Because of the color of his skin, Robert Hughes could not have played basketball at TCU.
But the school will honor him now.
The long-time Dunbar boy’s basketball coach will be honored at halftime Monday night as TCU takes on his alma mater, Texas Southern.
TCU coach Jamie Dixon made Hughes a priority not long after he accepted the job in Fort Worth. The Horned Frogs will honor Hughes for his September induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
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Several of his former players at Dunbar and I.M. Terrell are scheduled to attend the ceremony; the list includes former TCU players Anthony Burks, Darrell Browder and Dr. James Cash.
Cash played for Hughes at I.M. Terrell and became the first African-American to play in the Southwest Conference in 1967.
Hughes was a guard at Texas Southern from 1951-54. He was All-SWAC three times and TSU’s Athlete of the Year as a senior. He was later inducted into the TSU Hall of Fame.
Hughes, 89, finished his coaching career as the all-time winningest boy’s basketball coach in the United States; he won 1,333 games at Dunbar and Terrell in a 47-year career.
Hughes had been up for induction into the Hall of Fame for several years. Earlier this year, when Dixon learned about Hughes’ credentials, he had planned to lobby the HOF on his behalf.
Dixon’s efforts were not required when the Hall announced Hughes had the necessary votes for induction.
Mac Engel: @macengelprof