Florida pioneer: Steve Williams

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    I received this tweet today:

    https://twitter.com/GatorZoneMBK/status/389080323247857664/photo/1

    That caused me to search Williams and found this Brockway article that I am sure many saw, but I miss a few years back:

    For all the grief we give Brockway around here is it a nice article. Here is the link to the rest:

    http://www.gatorsports.com/article/20061217/GATORS02/612170339?p=1&tc=pg
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    Cool.

    Bonell Colas was also a Pioneer. :^)
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    1970 was the first time we recruited a black basketball player?

    That sounds almost unbelievable. :huh:
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    Not true. Malcolm Meeks from Daytona was a scholarship player in 1968-69 season as a freshman. He was our first African American scholarship guy in bball.
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    My bad. Must be early onset dementia. According to the internet, Malcolm started the same year as Steve Williams. I remember them both well from UF but remember playing against Meeks in HS. I thought he was one year behind me but he was obviously 3 behind. Good rebounder for a 6'3" or so guy, but no real offensive game.

    Williams was a very good player.

    Sorry for the "not true" in the prior post. But he was the same year as Steve Williams, was African American and was on scholarship. He just didn't do well at UF. For what it is worth, his name is now Ajuma Mutima and he is apparently a multi media poet, artist, musician, etc.
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    No need to apologize when you are the one to correct yourself 67walkon. I appreciate the additional information you brought and I bet other do too.
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    The guy that set up the whole Black Alumni luncheon is a personal friend that will be eating dinner at my house tonight. He was shocked that I knew all about this and that Coach D was there and wanted to know how I knew. I just said that I had my sources, but my wife blabbed that I spend way too much time posting on some Gator basketball site.
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    You're welcome, Lurker.
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    Great story Lurker.
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    Bumped into Red Dog a few years ago while waiting in a restaurant lobby in Pensacola.....great guy, smart and engaging. Had time to tell a couple of old stories about his time at UF.
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    Red Dog? I think I know why you use that but tell me.
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    If I recall correctly, his hair was somewhat reddish brown.
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    Yes. Steve's nickname was "red dog".

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