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Olympic Ruling Gone Awry Signaled End of Collegians of Cold War

To Marvin Barnes, an African-American college basketball standout whose run-ins with the law earned him the nickname “Bad News,” Tom McMillen was the great white hype.

Widely considered the country’s top player coming out of high school, the University of Maryland’s McMillen was also renowned for academic exploits; he would go on to become a Rhodes scholar and congressman. Providence College’s Barnes averaged almost 16 rebounds per game in 1971-1972, six more than fellow sophomore McMillen.