Watkins Claims a First For Mizzou

1 decade 3 years 2 days ago Thursday, February 16 2006 Feb 16, 2006 Thursday, February 16, 2006 11:18:48 PM CST February 16, 2006 in Tiger Talk

For Watkins, it was a night much like any new coach would experience. There was the first time out and the first substitution. A little less usual was the first time he put his son in the game.

But, Watkins holds a first that is all his own. He became the first African-American head coach in Mizzou sports history.

"Being at UNC-Charlotte, being at A&M, was probably the first there as well, but I didn't put a lot of thought into it," Watkins responded.

Not only is Watkins the first black head coach in university history, but at an appropriate time, being Black History Month.

"You know I'm an African-American too, and I think that's a big deal towards our culture," said Missouri senior guard Jimmy Mckinney.

Even though it's a first in the history of Mizzou, Watkins isn't making it his focus.

"I just didn't put a lot of thought into that, but if it means something and if it's a significant point, then certainly I'm going to try do the best I can with it," he said.

Currently, Watkins is the interim head coach for the remainder of this season. He's already made an impression, winning his first game last Sunday against Kansas State.

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