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Veteran linebacker and preseason All-SEC pick Randy Holleran predicts good things await last year's starting quarterback Freddie Maggard (left) and several other 'Cats. In 11 games last year Maggard passed for 1,515 yards, completing 130 of 231 attempts and 12 interceptions. The Cumberland junior is currently competing for the No. 1 spot along with Brad Smth and Ryan Hockman. Kentucky coach Bill Curry also has been impressed with freshmen Pookie Jones and Mike Kinney.
'Cats shift into 'full gear' preparing for opener; team enters camp mentally fit
by TCP associate editor Nick Nicholas
Kentucky faithful have been guaranteed more aerials and excitement to surround their football team as it enters the 1990s under first-year UK coach Bill Curry.
This guarantee comes from a coach who exited a tradition-rich but headache-prone Alabama program for blue-collar UK. Even though it's known as the Bluegrass State, Kentucky may prove greener pastures for Bill Curry's family.
In 10 seasons on the college level, Curry looks to improve an overall winning slate57-53-4at Kentucky If that were
to happen, available tickets to Commonwealth Stadium should be scarce. One would have to turn back the calendar to 1977 to remember such a stable seller's market.
"The football atmosphere is incredible in Lexington," Curry, in an interview this past spring, said. "The financial support is here. The facilities are second-to-none for the football players. As we continue to addthe indoor facility, which will be done this year; and expand the stadium, which will be done in about three yearsit will be unbelievable. And that is the kind of commitment you have to have to be contenders for the conference championship."
Curry welcomes 12 returning starters, including linebacker Randy Holleran. The senior standout, Wildcat fans will recall, was sidelined for his entire junior season after injuring his right knee in two-a-day practices last fall. Overall, 32 lettermen have reported for fall workouts.
That number would have been 34, but starting offensive guard Mike Nord and reserve fullback Rodney Shepard were kicked off the squad for violating team rules. And most recently, tailback Eric Carter quit the squad for personal reasons.
Nevertheless, Kentucky football, today, moves on.
"I would not like to be a senior on the 1990 Kentucky team," Curry said, "and have the head coach running around saying, 'Well, in a couple of years we'll have this thing together.' I would not like that.
"I expect to have 11 out there Sept. 1 who know how to win for four quarters. If I find we fall a little short of that then we'll be ready Sept. 8, Sept. 15 and right on through the schedule and for as long as we breathe. We don't put a time frame on it.
"We do give ourselves deadlines. And our first deadline is Sept. 1."
Following contains notes and quotes about the upcoming Wildcat football season.
SMART 'CATS Bill Curry pointed out to the media a couple of weeks ago that not only was he impressed with the players' physical condition but their mental state, too.
"This team has excellent concentration," Curry noted. "This team listens. I told them last night that I was real proud with the way they showed up."
Will, or better yet, can these players, knowing what's eluded them and the UK program in the past, believe winning days are around the bend?
First telling sign is at Rutgers, Sept. 8, UK's first encounter away from Commonwealth Stadium.
On the road again is not a popular tune with the Big Blue. Kentucky owns only two victories in the last five seasons (Cincinnati, Vanderbilt) on foreign turf.
Curry was asked if he could describe to his new pupils the positive attitude Alabama players seemingly always possess.
"You bet," he answered, "I can tell 'em because I've been in both situations, off and on all my life. I've been privileged to play on some of the greatest teams that have ever played. I've been privileged to be a part of building a college program (Georgia Tech) from a very negative mind set to a very positive mind set. I've been a part of going to one that already had very positive mind set, but with a lot of distraction.
"So we're seeing a lot of different scenarios. We have described very carefully to the players what's going in. We don't expect to just lead them around like sheep. They're human beings and they are bright."
Count preseason All-SEC linebacker Ran-
dy Holleran a "Curry Believer."
"Everybody can't wait to get out there for that first game," Holleran said. "That's what they (UK staff) talk about, winning...being a winner...knowing what it takes to be a winner.
"When you hear that every day you start believing. And when you start believing it, you start being that winner. You start working hard. That's what it's all about."
SPEAKING OF BAMA Curry predicts good things this season for new coach Gene Stallings and the Crimson Tide.
"I told the (Alabama) players the last time I met with them, 'Men, selfishly, I want to stay here with you. This team is going back to the Sugar Bowl. But it would be a very selfish thing for me to do. The only unselfish thing I can do is to remove myself from this in hopes that you can have a normal life. You have been incredible. I will always love you and I will always remember what you did, especially the season of '89, to be champions in the midst of that environment.'"
So don't blame this coach if he sneaks a peek at Sunday's box scores to see how the Tide faired..
"Those guys," Curry says before pausing briefly, "...I have a heart invested in them. The soul, everything else. I figured with a calculator, that in a three-hour period at this job I work about 10,000 hours. So if you've got 10,000 hours of your heart into something, I don't care how goofy you are or what you are, that means that it means something to you. Otherwise, you wouldn't put that many hours into it.
"That's what I've got invested in those guys."
SUPPORT, TO BOOT Former NFL standout placekicker Jan Stenerud, best remembered for his days with the Kansas City Chiefs, recently was in the Wildcat camp to give a few pointers to UK's kickers.
"I'm just trying to look at each one and see what I can do to make each a little bit better," Stenerud said, "as far as technique is concerned and ways they can get more efficient. We did not have a kicking contest.
"I'm just here to look at them and give them some input, tricks of the trade I call
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Seven shopping days left till Curry's 'Cats tee it up
One week and counting to the official launching of the Bill Curry era at the University of Kentucky.
This time next week, the Wildcats will take the field in hopes of producing UK's first bowl team in six years.
The task won't be easy, but with the enthusiasm generated with a new coach and a soft schedule, as compared to most SEC schools, one can be optimistic.
Yet, no one opponent on the schedule can be taken for granted, given the fact that Kentucky still has very little talented depth, as has been the Big Blue's history over the years.
The major asset is still apparent.Any time your schedule has the likes of Central Michigan, Rutgers, Indiana and North Carolina, plus some of the weaker sisters of the SEC, dotted around powerhouses LSU, Georgia, Tennessee and Florida, along with two open dates, you have to feel pretty good about your chances of winning at least seven games.
And that's how many victories Kentucky will need if the 'Cats are to be invited to postseason play.
This issue of TCP marks the final issue of the 1989-90 year as we prepare for a new year and our first weekly edition coming your way next week.
Next week will also mark the 15th anniversary of the founding of The Cats' Pause and we plan some exciting projects for our subscribers over the next few weeks to mark this milestone.
As most of you know, TCP was the first such sports publication devoted exclusively to a university back in 1976 and we're proud to say more than 25 other publications around the country have followed our path over the years.
Our success and growth is a tribute to all of you fine fans and friends who have been faithful to us at TCP over the long haul.
Along with the success you've created for us, we have constantly had to expand our operation and perhaps it is only appropriate that we are now in the midst of our greatest expansion yet, moving into a modern facility that more than doubles the size of our present location.
For those of you who drop by and visit our offices and retail store, we will be moving just a few hundred yards from our present location on Oct. 1.
The new location will allow us to expand our retail showroom of UK sports memorabilia, baseball, basketball and football cards and our various other publications. The new location will be 2691 Regency Road.
We also plan a Grand Openingwe'll keep you posted on all those detailsand hope all of you can visit us at that time. We may, perhaps, have some of your former Wildcat heroes around for autographing.
Again, thanks for your support. There's no way we'd be here today without you. You're the greatest.
As football gears up, basketball recruiting is still a very hot topic around these parts and most of the recruiting all of a sudden has hit upon Missouri freshman Travis Ford, who has obtained his release from the Tigers and plans to attend a new school this fall.
Ford, the Madisonville High product who enjoyed a sensational summer of basketball in the Olympic Festival, says his first choice would be to play for the University of Kentucky.
"I like coach Pitino's style very much," Ford said after he left Missouri last week. "I feel I'd fit in real well."
But there has been no official word from UK as we were going to press. However, one should not perceive Kentucky's closed lips as a lack of interest in Ford.
Under NCAA rules, a school would be guilty of tampering if a coach should mention an interest in a kid before his release became official.
Everyone knows Ford's heart has belonged to Big Blue since he was a kid. He fits the same mold as hundreds of other youngsters, going back to the likes of Phil Cox, Rodney Woods, Vince Taylor and Andy Penick, among others, who were unable to convince UK to recruit them.
Ford's name should also be on that list, but he's hoping to remove it and place it on the roster of current Wildcats.
Ford was scheduled this weekend to visit North Carolina, where Dean Smith reportedly is ready to take his first-ever major college transfer. Supposedly in a private conversation, North Carolina has told Ford the Tar Heels made a mistake in not going after him instead of waiting on Kenny Anderson, the all-everything point guard who eventually signed with Georgia Tech and then led them to the Final Four last season.
Also expressing a keen interest in the services of Ford are LSU and Florida, a pair of schools that Kentucky will have to battle before the Wildcats return to the top of the SEC.
With LSU, Ford would be the missing ingredient of a championship team, thanks to the early exit of All-America Chris Jackson to the NBA.
Ford's father, Eddie, has said he'd be more than happy to take care of one obstacle to Travis returning to UK.
That is the problem of UK consuming all of its scholarships for this year.
The elder Ford said a year's tuition would be well worth his son's enjoyment if that is where Travis wants to go.
For Kentucky, a deeper problem is the current recruiting of at least three topflight prep players at the point-guard position.
The Fords are looking for a commitment that the school Travis attends will not be recruiting point guards this season. Some believe Kentucky is in prime position to land one of the nation's finest in Travis Best of Springfield, Mass.
If Kentucky should make such a promise, Best would be history. On the other hand, there are no assurances Best would still sign with UK. And then yet, there's also a view that, right now, Ford is the better idea anyway.
By the time you receive this issue of TCP, Ford's fate should be known.
Tickets still remain for the Kentucky's opener with Central Michigan. Both sideline and end zone seats are available and information may be obtained by calling the UK ticket office. Several special promotions are being planned for the upcoming season, including free shakers to fans at each game.
Two ex-Wildcats will also be honored at halftime of each game.
Plans are also being made for a reunion of the 1951 Sugar Bowl champions on Nov. 16-17 as the 'Cats host the Florida Gators.
A banquet honoring the team will be
held on Saturday evening following the Kentucky-Florida game.
The first promotion of the year will be sponsored by Glenn Buick and will include 20,000 helmet-type paper fans being given out at Commonwealth Stadium.
Also by the time you read this, the university will have announced that it plans to retire the jerseys of several well-deserving former Wildcat football players.
As Kentucky begins a new era under the popular and successful Bill Curry, the Wildcat football program will also celebrate its 100th year of college football. UK has a specially designed logo for the anniversary and the logo should appear on the shelves of local merchants soon...
No one is saying for the record just yet, but look for one or more of UK's road football games to be televised on pay-per-view this fall. Before fans get worked up about being gouged in the pocketbook again, UK assistant athletics director Gene DeFilippo says the College Football Association's television contract prohibits UK games from being televised on free television either in the late afternoon or at late night. Reports are the UK officials would like to air the Rutgers game on pay-per-view, especially since Sportschannel America is already carrying the game and the cost would not be as great to UK. Those of you who have a satellite dish are in for an extra treat, and a free one I might add...
One of the off-the-field incidents that led to the dismissal of a Wildcat player from the team earlier this month supposedly involved one-time UK recruit Jeff Ellis, who reportedly was visiting his old high school buddy, Wildcat receiver Phil Logan, over the summer in Lexington and was the victim of an incident involving the player...
The incident at Freedom Hall in
Louisville that led to another Wildcat's dismissal, Mike Nord's, supposedly involved a former officer of the UK Alumni Association. One football insider said Nord had been involved in a couple other incidents while at UK...
When Rick Pitino's Wildcats hit Rupp Arena this fall, they'll be playing on a new floor. The Lexington Center was in the process of laying a new subfloor last week so a new wooden floor can be installed. The new floor is being built at the request of Pitino, who complained last season about dead spots in the 15-year-old floor...
UK officials say all tickets available under the Blue & White Fund for football have been sold, but a limited number of season tickets on the sidelines were still available at press time...
As predicted a year ago, the UK basketball team will not be moving out of Wildcat Lodge after all. In an interview for our annual TCP Kentucky Basketball Yearbook, Pitino said the Wildcats will return to the Lodge permanently, unless the NCAA outlaws athletic dorms. Pitino said his position on housing players at the Lodge has changed since he first arrived because he now has had a chance to check out the other UK housing facilities (which he describes as totally inadequate). Pitino also said a chat with former UK coach Joe B. Hall provided him a convincing view on why UK players need a different housing situation, given the attention that is focused on them...
Two former UK assistants from different eras have surfaced together at Maryland. Former UK quarterback coach Jerry Eiasman earlier this year returned to Maryland where he enjoyed immense success with Jerry Claiborne in the 1970s. Also joining the Maryland staff is Larry Kirksey, who once coached at UK under Fran Curci...
How ironic that all of Eddie Sutton's staff except Dwane Casey now are coaching again and can be in the NCAA this season while all the current and innocent members of the Kentucky team must stay home. James Dickey is now at Texas Tech while Jimmy Dykes has rejoined Sutton at OSU. Casey's trial against Emery Worldwide Freight could come to trial later this fall...
As speculated here earlier, Sean Sutton has rejoined his father at OSU. In a four-column spread atop the sports section of the local Lexington daily, he said he didn't think the people at Kentucky gave him a fair shot to show the type of player he really is: "Certainly, some people did, but there are other people who had it in their mind that I didn't belong at Kentucky."...
The paratroopers have a good one in Charles Hurt, former Wildcat basketball player who is with the 82nd Airborne in the Mideast. Charles shipped out of Fort Bragg, N.C. He has been in the Army two years. Good luck to both Sean and Charles. 77l& (oats? &aus&
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'Cat assistant head coach John Guy knows who's next to him in this foxhole
by TCP associate editor Nick Nicholas
Bill Curry respects John Guy so much that he recently promoted the 39-year-old North Carolina A&T grad to assistant head coach of the Wildcats. Thus, whenever Curry's services take him away from the Wildcat den, this Guy is in charge.
This Guy is someone who Curry can count on during the good and bad times. This is the UK coach's favorite Guy.
John Guy has been with Curry since 1981, the longest of any on the UK staff. At Georgia Tech he first worked under Curry and in 1987 the two traveled to Tuscaloosa for three successful seasons. So when Curry decided to leave Alabama for Kentucky, Guy was behind him, literally and figuratively.
"Alabama was totally, totally different from anything I've ever been exposed to," Guy, in charge of outside linebackers, defensive ends and placekickers, said. "I worked in Alabama and socialized outside the state, basically.
According to Guy, Lexington and the surrounding area offer more than his previous employer. It's definitely more his kind of town. Jazz festivals. Radio stations that suit his taste in music. A better selection of movies for his VCR. Louisville to the west, Cincinnati to the north, both under two-hour drives. And, maybe most important, a strong, but not a choking tie between the football program and the community.
Guy, whose coaching career has put him in huddles with Lawrence Taylor, Pat Swilling and Derrick Thomas to name a few, lives for afternoons on the practice field and Saturdays at the stadium.. .and those Thursday nights with assistant Larry New and his wife.
"Larry and I are kind of like brothers," he said. "Mary, his wife, is like my sister. For the last couple of years we have gone out to eat every Thursday night. We'll go eat at Mary's or usually we'll go out and pick a restaurant. It's a good time for us to be together and for Larry to be with Mary and just socialize. Everything is not always football. There are other things. Larry and I...we're different but we agree on the same things when it comes to football."
And they're both working for Curry at UK.
Following is an exclusive question-and-answer session with Kentucky assistant John Guy:
The Cats' Pause: How did you get interested in coaching?
John Guy: I had been accepted at Amherst to do some graduate work. My college coach convinced me that I probably should go into coaching and I should get a Masters degree from the University of North Carolina.
So I went to UNC with the idea that I would just get a Masters degree and not really coach. But I kind of got into it. I got my first paycheck and it wasn't like work and I've been doing it ever since.
TCP: Has it ever not been a joy to coach?
Guy: There were a couple of times when I was debating.. .1 had a chance to get an AM-CO Transmission dealership about 1978 or 1979. I thought about that but I just felt like that was really going to be like work.
I got with Coach Curry and my whole attitude about coaching...! guess what happen-
ed was when I coached at North Carolina I got used to winning and then I went to Duke and I didn't like the feeling of losing. Then I went to Georgia Tech and then I liked the approach to coaching.
TCP: So, Coach Curry was a major influence with you staying in coaching?
Guy: Yes. He's been really a force in my life, professionally and personally.
TCP: Were there second thoughts about leaving Alabama to come to Kentucky?
Guy: Nope. I told Coach Curry from the moment he mentioned itif Kentucky is where he wanted to come I would be with him if he wanted me. There wasn't a second thought at all.
A lot of times people can move on to better situations and better jobs. That's OK too if that's what you want to do. But I believe you have to work for a guy who is going to have you as a person, as a part of his concern and a part of his purpose. I've felt like that ever since I've been with him I've grown as a football coach and I've grown personally.
I just recently served an internship with the Pittsburgh Steelers, which the NFL has as a minority coaching opportunity. There were a lot of head coaches who did not allow their black assistant coaches to participate. I'm fortunate to work with a guy who understands an individual's personal goals, and he allowed me to do that.
TCP: When did you partake in the Steelers' internship?
Guy: I did it during the middle of July and the first of August for about two-and-a-half weeks. He allowed me to do that also. I worked with the inside and outside linebackers. That was a great opportunity for me.
TCP: What's the First thing that comes to your mind when mentioning Bill Curry?
Guy: I just see a total person. I see well-roundedness. I see a guy who will keep his word. I see a guy who never lays blame or makes excuses; he just admits it and goes on. What you see in him is what you get.
TCP: Let's talk about John Guy's social life in Lexington.
Guy: I'm single; I've gone out with the same girl for a while. She doesn't live here, she lives out of town. This is my sixth college I've coached at. I'm in the coaching business and each move to me has been a professional move and it hasn't been a move where I've tried to make it a social move.
When I lived in Atlanta, my social life was too much a factor. I decided that this is what I want to do, so this is a professional move. I'm not here to socialize or anything like that. I'm here to develop young men and develop myself.
TCP: How difficult is it today to be married and coach football?
Guy: I don't think it's tough. You just have to have a special woman. The coaches who are married, happily married, understand what the wife has to go through, and the wife has an understanding what the coach goes through. From what I've seen in my 18 years of coaching, where there is great communication and understanding there is a great relationship.
I'm kind of a frustrated psychologist (Guy has a Bachelors degree in psychology), so I
John Guy (above) credits former Wildcat football player, the late Tommy Harper, for a better understanding of people.
study behavior more than anything. Usual-     accessibilityone hour and 15 minutes. I like ly, communication and understanding are the that, key.
TCP: What things do you like about Lexington?
Guy: I like the accessibility. There are a lot of cultural things in this town. There are class people here. They are friendly people. There are just so many different things.
I like the fact that the University of Kentucky is such a part of the city of Lexington. I've been in towns where athletics were totally separate from the city. And I've been in a city where it just swallowed the institution. But this is a great chemistry between the city and the university.
TCP: Is there a point where a city can engulf a university?
Guy: Sure, I think so. If you live in a pro sports townusually that's going to be a huge citythe college is sometimes engulfed by so many "other" things. Here, you can still get that college town feeling, but at the same time...I'm into live entertainment, good music, cultural things and there is such a great avenue (in Lexington). I remember here in the spring there were three different jazz art festivals I attended. In one town I lived in I never had the opportunity (to go) because it just wasn't there. I went to see a live entertainment of Tuck and Patfi, who are two of my favorite musicians, right here in Lexington. There have been art festivals. I'm kind of "into" that. I like the accessibility of being able to go to a city like Louisville as a change of pace or going to Cincinnati. I haven't gone to Cincinnati. But it's there, the
TCP: Let's go back a few years during your days at North Carolina as an assistant coach. What do you remember about playing against Kentucky in the Peach Bowl?
Guy: First, it was cold. Second, Kentucky had great players. We thought we had pretty good players at the time, but Kentucky had great players who played hard. They beat us. And then we opened up the next year (at UK). I felt like we had a chance to win that game. We had a turnover late in the game. We felt we had just as good a team, but we made a mistake and Kentucky took advantage of it. They had a great team then.
The '70s were kind of a formative time period for me in coaching. I first got surrounded by a lot of old coaches, they weren't old but they were older coaches (Guy smiles) with a wealth of knowledge and experience. A lot of 'em now are head coaches or coordinators at big-time football schools or are coaching in pro football. They laid a big foundation for me, the things I believe in.
TCP: The huge UK gathering that followed the '76 team to the Peach has been well-documented. Is that something you remember from that particular day?
Guy: The two schools were so similar-there were two blues. It was just college football. I do remember a huge turnout here ('77 opener).
I remember a huge turnout in Atlanta. I remember it was cold. I happened to go to the Kentucky hotel because I had some August 26, ICtfO
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1 really like the excitement here. I just like the feeling.
TCP: You can already get a "feel" for it?
Guy: Yes. There is such a togetherness here. People are pulling for you. Sometimes you can take that for granted when you're at different schools. This is my sixth school. Some schools didn't have it and some schools were unfair about their own expectations. But this is great.
Coming from the last experience...this is great. I guess it's like being seasick and finally getting on land.
TCP: Why is this situation greater than at Alabama?
Guy: I just felt like I was in a phone booth. I don't feel that way here. I felt cramped, completely. Socially. I couldn't go to the gas station. I was limited to what I could do.
I'm not knocking Alabama, but the first two things I did when I went to Alabama was I upgraded my TV. That is, I went to a 51-inch screen. I upgraded my stereo, but I couldn't get the music I needed. I couldn't get the movies I needed. So here, I haven't really turned my TV on, but I've had great music. I listen to the public broadcasting station...it's a great station. I listen to it a lot.
TCP: Recently you were promoted by Bill Curry as the assistant head coach. Is this something extra special for you?
Guy: I'm not a title guy; I never wanted a title. Coach offered it to me. He said he wanted me to be it. I really felt like whatever he wanted me to do I could do it without the title.
He gave me the title. Whatever goes along with it I'll do it, but I've never really been a title guy. I've been more of a guy who just
does what he's told to do.
I understand what Coach Curry expects. I can sometimes figure out how he would do things in certain situations. I have a good feel for what this program is supposed to be about. Having been with him as long as I have, I think he feels comfortable with me being that person. It is an honor. It just hasn't hit me as it has other people.
People say, "You're the only black assistant head coach in the South and there are very few in the country." I don't see black. I just see me, see people. I'm here to do a job and that's what I'm going to do.
TCP: That sounds like Bill Curry.
Guy: Maybe, but I'm just here to do a job. I want to win. I want the players to be better than they are. I want them to better than what they think they can be. That's it.
I'm pretty sure I can (handle the responsibilities). I'm not sure I can do it as well as he can. Along with the two coordinators, we've been together and we all understand each other. I know where my limitations and attributes are. They know that. Things will work out just right.
TCP: Do you want to be a head coach? Is that a goal of yours?
Guy: It's really strange how people talk about goals. When you're an assistant coach it's hard to say. You can say you want to be a head coach, but you don't have a choice necessarily as to where you can be a head coach. I wouldn't mind being a head coach. But, I don't want to be a head coach at a smaller program.
All my life I've coached at big, successful, academic-type programs; top universities in that particular state. That's what I'm used to and that's what I want to do. If I can't be a head coach in that kind of environment then maybe I can be an athletics director or maybe I can get into pro football. You don't really have control over your goals. You just load your gun, aim your sights and whatever happens along the way...if you do a good job, good avenues will open up. What you have to do is pick the right one for you.
I'm comfortable with what I'm doing right now. I'm not out trying to be a h