four-million dollar Coliseum also houses the Athletic Department and provided the first permanent home for the school's many minor sports teams. More recently, Shively directed the acquisition of a pair of modern, ranch-style living units which have served as the home of the football team since 1954.
A large dressing room building and football practice field, used since 1955, were abandoned in 1959 to make way for a huge new men's dorm. Under Shively's supervision, a spacious new Sports Center has been prepared a short distance away on the University farm to take even better care of the footballers and spring sports teams.
All-America Guard At Illinois
A native of Paris, 111., Shively attended the University of Illinois where he was an All-America guard in 1926 on the same grid team made famous by Red Grange. Demonstrating a claim to being one of the finest all-around athletes in Illinois' history, "Shive" also laid claim to the Big 10 heavyweight wrestling championship and annexed letters in track before graduating in 1927.
Shively came to Kentucky in 1927 as line coach of football under Harry Gamage. A shift in the coaching ranks in 1933 resulted in Shively's promotion to head of the UK Physical Education Department, a position he retained until he succeeded Chet Wynne as Athletic Director in 1938. During this period and the years following, he also served as track and baseball coach for several seasons and continued as a football assistant until 1944. The next year, 1945, he assumed full charge of the grid squad for one season before turning the job over to mentor Paul (Bear) Bryant in 1946.
The Kentucky athletic chief is nationally recognized for his outstanding contributions to basketball as chairman of the NCAA Tournament committee and, for a number of years served in the same capacity for the Southeastern Conference. He is a past chairman of the NCAA summer baseball group and has served as president of the SEC Coaches and Athletic Directors Association since 1954. In addition, he has been active in numerous state and civic organizations including chairmanship of the Fayette County Recreation Board.
Shively and his wife, Ruth, have two children. Doug was co-captain of the Wildcat grid team in 1958 and now is coaching at VPI while daughter Suzanne was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of UK in 1957.