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Part of Minutes of the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees

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- 2 - WHEREAS, under the capable leadership of UK basketball Coach Orlando "Tubby" Smith and his valued assistants, George Felton, Shawn Finney and Mike Sutton, and the rest of the support staff, the team has solidified the support of Kentuckians all across the state and UK fans throughout the world, and WHEREAS, each member of the UK Wildcat basketball team has proved to be a fine representative of this University, upholding all standards of excellence and integrity, and WHEREAS, this particular group of UK athletes has become known in San Antonio and at all points in every direction as the "Comeback Cats," snatching victory from the jaws of defeat in each of their last three games -- each against top 10 opponents -- and lending a sense of pride for every Kentuckian for their never-say-die attitude, and WHEREAS, the 1997-98 basketball Wildcats proved to all who thrilled to their pinpoint passing, clutch three-pointers and unselfish play that Teamwork with a capital "T" is still the most important ingredient in success on and off the basketball court, and WHEREAS, the coaches and players that made up this Wildcat team showed time and time again the versatility, willingness and tenacity necessary to adapt their style of offense and defense to win, no matter the opponent or the situation, and WHEREAS, the 1998 National Champions brought athleticism and sports entertainment to a new level in what is being widely hailed as the most exciting Final Four in the history of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees officially gives its highest commendation and registers its great appreciation to Coach Tubby Smith and the UK Wildcats for returning the NCAA championship back where it belongs -- to Kentucky and the University of Kentucky. This Board, and the citizens of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, shall be forever grateful to the 1997-1998 team for their championship achievements and accomplishments, and for the fun and excitement they brought to every corner of the state, and to UK fans throughout the world. This the 7th day of April, 1998. The resolution was adopted unanimously, and President Wethington said the resolution was highly appropriate.