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It's official. Jerry Claiborne will be calling plays for the Wildcats through the 1993 season. It marked the second extension for the coach in his UK tenure.
Jerry Claiborne granted contract extension through '93 campaign
By associate editor Nick Nicholas
University of Kentucky president Dr. David Roselle didn't have to look far to find his football coach for the next five seasons. Last Tuesday Jerry Claiborne, who ranks fifth among active Division I-A coaches, was awarded a four-year extension to his contract. Claiborne's previous contract didn't run out until the end of next season.
"I am delighted to receive the contract extension and look forward in continuing to lead the University of Kentucky football program," said Claiborne in a release. "Our coaching staff is appreciative of the support and confidence given to us by the Board of Directors and the administration."
For Claiborne it marked the second contract extension in his career at UK. His first renewal came eight days before his '84 squad upset Wisconsin in the Hall of Fame Bowl. It, too, was a five-year extension.
In a two-minute meeting with the UK board of Directors, Roselle read Claiborne's past accomplishments, which included the coach's overall winning percentage (59.4) and the program's most recent victory, a Top 5 ranking in graduating its student-athletes among Division 1-A schools.
Thus, Claiborne was literally given a vote of confidence with a unanimous decision from the Board of Directors.
Roselle said that while under Claiborne the Wildcat football program has "operated as to be compatible and supportive of the academic mission of the university."
Claiborne's extension, which runs through the 1993 season, comes despite his teams' inability to compile winning slates in the last
four seasons. The results on the field have been less than average20-23-1since his first extension.
Off the field Claiborne's program has been a winner.
During the 60-year-old coach's tenure, a highly successful turnabout in the classroom along with the addition of the 5.7 million E.J. Nutter Training Center have developed.
That's not to say, meanwhile, that Roselle will be satisfied with future 5-6 records. Asked if he would stick by his past beliefs that if Claiborne's achievements off-the-field continue he would be content with 5-6 recordsthe university's CEO said, "I didn't say that, did I?"
"I think what I said was that I was looking for several things out of an athletic program.
"One, is to comply with NCAA regulations.
"Another is that it's very fair to the student-athlete, meaning that we recruit young people who are capable of succeeding academically. And to see to it that they do-help them succeed academically.
"And the third thing is that the program be competitive.
"I believe those are the ingredients that I look for in an athletic program."
Roselle said his three check points were not necessarily in order but made sure to point out that Claiborne has "met my expectations."
Not only has a long term goal been set (Claiborne's contract now runs through the 1993 campaign) but Roselle is pleased for short-term reasons as well. During the meeting of the Board of Directors he openly said that this season's recruiting will be benefited because of the extension.
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'Cats need win against Indiana in the worst way
Enough is enough, so let's talk about something positive for a change.
It would be easy to look back and dissect the Bowling Green disaster It would be just as easy to say Kentucky could have lost to Marshall in the consolation game of the UKIT.
And you wouldn't have been wrong on either count.
But everyone has heard enough of that.
Let's talk about (he future, a future that will be history by the time some of you read this column later in the week.
First on the agenda will be Kentucky's date with Indiana Tuesday night at Rupp Arena. !t won't be just another game and 1 don't care what Bobby Knight says to the contrary.
Five times the General has walked into Rupp Arena with his Hoosiers and five tunes ihe> ha\e left losers. If he's ever going to turn the tables, this year is his opportunity
And they should. But will they?
Yes. it appears the Hwsiers are headed in the right direction and the 'Cats are headed south, even after rallying back to beat Marshall Saturday.
Knight could never be in better position for a victory here. But never has Eddie Sutton needed a shot in the arm like he needs Tuesday either.
First of all, a victory over Indiana would be a much-needed boost for confidence and morale for both the team and its fans. Nothing is enjoyed so much by Wildcat fans as a victory over the Big Red (unless it's a victory over another variety of Big Red)
The game will also be televised nationally by ESPN with one Dick Vitale as the color analyst. We don't have to explain further on this matter.
The mountain being challenged by Sutton and his staff seems to be higher as the da>s go b\
Being such a \oung team, this club will bounce from tune to tune, and that can be expected of a team which sometimes has three Freshmen and two sophomores in the lineup.
The upset loss to Bowling Green was a devastating one and the emotional fallout of that one came close to playing a critical role in the following game.
Such is the emotion of young players. And just as a loss can create a mental letdown, an emotional victory can create confidence for a young team.
That's why a victory over Indiana is so important. It can have far-reaching effects on Kentucky's game with Austin Peay next week and in turn would have the 'Cats eager for a Louisville challenge or seeking a rug to crawl under if UK should suffer back-to-back losses.
Victories over Indiana and Austin Peay would give UK a 6-5 mark (the first time this year UK would be over .500) and guarantee the 'Cats of an even record as Kentucky begins Southeastern Conference play next week.
That, in itself, would be an accomplishment for a team which counts seven of its
top nine players as either freshmen or sophomores.
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In a move which figures to add a great deal of credibility to the UK athletics department, acting athletics director Joe Burch plans to hold a monthly press conference to discuss topics concerning UK athletics with the media.
Last Friday, Burch was available for an hour-and-a-half session with local and state media at Wildcat Lodge. Everything from the current NCAA investigation to monitoring of athletes' academic progress to his interest in the permanent athletics director's job was discussed rather frankly with the media.
Burch told the media he is in the process, ot making several important decisions, including one which will result in the hiring of additional personnel in academic areas designed to help UK athletes get a better education at UK.
At the meeting Burch:
?Said UK will admit guilt to some minor violations to the NCAA but said final decisions have not yet been made on the major allegations.
?Said each and every UK coach (in basketball) would be heard before the uni\ersit\ submits its finding to the NCAA at the end of January. He also said UK should have no problem in meeting the new extended deadline.
Said he believes the athletics department should become more involved with the rest of the university's community so everyone will feel they are more of a UK family.
*Dlnsisted the last in-house investigation by UK (one which was triggered by the Lexington Herald-Leader's Pulitzer Prize-winning stories) was a thorough one but one which was hampered by the newspaper's articles. He said those identified in the articles refused to confirm what was quoted in the newspaper articles. Burch was an intregal part of that UK investigation.
?Admitted he had thought of how few basketball players might be left at Kentucky next season if the NCAA should level a heavy hammer on the UK basketball program.
Because of the length and depth of the press conference, we believe the entire press session will be of interest to you. Because of our holiday schedule and the UKIT, we won't be able to bring that to you this week. The entire text will be published in the next issue of TCP, dated Jan. 7.
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HITS AND MISSES . . . Only a couple thousand basketball fans turned out for the Thoroughbred Classic last Saturday, but those who did show up saw an exciting 42-point exhibition from New Albany (Ind.) Floyd Central's Pat Graham, but it was Lafayette's Generals who once again pulled the big upset. In
other action, Tates Creek beat a Japanese all-star team while Bryan Station upset Chattanooga (Tenn.) Brainerd 77-71 in double overtime and Williamson (W.Va.) High turned back Henry Clay 61-55. I think it would be safe to say part of the reason for the low attendance was the fact the four-game classic had no UK-bound players in it, at least at the moment. Two players UK was interested in at one time, Graham and Brainerd's Malcom Mackey, have already committed to other schools. And the NCAA cloud over the UK program has just about eliminated any recruiting talk among Kentucky fans . . . Down the road in Louisville, former UK assistant Leonard Hamilton and his Oklahoma State Cowboys pushed Denny Crum's Cardinals to the final wire before bowing 92-90. Johnny Pittman. the seven-foot Texas prep star who originally signed with UK. played just three minutes and did not score. A number of Lexingto-nians made the trip to Louisville to watch Hamilton's first game in the commonwealth as a head coach. Among those at Freedom Hall were ex-Wildcats James Blackmon and Ed Davender . . . Attending the first session of the UKIT last week with former ex-Wildcat Roger Harden was his father. Al Harden, who was in town to catch a glimpse of another son who played a pair of games in the commonwealth over the weekend. The Hardens' youngest son. Rodney Harden, plays for Liberty University which defeated Eastern Kentucky Saturdav and plaved Morehead State on Monday night .
For you readers who live outside the state, check your local television listings as to when the Kentucky-Louisville game will be played. It will be played on either Dec. 31 or Jan. 1. depending on the playoff schedule of the NFL. CBS Sports will be televising the game and the network will announced the day and time of the game after this weekend's pro football playoffs . . . UK officials estimated the attendance at the Friday session of the UKIT in excess of 20.000. but I'd be willing to bet everything I own that the actual turnstiles' count isn't even close to that figure. In light of all the other problems around the campus, you'd think they wouldn't be so absurb to insult the intelligence of those in attendance by suggesting such a number ... To say UK coach Eddie Sutton was upset with the 'Cats' performance Friday night would be stating the obvious. The locker room was closed for almost one hour after the game. The game ended at approximately 11 p.m. and it was very close to midnight before reporters, most of them working on deadline, were allowed in. In fact, it was the first time in my memory that a player wasn't even made available for the postgame "Star of the Game" show on the UK radio network. Later. Sutton said the players used the time to speak out and get some things off their chest. He termed the session very beneficial for the team's morale and future . . . You talk about pressure, had UK lost the consola-
tion contest to Marshall, it would have made history in a number of ways. It would have been the first time in the history of Rupp Arena that the 'Cats had lost back-to-back games. It would have been the first time that UK had lost both
"I Because of the holidays, we will not be publishing next week. TCP will resume printing with the Jan. 7 issue.
games in the UKIT. It would have been the first time UK had lost three games at home within an 11-day period at Rupp Arena. And a loss would have given the Cats a 3-6 record, the worst start since they moved to Rupp Arena in 1976 and the school's poorest start since Kentucky began the 1926-27 season by losing eight of its first nine games en route to a 3-13 overall record . . . Kentucky coaches have been on the recruiting trails recently. UK assistant Dwane Casey took in the King of the Bluegrass tourney at Louisville Fairdale last week. Although there's been very little mention of recruiting of late, looks like Kentucky's best shot of going after talent is going to be the junior college route and working ahead on underclassmen . . . While the Wildcats went through a two and half hour workout on Thursday prior to the UKIT. coach Sutton was able to make only the final 30 minutes or so. He was meeting up with his attorney. Terry McBrayer. along with UK acting athletics director Joe Burch and UK's hired legal counsel. Jim Park. They were discussing the NCAA investigation and going over material compiled by the university . . . Isn't it nice how some schools can skirt around the rules, like the University of Georgia football team? According to a wire service story over the week, two Georgia football players will be ineligible to attend Georgia next semester, but they will be allowed to participate in the Gator Bowl later this month. Seems as though the Bulldogs are going to a technicality of an appeal process to keep the players eligible. The players reportedly do not have the necessary grade-point average to be allowed to stay in school. For a program which has experienced such an academic scandal, you'd think officials wouldn't even consider such an appeal, but one has to wonder if the fact it's Yince Dooley's last game and that one of his top stars (running back Tim Worley) happens to be involved, perhaps, just perhaps. Georgia officials are turning their heads to this one. And I thought Jan Kemp was still on campus . . . Staying on the subject of right and wrong, can Kentucky fans be anything but pessimistic after what happened to the Houston football program last week? The Cougars were hit with a three-year probation which includes a ban on post season bowls for two years and no live television for one season. The Cougars will also have their scholarships cut in half (jo 15) (Continued on page 25) ~77w (xifs ' $///t'r 24, @<9&
UK makes Bowling Green's day
Kentucky comes out ahead in the stats, but playing not to lose, instead of to win, costs Wildcats in 56-54 loss
By TCP staff writer Jim Easterwood
LEXINGTON Close games used to turn Kentucky basketball teams into a pack of Clint Eastwoods.
Let a team get close late in the game and you could almost see the sneer come to their collective faces.
"OK punk, make my day," they would seemingly snarl.
And then teams would fade away.
Now, not only are the 'Cats making teams' days. They are making their years. Or careers.
"To beat Kentucky at Rupp Arena before 20.000.. .well I wouldn't care if they were 0-6," said Bowling Green State guard Joe Gregory. "It would still feel the same. This is something I'll never forget."
Kentucky. 3-5 after losing the first game of its own invitational for only the second time the tourney's 36-year history, indeed is like the aging gunfighter. Once a top gun, he now tries to hide his shakes and fears as foes seek to build reputations.
FIRST IT WAS Northwestern State, an 85-82 nightmare. Last Friday it was Bowling Green State, a 56-54 winner.
The 'Cats again lull their 20,875 fans-some of whom seem to have been counted twiceinto a festive mood with a 32-22 halftime lead. Just like they did against the Louisiana bunch.
And then they take a holiday.
But Gregory and his sidekick, Darrell McLane. were not on liberty. Instead, they took liberties with a soft UK defense out front.
Gregory and McLane combined for 23 second-half points to spearhead Bowling Green's victory.
"It was one of the biggest wins, if not the biggest win in our school's history," said Bowling Green coach Jim Larranaga.
Funny, Northwestern State coach Dan Bell said practically the same thing.
The loss sent the lacklustre 'Cats into the consolation game of the UKIT against Marshall. Marshall lost to Arkansas State in the first game, 81-73.
Poor shooting, especially in the second half, sloppy play, soft defense at the guards, and some uninspired play by LeRon Ellis contributed to the demise of the 'Cats.
ELLIS, A 6-10 SOPHOMORE, has a tendency to relax, especially on defense. Friday he seemed to be in his own time zone, both on offense and defense.
His poor offensive production.(a total of nine points) may not have been all his doing.
The 'Cats seemed more content to put it up from outside the second half instead of trying to find Ellis off some picks. But why be picky?
"I think it was probably a combination of their defense and LeRon's not working hard to get open," said UK coach Eddie Sutton. "Or his teammates not getting him the ball when he was open."
Ellis' troubles surfaced early in the second half when he loafed coming back up the court and almost committed his fourth foul, a foolish grab. Exit Ellis and enter 6-10 Mike Scott.
It was at this point McLane, a sub, came into to ignite the Bowling Green team with
a three-point shot. It preceded a 7-0 stretch that helped the Falcons to climb back in. 34-29.
Two more three-pointers by McLane and a long jump shot set the table for his mate. Gregory.
Gregory's 15-footer and two three-pointers sparked Bowling Green to a 54-17 lead with 2:17 left.
"OUR QUICKNESS made the difference," said Gregory. "Especially on (Richie) Farmer and (Sean) Sutton. "1 thought it took its toll on them having to chase both of us the whole game. And then dow n the stretch ...well, maybe they were tired. They couldn't defend that shot."
Gregory probably was right. When Gregory hit a three-point shot over Sutton with 3:46 left. Sutton pulled Sean and inserted Farmer. Derrick Miller picked up McLane. It was Bowling Green by six, 52^46. Desperation time.
Reggie Hanson, perhaps the most consistent of the starters, hit a bucket and Ellis, working hard in the pivot for a change, cashed in on a three-point play. Make it 54-52 with 58 seconds to go.
UK had to commit three fouls to put Bowling Green at the line. Which they did, but letting precious seconds go by at the same time.
UK appeared to have a good shot at the tie-ing bucket when Miller stole the ball after it appeared to deflect off teammate Chris Mills. But Miller rushed a pass downcourt to Mills and Gregory swiped it.
Gregory nailed two free throws to make it 56-52 with 28 seconds left. But Farmer missed a three-pointer as the fans groaned.
However, the hero of Clay County slapped the ball out of Gregory's hands on the in-bounds play. Fifteen seconds were left. With six seconds left Farmer drove the lane to put up a left-handed layup to make it 56-54.
UK then got another break when Ed Colbert. Bowling Green's center, couldn't get the inbounds pass in within five seconds. UK got the ball. After two inbounds pusses wenl awry. Farmer's 19-footer rolled in ..and out a! the buzzer.
Larranaga said there was no way his team should have been in the game given the final statistics.
UK was outshot. 40.0 percent to 32.8 percent, but was on the plus side in turnovers (17 to 20). and rebounds (43 to 34).
"I thought we had to turn over the ball maybe 10 times, shoot about 55 percent and stay within 6-8 boards to have a shot." said Larranaga. "That shows you what I know about basketball."
BUT ITS A STRANGE game at times.
And no one knows this better than larranaga or Sutton.
Larranaga said he could sense a change in momentum in the second half when McLane got hot and UK went cold.
"Experience tends to be positive and negative," said Larranaga. "I think their experience against Northwestern probably weighed heavily on their minds in the late stages."
Sutton said the eyes had it for him. "I looked into the eyes of some of our players and they were remembering the nightmare we had against Northwestern. I just hope we can win some games like this and have some positive thoughts."
UK-Bowling Green play-by-play
Time Kentucky S< ore Bowling Green
19 in Mills 20 fl. 1 3"
III 4- 3-1 Milium 1 1A, II
It, ,1 Farmer 21 ft. 6-1
16:21 6-3 Street 6 ft.
1 . ,1 Farmer 20 ft. 9-3
! . I; 9-5 Pippin 15 ft.
14:57 9-7 Street 14 ft
13:59 Hanson layup 117
1 ; .-. Ellis 10 II 13-7
13:02 13-9 ( oltx-rt layup
i: Hanson lip 15-9
9:50 15-10 lohnum F1A. F1
9:18 Ellis dunk. 17-10
H 4< 17-13 Gregory 20 ft
16 Farmer 22 ft. 20-13
7:03 Mills 12 ft. 22-13
b 14 Ellis tip 24-13
- ID Miller 18 ft. .'b-11
, l. 26-15 Mclane FT, FT
4 14 26-17 McLane FT, FT
3:59 2819 Pippin follow layup
2:50 ', 51 Mills layup 30-19 30-21 Pippin 10 ft
1 22 Hanson 12 ft. 32-21
1:19 32-22 McLane FTA. FT
HAIF 32 22
18:26 Hanson FT, FT 34-22
16 21 34-25 McLane 20 ft
15:47 34-27 Street layup
> < 34 29 Gregory layup
14:10 Sutton FT, FT 36-29
13:32 Hall FTA, FT
13:05 36-33 McUne 21 fl
12:39 Sutton 17 ft. 38-33
12:20 Hanson layup 40-33
11 4-1 4(1-lb McLane 21 fl.
11 111 Pippin layup
10:34 411-41) Pippin follow layup
10:18 Mills tip 12-40J
9:49 12-42 McLane 18 ft.
8:39 12-44 Gregory 18 fl
8:08 Mills 15 ft. 14-44
6:37 14-47 Gregory 20 ft.
4:42 4-4f 24, /enTiitted to attend an all-star high school basketball game in the company of a member of the basketball staff and a representative of the university's athletic interests.
?No. 8 alleged that a member of the basketball staff riermitted a representative of the university's athletic interests to have an improper in-person recruiting contact with a prospective student-athlete while attending a high school game in which the prospect was participating.
?No. 10 alleged that academic fraud was committed by a UK student-athlete in 1987, and that during the investigation of the fraud, the student-athlete acted contrary to NCAA provisions of ethical conduct by providing false and misleading information to university and NCAA investigators and by refusing to cooperate with the NCAA in its investigation. It also alleged that the university violated NCAA rules by certifying the student-athlete for eligibilty, and that the student-athlete participated in the 1987-88 season even though he knew he was not eligible.
?No. 11 alleged that in July 1988, a member of the basketball staff and two UK student-athletes provided false and misleading information to NCAA investigators.
Following is the text of the NCAA's Supplemental Official Inquiry:
2. [NCAA Bylaw l-l-(b)]
It is alleged that during the 1986-87 academic year, while recruiting prospective student-athlete Sean Higgins (Los Angeles, Calif.), men's assistant basketball coach Dwane Casey offered Higgins recruiting inducements in order to encourage the young
man to sign a national letter of intent to enroll in the university: further, Casey also made similar statements to Clifford Benson-Bey, the stepfather of the young man: further. Al Ross, a representative of the university's athletics interests, confirmed these offers to the young man. and finally, during the prospect's official paid visit to the university's campus, an unidentified representative of the universits 's athletics interests made a statement that reasonably led the young man to believe that he would receive the items offered by Casey.
Specifically, during a telephone conversation with the young man, Casey told Higgins that he would assist in making payments for Higgins' mother's new home; further, during Higgins' official paid visit to the university's campus. Casey told Higgins that if he would sign a letter of intent to enroll at the university, he would receive: (a) a monthly allowance of approximately $300 cash beginning at the time he signed a letter of intent and ending when he left the university; (b) an automobile upon his signing, and (c) the opportunity to obtain a different automobile after enrollment.
Also, on Oct. 10, 1986, following an exhibition professional basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Chicago Bulls at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif., Benson-Bey told Higgins that during the game, Casey stated he would provide a monthly allowance to the young man, an automobile and financial assistance for the home of the young man's mother, and. finally, the young man told his father, Earle Higgins, about Casey's offer of an automobile. Also, during a telephone conversation, Ross informed the young man that whatever Casey offered him would be provided and, finally, during the young man's official paid visit, after being introduced by Casey to the prospect, an unidentified representative of the university's athletics interests confirmed to the young man that whatever Casey told him, it would be provided.
3. [NCAA Bylaws l-2-(a)-(6) and l-6-(a)]
It is alleged that in July 1986, while recruiting prospective student-athlete Sean Higgins (Los Angeles, Calif), men's assistant basketball coach Dwane Casey contacted Higgins at the Slam-N-Jam basketball tournament at Pauley Pavilion on the campus of the University of California, Los Angeles, during a period when such in-person, face-to-face recruiting contacts were not permitted under NCAA legislation; further, in September 1986, during Casey's attendance at a practice at the young man's high school, Casey shot baskets with the prospect.
4. [NCAA Bylaws l-l-(b)-(l), l-2-(a)-(4), l-2-(b), l-9-(a) and l-9-(d)]
It is alleged that on at least one occasion during the summer of 1987, Bill Chupil, a representative of the university's athletics interests, provided prospective student-athlete Lawrence Funderburke (Columbus, Ohio) and the young man's friend, Mark Johnson, round-trip automobile transportation between Columbus, Ohio, and Lexington, Ky., in order for the young men to view the university's facilities; further, on one of these occasions, upon arriving at the offices of the men's basketball coaching staff, Chupil introduced Funderburke to men's head basketball coach Eddie Sutton and men's assistant bas