TO THE MEDIA:
It often seems that college basketball is "in season" year-round here in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Still, that doesn't diminish the exictement that spreads throughout the state in the late fall and winter months as our second "religion" hits full stride. It begins with the legendary "Midnight Practice" Oct. 15 and continues through the NCAA Tournament in March.
As the 85th season of Kentucky basketball gets underway, Wildcat fans are excited — with plenty of reason. Combine the return of Winston Bennett with four returning starters, including guards Rex Chapman and Ed Davender, and an incoming freshman class that has been rated as best in the country, and it is understandable why the Big Blue faithful are "chomping at the bit."
The Kentucky sports information staff has undergone some changes in the last year. Our goal remains the same, however — to provide you with the best service possible. Brad Davis, the assistant SID for the last three seasons, has been elevated to Sports Information Director. Joey Howard, formerly of Ole Miss, has been named assistant SID. Davis will once again be your primary contact for Kentucky basketball.
We are all looking forward to working once again with our friends in the media during the 1987-88 season. This media guide was designed to assist you while covering the Wildcats and we welcome your comments and suggestions for improvements.
Here's to a great 1987-88 basketball season — for the Kentucky Wildcats, and for you.
UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY SPORTS INFORMATION PHONE DIRECTORY
Office: (606) 257-3838 Nights/Weekends: 257-6474
Davis: (606) 277-4005 Vicini: (606) 278-7773 Howard: (606) 271-6230 Baxter: (606) 734-4736
CREDENTIALS — Credentials for UK home games are issued for working media only and should be requested as early as possible. Requests must be made in writing on company letterhead and are honored only from sports editors of daily newspapers and sports directors of radio and television stations. Requests from weekly newspapers and radio stations will be accepted only from those who will be attending games in a working capacity and will be filled on a space-available basis. All requests for media credentials should be made to: Brad Davis, Sports Information Director, Memorial Coliseum, Avenue of Champions, Lexington, KY 40506-0019. Passes will be held at the media Will Call gate, located on the Patterson Street Entrance to Rupp Arena. Credentials are not available at the public Will Call window on the High Street Concourse Level. A limited number of parking passes are available and should be requested at the time of requesting credentials.
PHOTOGRAPHERS — The photo zones are appropriately marked on the Rupp Arena floor. Because of space demands, shooting on the press row sideline is permitted at Rupp Arena with the game officials determining the boundaries (because various officials have different "do's and don'ts" regarding photographers on the side).
MEDIA ROOM — The media room is located in the Rupp Arena dressing room area, behind the visitors' bench. Working facilities, with necessary outlets and a limited number of telephones, are available. A pre-game snack will be served. Drinks will be available at halftime and after the game.
MEDIA SERVICES — The University of Kentucky uses the sophisticated "Final III" computer statistics system, which was used during the last three NCAA Final Fours. Working media will be provided with the following:
Game program and notes Shot Charts Complete play-by-play Halftime Stats Final Stats
Coaches' and Players' Quotes
Electronic media (radio and TV) will be provided with a statistics monitor at their location for instant access to the stats during the game.
RADIO BROADCASTS — Broadcasting rights to UK games are assigned exclusively to the UK Network. One reciprocal rights fee waiver is guaranteed opponent schools visiting Lexington.
UK SPORTS INFORMATION STAFF
From left: Brad Davis (Director); Rena Vicini (Assistant Director); Stephanie Wallner (Graduate Assistant); Joyce Baxter (Staff Assistant); Joey Howard (Assistant Director).