CBS SPORTS NETWORK PREMIERES “JACKSONVILLE U: CAN DO!” IN CELEBRATION OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH
Documentary Recalling One of Most Improbable NCAA Tournament Runs in Basketball History Debuts Sunday, Feb. 9 at 7:00 PM, ET
CBS Sports Network celebrates Black History Month with the premiere of “Jacksonville U: Can Do!” on Sunday, Feb. 9 at 7:00 PM, ET. The one-hour documentary chronicles Jacksonville University’s memorable NCAA Tournament run led by All-American Artis Gilmore and Head Coach Joe Williams, which took place 50 years ago this March.
The documentary is narrated by acclaimed stage and screen actor Terrence Mann, who was a student at Jacksonville University when the Dolphins made their historic run to the 1970 national championship game. It highlights the Dolphins’ monumental victories over Big Ten Champion Iowa and top-ranked Kentucky. Williams built the program from the ground up, transforming a team that had been in the NAIA just five years earlier into the first ever to average more than 100 points per game. Jacksonville University also became the smallest school in the modern era to reach an NCAA Final.
Click here to view a preview of the documentary.
Among those interviewed for the film:
Artis Gilmore and Dan Issel, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famers
Sidney Wicks, Collegiate Basketball Hall of Famer
Curry Kirkpatrick, long-time Sports Illustrated writer
Mike Patrick, veteran broadcaster
The documentary highlights the program’s integration in 1968 and explores how the Dolphins’ success helped unite a city that was still dealing with racial unrest and trying to break free from its segregated past.
Brian Davis produces the documentary. Emilie Deutsch is the Vice President, Features and Original Programming, CBS Sports.
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