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 Five Wildcats Suspended For Curfew Violations
University of Kentucky football coach Jerry Claiborne today announced the temporary suspension of five Wildcat players -- four freshmen and a senior -- for curfew violations during the weekend.
The freshmen are running back Mark Higgs of Owensboro; defensive guard Don Duckworth of Villa Hills, and receivers David Johnson of Louisville and Raynard Gover of Dayton, Ohio.    The senior is wide
Tickets Available For UK -Kansas Showdown
Mail orders for tickets to the Kentucky vs. Kansas basketball game Dec. 31 in Louisville are being accepted by the UK ticket office, Wildcat athletics director Cliff Hagan announced today.
Tickets are priced at $7 each with a limit of four. A $2.00 handling charge should be included with each order. Remittance should be payable to the U.K. Athletics Association and mailed
to the Basketball Ticket Office, Room 3, Memorial Coliseum, 40506-0019. No personal checks will be accepted.
Hagan also announced that both sideline and end zone tickets are available for the UK vs. North Texas State football game Saturday afternoon at Commonwealth Stadium. Tickets are priced at $12 and $8. Kickoff is scheduled at 1:30 p.m.
Nov. 3  1:30 EST. Commonwealth Stadium, Lexington
Location: Denton, TX 76203 Nickname: Eagles Colors: Green & White Enrollment: 20,000 Conference: Southland Athletic Director: Fred McCain Stadium: Fouts Field (20,000) Head Coach: Corky Nelson
Record at School - two yrs., 10-13
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Starters Returning: Offense: Tim Wasson, WR; Nathan Williams, RB; Richard Buckingham, RB; Jeff Horn, C; Mark Bartlett, G. Defense: Cedrick Nelson, DB; Jerry Pickens, DB; Jay Saad, DB; Mike Thompson, E; Efrem McGowan, DB; Mike Sizelove, LB.
	1983 Results (8-4-0)		1984 Schedule		
NTSU		OPP	Sept. 15	Lamar	A
32	West Texas State	3	Sept. 22	SMU	A
13	Oklahoma State	20	Sept. 29	Louisiana Tech	A
49	New Mexico State	3	Oct. 6	Arkansas State	A
6	Texas	26	Oct. 13	McNeese State	H
18	New Mexico	8	Oct. 20	Texas Christian	A
17	Arkansas State	0	Oct. 27	SW Texas State	H
17	McNeese State	10	Nov. 3	Kentucky	A
18	Louisiana Tech	25	Nov. 10	NE Louisiana	H
10	Lamar	0	Nov. 17	UT Arlington	A
27	NE Louisiana	7			
52	Texas-Arlington	15			
17	Nevada Reno	20			
receiver Jeff Piecoro.
Higgs has seen action in UK's seven games to date while Duckworth has played in five games. Piecoro played in the opener against Kent State and has played in four Jayvee games. Gover and Johnson are being held out of action this season.
The suspensions will be in effect through the UK-North Texas State game Saturday afternoon at Commonwealth Stadium.
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MinniefieldCut By NBA Bulls
Former Kentucky basketball standout Dirk Minnifield was recently cut by the NBA's Chicago Bulls. It marked the second straight year Minnifield was cut. Last year he failed to make the New Jersey Nets ball club.
In four exhibition games, Minnifield, while averaging 11.2 minutes a contest, made just two of 11 from the field for a low percentage of 18.2. He also averaged 1.5 assists per game.
Minnifield participated in this summer's Cleveland mini-camp and was awarded a conditional contract. Though Minnifield refused, wanting a "no-cut" contract. He then decided to take his chances with the Chicago organization.
The Lexington Lafayette product became a member of the CBA's Louisville Catbirds after being cut by New Jersey last season.
Madison Out For Two Weeks With Foot Surgery
University of Kentucky freshman basketball player Richard Madison had a benign growth removed from the bottom of his left foot Oct. 22 and is expected to miss 10 days to two weeks of practice.
Dr. Ed Nighbert of Lexington removed the growth on an outpatient basis and said that Madison "was doing fine and should have no further problems." Madison had apparently had the condition for some time, and the normal activity associated with daily practice had irritated it.
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UK At Crossroads Of A Successful Season
This time a year ago, one of Jerry Claiborne's biggest fears concerned premature bowl talk about the UK campus and among players and fans alike.
Thanks to a good, sound thrashing from Georgia last Saturday, Claiborne doesn't have to worry about such fears this week. In fact, Kentucky just about washed itself right out of any bowl picture.
No, it wasn't the fact that Kentucky did not beat Georgia, it was the margin of the score and the Cats' lacklustre offense which had bowl scouts trying to find something nice to say about Kentucky.
By virtue of its second straight loss and inability to score, the Cats look less and less attractive to even the newest of the bowls. Most years, a 7-4 mark will insure a team like UK a bowl visit, but not this one unless the offense comes alive soon.
Kentucky should bounce back into the win column this week against North Texas State and points on the board should be plentiful. That could set up a big confrontation with Vanderbilt the following Saturday.
Still, the Cats must show some offensive firepower. If Kentucky has any chance for a bowl, it will have to defeat North Texas State. Ironically, UK's bowl chances (however slim they are) will probably depend more on a win over Florida or Tennessee. The Cats could actually lose to Vandy and then beat either Florida or Tennessee and attract more attention.
Double losses to Florida and Tennessee probably would signal an end to the season even if the Cats are 7-2 entering those two games. One bowl scout, who asked not to be identified, said the Hall of Fame Bowl took a big gamble with the Cats last season because the bowl violated a cardinal sin, that of taking a bowl which was on a losing streak (UK won only one of its last four regular season games.)
"Kentucky needs to have a big game against North Texas State first of all, not just a narrow win," said the scout, "and then UK has to beat either Florida or Tennessee. If they lose those two, bowl people will ask themselves who UK has beaten, and the answer is only Rutgers and Miss. State. Actually, Kentucky needs to finish 8-3 to be solid because of their schedule. It has been tough recently, but you don't get credit for losses, no matter who you play. Kentucky is in a unique position this year. They could be a hot one at 8-3 or they could actually stay home at 7-4."
What happens next week and the week after is in the future, but the Cats should at least be in the position to make things happen with a big win
over North Texas State this Saturday.
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Are LSU and Georgia that good or UK that bad?
That's a question being passed around these days following the lopsided losses on consecutive Saturdays.
Quite frankly, we felt LSU was one of the best three or four teams in the nation a week ago, but that's not true. If Gerry Faust and Notre Dame can exploit the Tigers in Death Valley, then the Tigers certainly aren't as good as we thought.
They could still be good enough to win the title, though, and play in the Sugar Bowl on New Year's Day. And they likely will. Georgia, on the other hand, is right up there with the Tigers and could replace LSU in the Sugar Bowl if LSU should stumble again.
For some reason, I'm still not convinced that Georgia is that good, just plain ole lucky. Of course, I've been saying that for the past ten years or so. And you've heard the ole saying, "I'd rather be lucky than good." Georgia is both.
The SEC title will probably go down to the final regular season game between Auburn and Alabama, but it could be decided at Commonwealth Stadium when Florida finishes its SEC slate against the Cats. If the Gators can get past Auburn and Georgia, then Florida could wrap up a tie with LSU (which the two did earlier in the season) by beating UK. Ironically, Florida has never won a SEC title.
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A new state-wide high school sports publication will begin publication next month with weekly issues throughout
most of the year and two monthly issues during the summer.
Randy Stacy, the assistant sports information director in charge of basketball at UK, has resigned his post to become editor of the new publication which will be headquartered in Lexington.
Stacy, a graduate of Morehead State University, has been at UK the past four years. The publication will be devoted exclusively to high school sports and provide coverage of all sixteen regions in the state.
Football and basketball won't be the only sports covered. The paper will cover all sports, including cheerleaders, bands and etc.
Name of the publication is "The Kentucky High School Sports Report.'' Information can be reached by writing Stacy at: P.O. Box 418, Lexington, Kentucky 40585. Subscription prices are $24.50 per year.
Good luck, fellas.
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UK basketball is coming to Middles-boro, Cynthiana, Pikeville and Rupp Arena in the next two weeks.
The Wildcats' annual state-wide scrimmages will go to Bell County on Nov. 8, to Harrison County on Nov. 9, to Pike County on Nov. 12 and back to Lexington on Nov. 14.
Information on tickets should be made at the individual communities involved. The Rupp Arena tickets can be purchased at the UK ticket office in Memorial Coliseum.
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his knee had failed to respond to earlier treatment at the Hughston Clinic in Georgia.
At presstime, Bennett was still in surgery.
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FIRST AND TENS. . .As noted elsewhere in this edition, UK football players learn fast that Jerry Claiborne is all business, win, lose or draw as five players were suspended Monday for missing curfew after the Cats' 37-7 loss to Georgia last Saturday. All will miss the North Texas State game, and while some of the players weren't expected to play anywhere, the game is a big penaltv. especially because this game is one in which a player could excel. . .Basketball signing date is neanng, but the word around the country is that more and more players this year will opt to wait until the April signing date. Kentucky is in the hunt for a multitude of players and word has it that the Tito Horford affair now has UCLA as a hot contender along with LSU, Kentucky and Houston. Kentucky also hasn't forgotten about 6-11 Mike Scott of nearby Greenup County. Irving Thomas of Miami, Florida, has been listed as a forward, but one recruiting service is now listing him as a low post man and has him ranked No. 2 behind Horford. Kentucky is in the thick of the race of Thomas. . .In town over the weekend for a visit to Lexington was small forward Tommy Lewis of Sana Ana, California. The 6-7 Mater Dei product is rated the top player on the West Coast and usually among the top five small forwards in the country. . .Big guard wise, Kentucky is working on Roland Shelton hard. The 6-5 Decatur Columbia, Georgia, product is ranked No. 1 at his position by the B/C Scouting Service. Says Bill Cronauer, "South simply sizzles with touted backcourt-ers." . . .The NCAA hooked up with the Valvoline Oil Company of Lexington last week to release the 1985 NCAA Final Four logo and to announce a new project in which the Lexington-based company is helping finance a project for the nation's youth on college campuses. . .Tickets are now on sale at UK for the UK-Kansas game, but those fancy suites will be occupied by UL fans, even for the UK-Kansas game. That was part of the deal between UL and the Kentucky Fairgrounds when the suites were built. Reportedly, UK will be compensated extra for giving up the seats to UL. 7fye,4
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Wildcats Post-Game Comments After Georgia
(On Georgia's first touchdown) That hurt our defense. We had them stopped there and (they'd) probably have to settle for a field goal. Instead they get the touchdown, (which) really drained our defense. I didn't think we were hurt too bad at that point. We were still fighting hard and going for the victory. We just couldn't get anything going.
(On Georgia's offense) They basically were doing everything we expected. They just took it to us, and we couldn't stop 'em, at least not the whole game anyway.
(Comparing UK's performances against Georgia and LSU) It was about the same. We felt like we played well, but anytime you get beat by 30 points something is going wrong. We were excited about the ballgame and went
into it knowing we could beat Georgia. When you have the opportunity to play against (one of) the top teams in the country then you'd better take advantage of it. We didn't.
(On the Georgia Bulldogs) They're a good ballclub. They deserve to be in the Top Ten. But, like I said, we could play with them.
(On being ready for North Texas State) We will (be ready). If we beat North Texas State then we'll have a winning season wrapped up. That's the main thing on our minds. We are going to beat North Texas State. Everything up to now we've forgotten. This loss will be back in our minds for the rest of the year, it's not anything important.
(ABOUT HIS TEAM) We're not an overpowering team, we have to make up for that with aggressiveness and confidence. We've got to have that in our ballclub in order to win.
We've got to get that (confidence) back. We may not be the best around, but all these guys around here are not going to quit. We've worked too hard to come out here and look this bad today. I think we all need to look at ourselves again and know that each and every one of us are pulling for each other.
(On Georgia's first touchdown) We
just tried to keep our heads up and not let it get us down. We came in at halftime just the same as we would if
they hadn't scored. We knew we could still win if we had a good second half.
(On UK's offensive performances the last two weeks) The offense is going to have to perform better, we lack intenseness. We're really going to have to buckle down these next few weeks.
.(On the upcoming game against North Texas State) We're going to need this win.   You can't overlook
anyone on our schedule.
(Is there any doubts among the players?) I don't think they doubt that they can't be good, but they just don't know how good we can be. They don't realize the talent we have. We've got one of the best backfields in the country. They just don't know how good we can be instead of doubting if we are good.
(On Georgia's winning attitude) For the last two games (Georgia) has gotten in its mind that it can win. That's one thing we're lacking right now. I came out of high school and lost only eight games in four years. We knew we could win and I think that's the way Georgia is. As a team here at Kentucky, we just haven't gotten that into our heads yet. When we go out we think we can and we know we can do it if we do everything right. But Georgia goes out and knows they can win no matter what happens.
Claiborne's Comments
The following are Jerry Claiborne's post game comments after Kentucky's 37-7 loss to the Georgia Bulldogs.
Coach Claiborne: We just got an old country fashion lickin. Georgia is still the same old Georgia. Their backs ran hard, their linemen fired out well, and their defense swarmed you. They came up with some big plays that just really destroyed us. I thought that we did some pretty good things at the time. But the fumble right before the half they turned into a touchdown is again the sign of a team that takes advantages of opportunities. This is the type of team Georgia is -- it looks like they're going to fumble and give it up, instead they turn it into a touchdown. Every time we got a couple of first downs together we'd either get a penalty or they would come up with a big play and this is why they're where they are.
(Before Harrell's punt return) . I thought we still had a chance in the football game. We were right there. We had about three guys that were right beside him miss the tackle and he breaks it for a touchdown. They're a real good football team and I think that
they beat us in every situation. The best thing about us, with the exception of the one punt return for a touchdown, I thought our kicking game was pretty effective. We made one bad judgment call in fielding the ball on the five-yard line, but the rest of the time I thought our coverage was good. The majority of the time we kicked the ball well. (On) our kickoff returns we got some yardage. That's just about the only thing we did decent. Their defensive line certainly controlled our offensive line. We tried to run it but we couldn't make anything or we'd try to throw it and they would rush the passer. They controlled the line of scrimmage today and I think that was the big key in the ball game -- they controlled the line of scrimmage.
Did the defense get tired toward the end of the contest?
Coach Claiborne: We had some substitutes in there at the last, too, because the game kind of got out of reach. It wasn't necessarily the weariness, but we had three guys miss the tackle on one long run, and on the pass the kid just got beat on the out
and up. When you're the size that our people are against the size of their people and to stay on the field as long as we did because offensively we didn't move the ball. We tried to move the football, but dropped (some) passes. We just did things that a good football team shouldn't do. Therefore, our defense stayed on the field quite a bit. They probably did get a little tired at the end. But I was proud of the way they hanged in there. I thought the defense did a good job of holding them to field goals in those situations. But we still gave up 37 points.
Is it a problem now getting your football team mentally ready after the two recent defeats?
Coach Claiborne: That's what I get paid for. I told our players I've still got a lot of confidence in them. The main thing they've got to do is get confidence in themselves. We've said all along that we have still got a long ways to go to be among the top in our conference right now. We're still not as big and strong as the people that are on the top of our conference. Our players just have to continue to keep their confidence and continue to work.
Can you comment about the offense since entering SEC play?
Coach Claiborne: We haven't been very good. We've just haven't controlled the line of scrimmage. When you don't control the line of scrimmage then it's hard to throw the ball and it's hard to run it. If you can't hold them out to protect your passer and you can't move them to run it -- the line of scrimmage is where we're getting beat. We've got to get improved there. I think we're just getting beat by better football players. It's that simple. They're bigger and stronger. Our effort is good but we're just getting beat.
Were you mentally prepared?
Coach Claiborne: I thought we were mentally prepared. We just got whipped. I hate to see us drop the passes. Against a real good football team you can't afford to get a receiver open and hit him with a pass, and then have him drop it, (or) get a receiver open and not hit him with a pass. That's not always (a) mental (problem). We dropped some passes that could have kept our drives going. That's the thing that hurts. Red-Shirt With Silver Lining
Injured freshmen football players never die they just redshirt and wait until next season.
That could very well be the standard of some who fall under that catagory, but not Madisonville product Joe Curry. The 6-foot-4 225 pound defensive end, though is working like a regular member, instead of going through the motions and waiting for his knee injury to heal.
While his teammates are practicing, Curry is working out diligently at the Shively Sports Center gearing towards next season.
"It's pretty difficult especially since I'm not getting to practice right now,'' Curry said. "But I think it will probably work out for the best. Being if I work hard this winter, it will give me a whole year just to work on my strength which is my weakest part."
Defensive tackle Jerry Reese, a standout high school player who was redshirted last year, has aided Curry with the current situation at hand.
"He's helped me cope with it," noted Curry. He also mentioned that Reese, Chris Derry, Jeff Smith and others have sort of told Curry that the
Curry On The Sidelines
best made plans of man don't always go as scheduled. "They tell you how it is and how it's going to be," he said.
In a high school basketball game last year, Curry was knocked down while going in for a layup. His knee started acting up the next day in practice. After having it checked on Curry was assured by his doctors that his knee would be alright. He went on to lead the Maroons to the final four of the Sweet 16.
The day after the Tennessee-Kentucky All-Star football game (June 30) at Commonwealth Stadium, he woke up with the same "burning pain" in the knee he had before.
Two surgerys later the fun and dreams of freshman football had been
traded in for a pair of wooden crutches.
"I wanted to come in and try and contribute to the team right away," It's like Mark Higgs (the freshmen phenom from Owensboro). That's what
he had in mind and that's what I had in my mind too - to try and be able to
"It was disheartening at first. But I've got to look at it in long term range of five years instead of four years."
Last year when talking about Kentucky's recruiting needs, you couldn't say Higg's name without mentioning Curry's in the same breath.
The twice all-state selection was recruited heavily by national champion Miami, along with UCLA, Tennessee, and a list of other top-notch programs.
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But the former Maroon standout, whose family moved to Madisonville from Indiana his sophomore year, decided to wear the blue and white for Coach Jerry Claiborne.
He chose Kentucky over Indiana, the team in which he was raised on for most his life.
While over the last three years living in an area of former Wildcat athletes, Ches Riddle, Frank Ramsey, and Sam Ball (Henderson), Curry stressed that it was his decision to attend Kentucky.
"I love it UK," said Curry with a glow in his eyes. That's one of the reasons why I chose to come here. I think that tradition, football wise, over the last six or seven years is really changing for the better. NTow, I thinx we're getting to where we were the cellar-dwellers of the conference, but now we are beating those teams. The breaking point is going to hit here soon. It's going to be where we're going to start beating all the SEC teams and putting someone else down there for a change."
That "breaking point" is mainly attributed to the Kentucky coach, pointed out Curry.
Said the defensive end, "Coach Claiborne is not like any other coach I've ever met. Number one to him is grades. If you don't get the grades you don't play. He sticks to that like you can't believe. He's the kind of coach that Saturday after the game he'll tell you, 'men, get up Sunday morning and get yourself to church.' You just don't hear that kind of talk from head coaches. Usually it's just football, football, football. But with coach Claiborne it's not like that. He's like a head coach at practice and that's it. The rest of the time he's someone there to help you.
"He's really got a good thing going here."
Claiborne probably had to be wondering if Curry would decide to play on the hard court instead of the natural turf. For Curry it was an easy decision, because football is his first love.
But that was not always the case.
Curry wasn't getting the playing time he wanted during his sophomore year at Madisonville.
"I almost quit playing football. I'd come home and just literally cry because I wasn't getting to play any. The only reason I lettered my sophomore year was because I snapped on extra points. My junior year I started out at tackle my first two games and I hated that with a passion. I just wasn't built for a tackle my junior year."
An injury to the starting defensive end gave Curry a chance to perform at the position he favored. In his debut, Curry picked off a pass and from that point on it was easy as one-two-three.
In his senior season, Madisonville finished its slate 10-0 and along with it the state's No. 1 position in 4-A competition. The Maroons, however, were defeated by Owensboro, led by Mark Higgs, 6-3 in the district playoffs. Though that first interception, during his sophomore season, may be the thing most remembered by Curry.
"That's where it all started," he said.
Curry is having to start all over again due to this nagging knee injury. He's made considerable progress so far. From adding a needed 15 pounds to increasing his maximum bench strength from 225 to 300, Curry is anxiously awaiting to prove to the people in Madisonville he's worthy of strapping on the big "K".
"I think everybody is excited," noted Curry about his current hometown fans. "A lot of people told me that they're going to be excited to watch me play. I hope I don't let them down. Next year I'm going to try and make them proud."
Joe, I think they're already proud.
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Former UK Baseball Player Guy Strong Discussing Memories
Many of Kentucky's former baseball legends were on hand October 20 lor the Annual UK Old Timers at Shively field. Former Wildcat basketball and baseball stars Louie Dampier, Cotton Nash, and Randy Embry were just some of the many alumni to participate in the second game of the scheduled doubleheader.
The first game featured this year's Wildcats against the recent Bat Cats graduates. Coach Keith Madison's current team held off a last-inning rally to defeat the recent grads 3-2.
The latter game pitted the (young) old timers against the (older) old timers. Dampier, Nash, and Embry's team defeated the older team, which was led by former UK baseball All-American Dom Fucci, 7-0.
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Introducing The Old Timers
Scoring For The (Younger) Old Timers
The 1984 old-timers Kentucky baseball game brought back many memories to the former grads. For the players it was a chance to get a few swings in or take in a few grounders. It was just like old times.
About playing for coach Harry Lancaster.
Randy Embry (former 1965 captain of UK's basketball team and baseball standout): I was fortunate to play two sports for coach Lancaster. He's a wonderful man. He always got the best out of you. When you played for him you'd have to play the hardest you could possibly play. I really feel fortunate to have the opportunity to have played for him.
Cotton Nash (Ail-American honors 1962-64 -- UK basketball and a former baseball player): Harry is a good coach. He always has been and he always will be. He's one of the old school (teachers of the game). He knew how to coach and how to treat players. Everyone has enjoyed playing for him. They might not of all liked him, but they enjoyed playing for him.
Charlie Loyd (UK's all-time season strikeout leader with 90): He taught us one of the most important things later on life that is self-discipline when you're on that field playing for coach Lancaster you didn't have to worry about anybody else. Because they're going to do the job to the best of their
ability or Harry is going to get rid of them. That was probably the highlight of being here was playing for Harry and the things I learned under him. I think Harry is probably the greatest guy I've met in my (baseball) career. Everybody enjoyed playing for him.
One reason I come back every year is to see him. I live way down in Paducah, and that's a long way from here, but just coming back and seeing Harry and the guys I just don't get to do that very often.
Dom Fucci (1949 college baseball
Ail-American and played football under coach Paul "Bear" Bryant --1948-50:
Harry is a very competitive person. He wanted everybody to be the same way. We were pretty successful when he was coaching. He just wanted you to act like a ball player and do the things ball players are suppose to do. As I say, the competitive spirit was instilled on a lot of the players, and carries over later in life. All this stuff is just not left on the field. The older you get the more competitive you get, not only in athletics but in everything you do.
Louie Dampier (1966 Ail-American for UK's basketball team and a member of the Wildcat baseball team): He approached baseball a lot like basketball in that he was a hard disciplinarian on the field. We had to play hard and he expected that. We had to obey everything he had set for
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