The legacy of former Alabama men’s basketball coach C.M. Newton was told in the SEC Storied film “Courage Matters – The C.M. Newton Story.”
The documentary aired last night but you can watch it online by signing in with your internet provider. Here’s a trailer:
He didn't just win the game, he changed it.
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) September 26, 2017
Newton was the coach of the Crimson Tide from 1968-1980 and won three conference championships. During that time, he recruited Wendell Hudson, the first ever black player in any sport at Alabama, in 1969. He also was the first Alabama coach to start an all-black team.
Newton has a long legacy in the SEC. He played at Kentucky under legendary coach Adolph Rupp and was head coach at Vanderbilt from 1981-89.
He left Vanderbilt to become Kentucky’s athletic director from 1989-2000. At Kentucky, he hired Tubby Smith as men’s basketball coach and Bernadette Maddox as women’s basketball coach. They were the first two black coaches in the history of their programs at Kentucky.