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 KENTUCKY VARSITY BASKETBALL SCHEDULE-1977-78
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1977
Nov. 11 Russian National Team ....................Memorial Coliseum
Nov. 26 Southern Methodist (TV).........................Rupp Arena
Dec. 5 Indiana (TV) ..................................R"PP Arena
Dec. 10 Kansas.........................................Lawrence
Dec. 12 South Carolina (TV) ............................Rupp Arena
Dec. 16 UKIT: Seattle vs. St. Johns'.......................Rupp Arena
1 7 Portland State vs. Kentucky.......................R"PP Arena
Dec. 23 lona.........................................RuPP Arena
Dec. 31 Notre Dame (National TV) .........................Louisville
1978
Jan. 2 Vanderbilt ....................................R"PP Arena
Jan. 7 Florida........................................Gainesville
Jan. 9 Auburn .........................................Auburn
Jan. 14 LSU (TV).....................................Rupp Arena
Jan. 16 Mississippi ....................................Rupp Arena
Jan. 21 Mississippi State (TV) .............................Starkville
Jan. 23 Alabama.......................................Tuscaloosa
Jan. 28 Tennessee.....................................Rupp Arena
Jan. 30 Georgia ......................................Rupp Arena
Feb. 4 Florida.......................................Rupp Arena
Feb. 6 Auburn ......................................Rupp Arena
Feb. 11 LSU........................................Baton Rouge
Feb. 13 Mississippi ....................................... Oxford
Feb. 18 Mississippi State................................Rupp Arena
Feb. 20 Alabama (TV) .................................Rupp Arena
Feb. 25 Tennessee (TV) ..................................Knoxville
Feb. 27 Georgia ..........................................Athens
Mar. 4 Nevada, Las Vegas (National TV)...................Rupp Arena
Mar. 6 Vanderbilt (TV)..................................Nashville
FRONT COVER PICTURE-Seniors James Lee, Mike Phillips, Rick Robey and Jack Givens enter their final season with a glittering 72-19 record and have been instrumental in helping Wildcat teams win the major trophies illustrated beneath them. Design By Ted Watts, Oswego, Kan.
BACK COVER PICTURE-lnterior picture of vast Rupp Arena captures the splash of color and excitement at Wildcat home games, which in its first season, produced five major NCAA attendance records.
Photo CreditsBradley Photographers, Dallas, Texas; UK Photo Services and Tony Leonard. /
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All-Americans, All-NCAA.....38-39
All-Conference ................39
Athletic Director Hagan ____7-9.117
Athletic Asst. Dir. Ham...........9
Athletic Asst. Dir. Ivy............9
Athletic Association
Board of Directors ...........10
Staff Members................4
Attendance Records.........10, 45
Award Winners (Annual)......34-37
Basketball House..........123-125
Basketball Staff
Coach Hall ..........13-15, 117
Assts. Parsons, Hamilton,
Dean...............16-17. 117
Wilson, McCombs. Ramsey,
Keightley. Rollins, McMackin . . .18
Student Assistants...........116
Coaches Through Years..........24
Fabulous Five.................99
Frosh All-Time Records .........69
Helm's Selections ..............93
Home Floor Losses.............23
Lettermen Through Years.....97-99
Modern Record (1946
to Date) ................40-43
NCAA 50-Year Win Leaders......68
NCAA Titlists.................24
Nickname, Origin of............63
Opponents Information
High and Lows ...........95-96
Record vs. 1977-78 Opponents.............82-85
Scouting Reports .........70-81
Press-Radio-TV
Kentucky Outlets.............3
Radio-TV Network . . . .Inside Back
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Working Information ..........2
Retired Jerseys................61
Roster.......................64
Rupp Arena ...............44-45
Schedule.............Inside Front
ScorersTop All Time,
Regular Season..............25
ScoresGame By Game ....100-115
Season Record1976-77 .........63
Signees Sketches............57-60
Southeastern Conference
Champions By Years..........21
Composite Standing,
Kentucky In SEC,
Final SEC Standings-1976-77 . .22
1978 SEC Schedule...........20
Television Series.............21
Sports Information-Rice, Perry .................19
Statistics-1976-77 .............65
Team Picture..................62
Time PlayedHigh Game ........68
Tournament Trail...........31-33
UKIT ....................26-31
University of Kentucky
General Information...........4
President Singletary ...........6
Varsity Basketball
Player Profiles............46-60
Game By Game Rebounding . . . .67
Game By Game Scoring .......66
Outlook-1977-78 ............11
Picture Pages...........117-128
Quick Facts..................5
Records-Team, Individual, Misc., Rupp Arena, Memorial
Coliseum ..............89-96
Wildcats At A Glance ...........12
Compiled and Edited by Jack Perry, Asst. Sport; Information Director RUSSELL RICE, Director of SportslYorm^on tVe'
Margaret I     ing Library - North
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky 40506 TO THE PRESS AND RADIO TV
Here is your copy of the 1977-78 facts booklet on Kentucky basketball which we sincerely hope will aid you in covering and answering questions on the Wildcats this season. If you desire additional information, special stories, pictures or have questions not answered herein, please feel free to contact the Sports Information Office in Memorial Coliseum (Telephone A.C. 606-257-3838, 257-3839).
RUSSELL RICE JACK PERRY
Director of Sports Information Asst. Director of Sports Information
Miss Ann Easterling Secretary
Athletic Office Phones:
Cliff Hagan - (606) 258-2881 Frank Ham  (606) 258-5611 Larry Ivy - (606) 258-4911
Coach Joe B. Hall - (606) 257-1916 or 257-1917 Asst. Coaches: Dick Parsons  (606) 257-3640;
Leonard Hamilton - (606) 257-4781;
Joe Dean - (606 257-1918
Information
WORKING TICKETSAddress requests to Sports Information Office as far in advance as possible. Tickets will not be mailed unless requested and will be held at the Press Entrance of Rupp Arena for pickup on game night.
PRESS DOOREntrance to the area set aside for press, radio and TV is Gate No. 5 on the Patterson Street side of Rupp Arena.
PRESS ROOMLocated on floor level under stands behind visitors' bench area. Will feature work space with necessary electrical outlets and telephone service.
COMPSNo individual game allotment.
TELECOPIERSA Telecopier Service (Telephone, Telecopier, Operator) will be provided for $25.00. Those wishing to use their own machine should order a line through General Telephone Co.
RADIO BROADCASTSBroadcasting rights to UK games are assigned exclusively to the Jim Host and Associates, 512 E. Main, Lexington, Ky., 40508 (Telephone 606/252-5696). One free reciprocal outlet is guaranteed opponent schools visiting Lexington. Any additional stations must clear through Jim Host and Associates and the UK Director of Broadcasting, Mr. Pete Manchikes (257-2655). Working passes will be supplied approved stations by Sports Information Office.
SERVICESWorking press, radio and TV will be furnished game programs, brochures, running play-by-play, halftime quickie box, final statistics in the form of a complete 12-column dittoed box score and coaches Quotes.
ARENA LIGHTINGRupp Arena Lighting will provide 250-275 foot candle on playing floor with a mixture of incandescent and metal halide lights. KENTUCKY PRESS-RADIO-TELEVISION OUTLETS
Lexington:
Lexington Herald-Leader
Stuart Warner
Rick Bailey
D. G. Fltzmaurlce
227 Welt Short Street
Lexington, Ky. 40S07
WVLK Radio Ralph Hacker P.O. Box 1SS9 Lexington, Ky. 40501
WLAP Sports P. O. Box 11670 Lexington, Ky. 40511
WBLG Radio Sports 130 Barr Street Lexington, Ky. 40507
WLEX-TV
Torn Hammond, Director P.O. Box 14S7 Lexington, Ky. 40501
WKYT-TV
Denny Trease, Director P.O. Box 655 Lexington, Ky. 40501
WTVQ-TV
Mike McNamara, Director Box 5590
Lexington, Ky. 40501
Charles Wolfe Associated Press 146 Market Lexington, Ky. 40507
Kentucky Kernel Sports University of Kentucky Lexington, Ky. 40506
CATS PAUSE P.O. Box 7297 Lexington, Ky. 40502
Louisville:
Louisville Courier-Journal
Mike Waller, Ex.S.E.
Earl Cox
Billy Reed
Paul Borden
525 West Broadway
Louisville, Ky. 40202
Louisville Times Sports Dick Fenlon Tev Laudeman 525 West Broadway Louisville, Ky. 40202
WHAS & WHAS-TV Cawood Ledford P.O. Box 1084 Louisville, Ky. 40201
Associated Press 525 West Broadway Louisville, Ky. 40201
UPI Sports P.O. Box 537 Louisville, Ky. 40201
WAVE 4 WAVE-TV Sports Bob Domlne 725 South Floyd Street Louisville, Ky. 40203
WLKY-TV Sports Jim Celanla P.O. Box 6218 Louisville, Ky. 40216
WINN Radio Sports Third and Broadway Louisville, Ky. 40202
WAKY Radio Sports 558 South Fifth Street Louisville, Ky. 40204
State:
Ashland Independent Mike Reliford Sports Department 226 17th Street Ashland, Ky. 41101
Park City News Sports Department 813 College Street Bowling Green, Ky. 42101
Tribune-Times Sports Ky. and Monroe Streets Corbin, Ky. 40701
Post A. Times-Star Sports Andy Cox
421 Madison Avenue Covington, Ky. 41011
Advocate-Messenger Sports Department Danville, Ky. 40422
News-Enterprise Sports Bob Watkins
Elizabethtown, Ky. 42701
State-Journal Sports Mark Marracclni 321 West Main Street Frankfort, Ky. 40501
UPI Sports 321 W. Main Frankfort, Ky. 40601
The Times Sports Jim Griesch
301 South Green Street Glasgow, Ky. 42141
The Enterprise Sports Central Street Harlan, Ky. 40831
Gleaner-Journal Sports Mike Field 216 North Elm Henderson, Ky. 42420
Kentucky New Era Sports 123 West 7th Street Hopkinsville, Ky. 42240
The Messenger Mike Embry, Sports 221 South Main Street Madisonville, Ky. 42431
Messenger Sports 206 West Broadway Mayfield, Ky. 42066
Ledger-I ndependent Sports Department 43 West Second Maysville, Ky. 41056
News Sports Editor Larry Fleeman Chester Avenue Middlesboro, Ky. 40965
Messenger and Inquirer Sports 1401 Frederica Street Owensboro, Ky. 42301
Sun-Democrat Sports Pat Moynahan 408 Kentucky Avenue Paducah, Ky. 42001
Paris Daily Enterprise Sports 23 East 4th Street Paris, Ky. 40361
Register Sports Ken Green South Second Street Richmond, Ky. 40475
Com mon wealth-Journal Jim Kurk
102 North Maple Street Somerset, Ky. 42501
Winchester Sun Sports Neal Bryant
Wall and Cleveland Streets Winchester, Ky. 40391 UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY
General Information
LOCATIONLexington, Ky., a community of 205,000 in the heart of Kentucky's famed Blue Grass region. Renowned as the world capital of the thoroughbred horse industry and known also as the world's largest loose-leaf tobacco market.
FOUNDED1865 ENROLLMENT(On campus-22,000)
PRESIDENTDr. Otis A. Singletary (At 13 Community Colleges-17.000)
VICE-PRESIDENT FOR ADMINISTRATIONDr. Donald Clapp VICE-PRESIDENT FOR ACADEMIC AFFAIRS-Dr. Lewis Cochran VICE-PRESIDENT, BUSINESS AFFAIRSJack Blanton VICE-PRESIDENT, MEDICAL CENTER-Dr. Peter Bosomworth VICE-PRESIDENT, MINORITY AFFAIRS-Dr. John T. Smith VICE-PRESIDENT, STUDENT AFFAI RSOr. Robert G. Zumwinkle VICE-PRESIDENT, COMMUNITY COLLEGES-Or. Maurice Stanley Wall VICE-PRESIDENT, UNIVERSITY RELATIONSDr. Raymond Hornback FACULTY CHAIRMAN OF ATHLETICSOr. William Matthews
(UK's faculty representative to Southeastern Conference) DIRECTOR OF INFORMATION SERVICESBernie Vonderheide CONFERENCESoutheastern (member since founding in 1933) BANDVarsity (DirectorWm. Harry Clarke) FIGHT SONG-"On, On, U. of K." STADIUMCommonwealth Stadium (56,816) HOME ARENA-Rupp Arena (capacity 23,000)
Athletics Staff
DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICSCliff Hagan
Executive AssistantBarbara Isham
Assistant to Director for Academic Affairs- Bob Bradley ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICSFrank Ham ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS-FINANCESLarry Ivy HEAD BASKETBALL COACH-Joe B. Hall (Kentucky '55) ADMINISTRATIVE SECRETARYMrs. Jane Rollins ASSISTANT COACHESDick Parsons, Leonard Hamilton, Joe Dean HEAD COACHES OTHER SPORTS-Football: Fran Curci, Baseball: Tuffy
Home, Track and Cross Country: Ken Olson, Tennis: Graddy Johnson,
Golf: Dan Leal, Swimming and Water Polo: Wynn Paul, Rifle: Capt. Mike
Fairhead, Wrestling: Fletcher Carr. TICKET SALES MANAGERAl Morgan ACCOUNTANT-J. R. Hisle
TRAINERRoy Don Wilson ASSISTANT TRAINERWalt McCombs BASKETBALL EQUIPMENT MANAGERBill Keightley SPORTS INFORMATION Dl RECTOR-Russell Rice (Kentucky '51) ASSISTANT SPORTS INFORMATION DlRECTOR-Jack Perry SID SECRETARYAnn Easterling DIR. STD. ATH. ADMRon Allen
4 QUICK FACTS ON KENTUCKY BASKETBALL
NCAA CHAMPIONS-Four Times (1948, '49, '51, '58) in 23 Appearances. 37 Victories.
NCAA RUNNER-UP-Two Times (1966, '75)
NIT CHAMPIONS-1946, 1976        SUGAR BOWL CHAMPIONS-Five Times. UK INVITATIONAL CHAMPIONS-Seventeen Times in 24 Tournaments. SEC CHAMPIONS-Record 30 Times Since 1933. (Last in 1977.) WORLD CHAMPIONS-1948 Olympic Games.
INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITIES TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS-1966. NATIONAL CHAMPIONS BY POLLSSix Times Since 1949. ALL-TIME RECORD-Won 1,189, Lost 376, Tied 1 in 73 Seasons. KENTUCKY ALL-AMERICANS28 Players Honored 42 Times. ALL-SOUTHEASTERN55 Players Honored 98 Times. PROFESSIONALS-36 Players Entered Ranks.
RUPP ARENA (23.000) - Home Floor 1977 to Date (Won 12. Lost 2).
MEMORIAL COLISEUM (11.500) - Home Floor 1950-1976 (Won 308, Lost 38).
RECORD HIGH POINTS-143 vs. Georgia (Neutral Site) '56-At Home 121 vs. Mississippi '71.
INDIVIDUAL HIGH-53 By Dan Issel in 1970 vs. Mississippi at Oxford.
BIGGEST VICTORY MARGIN77 vs. Georgia in 1956-At Home, 53 vs. Georgia Tech "56, Georgia '59.
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WILDCATS CARVE INCREDIBLE POST-SEASON TOURNAMENT RECORD
Since Kentucky made its first appearance in a major post season basketball tournment in 1942, no graduating class has ever missed the opportunity to play in either the NCAA or National Invitation Tournaments.
In fact, the Wildcats have an incredible record which has seen them miss only seven times (1943, '53, '54, '60, '63, '65, '67 and '74) in the past 35 years. Two of those misses were in 1953, when they sat out a season, and '54, when the undefeated National Champions won an automatic NCAA berth but declined the bid.
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The University has had only two undefeated seasons in its illustrious basketball history. The first was 9-0 in 1911-12, the other 25-0 in 1953-54.
5 DR. OTIS A. SINGLETARY
President, University of Kentucky
The University of Kentucky has become one of the major institutions of higher learning in the United States under the leadership of Dr. Otis Singletary, the eighth president of the University.
Dr. Singletary was named president of the University in August, 1969. He had previously served as executive vice-chancellor for academic affairs in the University of Texas System and director of the Job Corps program for the Office of Economic Opportunity.
Dr. Singletary, a native of Gulfport, Miss., holds degrees from Millsaps College and Louisiana State University.
As president of the principal institution of higher learning in the Commonwealth, Dr. Singletary is greatly concerned with the University's role as a land-grant institution, a "people's university" accessible to all who can profit from education.
In the eight years he has been president, the University has grown to where there are now some 22,000 students on the Lexington campus and more than 17,000 students in UK's 13 community colleges, and the University has become one of the major research institutions in the country.
Recognition of his service to the University was evidenced by the UK Alumni Association, which presented to Dr. Singletary its Alumni Service Awardan honor rarely bestowed upon a non-alumnus of the University.
Dr. Singletary is the author of two books and several monographs.
A Navy veteran of World War 11 and the Korean Conflict, he is a commander in the U.S. Naval Reserve. He and Mrs. Singletary, the former Gloria Walton, have three children: Bonnie, Scot and Kendall.
The Singletarys live at Maxwell Place, traditional home of UK presidents.
6 CLIFF HAGAN
Director of Athletics
Midway of his third year as director of athletics at the University of Kentucky, Cliff Hagan stands at the threshold of what must rank as one of the greatestif not the greatesteras in the history of Wildcat athletics.
While following one of his primary aims of upgrading the UK athletics facilities, Hagan has also presided over an overall program that has seen UK teams draw national attention and win championships on various fronts.
The Wildcat basketball team, entering the season as one of the top contenders for national honors, finished the 1976-77 season with a glistening 26-4 record, was co-champion of the Southeastern Conference and finished second in the NCAA East Regional. That fine record followed on the heels of an NIT championship in 1976 and a move into the spacious 23,000-seat Rupp Arena a year ago.
Meanwhile, the rejuvenated Wildcat football team finished with a 7-4 record, its best in 25 years, in 1976, won the Peach Bowl, and then climbed into Top Ten ranking in the season just ended.
Every game in Commonwealth Stadium (capacity 57,914) last year was sold out, as were all games in Rupp Arena and two games in Louisville.
The Wildcat wrestling team won its second consecutive conference championship and finished 10th in the nation. Other sports teams have shown marked improvement under Hagan's leadership.
In addition to having two of the finest facilities in the nation in which to display its football and basketball teams, the Athletics Association has concentrated on improving all its existing facilities. Recent improvements include a new baseball pressbox, new basketball house, completion of a 110-yard Astro-Turf practice field in the Shively Sports Center complex, installation of open-air type lockers in the dressing rooms and many other improvements.
7 Offices in Memorial Coliseum have been modernized and Hagan is looking forward to the day when he can put on the drawing board an Olympic swimming pool and a field house, which he says are "desperately needed for our program and our students."
In his strong dedication to the scholar-athlete, Hagan continues to give the academic program support and emphasis. "I feel a genuine commitment to provide all the academic support and encouragement we can to help our athletes leave our campus with an education and a degree," he said.
On the games side of the ledger during Hagan's first year as AD, Wildcat wrestling and rifle teams won SEC titles, the basketball team won the NIT, the baseball team won the SEC Eastern Division and the tennis team finished fourth in the conference. And the 1976 football team was a pleasant surprise, filling Commonwealth Stadium game after game.
Kentucky's overall total of 43'6 points placed the Wildcats fifth in the tough SEC all-sports standing, their highest finish in several years.
Hagan joined the Wildcat athletics staff as assistant to Harry Lancaster, with varied administrative duties, including creation and implementation of the Blue & White Fund for the then-new Commonwealth Stadium. He was named director of athletics in July 1975 while Lancaster, whose retirement was not effective until February of 1976, remained as a special assistant to Hagan.
Hagan's path to the athletics directorship began at Owensboro, Kentucky, where he established a then state high school tournament record of 41 points in leading Owensboro to victory over Lafayette in the championship game of the 1949 state high school tournament.
At UK, he played on teams that won 86 of 91 games and an NCAA championship (1951). The 1954 team, undefeated in 25 games, elected not to participate in the national tournament.
Hagan set a dozen Southeastern Conference records and an NCAA record of 528 rebounds as a junior. He averaged 24 points a game, led the nation in rebounding, and scored a UK record of 51 points against Temple in 1954.
He was a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity, Student Government, Baptist Student Union, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and twice was selected among the top ten students in the College of Education.
After graduating from UK in 1954, Hagan served two years at Andrews Air Force Base, Washington, D. C, as a commissioned officer. He led the base to two World Wide Air Force championships and won All-Service honors both years.
During ten years with the St. Louis Hawks, he ranked high among 11 players on the league scoring charts with 12,433 points in 672 games for an 18.5 mark and was selected to play in five East-West All-Star games and was named to the NBA second All-League team twice. He hit over .790 from the free throw line seven years in a row and held the NBA record for most field goals scored in a single quarter (12).
The Hawks won the Western Division six times during Hagan's playing career there and defeated the Boston Celtics in 1958 for the world championship. Hagan was All-Pro in the NBA in 1957-62, inclusive.
He received his M.S. in education from Washington University in 1958.
In 1965, a Herbert Hoover Boys Club of America was organized in Owensboro and named the Cliff Hagan Boys Club of America.
During his 11th year in St. Louis, Hagan did radio and television commentary for the Hawks' basketball team and for Anheuser Busch.
8 He then joined the Dallas Chapparals as player-coach and was selected as the 1958 Texas Professional Coach of the Year. When he left Dallas, he was only 92 points shy of a regular-season career total of 1 5,000 points.
In 1974, he was named to the Hall of Fame Magazine's All-America second-team for the 1951-1973 period, to the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel Star's All-Time Southeastern Conference first team, and the All-Time top collegiate player in the State of Kentucky by Inside Kentucky Sports Magazine. In 1975, he was named to the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame, was inducted into the UK Alumni Association Hall of Distinguished Alumni and was a recipient of the University of Kentucky Centennial "K" Medallion tendered by the UKAA for past athletic accomplishments, during UK's Centennial Year observance.
He is married to the former Martha Milton of Owensboro. They have four children: Lisa, Laurie, Amy, and Kip.
FRANK HAM, Assistant Director of Athletics
Frank Ham became Assistant Director of Athletics in July 1975 soon after Cliff Hagan succeeded Harry C. Lancaster as Director of Athletics.
A native of Scranton, Pa., Ham came to the University in 1969 as Administrative Assistant to football coach John Ray, and was reassigned to the Athletic Director's staff in 1972 when Ray resigned.
Ham graduated from high school at Niles, Mich., and completed his undergraduate work at Olivet College. He did graduate work at Indiana University and coached high school football and track at John Adams High in South Bend in 1944-46 and then returned to Olivet as athletic director and head football and basketball coach. In 1962, he became assistant to the president at Olivet, with responsibilities in public and alumni relations. He was in private business from 1954 until 1968.
He is married to the former Rosemary Woods of Niles, Mich. They have two sons, Michael, of Raleigh, N.C, and Craig, a U.S. Army Captain, and two daughters, Mrs. Andy Hunsberger of Cassopolis, Mich., and Jennifer, a senior at UK.
Ham is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert B. Ham of Edwardsburg, Michigan.
LARRY IVY, Assistant Director of Athletics for Finance
Adding a new dimension to UK athletics in September, 1976, was the appointment of Larry Ivy as Assistant Director of Athletics for Finance.
Ivy, who came to the University as Director of Housing in 1969, will be involved primarily with the administration and management of financial aspects, and will help develop and initiate policies for accounting procedures and related business management activities of the department.
A native of Alabama, Ivy graduated in 1961 from Huntsville High School, where he le tered in four sports. He is a 1967 graduate of the University of Alabama, and earned his M.B.A. from Alabama in 1968.
He is married to the former Barbara Foster of Huntsville. They have one daughter, Kim, 7.
 ATHLETICS AT KENTUCKY
Kentucky's athletic program, a well-balanced and ambitious activity featuring intercollegiate competition in eleven different sports, is organized under the Department of Athletics and a corporation known as the University of Kentucky Athletics Association.
The program is conducted without overemphasis or sacrifice of educational objectives and in strict compliance with the rules of the University, the Southeastern Conference and the National Collegiate Athletics Association.
A board of directors, headed by the President of the University in the capacity of chairman, maintains overall policy supervision of the athletic program.
In addition to the UK President, board officers include the Vice-President for Student Affairs as vice-chairman and Dr. W. L. Matthews in the capacity of secretary. Seventeen other members, drawn from the University faculty and the general public, also serve on the board as appointees of the president as do two student representatives.
Supervising the steady growth and balanced development of the athletic program is Director of Athletics Cliff Hagan.
The Association's Board of Directors is composed of the following:
Faculty Members
Dean Marion E.
McKenna, '79 Dr. Daniel R. Reedy, '79 Dr. N. J. Pisacano, '80 Dr. Stephen Diachun, '80 Dr. Charles Ellinger, '80 Prof. Charles Roland, '78 Dr. Richard Robe, '78
Trustee Members
George Griffin, '78 Frank Ramsey, Jr., '79
Members-at-Large
Albert B. Chandler. '79 S. T. Roach, "80
Ex Officio Members Dr. Otis A. Singletary,
Chairman Dr. R. G. Zumwinkle,
Vice-Chairman Jack Blanton Dr. Donald Clapp Dr. W. L. Matthews
Dr. Ray Hornback Jim LeMaster
Alumni Members
Dr. Ralph Angelucci, '78
Thomas P. Bell, '79
Student Members
Jim Harralson Kathy Culbertson
Year
1976-77 1975-76 1974-75 1973-74 1972-73 1971-72 1970-71 1969-70 1968-69 1967-68 1966-67 1965-66 1964-65 1963-64 1962-63 1961-62 1960-61 1959-60 1958-59 1957-58 1956-57 1955-56 * Season 10
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KENTUCKY'S HOME ATTENDANCE
No. Games Attendance Average
____ 14 ............. 312,527+ ............ 22,323 +
---- 12 ............. 138,135 .............. 11.511
---- 12 ............. 138,098 .............. 11,539
---- 12 ............. 130,755 .............. 10,896
---- 13 ............. 150,856 .............. 11,604
---- 13 ............. 150,297 .............. 11,561
---- 13 ............. 152,471 .............. 11,728
---- 15 ............. 181.295 .............. 12,086
---- 13 ............. 165,500 .............. 11,821
---- 16 ............. 178,000 .............. 11,333
---- 13 ............. 136,588 .............. 10,502
---- 13 ............. 149,571*.............. 11,505
---- 14 ............. 151,000 .............. 10,786
---- 14 ............. 165,650 .............. 11,117
---- 15 ............. 153,132 .............. 10,208
---- 16 ............. 165,495 .............. 10,343
14 ............. 129,978 .............. 9,284
........... 138,995 .............. 10,692
........... 177,824 .............. 11,855
........... 124,461 .............. 9,574
........... 129,733 .............. 9,266
........... 126,104 .............. 9,700
+National Record.
.........13
......... 15
.........13
......... 14
.........13
in the nation. KENTUCKY BASKETBALL OUTLOOK, 1977-78
The 1978 Kentucky Wildcats have the potential to become one of the finest ever assembled in the Blue Grass state, and it will be the largest in Kentucky's fabled history with four men 6-foot-10 and 230 lbs. plus.
An abundance of experience, size, raw power and finesse could vault the Wildcats to their fifth NCAA championship, an elusive goal they have sought since last winning in 1958.
Nine lettermen including four starters return from a 26-4 team that won its 30th Southeastern Conference crown and went to the finals of the NCAA East Regional before losing to national runner-up North Carolina.
Heading the impressive group are senior All-American and All-SEC selection Jack Givens and Rick Robey, who scored 18.9 ppg and 14.2 ppg respectively at the forward slots. Givens (6-4), who is Kentucky's 11th all-time scorer with 1,460 points, is a two-time Citizen Savings Foundation All-American, while Robey (6-10) was named to the 1977 Converse All-American team.
Two other starters, senior center Mike Phillips (6-10) and sophomore guard Jay Shidler (6-1), give the Wildcats an inside-outside punch as Phillips chipped in with 12.2 ppg and Shidler scored at a 7.8 ppg clip, mostly from long-range.
Expected to battle for the guard post vacated by graduated co-captain Larry Johnson are juniors Truman Claytor (6-1), who averaged 6.6 ppg after a sensational tournament, Dwane Casey (6-2), who averaged 1.8 ppg, and sophomore Kyle Macy (6-3), who sat out last year after transferring from Purdue where he averaged over 14 ppg as a freshman. Macy appears to be the best passer at UK since Larry Conley ('66) and is a pure shooter from 25-feet.
Adding strength to the frontcourt are senior strongman James Lee (6-5, 230), who is called by coach Joe B. Hall a "sixth starter" and sophomore LaVon Williams (6-6), who will be much more acclimated to Kentucky's style of play after appearing in 25 games last year. Lee scored at 9.8 ppg and was fourth in time played, while Williams averaged 1.9 ppg.
Also back at guard after missing 18 games with a knee injury is sophomore Tim Stephens (6-3), a southpaw shooter who averaged 2.5 ppg in 12 games.
Heading a four-man freshman group is Chuck Aleksinas (6-10) of Litchfield, Conn., who scored 40.1 ppg at Wamogo High School. Joining him are Scott Courts (6-10) of Denver, Colorado, who averaged 23.6 ppg at Arvada West High School, Fred Cowan (6-8) of Morganfield, Ky., who averaged 23.6 ppg at Union County High, and Chris Gettlefinger (6-2), a walk-on from Knoxville, Tenn., who averaged 24.0 ppg at Knoxville Catholic HS.
With four 6-10 men, Hall will have several options to work with, but basically will still utilize the single post offense and man-to-man defense.
COACH JOE B. HALL"This team should be an intelligent club. They have worked together for three years and they have been in a national tournament each of those years, going to the NCAA finals, winning the NIT, and going to the East Regional finals last year. So their objective is to again appear in a postseason tournament. Naturally, we have hopes of winning. I like the dedication you have in a senior group because it is their last shot. I see us being very competitive, of having one of the strongest (physically) teams ever at Kentucky, and one of more depth than we have had in the past. We'll have a 13-man squad and possibly one walk-on that could help us. If that happens, we will have more depth than I've had since I've been at Kentucky. "
1 1 1977-78 WILDCATS AT A GLANCE Lettermen Lost from 1976-77 Team (2)
LARRY JOHNSON (6-3 G)Spirit and hustle leader two years, Johnson's defense was tops on the team ... Set season and career assists records . . .Averaged 10.7 ppg . . . Team Co-Captain.
MERION HASKINS (6-4 F)Played in 29 games, averaged 1.5 ppg ... a solid leader who had ability to set proper tempo with younger players . . . Team Co-Captain.
Returning Lettermen (9)
DWANE CASEY (6-2 G) Played in 27 games, started two . .. High single
performance 13 points against Kansas. TRUMAN CLAYTOR (6-1 G)Seventh in playing time, 454 minutes, in 26
games. . . Strong finish in NCAA saw him hit 19 of 23 shots in two
games . . . Season high 29 points against VMI . . . Averaged 6.6. JACK GIVENS (6-4 F)-Leading scorer with 18.9 ppg ... All-SEC and All-American second straight year . . . All-UKIT . . . Best free throw shooter,
hitting 83.2 per cent, second in rebounds with 6.9. JAMES   LEE   (6-5   F)Team   strongman,   played   in   30  games, starting
4 . . . Fourth in time played, 745 minutes . . . Season high 16 points against
LSU, and 13 rebounds against Utah . . . All-UKIT. MIKE PHILLIPS (6-10 C)-Played in 28 games, starting 26 . . . Averaged 12.2
points and 6.4 rebounds . . . Season high 24 points against LSU and Vandy.
and 19 rebounds against LSU. RICK ROB