Charlie T. Black

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Charlie T. Black
Charles Black (basketball).jpg
Black from 1928 Cornhusker
Biographical details
BornJanuary 5, 1901
Alton, Illinois
DiedDecember 14, 1988(1988-12-14) (aged 87)
Citrus Heights, California
Playing career
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Head coaching record
Accomplishments and honors
As a player—
  • 2× Helms Foundation National Champion
  • 3× Missouri Valley Conference
As a player—

Charles Terence Black (January 5, 1901 – December 14, 1988) was an American standout college basketball player for the University of Kansas in the early 1920s, and, later, the head coach for the University of Nebraska for six seasons.

Basketball career[edit]


Black enrolled at Kansas in the fall of 1920 and became eligible to play for the men's basketball team in his sophomore year of 1921–22.[1] Playing for Hall of Fame coach Phog Allen, he helped guide the Jayhawks to three Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) championships and two retroactively named national championships during his three-year playing career.[1] Kansas accumulated a 49–6 overall record (47–3 in conference play) while Black played for the team.[1] He was a two-time all-conference, two-time All-American and one-time Helms Foundation National Player of the Year.[1]

In 1921–22, the Jayhawks went 16–2 (15–1 MVC) to win their first of two consecutive national championships and first of six consecutive conference championships. It was their best record in seven years,[1] and Black's ability at the guard position alongside Paul Endacott was the biggest reason for their success.[1] The following year, Black's junior season, Kansas finished 17–1 (16–0 MVC). In 1923–24, his senior year, Kansas failed to win their third straight national championship when they finished 16–3.[1] However, they finished 15–1 and claimed another Missouri Valley Conference title.

Black was named a Helms Foundation All-American in his final two seasons. Helms also honored him as their national player of the year following the 1923–24 season, making him the second player in a row from Kansas to be given that honor (Endacott earned it in 1922–23) and also the school's second overall recipient.[2]


Several years after finishing his playing career at Kansas, Black became the head coach for the men's basketball team at Nebraska. He served at this position from 1926–27 through 1931–32 and compiled an overall record of 51–57, including a 5–7 record against his alma mater.[1]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Nebraska Cornhuskers (Missouri Valley Conference) (1926–1928)
1926–27 Nebraska 12–6 7–5 4th
1927–28 Nebraska 7–11 7–11 T-7th
Nebraska Cornhuskers (Big 6 Conference) (1928–1932)
1928–29 Nebraska 11–5 5–5 3rd
1929–30 Nebraska 10-8 6–4 3rd
1930–31 Nebraska 9–9 6–4 2nd
1931–32 Nebraska 3–17 2–8 6th
Total: 51–57

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

Sources[3][4] [5]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Charlie T. Black". University of Kansas. 2010. Archived from the original on January 27, 2013. Retrieved December 9, 2010.
  2. ^ "Helms Foundation Player of the Year Winners". Sports Reference LLC. 2010. Retrieved December 9, 2010.
  3. ^ "Nebraska Coaching Ledger" (PDF). Men’s Basketball Media Guide: History. University of Nebraska. 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 12, 2009. Retrieved December 9, 2010.
  4. ^ "Nebraska All-time Records" (PDF). Year-by-Year Records. University of Nebraska. 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 12, 2009. Retrieved December 9, 2010.
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