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By David Keene
Allowing states to innovate could reduce dependency on bureaucracy
Topic - Cappadonna
Hill is referred to as the "Jackie Robinson of Southern college football," and 50 years ago Tuesday, on Sept. 10, 1963, he knocked down one of the last remaining doors of discrimination in sports.
No one has to convince Darryl Hill about the value of sports in society. He has been a first-hand witness for a half-century, ever since he enrolled at the University of Maryland and became the first African-American to play in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
"It was mind-boggling," Hill said.
"Maryland turned out to be the perfect place for this to happen," Hill said. "It was hard enough to play there. It would have been really difficult to do it at a school that didn't want you. I didn't have any issues on campus being accepted as a student, and that went a long way to helping me. Maryland playing in a school in a southern conference gave me the opportunity to play in the South without a school begrudging me being there, and the administration was fully behind me down to the coaches."