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Roots
by Paul Owens
About 1910 the football team had
enough alums to begin its own reunion
and remembrance. A returning play-
er, M. Maurie Wilson, showed up
among peers to boast of his new_job.
I-Ie had been considered a star when
he played for Kentucky, and he
brought with him to the reunion a
number of “stars” from the past. He
said , “I am as much interested in the
affairs of the University as I ever was.
In those days someone was quoted ev-
V ery season as being “optimistic about
the team`s prospects.” Wilson was op-
timistic about the teams prospects, but
another reason he came to the re-
union apparently was to brag to the
current players. Wilson was now build-
’ ing sewers for the City of Louisville.
In inspirational tones during conver~
sation, he promised, if you studied
hard, played hard and worked hard,
you could follow in his footsteps.