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"Eddie Sutton is a great coach," said Abatemarco. "Kentucky is lucky to have him.
"There is no place in America that treats you better than Kentucky. Coach Sutton went on my TV show and treated me with the upmost respect. He didn't have to do that for a first-year coach. Other than (North Carolina State Coach Jim) Valvano, I think I will root for Kentucky now."
UK Fighting Big Boys For Jacobs' Services
FRANK JACOBS of Newport Catholic, one of the state's top football recruits, has narrowed his list of possible colleges to eight.
Almost every major school in the country contacted the 6-5, 226-pound Jacobs, who is among the best tight end prospects in the country.
Kentucky is included on Jacobs' list of eight along with Alabama, Boston College, Notre Dame, UCLA, Michigan, Iowa and Penn State. He has already visited Notre Dame and is scheduled to visit Kentucky and Boston College. He'll pick two of the other five schools for his other visits allowed by the NCAA.
'Kentucky has done a good job recruiting him," said Newport Catholic Coach Bob Schneider. "They have been | very frank with him and Coach (Jerry) Claiborne has impressed him."
Jacobs, a three-year starter, caught 122 passes for 1,977 yards in his career. This season he had 37 receptions for 580 yards.
The talented senior also started at middle guard on defense and earned All-State offensive and defensive honors this season.
He started 41 straight games for Catholic and led the team to the Class AA title game three straight years.
'I don't think he ever missed a play that really counted," said Schnedier. "He is a very tough, durable kid. He's also an outstanding blocker and he should make an oustanding tight end in college."
Jacobs is also the starting center on Catholic's basketball team and is a pitcher-first baseman on the baseball team.
"Some scouts in this area think he could have a future in baseball as a pitcher," said Schneider. "They think he will be drafted."
Jacobs is also an excellent student and carries a 3.4 grade-point average.
"I don't know who is the state could be a better player," said Schneider. "I know I am prejudiced but there is not another kid in the state more sought after than him."
State's Top Preps Made Visits To UK Dec. 13-14
COACH JERRY Claiborne certainly had some of the state's best football talent on campus Dec. 13 and 14.
Kentucky had running back William Dishman of Lexington Bryan Station, center Courtney Longacre of Fairdale, linebackers Derek Thomas of Bryan Station and Steve Kelley of Hopkinsville, quarterbacks Freddie Maggard of Cumberland and Jeff Houk of St. Xavier, receivers Eddie Thomas of Ft. Knox and Phil Logan of Louisville Holy Cross, and linemen Todd George of Covington Catholic and Bobby Craycraft of Boyd County on campus for official visits.
Most of the state's other premier players also plan to visit UK and the Cats hope the work pays off on the national signing date in February.
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sidelines for LSU. PREDICTION: LSU BY 8.
Orange Bowl: Could this be a case ofdeja vu. If you go back a few years you may recall when former Arkansas coach Lou Holtz pulled off one of the greatest upsets in the school's history by defeating Oklahoma 31-6 in the Orange Bowl. This all happened despite the fact three Razorbaek players were suspended from the game. However, Arkansas won't be facing the same Oklahoma nor will Holtz be roaming the sidelines. Oklahoma's defense simply hammers everybody in sight. PREDICTION: OKLAHOMA BY24.
Fiesta BowlAt last the matchup everybody has been waiting for. No. I Miami versus No. 2 Penn State. It's ironic that this bowl will host a game of this magnitude because some skeptics laughed at Fiesta Bowl officials when they decided to challenge the traditional Rose, Cotton, Orange and Sugar battles. Well, the Fiesta Bowl certainly got the last laugh and changed the game date to Jan. 2 so it could be in the nation's spotlight. However, a national television audience, except for Miami viewers, may not like what they see when the Hurricanes get though with Joe Paterno and the Nit-tany Lions. At times this season Miami looked as if it could instantly make its way in the NFL behind the talented arm of Heisman Trophy winner Vinny Testeverde. Believe me, Penn State's defense will be running in circles when Miami throws a little offensive ar tillcry toward the Nittany Lions' way. Only turnovers can beat Miami, something of which the Hurricanes haven't been bothered by this past season. Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year (Paterno) will not like what he sees on this second day of 1987. PREDIC TION: MIAMI BY 24.
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[Continued From Page 6] marked the third time in his career at Vandy that the Calvert City, Ky. native has scored a winning hoop. Last year as a freshmen Goheen beat Tennessee and Florida on last second shots.
Meanwhile, another Kentucky native at Vandy, Scott Draud of Ft. Thomas Highlands, leads the Commodores in 3-point baskets. In seven games, Draud had made nine of 18. Parting shot
Then there was the one about Chicago Bears running backs Matt Suhey and Walter Payton. Seems they went on a bear hunt in Alaska last summer. Suhey recalled waking up one night to find Payton putting on his sneakers.
"What's the matter, Walter?" he asked.
"There's a bear outside the tent," Payton replied.
Suhey: "You'll never outrun him."
Payton: "I don't have to outrun him. All I have to do is outrun you." And so it goes.
Finally, to the staff of The Cats Pause and their families, and to all TCP's faithful readers, a very Merry Christmas and joyous holiday to you and your families.]
history of Indiana basketball, said they had never seen a high school team as quick as Lafayette.
And you could say Prince Stewart's
stock went up about six times in the victory as he scored 18 points and had nine rebounds.
Tates Creek started the day off by upsetting highly-touted Chattanooga (Tenn.) Baylor 52-48 and Henry Clay upset Macon (Ga.) Southwest in the final game despite UK-bound Eric Manuel's 37 points.
In the only game not won by a Lexington school, UK-bound Deron Feldhaus scored 17 points in leading the Royals to a 50-49 decision over Lexington Bryan Station.
Sean Sutton, UK's other signee in the classic, scored eight points and had five assists including three of four free throws down the stretch.
HITS AND MISSES . Former Courier-Journal sports editor Billy Reed has signed a two-year deal with the Lexington Herald-Leader whereby he will write two sports columns per week and some 10 additional stories throughout the year. In announcing Reed's contract, the Herald-Leader said it had Reed's word that he has nothing against the University of Kentucky. The newspaper article did not address the question of whether Indiana coach Bobby Knight had any influence in the newspaper's decision to hire Reed. Knight, after his Indiana team beat Kentucky earlier in the month, suggested that the Herald-Leader should hire Reed who, at
the time, was at odds with the C-J management over its refusal to run one of Reed's columns on Knight and the fact that the Louisville newspaper assigned Reed to another game instead of covering the Kentucky-Indiana basketball game in Bloom-ington. No details of Reed's contract with the Lexington newspaper were revealed. The same article also said that Reed is forming a company called Billy Reed Enterprises which will be a similar venture as Cawood Ledford Productions with Jim Host of Host Communications in Lexington. Host produces the UK Television Network . . . Talk among press row wags the last few weeks has surrounded the Herald-Leader sports department and the unrest caused by the H-L's decision to negotiate with both Reed and C-J sports columnist Earl Cox about coming aboard. According to insiders, the Herald-Leader is being hit with some morale problems from current staffers, but sports columnist John McGill Jr.'s absence the past several days has nothing to do with Reed's arrival. McGill, who did not write any col umns during the past weekend, was home in bed with the flu. Some of the H-L writers have expressed concern over the addition of new faces which obviously will mean even more strains on their budget . . . Cox has been negotiating with the H-L in recent weeks to do some work when he goes into retire ment early next year. Don't be surprised if the Cox family moves back to Estill County once Earl's wife, Carolyn reaches retirement from her teaching position in Jefferson County.