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 Covering The Wildcats
We sincerely hope this copy of the 1981-82 University of Kentucky basketball facts book will aid you in your coverage of Wildcat basketball. If you desire additional information, please feel free to contact the Sports Information Office in Memorial Coliseum (606-257-3838).
RUSSELL RICE Director of Sports Information RANDY STACY RENA KOIER
Asst. Director of Sports Information Asst. Director of Sports Information
Joyce Baxter Sports Information Secretary
Important Telephone Numbers Larry Ivy  606-258-4911
Cliff Hagan  606-258-2881 Basketball Office  606-257-1916
Frank Ham  606-258-5611 Stacy at Home  606-887-2100
WORKING PRESS PASSES  Address requests to Sports Information 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. Entrance to the press area is at Gate 4 off Patterson Street.
PRESS ROOM  Located on floor level under stands behind the visitor bench area (except for the SEC tournament). Features work space with necessary electric outlets. Telephone service must be ordered from General Telephone.
COMPLIMENTARY TICKETS  No individual game allotment.
TRANSMITTERS  A telecopier service (telephone, telecopier, operator) will be provided for $25. This service must be ordered in advance of game day. Those wishing to use their own machines should order a line through General Telephone.
RADIO BROADCASTS  Broadcasting rights to UK games are assigned exclusively to the UK Network. One reciprocal rights fee waver is guaranteed opponent schools visiting Lexington. Any additional stations must clear through UK Director of Broadcasting John Henderson (606-258-5633). Working passes will be supplied approved stations by the Sports Information Office. Broadcast lines must be ordered through General Telephone.
SERVICES  Working press, radio and television will be furnished game programs and notes, brochures, play-by-plays, shot charts, halftime and final statistics, and coaches quotes.
ARENA LIGHTING  Rupp Arena lighting will provide 250-275 foot candles on playing floor with a mixture of incandescent and metal halide lights.
COACH JOE B. HALL  Coach Joe B. Hall will hold at least 15 press conferences during preseason practice and the regular season. The schedule is listed below. These times will be the best to talk with Coach Hall. Coach Hall will also be available immediately before and immediately following most practices. Contact sports information for information on practice times and availability. Telephone interviews will be more effective when scheduled in advance.
Press Conference Schedule Oct. 15, Press Day at Memorial
Coliseum, 2:30 p.m. Oct. 29, Wildcat Lodge, 1 p.m. Nov. 12, Wildcat Lodge, 1 p.m. Nov. 19, Wildcat Lodge, 1 p.m. Dec. 3, Wildcat Lodge, 1 p.m. Dec. 10, Wildcat Lodge, 1 p.m. Dec. 17, UKIT Banquet and Press
Conference, Site and Time TBA
Jan. 7, Wildcat Lodge, 1 p.m. Jan. 14, Wildcat Lodge, 1 p.m. Jan. 21, Wildcat Lodge, 1 p.m. Jan. 28, Wildcat Lodge, 1 p.m. Feb. 4, Wildcat Lodge, 1 p.m. Feb. 11, Wildcat Lodge, 1 p.m. Feb. 18, Wildcat Lodge, 1 p.m. Feb. 25, Wildcat Lodge, 1 p.m. NCAA FINALS 1975 SEC CHAMPION
General Information and Athletics Staff 7, President Singletary and Athletics Board 8, Cliff Hagan 9, Joe B. Hall 10-11, Assistant Coaches 12-13, Staff 14-16
Beal 18, Bearup 19, Bowie 20, Heitz 21, Hord 22, Hurt 23, Lanter 24, Master 25, Minniefield 26, Turpin 27, Verderber 28, Ballenger 29, McKinley 29, Team Picture 30, Roster 30
Akron 32, Ohio State 32, Indiana 33, Kansas 33, UKIT 34-36, North Carolina 45, Notre Dame 45, Georgia 46, Auburn 46, Tennessee 47, Ole Miss 47, Alabama 48, Florida 48, Vanderbilt 49, LSU 49, Miss. State 50, Wildcats on TV 50
1980-81 Statistics and Individual Performances 52-53, Coaches 54, Scorers 54, General Records 55-57, Lettermen 58, SEC 59, Tournaments 60, Awards 61-62, All-SEC and All-NCAA 63, All-Americans 64-65, Season Scores 67-72, Records Against Opponents 73
Compiled and edited by
RANDY STACY, Assistant Sports Information Director
RUSSELL RICE, Director of Sports Information
Photography by UK Photo Services and Jim Bradley, sports photographer, Dallas Tex.
On The Cover:
Wildcat Head Coach Joe B. Hall. Coach Hall enters his 10th season at the helm of the Kentucky basketball program with a 205-66 nine season record.
Inside Front, 74
Media Information (Inside Front), Media Outlets 74, UK Radio and TV 74
Back Cover The Arena
Kentucky's Fabulous 23,000-seat Rupp Arena
 The Joe B. Hall Wildcat Lodge
"Home of the Wildcats"
THE WILDCAT LODGE CLUB is much like other social and service organizations on the University of Kentucky campus. Its membership includes the Wildcat basketball team members and other students who live in the Wildcat Lodge. It provides many worthwhile services on the UK campus, fields intramural teams, and sponsors social functions. Among its projects is the annual
Wildcat Lodge Haunted House held each Halloween. Wildcat Lodge Club members decorate the lodge and outfit themselves in costumes to fit the occasion and entertain the children of UK faculty and staff members. The waiting lines are always long to see Jim "Dracula" Master, Sam "Frankenstein" Bowie, Bret "The Mummy" Bearup, and others.
3  The Wildcat Outlook
Ten returning lettermen from last season's team that finished 22-6, earned Kentucky's seventh consecutive postseason tournament bid, and ranked in the top 10 in the nation for much of the season will lead the way as the 1981-82 Wildcats again strive for conference and national honors.
Fred Cowan and Chris Gettel-finger are gone from the 1980-81 squad. Cowan, a four-year letter-man, averaged 8.2 points and 3.8 rebounds as a senior. Gettel-finger, a two-year letterman, saw action in seven games and averaged 1.1 points.
All-America candidates Sam Bowie and Dirk Minniefield, co-most valuable players a year ago, head a list of returnees that includes five starters.
Bowie's early season status was not known at press time because of the discovery of a small, incomplete fracture of his left tibia. The 7-1 junior from Lebanon, Pa., made several All-America teams in 1980-81 and most preseason teams this year. Bowie should score his 1,000th career point sometime early in 1981-82.
Minniefield returns for his second season as the quarterback of both the offense and defense for the Wildcats. His consistency in 1980-81 was amazing, and Coach Joe B. Hall calls him "the best guard in the country."
Kentucky is blessed with excellent depth in the front court. Charles Hurt (6-6, Jr.) and Chuck Verderber (6-6, Sr.) manned the starting forward spots for much of the 1980-81 season and both enjoyed outstanding years. Hurt hit 57.2 from the field and led the team in fewest turnovers per minutes played. Verderber, this season's team captain, missed nine games last year while recovering from an emergency appendectomy.
Melvin Turpin (6-11, So.) was the back-up center to Bowie for much of 1980-81, but the "twin towers" did see some action together, and that will probably be a more frequent occurence this season. Turpin scored a season-high 17 points against Florida and grabbed a season-high 12 rebounds at Vanderbilt.
Tom Heitz (6-8, So.), Bret Bear-up (6-9, So.), and Troy McKinley (6-6, Fr.) are also front court candidates. Heitz, who is coming off a red-shirt year, can play both
forward and center. Bearup saw action in 26 games last season and scored a season-high 12 points against Alaska. McKinley was the most valuable player in the 1981 Kentucky High School Basketball Tournament when he led Simon Kenton High School to the title. He is an outstanding shooter.
Derrick Hord (6-6, Jr.) played both guard and forward last season and can do so again this season if called upon. A starter in 21 of the 28 games, he ranked
 third on the team in scoring and third in assists.
Bo Lanter (6-1, Sr.), Jim Master (6-4, So.), Dicky Beal (5-11, So.), and Mike Ballenger (6-3, Fr.) join Minniefield in the back court. Lanter is a former walk-on who earned a scholarship. Master enjoyed a fine freshman season and was also a standout this past summer at the National Sports Festival, where he led the South team to a silver medal and was named to the all-tournament team. Beal played well early in his initial season as a Wildcat, but a thigh injury slowed him at mid-season. Ballenger brings excellent credentials to the Wildcat camp after an outstanding three-sport career at Jasper (Ind.) High School.
The schedule provides a tremendous challenge for the 1981-82 Wildcat squad. The Wildcats open the campaign on Nov. 23 with an exhibition game against the 1980 Olympic champion Yugoslavian National Team. On Dec. 5, UK travels to Ohio State. National champion Indiana will visit Rupp Arena on Dec. 8. Perennial national powers Kentucky and North Carolina meet in the Meadowlands Arena in East Rutherford, N.J., on Dec. 26.
In all, more than half the games on the UK schedule are against teams that participated in postseason action last season. Final four participates Indiana, North Carolina, and LSU will be Wildcat opponents.
COACH HALL ON THE 1980-81 SEASON  "/ thought 1980-81 was a very good season considering the youthfulness of our ballclub. We had eight freshmen and sophomores playing, and only two recruited players in our junior and senior classes. That was not enough experience to provide leadership to such a youthful group. I was very pleased with the early part of our season when we had wins over Ohio State, Indiana, and Kansas. I was pleased with our confer-
ence race. I believe we accomplished all in the conference race we could have in light of LSU's unusual season. It was not predictable that LSU could have gone through the conference season with only one loss. Three losses in most cases will either win or tie in the conference. All of our players progressed on schedule. If there was a disappointing part of our season, it was our play in the tournaments. It was unfortunate that a good season had to end on a down note."
COACH HALL ON THE 1981-82 SEASON  "We will be a much more experienced team this season. With our maturity and experience, we should be able to make a strong attempt at forcing teams into playing our style of game. The fact that our players are all a year older and have a year more experience should enable them to better accept our style of play and to adapt better mentally to all aspects of the game. I think this team can seriously consider itself a candidate for the national championship. They can look around
and see that there is no team that has any better chance at it. We have a very tough December schedule. Early success can give this team the poise and confidence to be a championship squad. In Sam Bowie, we have one of the best big men in college basketball. I believe Dirk Minniefield is the best guard in college basketball today. We should be a better shooting team this season. Many of our players who are good shooters did not have good shooting percentages in 1980-81. We're looking forward to getting started this season. Our players did well in our preseason conditioning program and appear eager to begin practice and confident that we will have a good year."
COACH HALL ON BEGINNING HIS 10TH SEASON AT KENTUCKY  "The 10th season is a milestone in passing the test of time. We've faced a variety of situations over the first nine seasons and have kept the program going. We can look back and see many good things that have happened to Kentucky basketball the past nine years."
 University of Kentucky
General Information
LOCATION  Lexington, Ky., a community of 208,110 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. FOUNDED  1865
ENROLLMENT  (On campus  22,000)
(At 13 Community Colleges  17,000) PRESIDENT  Dr. Otis A. Singletary VICE-PRESIDENT FOR ADMINISTRATION 
Dr. William Matthews (UK's faculty representative
Bernie Vonderheide CONFERENCE  Southeastern
(member since founding in 1933)
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Rupp Arena affords the University of Kentucky its third basketball home in 52 years, and with its 23,000-seat capacity, brings a distinction as the nation's largest basketball facility.
An awesome structure in sight and scope, the arena is divided in two seating areas  the lower level features, 10,000 fully cushioned, theater seats in block coloring of blue, red, orange and purple, offering a spectacular splash of color  and a upper level of 13,000 seats on epoxy-coated metal bleachers. The latter can be visually isolated to provide a more natural setting for small shows.
Built by the City of Lexington, the Arena is named in honor of Kentucky's legendary former coach, Adolph Rupp, and is the major portion of $53 million Lexington Center complex which includes a convention-exhibition hall, a 50-store tri-level enclosed shopping mall, a luxury Hyatt Regency Hotel, and a block away, the historic 1,200 seat Lexington Opera House, which was recently renovated.
The arena is fully air-conditioned, equipped with a specially designed, high quality sound system appropriately named "Big Bertha," and complete lighting for events and color television coverage. Special attention has been paid to such facilities as dressing rooms, service entrances and storage areas.
The Wildcats will command an exclusive dressing room 365 days a year, while other facilities include six team size and eight smaller units.
BAND  Varsity Director  Wm. Harry Clarke FIGHT SONG  "On, On, U. of K." ARENA  Rupp Arena (23,000)
Athletics Staff
Director of Athletics  Cliff Hagan
Executive Assistant  Barbara Isham
Director for Academic Athletic Affairs  Bob Bradley Assistant Director of Athletics  Frank Ham Assistant Director of Athletics - Finance  Larry Ivy Assistant Director of Athletics - Women 
Sue Feamster Head Basketball Coach  Joe B. Hall
Administrative Assistant  Marta McMackin Associate Coach  Leonard Hamilton Assistant Coaches  Joe Dean, Bob Chambers Ticket Sales Manager  Al Morgan Accountant  J. R. Hisle Trainer  Al Green Associate Trainer  Walt McCombs Basketball Equipment Manager  Bill Keightley Sports Information Director  Russell Rice Assistant Sports Information Directors  Randy Stacy, Rena Koier
SID Secretary  Joyce Baxter
SID Student Assistants  Chris Cameron, Laura Knowles Director Student Athletic Admissions  Ron Allen
Rupp Arena Staff
Director, Lexington Center - Tom Minter Rupp Arena Manager  Bill Humphrey
ie of the Wildcats
The portable basketball court, which lies on a concrete sub-flooring 118' beneath the ceiling, is 60'x120' and is made of a light shade of northern maple trimmed in Kentucky blue. The floor was specially designed to convert from the 94' length required for college and-professional basketball to the 84' length for high school by simply removing two panels.
Four 35' x 4' custom-made scoreboards are placed so spectators can see at least three of the boards from any seat in the arena.
The solid state, electronic scoreboards can be used for basketball, rodeos, wrestling, boxing, and track and field. For track and field events, they can record times to 1/100th of a second. Lighted information on the boards is colored balanced for television.
Four portable goals are on hand, with the two extras for practice and emergency backup during game situations.
Access to the Arena is by High Street, and from Main-Vine, through the Mall area and up to the High Street entrance by escalators. One main concourse contains all public facilities  concessions, telephones, water fountains, rest rooms, first aid rooms and security command post.
The concourse is color-coded with the arena being divided into four quadrants for easy seat location. The colors are red, blue, amethyst and green. The concourse is at mid-level, dividing the lower seating area from the upper level bleacher seating.
7 Dr. Otis A. Singletary, the eighth president- of the University of Kentucky, assumed that office in August 1969. He had previously served as chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, executive vice chancellor for academic affairs in the University of Texas System and director of the Job Corps for the Office of Economic Opportunity.
Dr. Singletary, a native of Gulf-port, Miss., holds degrees from Mill-saps 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 12 years he has been president, the University has grown to where there are now more than 23,400 students on the Lexington campus and about 21,000 students in UK's 13 community colleges, and the University has become one of
DR. OTIS A. SINGLETARY President, University of Kentucky
the major research institutions in the country.
Great strides toward academic excellence have been made during Dr. Singletary's presidency at UK. Two professional schools  dentistry and pharmacy  have been ranked among the best in the nation. Departments such as political science, history and mathematics have gained national attention. The UK Library now ranks among the best in the Southeast, and a large portion of the world-wide research related to tobacco and health is now done at UK.
Under Dr. Singletary's guidance, strong efforts have been made to meet the needs of minority groups including the establishment of an office of vice president for minority affairs.
Recognition of his service to the University was evidenced by the UK Alumni Association which presented to Dr. Singletary its Alumni Service Award  an honor rarely bestowed upon a non-alumnus of the University.
Dr. Singletary has been actively involved in a number of professional organizations and has served as president of the Southern Association of Land-Grant Colleges and State Universities, vice president of the American Council on Education and Vice chairman of the Southern Regional Education Board.
Among his many awards and honors, he most recently received the Department of Army's Outstanding Service Medal.
He entered higher education in 1954 as a member of the history faculty at the University of Texas and twice was awarded the University Student Association's Teaching Excellence Award.
Dr. Singletary is the author of two books and several monographs. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa Senate.
A Navy veteran of World War II 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.
Athletics At Kentucky
Kentucky's athletic program, a well-balanced and ambitious activity featuring intercollegiate competition in 20 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
Dr. Daniel R. Reedy
Dr. N. J. Pisacano
Dr. Paul Sears
Dr. Charles Ellinger
Prof. Charles Roland
Dr. Richard Robe
Trustee Members
George Griffin Frank Ramsey, Jr.
Albert B. Chandler S. T. Roach
Ex Officio Members
Dr. Otis A. Singletary, Chairman
Dr. R. G. Zumwinkle
Jack Blanton
Dr. Donald Clapp
Dr. W. L. Matthews
Dr. Ray Hornback
Jerry Beatty
Alumni Members
Dr. Ralph Angelucci Thomas P. Bell
Student Members
August J. Neal Britt Brockman CLIFFORD O. HAGAN Athletics Director
The story of Cliff Hagan's reign as chief of the UK Athletics Department has been one of fine attendance at the two big revenue-producing sports, increased attendance in Lady Kat basketball and men's baseball, and a steady upgrading of facilities.
The most recent physical improvements include a new baseball grandstand behind home plate, new lockers in the football dressing rooms and construction of a new equipment shed for track, all at Shively Sports Center.
On the institutional side of the ledger, the University will be host to the SEC Basketball Tournament in March of next year and the NCAA Championship Finals in 1985, along with renewal of the UK Relays during the past spring.
Hagan, who has seen and overseen vast improvements in all phases of the UK athletics program since returning to his alma mater as assistant athletics director in 1972, has under his command a total of 20 sports ranging from football and men's basketball in Level I, to women's basketball in Level II, and a baker's dozen sports in Level III.
A few of the recent improvements that signify the continuing progress of UK athletics under Hagan include;
 Expansion of the football training room and addition of a beautiful players' lounge at Shively Sports Center.
 New carpeting in the stadium football offices.
 New food service equipment in the press box at Commonwealth Stadium.
 New basketball offices in Memorial Coliseum for both the men and women.
 Re-arrangement of the baseball fences and a complete revamping of the track facilities at Shively Sports Center.
The indoctrination of Hagan into the UK athletics administrative structure came in 1972, when he was named assistant to Harry C. Lancaster and given the task of implementing the Blue & White Fund for 57,600-seat Commonwealth Stadium and later for Rupp Arena. The fruits of his labors in this area have provided the additional financial support that has elevated the UK athletics program into a first class operation.
Hagan replaced Lancaster as athletics director in July, 1975; during the enusing school year, Wildcat teams compiled one of the best records in the school's history, with the basketball Wildcats winning the National Invitational Tournament, the wrestling and rifle teams winning SEC titles and the baseball team winning the SEC Eastern Division.
The wrestling team repeated as conference
champion the following year, the basketball team finished with a 26-4 record and the football team won seven of 11 regular season games and defeated North Carolina in the Peach Bowl. It was the best UK football record in 23 years and the Wildcats' first post-season appearance since the 1952 Cotton Bowl. During the past year, the football team finished 10-1 (6-0 in the Southeastern Conference) and the basketball team won the NCAA championship.
With both the football and basketball teams playing to sellout crowds and drawing a big on-the-road following, Hagan has not been content, but has made Wildcat games even more enjoyable by personally designing and selecting the Wildcat Mascot, which has captured the fancy of UK fans everywhere, and by granting permission for publication of "The Cats' Pause," a unique weekly tabloid devoted strictly to UK sports.
Physical improvements during Hagan's regime as athletics director include a 110-yard Astro-Turf football practice field, modern equipment in both the Shively Sports Center and Memorial Coliseum weight rooms, open-type lockers, a new pressbox and new dugouts at the baseball field, and a revamped tennis complex with additional seating and modernized offices. He has also added a strength coach to work with all sports and funds for the popular Parcourse Fitness Trail.
Office 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 plans for the expansion of Commonwealth Stadium.
Hagan also has been an advocate of a strong scholar-athlete program, feeling "a genuine commitment to provide all the academic support and encouragement we can to help our athletes leave our campus with a college education and a degree."
On the personal side, Hagan received one of his highest individual honors three years ago when he became the first University of Kentucky basketball player to be installed in the Naismith Memorial National Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.
The road to that honor began at Owensboro, Kentucky, where he established a then state high school tournament record of 41 points, which was recently voted the greatest individual performance by anyone in the history of that tournament, in leading the Red Devils to victory over Lafayette in the 1949 championship game.
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.
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 15,000 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: Mrs. Barry "Lisa" Thaxton of Lexington, Mrs. Jim "Laurie" Hill of West Liberty, and Amy and Kip, both of Lexington.
9 JOE B. HALL Head Basketball Coach
Joe B. Hall begins his 10th season as head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats with 11 returning lettermen, including five starters.
While leading the Wildcats to a 22-6 record last year, Hall upped his nine-year UK record to 205-66, an average of 22 wins per season, to keep ahead of the pace set by his former coach, Adolph Rupp, who averaged 21.5 victories a season over a 41-season span to become the winningest collegiate basketball coach of all time.
Perhaps the best appraisal of the job Hall has been doing at the University came from Rupp, who died in 1977.
"A good coach," Rupp said, "is a person who can take good material and win with it. Joe has done that."
Judging from Hall's coaching honors, Rupp was as usual, right on target with his evaluation.
Hall has won such honors as Kellogg's 1978 National "Coach of the Year," three Southeastern Conference "Coach of the Year" awards (1973, 75, and 78) in seven years, and nomination for Kodak's 1975, 76, and 78 (finalist) "Coach of the Year" awards.
In 1978 when Kentucky won its fifth NCAA title, Hall was also presented the Rupp Cup (presented to the SEC Coach of the Year by the Birmingham Tipoff Club) and Hall's most coveted personal award, the Dr. James Naismith "Peachbasket" award, which previously had been awarded to UCLA's John Wooden, Oklahoma State's Hank Iba, Kentucky's Adolph Rupp, and the Boston Celtics' Red Auerbach.
The 1978 champions, which had a 30-2 record, became the sixth Wildcat team to win 30 or more games, joining such illustrious company as the 1947 NIT runner-up (34-3), the
1948 Olympic Champions (36-3), the
1949 NCAA champions (32-2), the 1951 NCAA champions (32-2), and
the 1966 NCAA runner-up (32-2).
Player honors during Hall's UK reign include five All-Americans (Kevin Grevey, Jack Givens, Rick Robey, Kyle Macy and Sam Bowie selected a total of 10 times, and six All-Southeastern Conference hon-orees (Jim Andrews, Kevin Grevey, Jack Givens, Rick Robey, Kyle Macy, and Sam Bowie) selected a total of 14 times. In addition, Robey and Macy earned Gold Medals in the Pan-American Games, and Bowie earned a medal for being a member of the 1980 Olympic Basketball Team that did not participate in Moscow.
Entering this season, Hall's 15 year career coaching record stands at 281-122, (excluding a 17-2 record on a 1974 Australian tour, a 7-0 record on a 1978 Japan tour, and six pre-season exhibition wins against foreign and domestic teams) and that record was compiled against nationally ranked non-conference teams and teams in a conference that fast is becoming recognized as among the toughest in the nation. Broken down, it shows a 57-50 five-year mark at Regis, a 19-6 record at Central Missouri, and a 205-66 record at UK.
Hall began his tour as UK head coach in rather auspicious fashion, becoming in 1973 the first rookie coach in the SEC to be designated Coach of the Year by his fellow coaches and by Coach and Athlete Magazine.
Gathering such honors has been one of Hall's trademarks during a coaching career that began at Shepherdsville (Ky.) High School in 1956 and continued through Regis College and Central Missouri State College before he returned to UK July 1, 1965, as an assistant to his former coach, Adolph Rupp.
During Hall's two years at Shepherdsville, the Rams won a Mid-Kentucky conference title and he was named "Coach of the Year" in 1958. He then served one year as freshman coach and five years as head basketball coach at Regis College in Denver, Colo., where he was also athletic director and earned special recognition as coach of the champion independent team in the area.
His next move was to Central Missouri, where he coac