Georgetown News
Georgetown - Fri, Aug. 17, 2012
Georgetown College alumnus Kenny Davis and Hall of Fame sports journalist Billy Reed have formulated an idea to reunite the historic 1972 U.S. men's Olympic basketball team.

Courage in Munich will mark the first time all 12 teammates will be together since the games 40 years ago. In what is arguably one of the most controversial games in the history of the sport, the U.S. twice won the gold medal and twice had the Russian team given a second opportunity. The clock was reset a third time, enough tries for the Soviet Union to make a basket and take the gold.

The U.S. team refused to accept the silver medal and to this day none of the 12 have every accepted the second place finish they know does not belong to them. The reunion will kick off Aug. 24 with a day of seminars at Georgetown College.

Four sessions, an hour and 15 minutes each, will discuss various topics surrounding those games in the Thomas & King Leadership and Conference Center.

Starting at 9 am is History of Olympic Basketball. The moderator will be former sports editor of the Bloomington Herald-Tribune and a member of the Basketball Writers Hall of Fame Bob Hammel. The panelists will be Denny Crum, Joe B. Hall, Georgetown professor of history Jim Klotter, 1972 assistant coach John Bach and Olympic team members Tom Burleson, Jim Forbes and Tom Henderson.

At 10:45 am how the 1972 gold-medal game changed international basketball will be moderated by C.M. Newton, former USA Basketball chair. Panelists will be Jim Host, CEO of iHigh.com, basketball historian and author of Stolen Glory David "Taps" Gallagher, retired GC women's basketball coach Susan Johnson and Olympic team members Doug Collins, Mike Bantom and Jim Brewer.

At 1:15 pm the ethical debate about not accepting the silver medals will be moderated by Hall of Fame sports columnist David Kindred. Panelists will be Lexington Herald-Leader publisher Rufus Friday, The Louisville Courier-Journal columnist Tim Sullivan, GC professor and philosophy department chair Roger Ward, former CEO of Turner International sports Jack Kelly and Olympic team members Davis, Ed Ratleff and Kevin Joyce.

The final session begins at 2:45 pm and is the discussion of terrorism and TV coverage. The 1972 Israeli team was captured, held hostage and murdered during the two weeks in Munich. The moderator will be former director of Kentucky Homeland Security Tom Preston. Panelists include Kentucky National Guard Gen. Edward Tonini, GC assistant professor of political science Guillherme Silva, SteinGroup LLC CEO Alan Stein, talk-show host Dick Gabriel and Olympic team members Bobby Jones, Tom McMillen and Dwight Jones.

All members of the '72 team will participate in a 4:30 pm press conference on Saturday at Marriott Griffin Gate Hotel. The press conference will be open to the media as all 12 members will speak about the championship game, the tragic massacre of the Israeli athletes and the team's unified refusal of the silver medals.

A banquet, presented by Converse, follows at 7 pm. It will include video testimonial by current U.S. Olympic basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski, as well as remarks by Collins and Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear. The evening culminates with the presentation of specially designed rings to each of the team members commemorating their Olympic achievement.

 
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