it." Since coming to Houston he has ac-^ quired a wife, U of H coed Erna Hayes, and is the father of a six-month-old son,rEl* vin Jr. He also has acquired a national reputation. But fame has not changed Hayes, according to Lewis and Pate. He was always friendly and talkative and is more so now. "Act like you want him to talk,'' Pate says, "and Elvin is liable to make a speech." Stretched across a chair in a trophy room he helped to fill, Elvin Hayes talks easily about his background and "what I believe about life." A Man Is a Man "If you fight to be someone in this world, people should recognize it," he said. "A man is a man, no matter what his color." He knows what basketball has meant to him, but he knows it isn't everything. "People recognize me as a good ballplayer, but I want to be recognized as a good person too. You can be a good ballplayer, but if you don't treat people right, you're nothing." He talks about ambition. "You should try to realize your dream. Nothing is impossible. My ability has given me basketball to work at. But it makes no difference what you do so long as you try to be the best. "I am going to push myself to the limit. I will never stop working to reach the top. Right now I am not playing to suit myself. I can do better." Important Pioneers Hayes feels deeply about the cause of civil rights and says he hopes to help the American Negro. When he and teammate Don Chaney became the first Negro athletes to sign with the University of Houston they realized they were important pioneers. 'Chaney and I thought we could make a lot of opportunities for other Negro athletes," Hayes said. "The pressure was on us and we knew we had to produce. Now I feel everything I do reflects on the Negro people, so how I act is important." Hayes said he does not think the proposed Negro boycott of the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City is a good idea. Again, the independence comes through: "If I decide to play, I will play," he said. After the Olympics will come professional basketball. Coach Lewis among others predicts that someday "Elvin will be a wealthy man." Hayes knows how he will spend part of the bonus he is sure to receive for signing a pro contract. He wants to repay his mother for the sacrifices she made for him, Hayes said.