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UK's Bill Curry presented with prestigious Dodd Award
Becomes first recipient that also played for the legendary Ga. Tech coach
Bill Curry, head football coach at the University of Kentucky, was presented the 1989 Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award at a luncheon held Friday, March 16, in the Hyatt-Regency Hotel in Lexington.
Curry, who became the Wildcats' 32nd head coach last Jan. 8, earned the award after leading the University of Alabama to a share of the 1989 Southeastern Conference championship.
The award is named after Dodd, a legendary coach (1945-66) and administrator at Georgia Tech. Dodd won 165 games, lost only 64, and tied eight in 22 years at Tech.
Curry is the 14th recipient of the Bobby Dodd Award since its inception in 1976. He is the first winner of the award to have actually played under the legendary Dodd. Curry lettered three years (1962-64) as center at Tech.
"Nothing could mean as much to me as this award," Curry said. "Coach Dodd had a tremendous influence on my life and was like a second father to me. Just knowing Mrs. Dodd is in attendance means so much."
Curry and his staff led Alabama to a 10-1 regular season record last fall and a berth in the USF&G Sugar Bowl, the school's first appearance in the New Orleans classic since 1979.
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Nothing could mean as much to me as this award. Coach Dodd had a tremendous influence on my life and was like a second father to me.
UK football coach Bill Curry
nually by the American Sportsmanship Council and is sponsored by the Coca-Cola Company, Delta Air Lines and Tlie Atlanta Journal. A selection committee of former coaching greats and past award winners combine to select the annual winner.
Past award winners include Vince Dooley (Georgia), Bo Schembechler (Michigan), Tom Osborne (Nebraska), LaVell Edwards (Brigham Young), Bobby Bowden (Florida State), Joe Paterno (Penn State), George Maclntyre (Vanderbilt), Ken Hatfield (Air Force), Jim Wacher (TCU), Fisher DeBerry (Air Force), Dick Sheridan (North Carolina State), Dick MacPherson (Syracuse), and Don Nehlen (West Virginia).
SPRING PRACTICE
UK will begin its 1990 spring football practice March 20, at Shively Sports Center.
Practice sessions generally will be conducted on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays with the daily schedule subject to change because of the weather.
The NCAA allows each Division I member 20 practice dates in 26 consecutive calendar days, beginning with the first day of spring practice. Here is a list of the scheduled spring practices:
March: 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 29, 31.
April: 3, 4, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 20, 21.
UK Coaches' Clinic-March 30-31.
Bank One Blue-White GameApril 21, 6:30 p.m.. Commonwealth Stadium.
The practice sessions will be closed to the general public.
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'Greatest Show on Earth' takes center stage this week
The biggest event in the commonwealth this week is the annual Kentucky boys' state high school basketball tournament that begins Wednesday at Louisville's Freedom Hall.
As always, this form of March Madness takes over the state's basketball following and this year is no exception.
And as usual there will be a couple strong favorites to go with a number of Cinderella teams.
A couple teamsLouisville Fairdale and Clark Countycome to mind as fron-trunners for the title come Saturday night.
Fairdale has been the odds-on favorite since the beginning of practice last fall, and coach Stan Hardin has the horses to win all the marbles.
And while Fairdale will be competing not more than a few miles from its home, one would think Hardin's charges have the ultimate advantange going for them.
Actually, it doesn't work that way in the state tourney. First, most of the fans at the Sweet Sixteen are fans from out in the state and the first thing they always do is choose up sides to root against any big city school that comes to the event from either Louisville or Lexington. Call it the anti-bulldog mentality.
Secondly, both Jefferson County representatives to the tourney are not only in the same bracket this season, but playing each other in the opening round. Ironically, Fairdale will be playing a true Bulldog team in Louisville Male.
And last but not least, rarely does the favorite win the state championship. All the other 15 teams lower their sights on the favorite and, when there is an almost unanimous favorite (like Fairdale this season), it becomes all the tougher to accomplish the mission.
All this having been said, watch ole Stan pull off the impossible and it couldn't happen to a nicer guy who is finally having the kind of a season he has sought for so many years.
And what happens if Fairdale doesn't win the title? Well, Clark County is a pretty good team sitting up there all alone in the upper bracket just waiting for the opportunity.
The Cardinals, coached by the veteran Guy Strong, who has enjoyed quite a coaching career on just about every level of the sport, play an extremely disciplined game of basketball and will probably be better prepared to take all the excitement and hoopla that surrounds the tourney.
Without question, the upper bracket is the weaker bracket, especially with both Lexington powerhouses, Henry Clay and Lafayette, being upset in the 11th Region.
Now before all those umpteen thousands of Jessamine County fans come down on us, let's put in a plug in for Julian Cunningham's Colts, who shocked most observers by sweeping through the 11th Region and totally destroying a pretty good Lexington Catholic team in the finals.
For the past couple years, Jessamine was expected to perform better than the
record shows. Because the Colts crumbled badly last season and appeared to be in a prolonged slump (by some experts' opinion), practically no one outside Jessamine County gave the Colts a chance this season.
But the Colts have put it together. The big challenge this week in Louisville will be one of trying to ignore all the fanfare and keeping their attention on the mission at hand. In other words, the Colts are not just happy to be there, they are out to win the entire show.
This same philosophy can apply for most of the other 15 teams, whether it be Leslie County, which is making its first ever trip to the Sweet Sixteen, or little Phelps or North Hardin or an Owensboro Apollo even without a Rex Chapman.
But you cannot forget about other western Kentucky powers such as Henderson County and Paducah.
And, oh yes, Bobby Keith and his Clay County Tigers are back for another run at the title, something he's made a habit of in the late 1980s.
Plenty of tickets remain available for all eight sessions and can be purchased at the Freedom Hall ticket office.
AAU-USSR II
Speaking of high school basketball, you'll want to mark the date of Tuesday, May 15, when Kentucky fans will be able to watch all four of UK's incoming freshmen in action on the Lexington campus against the Soviet Union's National
team that is touring the United States this spring.
The game, to be played at Memorial Coliseum, will feature a Kentucky AAU roster that includes UK-bound Jamal Mashburn, Carlos Toomer, Gimel Martinez and Jody Thompson, along with several other blue-chip prepsters from the commonwealth.
Others who will play include Dwayne Morton and Andy Penick of Louisville. Morton has signed with the University of Louisville and Penick signed with Michigan State last fall. However, Morton's status is on appeal by U of L after
the NCAA negated the signing because of a rules infraction.
The final roster of players will be announced shortly after this week's state tournament, according to Sayre High coach Jim Lankster, who is coaching the state AAU team.
This game will be similiar to the one played at the Coliseum two years ago with one minor exception and that is all players on the local AAU team will be high school graduating seniors with no underclassmen.
Among others, the 1987 team featured such players as Don Mac Lean, Shawn
Louisville Pleasure Ridge Park guard Andy Penick, above, who'll play for Michigan State next season, will join four future UK players against the USSR Junior National team at Memorial Coliseum in May,
Kemp, Sean Woods, Damon Bailey, Pat Graham, Richie Farmer, Chris Mills, Keith Adkins, Travis Ford and Scott Boley.
The May 13 game is expected to be an early sell-out since the Coliseum now seats only about 8,000 people following
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the renovation this past winter. The 1987 game attracted more than 10,000 fans.
Ticket information may be obtained by contacting Louis Stout at the Kentucky High School Athletic Association in Lexington.
Those high school stars also will be featured at the annual Derby Classic, scheduled April 21 in Louisville.
CURRY ACCEPTS AWARD
Bill Curry was awarded the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year award last Friday in Lexington as almost 600 local Big Blue fans crowded into the Hyatt Regency to help celebrate the new Wildcat football coach's most recent honor.
And you could feel the excitement Curry has generated since his arrival in Lexington just a couple months ago.
All the bigshots were there, influen-cial community leaders, representatives of major corporations like Kroger, Coca-Cola, ffiM, etc.
Curry, upon accepting the honor, talked about the impact Dodd had on him, and on how Dodd had influenced his style of coaching today.
Curry also took the opportunity to talk about his own philosophy on life as well as the game of football. He spoke of the importance of one's quality of life off the gridiron, his dedication to the human side of life and that every important aspect of life hinges on the outcome of a football game.
Ironically, UK's just retired coach Jerry Claiborne was also given a surprise honor by the Dodd Foundation for his contribution to the game of college football.
The event was quite an affair. Claiborne was justly recognized for his contribution as he retired and his honor gave an exclamation mark to Curry's earlier comment that a person's success should not be judged alone on a winning or losing season.
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RICK PITINO Q&A: UK HOOPS
Pitino anxious to get started for next season; says Richie Farmer is, too.
Final curtain is drawn, but stage set for '90-91
In last week's issue of The Cats' Pause, Dwayne Morton was the subject in the first portion of Rick Pitino's press conference, one day after UK's loss at Notre Dame. The second half of his final weekly press conference of the season contained material on this past season and what might await the Kentucky basketball program in the near future:
(Opening comments about the 1989-90 Kentucky season)
Rick Pitino: "Looking back on this season, there were many moments of joy for us as coaches. Somebody complimented us, 'We never thought in our wildest dreams you could win 14 games.'
"I really mean this, that does not impress methe wins. For the next two years (counting this past season) wins and losses are unimportant. They really are. The most important things are the growth of the players, the growth of the team, the growth of the fans and the growth of the style of play.
"We received maybe 50 letters a day from people throughout the commonweatlh saying how much they enjoyed Kentucky basketball and its style of play. I can honestly say, 'Yes, we averaged almost 89 points a game (88.8), we led the nation in three-point shooting (281 of 810 attempts). It was exciting. But not near as exciting as it's going to be when you see the real style of play, because we played way too many minutes and our offense we were shooting, and I thought we were a very good shooting and passing team, but we tired at the end of games. In the beginning of the year when you shoot more threes and you're a stand around and a spot up basketball team you spot up at the three-point line and you get inside and you work inside to outyou're not as tired.
"Obviously when we saw we were going to need to create more movement and we really had a serious chance to not only be entertaining but being winners, we created much
more motion on our offense. That's a double-edge sword. Not only do you get great backdoor layups, not only do you create some exciting plays but you can fatigue yourself.
"So here's a team that not only pressured from 94 feet, turned around and ran motion offense, but played only six-and-a-half people the entire game. To me, that's an incredible thing for the young men to do. Not being special because of their style of play, but special because they went through fatigue. They treated fatigue with laughter. They fought right through that and became outstanding basketball people.
"The thing that makes me most proud is that when I look at Sean Woods, Deron Feldhaus, John Pelphrey, all those people when they first started their training camp I didn't give us a chance at all to accomplish the things that we've accomplished. Now when I look at Sean Woods, Deron Feldhaus...I look at Deron Feldhaus go up and take that ball and dunk it on that rebound and when I look at Sean Woods creating what he's creating and when I look at Reggie Hanson doing what he did this year and John Pelphrey, it gets me excited. Right now the season is over with. I'm a little I won't say down, I'm going to miss it, but certainly the only thing I'm looking forward to right now is Oct. 15.1 wish it would start tomorrow. I'm on the edge of my seat right now. I'm excited to get these new players in here and get a real style of play in, where it's not just our opponents we're fatiguingwe're always going to be fresh.
"So when Kentucky fans say, 'Yes, it was exciting. We're excited about the style of play. It was entertaining.' All I can say is you haven't seen anything yet. It's going to get much better."
Question: How does the game plan change next season with the new recruits coming in?
If you look at the people that came in here, we were having a tough time breaking the six-minute mile. We were having a tough time even lifting light weights. We were really out of shape. We came in like a team that played for a bar league in softball throughout the summer. That's the type of condition we were in for young student athletes.
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Pitino: "What it does it that it gives us competitiveness. What I miss the most was competition in practice: it was so difficult to get real competition in. That what makes people really achieve or overachieve is competition. Then it will allow us to substitute about a minute before people get tired and that will always keep you strong throughout the game. Our fastbreak will be better. Our rebounding will be better. Our press will be that much more effective. We'll be playing on the road more man-to-man; we'll change our defenses out of strength rather than weaknesses. So I'm just looking forward to it. Next year we'll have 11 (players) and the next year we'll have a full circuit of players. It's exciting for me and it's been an exciting year, but, on the other hand, I miss the competition of practice. I'm going to miss practice, period. But, we saw players all get better and that's exctiting."
Question: Do you give the players a couple of weeks off now?
Pitino: "I told the players what they've got to concentrate now on more than anything else is their academics. They've got a week to get ahead academically, then they take a week of spring break. When they come back they'll go through their spring training where they go to the weights and get back in the gym.
"The one thing that excites me more than anything else is, I really looked at this basketball team and there were very few Billy Donovans on this basketball team. Guys that we call 'gym rats.' If they had a choice between a date with Miss Kentucky or going in the gym, they'd go in the gym. It's kinda sick that we would say that (Pitino laughs) but I would actually chose the gym. We're developing that 'love' for the game of basketball right now. That excites me. That's the common denominator, the key ingredient you need for people to get better. They're not only going to perform and work on their skills when the coaches are watching them, it's when the coaches are not there when they are really going to try to get better. That's what has caught on right now, the contagious feeling of getting better. The players can't wait.
"We told them to take two weeks off but I think you'll find them in the gym sooner than that."
Question: Are you surprised by the fact that Kentucky, a basketball state where kids grow up bouncing a ball, and yet apparently they weren't gym rats?
Pitino: "I think there are reasons for that. Look at the players on the team. I think three
of them are redshirted. You get redshirted because you're normally not good enough or you're not there at that point in time. So you sit out that year and you really don't see yourself playing. Really, with the exception of one or two of our guys on our team, they really didn't play that much. So they were the guys sitting on the bench. The motivation to work on your game is because you think you have the opportunity to play. They probably didn't see that opportunity ahead of them."
Question: About the players who now have played in your system for a year, do your goals change?
Pitino: "No. Really our goals stay the same for two years. We obviously want to now play our true style of Kentucky play. You really didn't see the Kentucky style of play this year. You saw it in terms of points scored, you saw it in terms of the pressing, running style. But the effectiveness of it, which was very effective, will not be in its truest form until you play 10 or 11 people. It'll be more effective next season.
"But the goals stay the same. The goals change in the third season. That's when everything should come together for us."
Question: What's your reaction to the state support surrounding Rick Pitino?
Pitino: "In the beginning I didn't understand it. In the beginning it was mind boggling to me, the experience we went through this season. But now I understand it. Now I have a better grasp for it and how to handle it. And all I can say is two words: 'Thank you.' Thank you for taking a couple of coaches from the Northeast and welcoming them with open arms and making us feel part of this great state. It's not easy to move at any time. We just feel very welcome and we hope to give back to the fans excitement. That's the way we pay back the fans, with winning basketball and excitement."
Question: Did it feel strange at all with that much excitement surrounding you?
Pitino: "I think it was a necessary evil, so to speakwhen everybody is so down and things aren't going well and it's been a year-and-a-half of investigative reporting and investigative issues coming up and Kentucky basketball breaking the rules and that's all they're talking about, not basketball in itself. Now a coaching staff comes in and says they're going to turn it all around right away and they're going to win and build excitement into it, you step to the forefront.
"Now the coaches step to the background
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Are we a 20-game winner (1990-91) on paper? No we're not, no we're not. But, if our players really improve over the summer and the freshmen come in there and perform and be 'strong' as freshmen, then anything can happen. The only important thing about 17, 18,19, 20 wins is in the third season. 77i& (oats/ &au&&
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a little bit. The players step into the forefront. Now everybody sees the style of play. So now it changes. And as each year goes by the coach steps further onto the background. That's the way it should be."
Question: You said wins are irrelevant in these first two years, A lot of Kentucky fans know that it's not that irrelevant. What do you think about what Derrick Miller saidpredicting UK would win 20 games next year?
Pitino: "That's easy for him to say, he graduated (Pitino laughs). Obviously, our goal is to win every game. I want the players to feel that they can do that. As far as what the Kentucky fans think right now it's totally irrelevant. They've got to go to the game, root hard and enjoy their basketball team.
'Are we a 20-game winner on paper? No we're not. no we're not. But, if our players really improve over the summer and the freshmen come in there and perform and be 'strong' as freshmen, then anything can happen. The only important thing about 17, 18,19, 20 wins is in the third season. If you were to have told people in the second season that you can get 15 to 16 wins they would be overly delighted. But that's what happens.
"It happened with the Knicks. It happened with Providence. We went to the Final Four after two years and next year was going to be the national championship. That's what makes the world go around; that's what makes it fun for us. We like that type of pressure. We understand it and we'll live with it."
Question: You don't see next year's team as a 20-game winner on paper?
Pitino: "With that type of schedule we don't look at it (that way). When you're going to play Louisville on the road, Indiana in Bloomington, Cincinnati on the road. North Carolina on the road. Kansas at home, plus the Big Four, plus a tough SEC, the SEC is going to be much better, you don't look at it in terms of that. You really don't.
"Whether it's 20 or whatever, all you look forward to is getting better and improving. If we win 20 games next season and we don't make the NCAA in the third year, what good is it? The only important thing is that we keep this totally in focuswe're trying to rush this process so in the third year we're back into the NCAA tournament."
Question: Did the turning point of the season, as far as the fans having confidence in the style of play, come against Indiana?
Pitino: "I think the fans wanted to believe the first day we took that court at Midnight Madness. They wanted to believe. Whether they thought that it would happen or not, they wanted to believe. They were hoping; some were praying, some were hoping it would come. We can look at Kentucky basketball back in a positive light, because Kentucky basketball from here on in is going to be looked that way.
"All the things said about Kentucky basketball in the past are just thatin the past."
Question: How about for the players, was the Indiana game the turning point for them?
Pitino: "They saw a game they could have won against an opponent that was being highly recognized. Any time you play that type of game you develop confidence. But then you can look back and you go out and play Kansas. I told them after the Kansas game that they did not lose that game, I lost that game. By the way, I'm not trying to be martyr, that's true. That blowout was caused by me and not by the players. I could have stopped it and we could have lost it by 30 points."
Question: What did you do?
Pitino: "I kept running, kept pressing and trying to win the game, (rather) than slow it down and try to stop the slaughter. But I felt it would be a good lesson for us down the
road. I do believe it was. It also taught us that without Reggie Hanson (foul problems forced him to the bench for much of the contest) we cannot play that style. But I think it was good for us. Nobody likes to lose by that many points, but it was good for us."
Question: Are you surprised that Reggie Hanson didn't make All-SEC?
Pitino: "Didn't he make the second team? (Note: Hanson was a second-team All-SEC selection voted by the Associated Press, but did not make the coaches' 10-man squad).
Question: Are you surprised he didn't make the coaches' All-SEC team?
Pitino: "No, I'm not surprised. I think Reggie Hanson will make it in his senior year. I don't think it's a big deal whether he makes it or not. He had a very good year.
"Reggie Hanson is the type of player you've got to see him everyday in practice, every night to appreciate him. As far as I'm concerned he's one of the top five players in the league, but I see him every single day in practice and I understand his value to this basketball team. If you take Reggie Hanson off this team it wouldn't have won three or four games this season. I can honestly say that. But with Reggie Hanson we were competitive and we won a lot of games."
Question: You have said you are amazed at what this team accomplished. When did you change you estimateswhen you were telling the players behind closed doors they were going to win the SEC championship?
Pitino: "More than anything else I saw through individual instruction the players getting better. If you look at the people that came in here, we were having a tough time breaking the six-minute mile. We were having a tough time even lifting light weights. We were really out of shape. We came in like a team that played for a bar league in softball throughout the summer. That's the type of condition we were in for young student-athletes.
"Not that they were drinking beer like some of those softball players. They certainly weren't doing that. But that was the condition they were in. They would have had a tough time getting to third base."
Question: Like the media's team?
Pitino: "Nothing (he laughs) really reaches those heights.
"Outside of Derrick (Miller) we were really not in good shape. Now these guys are becoming very good athletes...(getting) in good shape. We're really going to spend a lot of our time on quickness. I'm not a big believer in 'bulking' people up. I'm a bigger believer in quicknessjumping rope and all the quickness drills and lifting weights, not only for strength but for quickness."
Question: How much of that can be coached, can be improved?
Pitino: "I think it is but it takes a lot of dedication because it's not the type of thing you enjoy working on. It's not like shooting or ball-handling. When you get up in the morning you don't wake up and say, 'I'm excited to wake up and can't wait to get going on my quickness.' You'd rather go out and shoot the three and work on your ball-handling.
"For a John Pelphrey, whether or not he's going to be a role player down the road or whether he's going to be a significant factor, that's his trump cards that holds the key to his game."
Question: Do you ever worry about the ups and downs, being too high emotionally for example?
Pitino: "We didn't get our guys up too high, the crowd did certainly at home. I think Pauley Pavilion was that way also. What we wanted to do this year was win at home. We're going to win more games on the road next season; as we become more seasoned and more experienced we'll win more there as well.
Sorry, Cinderella, you will have to vacate your crown
by TCP associate editor Nick Nicholas
They easily were the owners of Cinderella's slipper. Although league step-coaches Dale Brown. Wimp Sanderson and Hugh Durham (sorry, guys) were headed to the NCAA's 'big dance', the event of the season couldn't even spoil Kentucky's fun-filled 14-14 year.
Next season the 'Cats will again be stuck at home when the big dance gets underway. Those responsible in Mission, Kan., have scratched UK off their list until '91-92. Meanwhile, the players are anxiously eyeing an Oct. 15 date at their preseason cotillion, dubbed Midnight Madness.
"Its going to be tough, very tough." Sean Woods said of the off-season wait till next October. "I'm ready for it to start all over again."
When the clock strikes 12 on Oct. 15, 1990, Cinderella will no longer be Cinderella. A pumpkin the 'Cats' will not resemble. In fact, the only thing orange relevant to UK will be basketballs and a southern neighbor. No. college basketball's 1990 Cinderella will be expected to do well (it comes with the title). Considering next year's outlook, no one possibly could shimmy Rick Pitino's second Wildcat club into a 1991 Cinderella slipper.
"I think this team will win on the road next vear." senior Derrick Miller said.
Woods anxious for '90-91 to begin
"because of the simple fact that Reggie Hanson is going to be one of the best players in the league. (John) Pelphrey is going to be one of the best...Pelphrey, (Deron) Feldhaus and Reggie are going to be the backbone of the team. They are going to be veterans.
"Reggie is a true veteran, being a senior, but you're going to have two veteran players that are juniors. With (Jamal) Mashburn coming in and (Carlos) Toomer and (Gimel) Martinez, the coaches...they have a bright future."
Don't look for Converse to supply UK glass slippers next season. Right, Derrick? "I look for them to win over 20 games next year. They are going to have the depth and
the work ethic is going to be there."
We hope, while we're winning more games on the road that somewhile we can keep that unblemished record in the SEC (at home), which will be difficult to do.
"I want everybody to play as hard as they possibly can. You sometimes fatigue more on the road because when you reach a point of exhaustion, which they did many, many times, all of a sudden 24,000 people are saying. 'You better not tire.' That's what happened."
Question: Late in the season, did the team run into fatigue problems on the road?
Pitino: "No. In the second half of the season we played very well on the road. I thought last night (at Notre Dame) we played great basketball (and) at Tennessee, Mississippi State on the road I thought we really came on. We beat Florida on the road. In the second h