Haskins never cut state roots, from Enid to 'Mr Iba'
Iron Duke begat The Bear

by Berry Tramel Published: September 8, 2008
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last talked in April, about the Cowboy coaching search. Haskins loved Eddie Sutton and was pulling for Sean Sutton, but he was pulling for Travis Ford, too, after Ford took over the seat once held by Iba.

Into his 70s, Haskins still revered Iba. Still called him "Mr. Iba.” Haskins, more than anyone else, coached like Iba. Stern and gruff. Tough and relentless. The Iron Duke begat the Bear.

But Haskins' memory went further back than Stillwater.

"Enid shaped me for life,” Haskins told me a couple of years ago. "All towns were like that. Everybody had the other side of the track.

"I'm disappointed (boyhood friend) Herman Carr wasn't in the movie. They had to cut something. Herman and I were playing one-on-one. We were sweating. We went to get a drink. I still see that ‘Whites Only' and ‘Colored Only' sign. That particular day, I just wasn't that damn thirsty.”

Haskins ended up doing something about it in El Paso, a place where you can get damn thirsty, a place where you can find some mean stacked enchiladas and a place where an American jewel can set up shop and act like he was no big deal.

Guest book: Don Haskins


by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The...
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University of Texas-El Paso coach Don Haskins had deep ties to Oklahoma State. Haskins played for Hall of Fame coach Henry Iba and later was an assistant under Iba for the 1972 U.S. Olympic team in Munich. ASSOCIATED PRESS

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