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Name McDaniels, Jim
Birth Date 1948
Place of Birth Scottsville, KY
Titles & Honors WKU Hall of Fame 9/13/1991
#44 Retired January 2000
Nationality American
Education Allen County High School
WKU BS 1971
Occupation WKU Basketball Player #44
NBA player 1971-1978
Archives Entries 1
Library Entries 2
Object Entries 0
Photo Entries 0
Notes College Heights Herald:

1967 May 18 1977 October 27, p. 4C
1984 April 17 p. 13; 24, pp. 6-8
1988 April 21, p. 14
1993 October 28, p. 13
2000 January 20, p. 15

Loyal, Taylor. "Tops Beat Cats, Race Barriers 30 Years Ago, Nov. 15, 2001. -

Park City Daily News:

"Big Mac Day Set Sunday," May 4, 1971.

"Big Mac Eyes $900,000 Pact," Jan. 25, 1971.

Borrone, Bert. "McDaniels' $2.2 Million Pro Contract in Jeopardy," nd.

"Bulls Fail to Gain on Bucks," Feb. 21, 1972.

Clark, Mike. "McDaniels is Now 'Hungry to Play,'" March 11, 1976.

"Colonels to Use Mac as Gilmore's Backup," Feb. 18, 1976.

Edwards, Joe. "He's Overwhelming, Wife Says of Big Mac," Jan. 1971.

"Feix Praises the Verdict," April 14, 1987.

Hanes, Clark. "McDaniels to Pick Up $66,000 Tab?" March 8, 1972.

"Mac, Caldwell Pace Cougars," Feb. 3, 1972.

"Mac is Back," Oct. 9, 1977.

"Mac Seeking Damages," April 7, 1972.

Mathis, Mark. "Big Mac is Back in Town with New Team," April 18, 1984.

"McDaniels, ABA Face Suit for $285,763," April 6, 1972.

"McDaniels Announces Contract with Sonics," Feb. 21, 1972.

"McDaniels Criticizes the ABA," March 12, 1972.

"McDaniels, Feix Selected for Hall," July 7, 2004.

"McDaniels is Suspended," Feb. 13, 1972.

"McDaniels Stands Out as Braves Tip Houston," Dec. 21, 1977.

Medley, Joe. "Former Hilltopper McDaniels Finds New Life in the Ministry," Feb. 24, 1991.

"McDaniels Claims Discrimination, Long Memory at WKU," June 20, 1995.

"McDaniels Gets Shot to Work in NBA," May 16, 1995.

"McDaniels Drops WKU Job Push," nd.

"Might Rule on Big Mac," March 9, 1972.

"Newspaper Says McDaniels Inks American Basketball Contract," Jan. 24, 1971.

Rosenthal, Bert. "Big Mac, Gilmore Head ABA Rookies," Oct. 8, 1971.

"Big Mac Comes of Age in ABA All-Star Game," Jan. 31, 1972.

Stapleton, O.J. "Western Duo Going into Ky. Hall of Fame," Sep. 9, 2004.

"Three Injured in Thursday Night Crash," March 27, 1970.

Louisville Courier-Journal:

Adams, David. "Degree Meant More to Mac Than a Million," Aug. 9, 1971.

Beardsley, Dick. "Mac Must Return Before Cougars Confer – Scheer," Feb. 14, 1972.

Branch, Bruce. "'71 Western Team Cites Special Bond," April 22, 1988.

"McDaniels Seeks Job on Western Staff," April 19, 1988.

"Buffalo Signs 7-Foot Jim McDaniels; Collins Placed on Waivers by Falcons," Sept. 15, 1977.

"Cougars Suspend Big Mac, Wonder Where He's Headed," Feb. 12, 1972.

"Double Probe, NCAA, OVC Investigates Reports of Pro Signings," Jan. 26, 1971.

Eagle, Dean. "Sonics Sign McDaniels; Cougars Will Fight," Feb. 18, 1972.

Flynn. John. "Mac No Pro, Just Plays Like One," Jan. 26, 1971.

Forde, Pat. "State Hall Still Hasn't a Spot for McDaniels," July 4, 2003.

Kindred, Dave. "Cougars' McDaniels Keep on Improving Despite Rick Barry," Oct. 7, 1971.

"McDaniels and Elmore Smith Get Votes for All-America," 1971.

Loomis, Ken. "The McDaniels Case: A Story of Intrigue in Sports," Dec. 7, 1976.

"Mac Denies Signing Report," Jan. 24, 1971.

"MacDaniels, ABA Target of NCAA Suit," April 6, 1972.

"MacDaniels, Cougars Still Not Speaking," Feb. 13, 1972.

"MacDaniels Gets Court Breather Until Feb. 28," Feb. 19, 1972.

"McDaniels Gives as Well as Receives (Lumps, That Is)," Nov. 11, 1971.

"McDaniels Keys Braves," Dec. 22, 1977.

"McDaniels Keys Buffalo Win; Pistons, 76ers, Spurs Rout Foes," Nov. 11, 1977.

Overpeck, Keith. "Far From Bitter," Feb. 27, 1976.

"'Hungry Hubie' Goes for 3rd Win," April 21, 1976.

"McDaniels' Heroics Not Enough as Cavs Beat Back Buffalo," Oct. 7, 1977.

Reed, Billy. "McDaniels Faces Dilemma," Feb. 17, 1967.

"Ten Picked for WKU's New Hall of Fame," July 25, 1991.

"The McDaniels Case," Feb. 18, 1972.

"Western to Honor McDaniels," Dec. 15, 1999.

White, Bob. "WKU's McDaniels Finally Gets Call," June 27, 2004.

Other Publications:

"Jim McDaniels Called 'Finest Shooter Ever' at Western," Louisville Defender, Oct. 15, 1970.

Kindred, Dave. "European Trip Education for Western's McDaniels," The Louisville Times, Sep. 1, 1970.

Koerner, Dave. "McDaniels Says He's Victim of WKU Snub Because of Past Error," Citizen-Times, June 20, 1995.

"Mac's Jump Invokes Stars' Wrath," The Louisville Times, March 31, 1971.

O'Brien, Jim. "Big Mac," College & Pro Official Yearbook, Basketball, 1970-71.

Pedigo, Matt. "Scottsville an Assist to Former Basketball Great," Citizen Times, Jan. 27, 2000.

Pickens, Jim. "Big Mac Deserves Salute at Western," Messenger-Inquirer, Dec. 13, 1999.

"Big Mac Finally Receives His Due," Messenger-Inquirer, July 2, 2004.

Documents & Primary Sources:

UA19 Athletics - inventory -

UA19/17/5 Athletic Media Relations Film/Video/Audio File - inventory -

MSS 281 Chester Travelstead Papers - inventory -

Associated Records

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Papers - Travelstead, Chester

Chiefly personal and professional correspondence, speeches, journal articles, reminiscences and news clippings of noted educator Chester Coleman Travelstead. Of particular interest are the materials related to his 1955 dismissal from the University of South Carolina owing to his stance on racial integration. Also includes correspondence and diaries of his mother Nelle (Gooch) Travelstead, long-time Western Kentucky University faculty member.

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Western Alumnus - WKU Alumni Relations

Available online at: <a href=""></a> College Heights Foundation Begins Special Appeal Campaign Conway, Sheila. The McChesneys Administrative Reorganization: Regents Confirm Appointments Given, Ed. Jim McDaniels Tells About Life & People on the Other Side of the Globe Armstrong, Don. Dear Alum: You Wouldn't Recognize Freshman Physics Downing, Dero. Charting the Course Boling, Edward. Symbolism & Certainty Page, Tate. The Environment for Man Faculty Awards - Elmer Gray, George Masannat Conway, Sheila. Student Centers on the Hill Homecoming: Western - Spirit of the '70's Structured P

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Western Alumnus - WKU Alumni Relations

National Science Foundation Funds Study of Icelandic TV Western's Interpretive Naturalist Western's Top Honors - '71 Two Western Scientists Tackle Air Pollution Big Shoes to Fill The Turn of an Athletic Era Significant Statements at Western Utilitarian Sculpture, Salvage Turns to Artistry Dental Hygiene Program Begins ODK: Building Block for Excellence Student Publications Take the Lead Project Reclass: An Innovative Library Program Hilltoppers Third in Nation NCAA National Science Foundation Funds Study of Icelandic TV Three New Members Join Board of Regents Students Study Ecology Western Grad Gains Mr. World Recognition Our Search for Cleaner Water President Downing Speaks