ESPN profiles unbeaten ’51 Dons

In 1951, for the first time in the school’s history, the University of San Francisco Dons briefly celebrated an undefeated football season.

ESPN will show a very special documentary ‘,’51 Dons’, on Sunday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. as a part of Black History Month. The sports film will examine how an integrated 9-0 football team, with three future Hall of Famers, could not play in the annual bowl games. In 1951, for the first time in the school’s history, the University of San Francisco Dons briefly celebrated an undefeated football season.

At the pinnacle of their success, the Dons were not seen as bowl invitees. The 60-minute program, narrated by music legend Johnny Mathis, will also be shown Friday at 10 p.m. on ESPN2 and on Monday, Feb. 10 at 11 p.m. on ESPNU.

In addition, ESPN’s Black History Month programming includes daily vignettes focusing on the color of a player’s uniform instead of on his skin color. The 15- and 30-second spots will air through February on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Classic and ESPNU.


Sixers’ Carter-Williams to vie in Challenge

Michael Carter-Williams, Philadelphia 76ers’ rookie point guard, is one of eight players chosen to compete in the Skills Challenge during All-Star Saturday Night, Feb. 15. A week ago, he was selected to participate in the Rising Stars Challenge. Both events are part of the NBA All-Star weekend activities in New Orleans, with the Rising Stars game on Friday, Feb. 14 and the Skills Challenge on Saturday, Feb. 15.

Carter-Williams leads all rookies in scoring (17.2 ppg), rebounding (5.4 rpg), assists (6.6 apg) and steals (2.24 spg). He will become just the second Sixer (Jrue Holiday, runner-up in 2013) to compete in the Skills Challenge, which is introducing a new format that features four teams of two players each competing in a two-round timed relay-style course consisting of dribbling, passing and shooting stations.

Carter-Williams will be teamed with fellow rookie Victor Oladipo of the Orlando Magic. They form one of two teams representing the Eastern Conference, joining DeMar DeRozan (Toronto) and Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee).


5 ex-Temple basketball players on overseas teams

Five Temple basketball players from last year’s team are playing professional basketball abroad. Khalif Wyatt is with the Guangdong Southern Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association, averaging 14.9 points, 2.5 rebounds and 4.9 assists a game.

Scootie Randall is playing with the Iwate Big Bulls in Japan. He is currently averaging 13.7 points for the Japan BL League team.

Jake O’Brien is playing in the Ukraine Superleague. He is averaging 10.9 points and 6.1 rebounds a game for Ferro-ZNTU.

T.J. DiLeo plays for Glessen 49ers of Germany’s Pro A League. DiLeo is averaging 8.8 points and 2.3 assists a game.

Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson plays in Luxembourg,, averaging 15.9 points and 8.9 rebounds for Contem.

These players helped to lead Temple to 103 wins and four NCAA tournaments over the last four years.


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