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Blues get revenge; Ellis is the center of attention
Kentucky sophomore LeRon Ellis helped his Blue teammates revenge two earlier defeats as the Blues defeated the Whites in the final two Wildcat scrimmages.
In the Blues' 75-52 victory at Rupp Arena. Ellis turned in an outstanding performance. He ended the game with 39 points and 11 rebounds. Blue teammate Reggie Hanson hit on 10 of 12 shots and also two free throws for a 22-point evening.
Chris Mills led the Whites with 16 points, followed by Deron Feldhaus and Derrick Miller with 11 and 10 points, respectively.
With the Blues' holding a commanding lead during second-half action, freshman Richie Farmer treated the 7,962 Rupp Arena fans and his White teammates with three consecutive three-pointers. However, the Blues, paced by Ellis, proved to be too much for the Whites to handle.
Miller also had a fine evening from the bonus area. In UK'S first three scrimmage the junior's long-range shooting touch returned. This night he connected on two of three bonus shots.
The Blues held a 33-24 lead at the intermission break.
Overall, the Blues connected on an encouraging 30-of-55 shots from the field for a 54.5 percentage. On the other hand, the Whites hit on only 22 of 55 shots for 40 percent.
The Blues benefited on 15 of 21 shots from the charity stripe, while the Whites took only four free throws, hitting three.
In Owensboro: For the second straight scrimmage LeRon Ellis ignited the Blues over the Whites, this time by a count of 59-56. Ellis hit on 13 of 23 shots from the field and grabbed seven rebounds. Other Blue players in double figures were Reggie Hanson (14 points, six of eight from the field) and John Pelphrey (10 points, four of six from the field).
Four players hit for double digits for the Whites, led by freshman Chris Mills (15 points, six of 10 from the field). Senior center Mike Scott turned in a fine outing, hitting seven of 11 shots from the field for 14 points. Deron Feldhaus and Richie Farmer scored 12 points each.
Only 3,012 fans attended the scrimmage at the 6,000-seat Owensboro Sportscenter.
Hold on, basketball season is here!John Pelphrey and his UK Wildcats open the 1988-89 season Saturday against No. 1 Duke
Brassow signs with 'Cats; Duke overwhelming favorite to defeat Big Blue in Tipoff Classic
Despite all the controversy surrounding the University of Kentucky basketball program, recruit Jeff Brassow signed a letter of intent with the Wildcats. Brassow, who hails from Alief-Elsik High School in Texas, averaged 17.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game as a junior.
Earlier last month when he announced his decision to come to UK he said the NCAA investigation did not "bother" him.
So far, Brassow is the first and only signee for the Wildcats during the November period.
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Following a long and often controversial summer, the young Kentucky Wildcats are anxious to tip off the 1988-89 college basketball season against the Duke Blue Devils.
About the Blue Devils
Duke, a Final Four team from last year, has been picked by many as the preseason favorite to win this year's national championship. . The Blue Devils are led by preseason All-America selection Danny Ferry, a senior who led Duke last year in scoring (19.1), rebounding (7.6), free throw percentage (82.8), blocked shots (24) and minutes played (32.5).
About Coach K
Mike Krzyzewski is entering his ninth season at Duke, where he has compiled a record of 174-84. . .His overall record as a head coach is 247-143, which includes five years at Army before Duke. . ."Coach K" has led Duke to the NCAA's Final Four twice and
to the finajs once. . This will be his first meeting with Kentucky.
Probable starters
G-Chris Mills (6-7 freshman. Los Angeles
33.0 ppg., 13.1 ppg.)
G-Derrick Miller (6-5, Junior, Savannah. Ga., 1.3 ppg., .7 rpg.)
F-Reggie Hanson (6-7, sophomore. Somerset, Ky., 1.3 avg., 1.1 rpg.)
F-LeRon Ellis (6-10, Sophomore, Tustin, Calif., 4.3 ppg., 3.0 rpg.)
C-Mike Scott (6-11 Senior, South Shore, Ky., 1.3 ppg., 1.3 rpg.)
G-Quin Snyder (6-3, Senior, Mercer Island, Wash., 8.3 ppg., 2.5 rpg.)
G-Robert Brickey (6-5, Junior, Fayetteville, N.C, 10.5 ppg., 5.1 rpg.)
F-Greg Koubek (6-6, Sophomore, Clifton Park, N.Y., 3.9 rpg., 2.2 rpg.)
F-Danny Ferry (6-10, Senior, Bowie, Md.,
19.1 ppg., 7.6 rpg.)
C-Alaa Abdelnaby (6-10, Jr., Bloomfield, N.J., 4.9 ppg., 2.0 rpg.)
Wildcat Tidbits
^Kentucky's roster now includes three walkons. Jeff Ginnan is a 6-foot-8, 200-pound center from Beattyville, Ky. He attended Lee County High School. He will wear No. 44. . Chris Jones is a 6-3, 180-pound junior from Russell High School in Russell, Ky. He will wear No. 21. . .Anthony Mathis rounds out the walk-on list. He is a 6-0, 150-pound
sophomore from Louisville's Jeffersontown High School. Mathis will wear No. 10.
Kentucky will be without the services of point guard Sean Sutton, who suffered a broken right cheekbone in the Wildcats' first Blue-White scrimmage on Nov. 1 at Louisville's Freedom Hall. Sutton underwent surgery on Nov. 5 at UK's Chandler Medical Center. He has returned to conditioning and is expected to be able to practice sometime next week. Doctors say Sutton possibly could return to game action with protective face gear during the Great Alaska Shootout, Nov. 25-28.
(-"UK has not lost a season opener since 1979, when it lost to Duke 82-76 in the first Tipoff Classic.
About the series
Overall record: Kentucky leads 10-4.
First game: 1930, Duke won 37-32.
Last game: 1980, Duke won 55-54.
Largest margin of victory: 22 (UK 98, Duke 76, 1969 UKIT)
Smallest margin of victory: 1 (Duke 85, UK 84, 1956; Duke 55, UK 54, 1980).
Duke and Kentucky played twice during the 1979 season, in UK's first and last games of that season. Duke won both, including the inaugural Tipoff Classic game (82-76 in overtime) and an NCAA Mideast Regional semifinal game in Lexington's Rupp Arena (55-54).
(Kentucky-Duke material by University of Kentucky sports information director Chris Cameron.) Infamous boot dropped at Cliff Hagan s doorstep]
Just like the Wildcat football team, things just seem to get worse and worse for the athletics department at the University of Kentucky.
Good fortunes appeared to be going Kentucky's way in the early going last Saturday as the Wildcats took charge of a  6-0 halftime lead over Florida only to be overhauled 24-19 and be denied an invitation to the All American Bowl in Birmingham.
It's been about the same way around the UK basketball program over the last few weeks, but the big shoe to drop apparently fell at the doorstep of athletics director Cliff Hagan.
Numerous media reports last week had UK president David Roselle on the verge of replacing Hagan. probably early this week according to several unnamed sources.
Both Roselle and Hagan confirmed the two had a meeting Nov. 3 at which time Roselle expressed displeasure with Hagan's performance. The session reportedly lasted some two hours.
However. Hagan denies Roselle asked for his resignation and Hagan told reporters last week he had no plans to resign and will not. Roselle, through university spokesman Bernie Vonderheide, said late last week that no decision had been made on any athletics personnel.
But there was no definitive denial of the rumors swiriing around Hagan and the university spokesman added fuel to the rumors by reminding reporters of one of the NCAA allegations which said the university had lacked proper institutional control within the athletics department, an obvious finger-pointing move toward Hagan.
Insiders also insist Joe Burch, a longtime UK employee who is an attorney and has been involved in UK's in-house NCAA investigation, will be appointed as the interim athletics director if Hagan is removed.
Speculation has it that the axe will continue to swing within the athletics department in general and the basketball office in particular.
One theory has as many as a dozen or more employees could either be dismissed or transferred outside of athletics to other campus locations. Roselle has repeatedly refused to speculate on if or when any personnel changes might occur.
Some are seeing the Hagan issue as the university's first move toward showing the NCAA that UK is not only interested but sincere in making major changes within the department.
There are those who say the NCAA has a history of being "kind" to schools being investigated if they show remorse and a determination to correct their own house before any penalty has been handed down by its infractions committee. Those schools who act after penalties have been made usually receive little leniency.
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The news of Hagan's alleged ouster
came as a shock to many around the athletics department, particularly to those around the basketball office where there obviously has been great concern.
Some have privately confided that they believed that everyone's job was safe, at least until April when the university took no action by Oct. 15 (first day of official practice).
The rationale had it that Dr. Roselle would not take any action once the season began, and that if he did want to make changes, he would have done so before practice actually started on Oct. 15. Now, those employees aren't so sure.
Reaction to the Hagan controversy has been swift and mixed. Hagan, despite his contributions to the university as both a player and administrator, has not been one of the most popular UK figures with the public over the past decade.
Some people say he is aloof. However, most of the criticism comes from football fans who believe he could have done more to build a winning football program. They argue he's just not as interested in the success of football as he is basketball because he is a "basketball AD." While such philosophy is completely false, the theory has attracted more followers than not over the years. Not all football people subscribe to the theory, but most do.
On the other hand, Hagan is very popular with most of the coaches of other sports on campus. Those coaches, as well as Hagan, point to the success of minor sports on campus and its first division finish in the SEC all-sports race this past season despite its very limited budget as compared to most other schools.
Regardless, Hagan's days apparently are numbered as athletics director at UK. Rumors persist that Roselle will offer Hagan another position on campus.
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Just why is Hagan being fired?
Well, the issue of proper institutional control has been referred to more than once by Roselle's spokesman. Which leads us to believe UK is ready to admit some guilt to the NCAA or there would be no lack of institutional control. Right?
And if there is guilt, someone besides Hagan must most assuredly be next. After all, Hagan has been accused of not a single NCAA rules violation himself, other than the institutional control issue.
Can we expect other resignations or firings in the next few days?
There are two theories, but they depend on just when UK will respond to the NCAA charges and when UK will appear before the NCAA infractions committee.
Kentucky is supposed to respond to the charges by Dec- 12, a date we're told will be met by the university. However, UK could respond to the NCAA earlier than that if it wanted to. If UK waits until Dec. 12, the first regularly scheduled infractions committee meeting after that would be in February.
If UK wants to show the NCAA it is
making chanees from within without the coercion of the NCAA, it would have to do so bclore the lnlraciion committee meets. The theory of removing Hagan now is a part of that theory.
But would Hagan's scalp be enough to sway the committee to go lightly? Many observers, and some coaches, attending the SEC Media Days in Atlanta last week didn't think so.
They believe only changes on the basketball staff would bring a lighter sentence from the NCAA if the NCAA should find UK guilty of any major infractions.
For Roselle to remove basketball coaches then, he would have to either dismiss them during the middle of the season or now before the season begins and the 'Cats tip off the season Saturday in Springfield.
The other theory is that Roselle will wait until after the NCAA renders its finding, agreeing with the argument that it would not be proper to fire anyone until they had due process before the NCAA. The only problem with that is the fact  that Hagan was not afforded like treatment.
Waiting until February or April could also be a financial concern according to some. There is a clause in Eddie Sutton's contract which says the university can tear up his contract if the basketball program should be placed on probation by the NCAA, but it's a catch 22 clause. Which comes first, the firing or the probation? In other words, could UK fire Sutton before the actual probation without having to pay off Sutton's contract which runs out in 1990?
If that should come to pass, it. has the potential to be even more costly.
Using as an example the Kansas situation, it's obvious the Jayhawks received a lighter sentence by the fact the old coaching staff was gone and the university cooperated and did not appeal the decision.
If UK could present its case and strike a deal within the next couple weeks, it's possible UK could receive a settlement similiar to Kansas'.
On the other hand, if the NCAA should hand down its decision in March or April, any penalties would begin next season and not this one.
Should a two-year ban on post season tournaments be announced next spring by the NCAA and they were to apply against the 1989-90 and 1990-91 seasons, then Kentucky most certainly would be headed down the same road SMU and Florida are traveling in football. UK just might become the UCLA of the East.
First of all, Kentucky would most likely not be able to recruit any blue-chip player for three years, or until UK came off probation. Without recruiting, you have no talent.
And let's take a look at the roster. If, and I repeat if, UK should be penalized two years, the roster next season would
probably be waxed down to just a handful of players: John Pelphrey, Johnathon Davis, Deron Feldhaus, Richie Farmer, Jeff Brassow, Sean Woods (if he gets his grades up this season), some in-state players and whatever walk-ons could be lured onto the floor.
Explanation is in order you say?
First of all, any player on a team which is prohibited from playing in postseason play can transfer and play immediately at any other NCAA school if that particular player's class should graduate before the tournament ban is lifted. In other words, both LeRon Ellis and Derrick Miller would have to transfer if they wanted to play in a postseason tournament. If Ellis chose to, being a junior next season, he could redshirt one of the two years and hang around for a third to play in a tournament. However, that would hinge upon UK being good enough to win a tournament spot.
If Eddie Sutton should leave UK. it's hard to believe his son. Sean, would hang around UK. The young kid would be under unbearable pressure and undue criticism by opponents' fans and some Kentucky fans as well. He certainly deserves better.
And don't look for Eric Manuel to be back. Fans and coaches are optimistic but, unless he is cleared by the ACT people, the odds are good Eric will transfer.
As far as the NCAA is concerned Manuel could regain his eligibility by sitting out the year he gained last season. That is being done now. Sutton has said Manuel will play the day Eric is cleared this season and that there would be no chance he would be redshirted if he is cleared.
On the other hand, Roselle has given every indication that the school's integrity is far more important than a game of basketball. If Manuel's passing test score is not upheld, don't look for him to be around. And Chris Mills' UK future hinges almost directly on the NCAA's findings of that infamous Emery Worldwide Freight package.
With that in mind, just take another peep at the roster for this year and then what appears to be the roll-call for the next two seasons and you could be looking at the makings of a, well, we'd rather not talk about the possibilities of three straight seasons of more losses than victories.
And that's just what UK might face unless the university acts very quickly in working out a deal with the NCAA or being able to convince the NCAA the major charges against the basketball program are unfounded.
I personally don't like the odds of such a battle.
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Kentucky's loss to Florida was another difficult one to swallow, but not unlike others UK fans have endured over the
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Hobey Thomas, former UK gridder, passes away
Mourning for UK basketballer Bob Fowler, too
The gridiron file of Hobart Barton "Hobey" Thomas, who died of a heart attack Sept. 30 in Kingston, Tenn., after officiating a high school football game, has been resting in near obscurity for the past four decades in the
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University of Kentucky athletic archives, but the mark he left on the youth of the town where he spent the past 35 years serves as a living testimonial of a life well spent.
In summing up the extra-curricular activities of this former Wildcat who worked in the lab of the Martin-Marietta plant in Oak Ridge, Tony Harrison, sports editor of the Roane County (Tenn.) News, noted that Hobey was instrumental in starting Little League, girls' softball and the Roane County Youth Bowling Association. He also was involved in the Punt, Pass and Kick program, the Elks' Hoop Shoot and the Elks' Scholarship Program. In 1986, he was recognized as the Anakusa Women's Club's "Outstanding Citizen."
When he died, Hobey was in his 36th year as a TSSAA official. He officiated football basketball, baseball and softball, but decided to retire from basketball and baseball in 1980. He also worked the Ohio Valley Conference for approximately five years.
He was so well-known that Meadowlark Lemon asked him to officiate the Harlem Magicians basketball games. He declined the offer to travel with the team.
THE ITALICIZED WORDS of the UK Fight Song lead off Harrison's full-page spread on Hobey, who never forgot his UK ties. Among other things, he recruited Vic King (1967, '68) out of Kingston for Charlie Bradshaw.
According to his family, he never missed a Kentucky-Tennessee football game. His wife Mary said he drove back from a UK game for the birth of their son John, but then went right back. She also remembers driving 13 hours in the snow to a game. (If you think that sounds ridiculous, you should have made the trip to Knoxville 1950).
?Hobey came to Lexington from Beaver Falls, Pa., hometown of football's famed Joe Namath, in 1944 and lettered as a freshman halfback under the late A.D Kir-wan, a former Wildcat grid star who later would become president of the university.
With World War II winding down, the Wildcats, along with most other teams, were returning to the football field after a one-year absence and their eternally optimistic fans were expecting their "greatest team in years."
Those Sugar Bowl visions dancing in the heads of the Wildcat faithful came from the heart, not the intellect, since the 'Cats had closed the 1942 season with a 3-6-1 record, which included a season-ending 26-0 loss to Tennessee, and the 1944 schedule included such powers as Ole Miss, Michigan State, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi State and two games with the Volunteers.
After bowing to Ole Miss 27-7 in the home opener, the Wildcats headed South with what the Lexington Herald apparently unrealistically described as "the best 'Cat team in years to invade Knoxville."
With Lake City flooded, the start-stop-back up-and go train ride took 30 hours, but the Wildcats arrived in high spirits.
THEY GOT A SPECTACULAR 65-yard broken-field touchdown run from Jim Parrott and a 42-yard scoring scamper from Norm Klein the following afternoon, but came up on the short end of a 26-13 score. Here's how
The late Hobey Thomas, who lettered at UK in 1944.
Henry Hornsby summed up the game in 77ie Herald-Leader.
"Leading the Orange horde was the backfield trio of (Bruce) Stephens, (Casey) Stephenson and (Joe) Steffey, who teamed with Russell Morrow, a 6-foot-7 Vol center who entered the game as a substitute, and played havoc with the Wildcats by kicking, passing, blocking and running all over Shields-Watkins Field.
"But the Wildcats were not without their brilliant performers. Norman 'Nick' Klein of Louisville; quarterback Bill Chambers of Huntington, W.Va.; Hobie Thomas of Sharon, Pa., and Jim Parrott of Springfield."
Entering the final game of the season, the Wildcats were 3-5 while the Volunteers were 6-0-1 and assured a Rose Bowl bid if they were victorious in Lexington.
John Barnhill's powerhouse scored two touchdowns on line plunges and another as a result of a blocked punt
and a TD run by Buddy Pike for a 21-0 lead entering the fourth quarter. The 'Cats scored with 15 seconds left on an 11-yard pass from Chambers to Howe.
Hobey, a sometime starter earlier in the season, was not mentioned on the player participation list for that game. His football career later was ended by a shoulder separation.
?This week, we also light a candle for Robert Lee "Bob" Fowler, a thoroughbred-horse agent and a former Wildcat basketeer who collapsed during the recent fall meet at Keeneland and was pronounced dead at St. Joseph Hospital.
Fowler, a 6-4, 200-pound leaper, came to the university in 1975 from Dearborn Heights, Mich., where he was a four-year letter winner at Cherry Hill High. He averaged eight, 22, 25, and 28 points respectively and nine, 11, 16. and 19 rebounds as the Spartans were 62-18 during his career there.
Fowler lettered as a freshman for Joe B. Hall in 1975-76, playing in 25 of 30 games and averaging 3.6 points and 1.8 rebounds. He transferred to Iowa State after that year.
Personal note: While Bob was in Lexington, I was looking for a good color action shot to put on the cover of my second book, Kentucky Basketball's Big Blue Machine, which was due out before Christmas of 1976. After looking at hundreds of colored slides, I finally sent a select group to my publisher, who in turn chose one of a jump-shooting player wearing No. 44, and suggested that I "run it by" coach Hall.
I intercepted Joe B. the following morning and showed him the slide as we walked down the hallway toward his office. Noting the No. 44. he said something like. "Dan Issel. Sure." I agreed and sent the slide back to the publisher.
The next time I saw that shot was when I opened my first package of books after student assistant Chuck Malleus and I picked up a station wagon-load in Nashville.
"Oh, no!" I exclaimed. "That's not Dan Issel. That's Bob Fowler."
Bob stopped by to see me a few years later and said: "Somebody told me that my picture is on the cover of one of your books. I couldn't believe it."
"Neither could I," I said, handing him a free copy.
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To everyone's surprise, Bob Fowler became a cover boy
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?	Dawson Springs	? Johns Creek		Louisville Valley	?	Portland Christian
	Dayton	 Johnson Central	?	Louisville Waggener	?	Potter Christian
	Deming	? June Buchanan	?	Louisville Walden		Powell County