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KU Alum to be Inducted into Basketball Hall of Fame

The late Kansas native John McClendon will be inducted tonight (FRI)

The late John McClendon, the first African-American to receive a degree in physical education at the University of Kansas, will be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame tonight (FRI) in Springfield, Massachusetts. McClendon was restricted to coaching only African-American teams during the “Jim Crow” era but became known for demanding equal treatment for his players, both on and off the court. McClendon coached the basketball team at Tennessee State, then known as Tennessee A&I, when they became the first historically black college to win a national basketball tournament in Kansas City in 1957. KPR's Greg Echlin reports.​

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