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David Rosellea man sincerely in UK's corner
Looking for next coach to be fair to players
What in the name of Adolph F. Rupp is President David Roselle trying to do, make an Ivy League school out of the University of Kentucky?
WeD, he would be tickled to death for anyone to
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mention UK in the same breath as Harvard, Yale and Princeton. That, of course, isn't going to happen in the lifetime of Roselle or during the lives of the next dozen presidents of UK The money isn't there and will never be in this poor state.
But Roselle already has improved the caliber of UKs students and hopes to continue to do so.
So much for academics.
Now for athletics, especially basketball:
I've heard Roselle blasted for not knowning anything about sports, particularly basketball.
WeD, forget that image.
During meetings I have had with him as a representative of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association, I was pleased to learn that not only does he know the name of every coach in every sport at UK, but he also knows many of the athletes. That, frankly, surprised me. But the man does know about his athletic teams and coaches - and he cares.
Some of the basketball Wildcats have told me that he has constantly praised them throughout their trying period and has assured them that their situation would get better. From talking with the players, I got more than a hint that Roselle knew that former coach Eddie Sutton was not fair to some of them. On the night that Sutton resigned, Roselle emphasized that, Number 1, he wanted the new coach to be fair to his basketball players - fair in all ways, including seeing that they earn degrees.
Earlier, Roselle said that the UK program will be born again and will come back stronger than ever and will win another national championship.
How much stronger statement can Roselle make to get the nonbelievers off his back?
PENICK TO UK - State Tournament fans may have seen a future UK guard, Andy Penick of state champion Pleasure Ridge Park. Although he was voted the Sweet Sixteen's Most Valuable Player, Penick seldom was at his best. He can play much better.
Few know it, but Penick's sixth-grade brother, Scott, upstaged him the same day that Andy helped PRP to the state title. Playing for St. Helen's in the City championship game, Scott scored 39 points (right, that's 39) to help his team win the tide.
The Penicks come from good sports stock. Their father Terry played basketball for Ahrens High and their mother Linda was an outstanding softball player. Their uncle, Buddy Pfaadt, was a standout athlete for Male High and a great football player for Eastern Kentucky University. Andy has one more year of high school. His presence will make PRP one of the favorites for next year's state crown, but Fairdale has a lot of talent returning and may be favored in the Sixth Region.
A CLASS ACT - As you probably know, I am no Eddie Sutton fan, but the man went out with class. He could have chosen to be nasty. And he still could choose to write a book critical of UK and Wildcat basketball. But I doubt that he will because it would
Kentucky spring football roster
OFFENSE Split end DEFENSE Left end
Alfred Jones 6-4, 188, Sr.-IL Oak Ridge, Tenn. Tony Massey 6-2, 221, Sr.-3L Somerset
John Bolden 6-0, 170, Jr.-2L Louisville Jeff Brady 6-1, 230, Jr.-1L Melbourne
Joe Pagano 5-10, 177, Fr-RS Broadview Heights, Ohio Billy Swanson 6-0, 226, So.-Sq. Paducah
Left tackle Dean Wells 6-2, 232, Fr.-RS Louisville
Clint Thompson 5-10, 205, Fr.-RS Louisville
Mike Nord 6-7, 291, Jr.-1L Louisville
Tom Crumrine 6-4, 260, Sr.-Sq. Westerville, Ohio Left tackle
Scott Rayburn 6-3, 255, Jr.-Sq. Richardson, Texas Oliver Barnett 6-3, 285, Sr.-3L Louisville
Jeff Weihe 6-4, 246, Fr.-RS Louisville Jim Graves 6-6, 235, So.-Sq. Lexington
Left guard Daniel Lee 6-5, 254, So.-Sq. Marianna, Fla.
Chuck Latimer 6-5, 241, Fr.-RS Lorain, Ohio
Dean Wilks 6-3, 300, Jr.-2L Proctorville, Ohio
Todd Perry 6-4, 261, Fr.-RS Elizabethtown Left guard
Center Jerry Bell 6-3, 284, So.-1L Louisville
Mike Chism 6-0, 264, Sr.-1L LaGrange
Brian Cralle 6-1, 285, Sr.-1L Elizabethtown
Daniel Schulz 6-1, 237, Fr.-RS Lexington
David Crane 6-2, 256, Sr.-1L Louisville Rich McCune 6-2, 230, Fr.-RS Jackson
Courtney Longacre 6-2, 244, So-Sq. Louisville
Matt Branum 6-1, 247, Fr.-RS Florence Right guard
Right guard Mike Meiners 6-2, 265, Sr.-1L Louisville
Joey Couch 6-1, 248, So.-1L Hagerhill
Joel Mazzella 6-1, 285, Jr.-1L Parkersburg, WVfe. Jody Matthews 60, 251, Fr.-RS Villa Rica, Ga.
Kevin Disotelle 6-3, 244, So.-Sq. Houston, Texas Brad Shuford 6-3, 292, Fr.-RS Cincinnati, Ohio
Bill Hulette 6-2, 262, Jr.-1L Morganfield, W.Va.
Travis Hahn 6-2, 235, Fr.-RS Louisville Right tackle
Chris Reedy 6-2, 237, Fr.-RS Elizabethtown Doug Houser 6-4, 264, Sr.-3L Aliquippa, Pa.
Right tackle Donnie Gardner 6-4, 235, Sr.-3L Louisville
Scott Booth 6-3, 266, Sr.-Sa. Bradenton, Fla.
Mike Pfeifer 6-7, 300, Sr.-3L Louisville Shawn Evans 6-6, 243, So.-Sq. Richmond
Greg Lahr 6-4, 271, So.-1L Pinkerington, Ohio Eugene McClellan 6-3, 266, Fr.-RS Cincinnati, Ohio |
Chuck Bradley 6-5, 265, Fr.-RS Louisville
T.J. Maynard 6-4, 259, Fr.-RS Flatwoods Right end
Tight end Tony Zigman 6-2, 212, Sr.-2L Puce Danip! _fi-0 1QR Fr-R^ Lewes, Del.
Mike Meece 6-6, 230, Jr.-1L Madeira, Ohio HUM UC1I IfC - ITU, ISO, ll.nO Jeff Buising 6-1, 201, Fr.-RS Williamsburg ] West Des Moines, Iowa j
Steve Phillips 6-2, 201, Jr.-Sq. Fairfield, Ohio
Patrick Porter 6-3, 220, Jr.-Sq. Flemingsburg Left linebacker
Mickey Dean 6-3, 225, Fr.-RS Sarasota, Fla. Randy Holleran 6-1, 240, Jr.-2L McKeesport, Pa.
Quarterback Derrick Thomas 6-2, 228, So.-Sq. Lexington
Reggie Smith 6-2, 199, Fr.-RS Cleveland, Ohio
Chuck Broughton 6-4, 230, Sr.-1L Ashland
John Buchanan 5-11, 203, Fr.-RS Bowling Green
Freddie Maggard 6-2, 227, So.-Sq. Cumberland
Brad Smith 6-2, 190, Fr.-RS Lakeland, Fla. Right linebacker
Ryan Hockman 6-2, 190, Fr.-RS Harrison, Ohio Craig Benzinger 6-1, 215, Sr.-2L Stone Mountain, Ga.
Troy Wilt 6-0, 195, Fr.-RS Charles Town, W.va. Carlos Phillips 6-1, 223, Jr.-Sq. Owensboro
Travis Powers 5-11, 187, Fr.-RS Middlesboro Steve Kelley 6-2, 232, So.-Sq. Hopkinsville
Fullback Left cornerback
Andy Murray 6-1, 242, Sr.-3L Louisville
Tony Missick 6-0. 196, Sr.-1L Miami, Fie.
Darren Bilberry 6-2, 205, Sr.-2L R. Knox
Sterlir - Ward 5-11, 166, Fr.-RS Lexinc,:on
Mike Knox 5-10, 216, Sr.-Sq. Louisville
Rodney Shepard 5-11, 250, Fr.-RS Brooklyn, NY. Free safety
Tailback Ron Robinson 6-1, 185, Sr.-3L Nashville, Tenn.
Al Baker 5-11, 225, Jr.-1L Cadiz Gary Willis 6-1, 173, So.-Sq. Gainesville, Fla.
Alfred Rawls 5-11, 200, Sr.-IL Pitts, Ga. Brad Armstead 6-0. 172, Fr.-RS Henderson
Tim Harris 5-10, 185, Fr.-RS New Castle Right cornerback
Flanker Chris Tolbert 5-11, 178, Jr.-2L Pensacola, Fla.
Phil Logan 6-2, 200, Jr.-2L Louisville Albert Burks 5-11, 182, Sr.-1L Monroe, La.
Greg Hunt 6-0, 184, So.-Sq. Richmond, va. Larry Jackson 5-11, 200, So.-Sq. Mayfield
Bob Shehan 5-11, 168, Fr.-RS Florence Punter
Placekicker Bryant Smith 5-10, 149, Fr.-RS Camden, Tenn.
Ken Willis 5-11, 196, Sr.-2L Owensboro Brian Scott - 5-11, 184, Fr.-RS Hardy
Doug Pelfrey 5-11, 175, Fr.-RS Edgewood Peter Adams 5-10, 164, Fr.-RS Memphis, Tenn.
Tommy Fitzpatrick 6-1, 188, Fr.-RS Lexington James Parker 5-10, 172, Fr.-RS Louisville
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FOOTBALL TIME - UK football coach Jerry Claiborne, fresh from being inducted into the Dawa-hares-Kentucky High School Atietic Association Hall of Fame, is busy with spring practice. He plays down early depth charts, but I -and fans - like to look at them.
Joey Howard, UK's talented assistant sports information director, has published a fact-filled spring football booklet In case you are interested in which Wildcats that Howard and Claiborne are pushing for 1989 honors, they are defensive tackle Oliver Barnett of Jeffersontown, offensive tackle Mike Pfeifer of Trinity, defensive end-back Tony Massey of Somerset and linebacker Randy Holleran of McKeesport, Pa.
Pfeifer told me last summer that doctors told him that he should strive for a maximum of 310 pounds. Fully recovered from a knee injury suffered in the Alabama game on Oct 1, Pfeifer now weighs 305. His 6-7 frame carries the weight well.
With so many returning Wildcats, Claiborne may have his deepest team (but he says the 9-3 team of 1984 had more). Anyway, if the season started today, Claiborne says he could field more Southeastern Conference-quality athletes than ever before.
But the big question mark continues to be quarterback. Qaiborne told me that he will concentrate on finding someone who can complete more than 44 per cent of his passes.
Keep your eye on sophomore-to-be Freddie Maggard. He may beat out the more experienced Chuck Broughton for the starting QB job.