The backstory to two NC State athletes and Delta Sigma Phi fraternity brothers saving the 1958 Dixie Classic

PHOTO: Jim King (R) and Bob Kennel (seated) met me at the Delta Sigma Phi house before a recent NC State basketball game they attended. I set up an empty chair at the dining table to represent the seat for Oscar Robertson or Johnny Green as King reenacted serving them 65 winters ago. The fraternity housed the Cincinnati and Michigan State teams when the Sir Walter Raleigh Hotel downtown wouldn't accept their Black players due to segregation. By…

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The apology NC State owes the Big O and Johnny Green from Dixie Classic

Reposted from my former website on Jan. 8, 2015. PHOTO: Oscar Robertson in a famous photo from his college career. By TOM SHANAHAN Oscar Robertson, Johnny Green and North Carolina State’s 1958 Dixie Classic ran through my mind as I watched the four-day high school basketball celebration that was the 43rd annual Holiday Invitational last week at Raleigh's storied Holliday Gym on Broughton High's campus. I wondered how many of the elite high school players -- a couple that…

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