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...That's what Kentucky will be going through this Saturday when the Wildcats visit Tiger Stadium, also known as Death Valley, to play the 3-2 LSU Tigers. Because of a schedule rearrangement in the offseason, this will be the second consecutive year the 'Cats have had to travel to Baton Rouge. The contest is scheduled to kick off at 8 p.m., EDT, and will be aired nationally over ESPN. Locally, WKYT, Channel 27, will broadcast the game. For more on the contest, please turn to page 20.
Worth Repeating
Last week the Lexington Herald Leader reported that sophomore guard Eric Manuel's college entrance exam improved to among the top 26 percent in the country.
Before taking the ACT test for the inital time, Manuel failed to meet Proposition 48 requirements twice on the SAT test. His SAT test scores were reported to be in the lower 23 percent in the country. And after taking the ACT test in Lexington it was confirmed through UK official Bernie Vonderhide that Manuel made a 23 on the test.
That score ranked him among the nation's top 26 percent, noted Herald-Leader sports writer Jerry Tipton.
The test score was obtained through the Open Acts Law.
The story also reported that more than an eight point improvement (14 is the minimum on the ACT) happens less than a thousand tests retaken. And that the average increase was a nine-tenths of a point during the 1986-87 ACT testing period.
Pat Farrant, a spokeswoman for the ACT test, said: "It would probably be a change that at the least would be looked at for a plausible reason."
That's putting it delicately. But there could be any number of conditions or explanations that would perfectly account for such a change.
The article mentioned illness or accident-ly marking answers in the wrong space given.
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The basketball staff at the University of       Prizes include: money, a van and basket-
Kentucky has set up a scholarship endowment fund in honor of the late John Douglas Syers, who died Sept. 24. Syers was a manager of the basketball team.
"The John D. Syers Scholarship will be awarded annually to one or more student basketball managers who exhibit the types of academic standards and leadership abilities that John Syers displayed," said coach Eddie Sutton. "John was an outstanding member of our staff and an outstanding young person, and it is fitting that we honor his memory in this way."
Those wishing to give should send contributions to the John D. Syers Scholarship Fund, University of Kentucky Office of Development, William B. Sturgill Building, Lexington, Ky., 40506-0015.
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The annual University of Kentucky Midnight Madness will get underway Friday (Oct. 14) at 10 p.m. at Memorial Coliseum. Doors will open at 8 p.m.
Admission is free.
"The players will probably enjoy it more this year. We've worked them harder in the preseason than any team I've had at Kentucky."
Eddie Sutton
ball ducats. And at 12:01 a.m. the 1988-89 Kentucky Wildcat basketball team will step on the Coliseum court, which officially tips things off for Eddie Sutton's four yearth at Kentucky.
The university this season will, eh, have a new flavor, as Minute Maid is co-sponsoring the event for the first time.
"The corporate world will become more and more a part of college athletics," Cliff Hagan said.
Lexington television station WKYT will televise Midnight Madness, starting with its broadcast at 11:30 p.m.
"The players will probably enjoy it more this year," said Sutton. "We've worked them harder in the preseason than any team I've had at Kentucky They've lifted weights, done distance runs and sprints. They'll think it's a picnic come 12:01 or the 15th."
But before the Wildcats take the floor, a 1988 Aerostar van will be awarded to a lucky fan in attendance. Also, two tickets to the Big Four Classic, the University of Kentucky Invitational Tournament and the UK-LSU game will be given away in a raffle format.
In the Big Four, Indiana will play Louisville in the first game while Notre Dame and UK play in the nightcap. Both games are at the Indianapolis Hoosier Dome. And this season the UKIT includes Arkansas State, Bowling Green State and Marshall.
There will also be a chance for some to pick up money on the court and again there will be an Eddie Sutton look-a-like contest.
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If Rebels can do it, 'Cats can, too: UK 14-13
Having two full weeks to lick their wounds, Kentucky's Wildcats prepare to journey south to Baton Rouge Saturday in hopes of pulling off the upset they failed to produce against Alabama.
It won't come any easier.
True, LSU could be caught napping a bit after its exciting come-from-behind victory over Auburn Saturday, but this LSU squad is far superior to the Alabama team which was exploited last Saturday by Ole Miss.
As has happened so often over the years, LSU has a problem with prosperity. They have trouble understanding that you have to play every play every week.
After demolishing Texas A&M, the Tigers were cruising past Ohio State late in the fourth period, then suddenly began their premature celebrating.
What followed was a tragic last-minute upset loss to State. A loss so emotional that they were unable to get their act together over the next seven days and then lost again to Florida.
Well, LSU came back against Auburn so now it's Kentucky, a team which almost always gives LSU fits, but almost always comes up just a tad short at the end of the game.
All nightmares come to an end; somewhere, sometime. If you don't believe me, talk to those die-hard Ole Miss fans who braved the mighty Crimson Tide tradition at Alabama's homecoming last Saturday.
If that doesn't convince you, then think about the fact that just prior to the game, Alabama officials dedicated the Paul "Bear" Bryant Museum. And to think Ole Miss would even consider trying to pull an upset on this particular day. The Bear probably rolled over in his grave.
Nevertheless, the Rebels won.
If Ole Miss can beat Alabama on Homecoming Day in Tuscaloosa, then my friends, Kentucky does indeed have hope.
Kentucky 14-13.
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That's it for the good news this week. Now it's to the bad.
Most of you have heard or read about the Sunday meeting of the UK Board of Trustees where president David Roselle gave a first-hand report to the board concerning the ongoing investigation of the basketball program.
Also, independent investigator James Park gave his report to the board and, according to UK spokesman Bernie Vonderheide, Park's portion of the session lasted some two hours.
The board went into executive session shortly after 2 p.m. to discuss matters which could involve personnel decisions relating to employees and/or student-athletes.
After the three-hour session behind closed doors, the board reconvened in open session and gave unanimous support to a resolution which approved president Roselle's handling of the situation.
By the time you receive this edition of TCP, the NCAA most likely will have
UK president David Roselle called an emergency meeting of the Board of Trustees last Sunday
issued its long-awaited report of any additional accusations concerning the UK basketball program.
UK officials said Sunday the report could be received by UK just any day.
The Sunday board meeting was the first time Roselle had summoned all the board members together for a single meeting, one which was intended to brief the trustees on what information UK and its independent investigator had come up with.
UK assistant Dwane Casey and his attorney, Joe Bill Campbell, were outside the board room during the closed session, but were not asked to speak. They did go inside the room when the session was reopened to the media. Also present were lawyers representing UK basketball player Eric Manuel. They were not questioned, either.
Missing were UK athletics director Cliff Hagan, who later said he was not invited to attend, and UK basketball coach Eddie Sutton, who was reportedly out of town.
Two of the trustees had agreed to be on a public affairs television program after the meeting on WLEX-TV, Channel 18, but the two cancelled out after UK told them subject material during the meeting would be very sensitive and should not be made public. The trustees said they were not forced to stay off the show.
It's almost impossible to try and read anything from the Sunday meeting. Obviously, the board members know a great deal more than anyone in the media.
It's also obvious that president Roselle and his close university advisers probably know a great deal more than what was told to the trustees.
So it's still a wait-and-see game. The only difference is that the wait won't be near as long as it has been.
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Friday night will bring some refreshing good times to the UK basketball program as the new season officially tips off at 12:01 a.m. Saturday.
The only question is: Which players
will be in uniform? If all players on the UK roster are in uniform that night, you might be able to read some good news in that.
Before the season's first official practice, the school's athletics director must certify each player's eligibility. If Hagan should certify Manuel, it should mean Eric is here to stay.
Although I'll be surprised if much of the unknown about the NCAA investigation isn't cleared up by Friday.
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Another topic which is likely to attract attention around the UK athletics program in the not-so-distant future is a new radio rights contract for UK football and basketball games.
The current three-year deal with The Kentucky Network expires at the end of the current school year. Kentucky Network currently pays UKAA $616,000 per year for radio rights as compared to $319,000 per year it paid under its first three-year contract.
Business First, a Louisville business newspaper, reported last week that Kentucky Network could face challenges from Radio Station WHAS and Host Communications when the bidding goes up sometime soon.
Usually, the bidding is held at this time of the year, but those close to the UK scene said the NCAA investigaiton has caused the university to be backed up on several items of routine business.
The Louisville publication quoted WHAS vice-president and general manager Bob Scherer as saying, "the cost is impressive. It would be very expensive. We would have to look at the expense and see what kind of payback we could get," in reference to the station's interest in UK broadcasts.
WHAS currendy holds rights to UL games to 1992 and the contract calls for Louisville games to have preference over any other school.
Host Communications of Lexington, which once owned the rights to UK football and basketball, is considered a top
contender, along with Kentucky Network, but chief executive officer Jim Host told the Louisville weekly he isn't positive his firm will bid.
"Three or six years ago, I would have said we are interested," Host was quoted in the story. "Today, I'm not so sure."
Host says the big reason is economics.
"The marketplace is all together different," said Host. "It is more diverse. It's a buyers' market."
Both Host and Tom Stevens, vice-president of operations for the Kentucky Network, say the current NCAA investigation could have an impact.
Host noted that sponsors have expressed concern with UK. Host is involved with UK basketball telecasts. Host also said the days of advertisers clamoring for spots in a college radio broadcast are gone.
Networks enjoy a sizeable chunk of profits from games played in postseason tournaments and if UK should be placed on probation, that could affect the money pie.
On the other hand, if the NCAA should put UK on probation and part of the penalty should be a ban on all live television, it could actually be a boost for the radio network since it would have 100 percent of the audience instead of being relegated to just those driving along in an automobile.
Privately, most observers believe the rights fees will be up again, but not like the jump of three years ago when the fees almost doubled.
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FIRST AND TENS ... If you were upset after Kentucky's heartbreaking loss to Alabama a couple weeks ago, think how the Crimson Tide followers feel after their 22-12 upset loss to Ole Miss last week. It all goes to show just how weak the SEC really is this season. And can you believe Florida getting beat by Memphis State? . . . According to sources at the league headquarters in Birmingham, there's a pretty good chance the Kentucky-Vanderbilt game will be chosen for "The SEC Game of the Week" over Superstation WTBS in Atlanta. If it is, the contest will be moved to 12:30 p.m. Currently, the game is set for an unusual 6 p.m. kickoff at Commonwealth Stadium to avoid a conflict with horse racing's Breeder's Cup in Louisville. Don't ask me what that has to do with UK football when it'll be tough enough to get fans to come out in November at night . . . Speaking of a little criticism, let's turn to the UK sports information department which has now pulled its all-time doozy. You're more than familiar with those large posters published by UK each season to promote the various sports programs and athletes. Well, for this year's basketball poster UK decided to go outside the basketball family and came up with a male model who used to be a basketball player at another college in Kentucky. One UK official told The Lexington Herald-Leader that the [Continued on page 23] VIEWPOINT
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Dear Sir:
Enclosed is my TCP subscription renewal. Your publication does an outstanding job covering the Wildcats.
I can only wish that the NCAA could do their job with the professionalism shown by you and your staff. I believe UK should be punished if the NCAA can prove UK is guilty of major offenses. But like most UK fans, I'm tired of the innuendos, half-truths, and prolonged undue process of the inquisition.
Mr. Berst and Company are subjecting UK players and fans to their recurring road show: Probation Torture, or Guilty Until Proven Innocent. A communist country couldn't create and execute this bizarre of a processand get away with it!
Well, life will go on and we can be proud of the football team. I am also looking forward to the basketball season. I think this should be a fun team that will surprise some people. The NCAA cannot strip me of my Wildcat pride and love of the 'Cats.
Keep the faith and continue to do your fine job. Thanks in advance for the pleasure I will receive from the next year of The Cats'Pause.
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Unfortunate situation
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Enclosed is a check for my subscription renewal. Sorry about the problems involving UK basketball.
I spent 30 years in Louisville managing automobile dealerships. We were always careful about who we employed realizing our integrity depended somewhat on those that represented us. It is unfortunate that this situation exists but we must admit that it is true.
I hope and trust that this investigation will find that Kentucky is in the clear and that the good sports program can continue without any blemishes. It is unfortunate that the actions of one or two school officials can cause so much trouble.
Really enjoy The Cats' Pause.
Earle Morris Lakeland, Fla.
Time to start over
Dear Sir:
Sign me up for another year with TCP! Thank you for your excellent coverage of UK and SEC sports. I've noticed your staff is very willing to be honest in their reporting the facts about UK regardless of how embarrassed we may find ourselves. If we've done something wrong, let's clean it up. Then let's look real hard at the silly restrictions on student-athletes and coaches that the NCAA has wasted everyone's time enforcing. The whole system needs rewriting.
I saw the UK vs. Auburn football game on ABC-TV. Even though we lost, I was very encouraged by the ability to compete with the
defending champs. If coach Claiborne can put together that same level of intensity against Florida and Vandy, we could see two SEC vcitories!
In this state, Gator basketball fans aren't doubting rumors that Andrew Moten and others received cash payments directly from coaches at UF. They are, however, pointing fingers at UK thinking the 'Cats are getting easy treatment. Based on the evidence I read, the NCAA has verbal confessions against the Gators. They have only accusations against UK. That's a big difference to me. How can the NCAA impose penalties without hard evidence or confessions?
Bob Hensley Winter Haven, Fla.
It's a small world
the athletic defensive linemen of the SEC's "big six" teams. But this is nothing new.
David Rodgers Beavercreek, Ohio
Still a 'Cat fan
Dear Sir:
My 11-year-old son spent two weeks during August in Japan playing in the Japanese boys' world series involving 20 countries. I was fortunate to be able to go along on the trip.
While walking down many of the busy, very-crowded streets in Tokyo, I heard someone call out "Kentucky Wildcats!" It was a student from Louisville (an avid Wildcat fan) who was in Japan on a student exchange program and my Kentucky Wildcat shirt caught his eye. Needless to say I was quite suprisedTokyo does have a population of about 12 million!
This just proves that no matter where you travel, you are likely to meet a Wildcat fan.
Larry Schwartz Ellisville, Mo.
More things change.
Dear Sir:
The more things change, the more they remain the same. Since the SEC's inception in 1933, only one in 10 UK head football coaches has produced an overall winning record against SEC competition. Everyone knows that was Bear Bryant. Firing Jerry Claiborne may not be the answer to the problem of producing a winning SEC program.
However, there are some disturbing trends that continue in Claiborne's seventh season. His team continues to commit a lot of penalties. Last year, UK was No. 2 in most penalties in the SEC. Too often the offense must take a timeout because of the delay in getting the play call from the sideline. It also prohibits the quarterback from calling an audible. The snap count is short and rarely varies. The UK defense will blitz only on third down and is easy for the opposing quarterback to read and check off. These characteristics are a reflection of the coaching staff.
The sad condition of this year's offensive line is, in part, due to the lack of recruiting enough linemen in 1984 and 1985. During that time, more linemen were completing their eligibility or quitting than were being signed. Also, this year's line has the size but not the strength nor agility to compete with
Dear Sir:
Dark days in the Bluegrass, huh? Well, I'm depending on The Cats' Pause to keep me informed here in Big Orange Country.
I might add that Kentucky has made the front sections of the Tennessee papers. They all love the "stewpot" Kentucky's been in lately. Everyone is delighted around here about the 'Cats being in trouble.
Me, I'm just watching, listening and hoping all the wrinkles will be ironed out. If Kentucky is guilty, it should get what's coming to it. If other schools are guilty, I hope they eventually get it, too.
I don't know how much we have to look forward to down here from Bluegrassville, but I'm still a Kentucky fan from stern to stern. Go 'Cats go.
Charles E. Shepard Chattanooga, Term.
(Editor's note: Just thought you'd like to know, Charles, those football Vols have been getting some press in Lexington, too.)
Well...it depends
Dear Sir:
When a player receives a scholarship, what is he entitled to?
Emil Faust Louisville
(Editor's note: The basic advantages of being on a college scholarship are free room and board, free meals, no tuition, and the chance to compete athletically. However, considering the number of schools that have been placed on probation in both football and basketball in recent years, some might argue that the benefits
a student-athlete receives from a scholarship may vary greatly from school to school.)
Proud of football 'Cats
Dear Sir:
As an alumni of UK, and a born and bred Kentuckian, I have never been prouder of the University of Kentucky football program than I am now. I have avidly followed UK sports for over 20 years, and I cannot remember a more enjoyable game than the Auburn game.
It was a game where student-athletes, who were severely outmanned, refused to give up. The final score did not matter. When the gun sounded, every man on that football team was a winner.
I wholeheartedly support coach Jerry Claiborne's efforts, and I look forward to many more fine seasons of UK football under his direction. Coach Claiborne teaches principles and helps young men to grow. That is the purpose of a university.
L.B. Demaree King wood, Texas
Strange actions
Dear Sir:
Find the check enclosed for renewal subscription to The Cats' Pause. I have enjoyed it thoroughly.
I am amazed at the strange actions of the NCAA toward UK's athletic personnel and program. Everyone in western Kentucky is well aware of the jealousy of UK's success in basketball, but one would expect the NCAA to be above the tactics it has displayed.
Frankly, I do not believe any charge or allegation it has brought forth.
I look forward to a good seasonb and hope all the accused can heal the bruises the NCAA has caused.
Adyline Rudolph Paducah
He's living in New York, but his heart is still true Blue
Dear Sir:
Enclosed you will find a recent picture of my husband's car. As you can see, Bill, (class of 71) might live in New York, but his heart is true Blue.
Susan Sheskin Smithtown, NY.
 Looking for a friendly face in Bayou Country?
I gua-ran-tee you can find one in Tony John
The Bellemont Motor Hotel, a sprawling 300-plus room complex on Airline Highway in Baton Rouge, has been a favorite headquarters for two decades for the University of Kentucky and many other opponents of the
Russell Rice
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hometown Louisiana State Tigers, thanks to Tony John, a smiling, accomodating Cajun from Lafayette (Lay-Fayette, if you please) whose name is known in sporting circles throughout the nation.
Tony's arrival at the Bellemont 19 years ago coincided with the arrival of John Ray as UK head coach and with the team headquarters being changed from the Holiday Inn, also on Airline Highway, to the Bellemont, where the Wildcats had stayed one other time, in 1961.
For the record, the UK-LSU series started with a 19-0 Wildcat victory at Baton Rouge in 1949. After defeating the Tigers 14-0 in 1950 and losing to them 34-7 in 1952, with both games played in Lexington, the Wildcats returned to LSU in 1953, making the Heidelberg Hotel their headquarters. They returned to the Heidelberg in 1955, but switched to the Capitol House Hotel for games there in 1957 and 1958.
Located on the banks of the Mississippi River, the Capitol House was within easy walking distance of the State Capitol, where a point of interest to visiting football teams was the spot on which former Louisiana governor Huey "Kingfish" Long was assassinated. During his years in the governor's seat, Long made sure that the "proper emphasis" was put on LSU football, setting a solid base for what has become a fine tradition.
After playing host to the Bayou Bengals in 1959 and 1960, the Wildcats settled in the Bellemont in 1961, returned to the Capitol House two years later, stayed at the Holiday Inn in 1965 and 1967 before making the Bellemont their permanant home away from home in Baton Rouge.
WHILE ALL THAT HISTORY was in the making, John was spending 32 years with Exxon and 29 years as a part-time scout for the baseball Dodgers. One of his proudest moments as a scout was in 1986, when he had four of his signeesBill Beckwith Jr., Kenny Howell, Reggie Williams and Craig Shipleyplaying on major league teams.
He had a chance to get Ron Guidry, but the Yankees had got to pick him first; the same thing happened when Tony lost Vida Blue, another Louisiana native. He says J.R. Richard, the one-time Houston right-hander whose career was shortened prematurely by a series of strokes, threw harder than anybody he has ever seen.
As a personal friend of Dodger manager Tony Lasor-da, Tony has an open sesame at any playoffs or World Series in which the Dodgers participate; in fact, those are the only events that draw him away from the Bellemont during football season.
"I've seen football teams and coaches come and go," Tony said. "(Bobby) Bowden, (Ray) Perkins, (Shug) Jordan, (Bear) Bryant, (Ara) Parseghian, (Bill) Arnsparger, (Vince) Dooley, (Johnny) Vaught, (Ray) Graves, (Charlie) Pell, (Johnny) Majors..."
One of his favorites, naturally, was Bear Bryant, whom he classified as one of the great eaters, along with Auburn coach Shug Jordan. Here's what he remembers about UK coaches he has known:
? "John Ray was nice to me. He ate gumbo a lot."
? "I like Fran Curci."
? "Jerry Claiborne is very nice, easy to get along with. Another one of my favorite people. When he gets off the bus, he always has time for you. I send him and
For 19 years, Tony John, who among other things has been a part-time scout for the LA. Dodgers, has been welcoming the Wildcat football team to the Bellemonte Motor Hotel.
some other coaches a paper every Sunday morning after LSU plays. He is the only one who writes me a letter of thanks."
Bellemont is the recently-completed "Great Hall," which is 40x80 yards and carpeted.
"LSU didn't have access to a field house and they worked out regularly here in bad weather," Tony said. "Arizona State also worked out here. The only thing you can't do in it is punt."
Another point of interest is a huge wall-size mural of Billy Cannon scoring the TD that gave LSU a 7-3 victory over bitter rival Ole Miss almost three decades ago.
?AT THIS TIME OF YEAR, the shrimp, fishermen park their trucks along Airline Highway and sell the fresh shellfish at what to Kentuckians are very reasonable prices. We used to purchase a cheap
styrofoam cooler, pack the shrimp in ice, and transport it home in back of the UK equipment truck.
?THE WILDCATS' GREATEST GAME in Tiger Stadium was a 33-13 victory before a then-record LSU crowd of 71,495 in 1977. The Wildcat defense held Charles Alexander, the nation's leading rusher (156.3 ypg.), to 87 yards in 25 attempts and the nation's No. 1 offense to 254 yards, almost 200 below its average.
The third quarter ended with noseguard Rick Jaffe blocking a Mike Conway field goal attempt on the UK 48 and with UK Ail-American Art Still scooping up the ball and racing for a TD.
Joe Planas, sportswriter for the Baton Rouge Morning Advocate, reported:
"One of the saddest sights in Tiger Stadium Saturday night was that of 159-pound Mike Conway chasing 247-pound Art Still of Kentucky en route to a Wildcat touchdown.
"Aside from the obvious question of what in the world would Conway have done with the big Wildcat defensive end if he had caught him, there was the impression of complete futility that seemed to hang in the Tiger Stadium air all night."
"If there is a better defense in the country," Alexander said at the time, "I hope I don't see it."
?IN ADDITION TO STILL, a first-round draft choice of the Kansas City Chiefs who went to Buffalo at the beginning of this season, some other outstanding defensive players on that team were:
Jerry Blanton, LB with the Chiefs from 1979-85: Bob Winkel, DT with the New York Jets, 1979-80; James Ramey, DE with the St. Louis Cards, 1979; Dallas Owens, DB, drafted but did not play with the Baltimore Colts.; Mike Martin, LB, drafted but did not play with the Chicago Bears, Mike Siganos, DB with Hamilton in the Canadian Football League, 1978; Kelly Kirchbaum, LB drafted by the Jets, 1979; Chiefs, 1980; Lester Boyd, LB, drafted by the New Orleans Saints, 1979, and "Bub-ba" Wilson, DT, who was with the San Diego Chargers after playing in the CFL.
Offensive standouts included Will Grant, center for the Buffalo Bills, 1978-85, and Seattle Seahawks, 1986; QB Derrick Ramsey, TE for the Oakland Raiders, 1978-83, and New England, 1983-85, 1978-81, and Thorn Dorn-brook, G-C, Pittsburgh Steelers, 1978-79.
With such an outstanding array of talent, it is easy to see why the Wildcats were 10-1 that year after winning the Peach Bowl the previous year.
Art Still (left) and Derrick Ramsey were two former 'Cats standouts who led the Big Blue to its biggest win in Tiger Stadium, a 33-13 win in 1977. After five years of hard work, former Henry Clay standout Bo Smith is finally getting his chance
By TCP staff writer Bret Hait
When attempting to describe Bo Smith, several adjectives would be appropriate: Diligent. Patient. Determined.
No matter how he is characterized, Smith, a University of Kentucky senior offensive tackle, certainly must be recognized as a person who has paid his dues.
That's why there is a sense of poetic justice for Smith, who will earn his first starting assignment as a Wildcat Saturday when Kentucky tangles with LSU. For five years, he has fought through several major injuries to reach this point.
Needless to say, starting will mark the highlight of his career.
"It's everything I have worked for," says Smith.
? Walter "Bo" Smith is a fifth-year senior. The "swing tackle" coming into this