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By Troy Hutchison
Before 1970, there were zero black head coaches in D1 college basketball, The first coach to break through was Illinois State's William J. Robinson. In 1972, a man named Fred Snowden took the head coaching job at the University of Arizona, becoming the school's first black coach and the first black coach at a major institution.
Back in the 70's, Arizona wasn't a part of the Pac-12; in fact, the conference was known as the Pac-8, and the Wildcats were in a different conference called the Western Athletic Conference, also known as the WAC.
Before Snowden's arrival to the desert, Arizona had been in a drought when it came to college basketball. The program had suffered three straight losing seasons and hadn't made the NCAA tournament since 1951....