George Ireland, 1963 NCAA Championship Coach

The pub is named after George Ireland - the coach that led Loyola to victory in ‘63 ‘Game of Change’.In 1963, Loyola became the first Illinois team to win the NCAA basketball championship.  The team made history, but not just for their NCAA victory.  The game now recognized as ‘The Game of Change’ almost never happened at all. At the time, Loyola had four African American men in their lineup. Given the extreme racial tension of the time, this posed a problem for the all-white Mississippi State team that Loyola was scheduled to play. The Mississippi State team had to travel beyond state lines in order to play the game. The teams were able to meet, and the revolutionary game took place in East Lansing, Michigan.  It was under George Ireland that Loyola was able participate in an event that made civil rights and college basketball history. ‘The Game of Change’ broke down racial barriers and molded our Ramblers into NCAA champions.