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TCU Basketball will honor Dr. James Cash Wednesday

The Horned Frogs will pay a special tribute to their first African-American basketball player as Black History Month begins.

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It is always worth celebrating Horned Frogs that make history. TCU men’s basketball will begin its celebration of Black History Month by honoring the first African-American to play in the Southwest Conference, Dr. James Cash, during Wednesday’s 8 p.m. game against Oklahoma State.

The Frogs will have several really great ways to honor Cash, including wearing retro shooting shirts styled to look like the uniform Cash played in at TCU. The first 250 TCU students will receive a similar style retro jersey as well as one bill of paper “Cash” that will be used at the concession stand to get 54% off their total purchase (excluding alcohol).

The game will have retro elements in it such as the scoreboard design and the white “Frogs” script uniforms the team will wear. There will be video tributes from current coaches and players as well as a video from Cash. The Horned Frogs had a similar “retro feel” a few years ago when Texas came to town, and the work by the graphics crew was really impressive. If they bring that same energy, this one will be worth watching for multiple reasons.

One of the greatest players to suit up for TCU Basketball, Cash played three seasons for the Horned Frogs (1966-69) and is one of four players in program history with at least 1,000 points and 800 rebounds. His 856 career rebounds rank fourth at TCU. In the 1967-68 season, he led TCU to the Southwest Conference championship. His jersey was retired by the university in 2011, when he spoke fondly of his time in Fort Worth. “TCU was a strong participant in the social revolution of the “60s. My time at TCU was a transformative experience. I’m very honored to be recognized by my alma mater.” Cash had already been inducted into the TCU Lettermen’s Association Hall of Fame at the time. He received 92 scholarship offers before he chose TCU.

Upon graduation from TCU, Cash joined the Harvard Business School faculty in 1976 and has taught in each of the major HBS programs. He retired from the faculty in 2003 and currently holds the position of James E. Robinson Professor of Business Administration, Emeritus at the Harvard Business School.