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*01e Miss held leads for most of the first part of each half, but lost the lead in the stretch and fell to Kentucky 61-58 in Oxford. The Cats could not contain Carlos Clark, but Mississippi could not stop Melvin Turpin or Kenny Walker, and that proved to be their undoing. Turpin scored 23 points and Walker added 17 points to go along a team-high nine rebounds. Clark scored 26 points to lead all scorers. The win was UK's eighth in a row.
* Melvin Turpin has been selected to
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the three-state All-District 7 team. The team is comprised of NCAA Division 1 players from the states of Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia. Senior guard Dirk Minniefield was named to the second team.
*For the second straight year, Kentucky finished regular season play being handed it's worst defeat of the season at Tiger Den in Baton Rouge, 74-60. Both teams came in hot, with LSU winning seven of nine and its last four, while the Cats were on an eight-game winning streak. LSU came to play early, making the Wildcats look as though they wanted to get the game over in a hurry and head back to Lexington. LSU outscored the Cats 16-2 and it was not until the 8:20 mark in the first half that UK could get into double figures. Kentucky was down 34-23 at the half. At the start of the second half, the Tigers picked up by jumping out to a 13-point lead and never letting Kentucky get any closer than ten the rest of the way. Howard "High C" Carter, playing his last game before the home folks, led all scorers  with  23  points. Teammate
Leonard Mitchell pitched in 20. Jim Master led Kentucky with 19 points.
*For the first time in history, every SEC team has placed a player on the coaches All-SEC team. On the first team were Dale Ellis of Tennessee, Jeff Malone of Mississippi State, Carlos Clark of Mississippi, Howard Carter of LSU, and Kentucky's Melvin Turpin.
*The UK baseball team had two first-inning explosions to chalk up wins over local rivals Georgetown and Kentucky State at the Shively Sports Center as the Cats opened their 1979 season.
*Charles Hurt, a 6-6 power forward at Shelby County High school, announced he will attend the University of Kentucky next year. Kentucky already had commitments from Dirk Minnie-field of Lexington and Derrick Hord of Bristol. Tennessee.
*Using slowdown tactics for much of the game, Clemson defeated UK 68-67 in overtime in the first round of the
NIT before a capacity crowd at Rupp Arena. Kentucky Coach Joe B. Hall called it a "confusing game. I thought the officiating undoubtedly destroyed the ballgame. It was the same for both teams." With the score tied 55-55, UK's Jay Shidler missed a last-second shot from 25 feet. Clemson jumped out on top early in the overtime. Fred Cowan got UK within one point with 14 seconds left but Clemson's Billy Williams sealed the win with two foul shots. Kyle Macy led UK with 20 points.
*VanderbiIt   became   the SEC champion after they defeated UK by a score of 71-69. It was the fourth loss in a row for the Wildcats.
*In the season finale, Kentucky defeated Mississippi State by a score of 108-69, saving the'Cats from a losing season. Kevin Grevey led Kentucky with 25 points, and Ronnie Lyons, playing his last game as a Cat, scored 16. Kentucky finished the year at 13-13.
Wildcat Quiz
AH-SEC Players
1. Two SEC players were selected first team All-Southeastern Conference last year by Associated Press, United Press International and the SEC coaches. Dale Ellis of Tennessee was one. Name the other?
a) Jeff Malone of Mississippi State
b) Carlos Clark of Mississippi
c) Charles Barkley of Auburn
d) Melvin Turpin of Kentucky
2. Which one of these players did not make first team on any of those squads?
a) Ennis Whatley of Alabama
b) Vern Fleming of Georgia
c) Phil Cox of Vandy
d) Howard "High C" Carter of LSU
3. Melvin Turpin made two of the three selected teams mentioned. Which one did he not make?
4. Name the last Kentucky player to be named   to   all   three   first teams?
a) Sam Bowie in 1981
b) Derrick Hord in 1982
c) Kyle Macy in 1980
d) Jack Givens in 1978
5. Associated Press named one freshmen to its third team last year and he was the only first-year player so honored. Who was that player?
a) Jerry Reynolds of LSU
b) Buck Johnson of Alabama
c) Chuck Person of Auburn
d) Kenny Walker of Kentucky
6. Dirk Minniefield was named to the
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second team last year by UPI. True of False?
7. AP and UPI name a Player of the Year in the SEC. Name the last UK player selected by either.
a) Melvin Turpin in 1983
b) Kyle Macy in 1981
c) Jack Givens in 1978
d) None of the above
8. Name the only UK player selected Player of the Year by both polls in the same year
a) Kyle Macy in 1980
b) Jack Givens in 1978
c) Bo Lanter in 1979
d) Vito "Babe" Parilli in 1952
9. Only one UK player has ever been named Player of the Year in two different years, althought he was never selected by both services. Name the player.
a) Dan Issel
b) Louie Dampier
c) Otis Singletary
d) Kevin Grevey
10. The Player of the Year Award was not given until 1965. Name the first UK player to ever win the award.
a) Louie Armstrong in 1965
b) Pat Riley in 1966
c) Dan Issel in 1970
d) John Conley in 1966
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The SEC Race Is Tough, Believe You Me!
It may be the final week of the regular season, but nothing stirs excitement in Big Blue Country like the arrival of Dale Brown and his LSU Tigers.
They'll be coming to town this Saturday after a Thursday visit by the Ole Miss Rebels and coach Lee Hunt. No, the Russians aren't comingl
There were those who said back in November the SEC race would be decided long before the final weekend of action. They were wrong.
Quite frankly, the surprisingly tight race has come more from Auburn and Florida's strong play than Kentucky's three early season losses.
Anyone who thought UK would wade through the 18-game SEC schedule unbeaten wasn't giving other SEC clubs very much respect.
You just don't whitewash a league as tough as the SEC. True, UK didn't play particularly well in some of those games, but I doubt that very many people will beat the likes Alabama, Auburn and LSU on the road.
There were two major surprises. First, UK's bombing of LSU in Baton Rouge was a shocker, not because UK won, but by the margin of it.
The second big eye-opener (especially after the first surprise) was the manner in which both Auburn and Florida dominated Kentucky. They didn't just beat UK in a nip-and-tuck game, UK was manhandled. For a Wildcat fan, it wasn't a pretty sight.
But then, you have to give some credit to people like Charles Barkley, Chuck Person, Ronnie Williams, Vern Delancy and etc. The're legitimate A-A.
I point to those people because Auburn and Florida are not ignored by everyone. Auburn's national image suffered early when the Tigers lost to Wake Forest, UAB, and South Alabama (a blowout) during the pre-conference.
Auburn was playing at the time with a injured Charles Barkley who contributed very little. Once he became healthy, it was a different story. I don't think Wake Forest, South Alabama or UAB wants to mess around Auburn today.
And Florida. Ah, yes, those Gatorsl They're not that good, you say. There's a fellow by the name of Dick Dunkel who makes his living by predicting the outcome of games and ranking college basketball teams the country over. His top team, North Carolina, comes as a surprise to no one.
His system of ranking teams digs deeper than won-loss records and name players. For instance, he ranks UNLV as No. 2 with Oklahoma third, Kentucky, Houston, Illinois and Georgetown follow in line with DePaul as No. 10.
Guess who is No. 8 and No. 91
You won't find either of them in most Top Twenty polls, not even in a Top 25. But Mr. Dunkel places these two clubs in the top ten for the same reason he puts Oklahoma No. 2.
He goes below the surface to rank the clubs.
Because Oklahoma is in the relative weak Big Eight Conference and because you hear of only Wayman Tisdale, there are many who believe Oklahoma is only a one-man team. NCAA tourney-time will teach a few people a great lesson. The Sooners are for real.
But back to No. 8 and No. 9. Unfortunately for these two teams, neither will probably be invited to the NCAA unless they win their conference tourney and that cannot happen for both because they are members of the same conference.
One club has already lost ten games during the season and the other has been beaten seven times and could lose two more before the league tourney. Yet, they are two of the finest in their part of the country.
They are Florida and Alabama respectively. And while one may argue the validity of a top ten ranking, you cannot deny they are of top twenty caliber. When you consider they have lost a combined 11 games in the SEC, then you have to realize just how tough this league is.
The only major college team to survive its league schedule at this point without a loss is North Carolina and there are a couple of good reasons.
It's practically unanimous that the Tar Heels have, by a wide margin, the most and best talent of any team in
America. The team doesn't have just j one "Player of the Year" candidate in Michael Jordan, but a second in Sam Perkins, not to mention more players of the seven-foot variety than UK and Indiana combined.
While many preach the ACC is the toughest this season, one has to judge more than a lofty winning percentage against the likes of Maryland-Eastern Shore. Another advantage the ACC has is that its teams play only 14 games instead of 18 like the SEC, Big 10 and Pac-10. League foes, regardless of strength, are tougher than non-conference foes of the like strength. League teams get after your butt, so to speak.
Those ACC people quickly point to Duke's win over Auburn and Vandy and Tennessee, North Carolina's win over LSU, Clemson's win over Vandy, and Georgia Tech's win over Alabama, although Georgia defeated Georgia Tech.
Of the SEC losses, all of them except Vandy's two losses were either on the road or at a neutral site.
True, North Carolina would probably win anywhere and is rightfully the No. 1 team in the country, but the strength of the ACC talent drops after that. If the other ACC clubs were so good, you wouldn't see North Carolina undefeated in the ACC at this time.
As the SEC season winds down, it's apparent an 18-game league card plus a post season tourney is going to cost some SEC teams a spot in the NCAA. It could very well mean that one school which wouldn't ordinarily qualify will come on strong and win the Nashville Bash. The last five years, there have been five different champs.
In the end, the NCAA will have to take at least three SEC teams and I
wouldn't be surprised at all to see all three advance as far as the Final Eight. Who will they be? I don't know, but there are some pretty good basketball teams in the SEC right now.
Ole Miss will come to town preparing for next season. With so many freshmen and sophomores on the roster, Lee Hunt probably has a tough time deciding whether he should take a trainer or a baby-sitter on the road with him.
The Rebs got off to a tough start and Hunt quickly decided to go for the future after he had to take care of some disciplinary matters in January. The Rebs will be a better program for it in the long run, but there's suffering right now.
Ole Miss still is a quality ballclub, just a very young and inexperienced one. It's good enough to make Kentucky play hard, but not good enough to beat the Wildcats yet, at least in Lexington. Kentucky should win this one by 10, if the Cats aren't thinking LSU.
It really doesn't matter if the league race is over or not. This game will be a war. In fact, about the only SEC team left for Kentucky fans to hate is LSU. And in a way, that's healthy. At least so long as fans behave themselves and limit their actions to cheering and booing, free of foul language.
While most of the conversation around the SEC has surrounded the likes of favorite Kentucky and newcomers Auburn and Florida, the LSU Tigers have quietly worked their way back up the league ladder.
Those Tigers are a pretty darn good club, believe you me.
Despite injuries to Derrick Taylor and Leonard Mitchell and the disciplinary problems of Steffond Johnson, LSU continues to give everyone fits. LSU played North Carolina to the hilt and deserved to win when you consider a couple bad officiating calls at Carolina's home court.
There's no question LSU is a better team with Leonard Mitchell, but the Tigers have always seemed to fight back from such adversity. You can bet LSU will be at the top of its game when the regular season's final battle is played before nationally televised audience over NBC-TV Saturday.
It will be a time when the Tigers and Cats should be at their best. And it'll be a time when Al McGuire and Dick Enberg will be saying, "this is what college basketball is all about."
It will be one of the top three games of the season for Kentucky, in the (Continued On Page 22) 4
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Dawgs Fall Inches Short
Closer To The Title
The Kentucky Wildcats took a gigantic step toward their 35th SEC title Saturday with a 66-64 win over the Georgia Bulldogs in Athens, Georgia.
The Wildcats' 21st win of the season did not come easy and the Cats had to withstand some poor free throw shooting at the end to come up with the victory.
There was no greater contribution for the Wildcats than the floor leadership of senior point guard Dicky Beal, who completely manhandled the Bulldogs' full court pressure in the game's final minutes.
Offensively, it was a balanced UK scoring attack with five starters scoring in double figures.
Melvin Turpin led the way with 18 points, followed by Beal's 14 points and Jim Master with 12 points. Sam Bowie and Kenny Walker had 10 points each.
Beal's play was truly outstanding as he dished out nine assists, hit six of seven shots from the field and logged 37 minutes as he continued to show his renewed strength.
The Cats had to withstand a torrid first half from Georgia's outstanding guards as UK fell  behind by ten.
It was a first half of red-hot streaks in Athens, Georgia, as the Bulldogs came out hot, hitting their first seven shots and racing out to a 16-6 lead before the Wildcats realized what hit them.
Georgia's   all-star   guards, Vern
Fleming and Gerald Crosby burned up the nets in the early going and staked the   Bulldogs   to   the   early lead.
When Crosby and Fleming were not doing a number on the Cats, forward Joe  Ward was  taking over inside.
Georgia's offensive onslaught was so quick that UK coach Joe Hall was forced to call a valuable time-out before the automatic television timeout at the 16:00 mark of the first half.
With the Dogs on top at 17:02 with a score of 12-4, UK went to the sidelines for regrouping. It was more of the same for the next four minutes as Georgia led by 20-10 as Crosby scored on another long range bomb at 14:41.
At that point, UK caught fire. Melvin Turpin stuck in a short baseline jumper and Jim Master hit back-to-back jumpers to cut the deficit to four points, 20-16.
Dicky Beal scored off the fast break. Sam Bowie slammed home one on an alley-oop pass from Beal and UK had tied the game at 20.
From there on, the game was nip-and-tuck the remainder of the first half.
One Shot Short
The final twenty minutes of action were just as furious as the first half, although the shooters cooled off considerablv  in  the  second period.
The game was tied eleven times in the last half and the lead exchanged hands four times.
Although leading early in the second half, Georgia caught up and actually
never trailed from the 11:23 mark until UK went in front at 60-58 on James Blackmon's 14-footer from the baseline at 6:50.
Ironically, UK never trailed after that. UK went up by four at 62-58 on Kennv Walker's jumper, but Georgia came right back to tie the score when Horace McMillan and Don Hart-ry connected on long missies.
Kentucky took the lead for good on Turpin's turn-around at 3:50, but two missed bonus free throws by Bowie and another by Walker prevented UK from salting the game away at the end.
Georgia missed a chance to tie when Beal stripped Fleming at the top of the key. UK took the ball out-of-bounds but almost lost it. After a scramble, it was ruled UK's ball at midcourt with one second left.
UK's Walker lofted a pass towards Bowie. At the same time, Banks grabbed Beal to the floor. There was no whistle. Corhen picked off Walker's inbounds pass and turned to shoot. As the horn sounded, the ball bounced high off the front of the rim and over the backboard.
The Coaches Comment
"It was a great win for us," said UK coach Joe Hall. "We hung in there and did the things we had to do. Dicky was just super out there today.
"It was the type of game we expected. Georgia came out strong and got off to a great start, but it was a credit to our team the way we came back and took the lead.
"Dicky was the man of the hour for us. He was just sensational. Kenny Walker got off to a slow start but had a strong second half. His rebounding and shooting was one of the keys for us in the second half."
Just minutes before tip-off, Hall learned of Auburn's one-point 81-80 loss to LSU in Baton Rouge. Said Hall, "yea, we found out the score right before the game, but we didn't tell the players until after the game. They were pretty excited."
Georgia coach Hugh Durham wasn't interested in close finishes and a moral victory, as some Georgia writers suggested during his post game press conference.
"We played well but we can't get carried away with just playing well.
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We played with intensity, courage, and heart but our program is passed the point of looking for close losses or moral victories. (Obviously referring to last season's Final Four appearance). We're looking to win. I think we played well enough to win," said Durham.
"At times we were outmuscled inside but we did outrebound them and that's a credit to our intensity. Corhen, Ward and Banks did a good job inside especially realizing we are asking them sometimes to do things that put them out of position," continued Durham. "We played well in the backcourt and think that our backcourt is competitive with anyone we've had the opportunity to play against."
But Durham said he didn't want to take anything away from Kentucky adding, "Kentucky has a great team and a lot of great players."
Look At The Stats
In the end, Kentucky won the game of statistics, but its most decisive edge came in field goal accuracy, an area which Georgia dominated early.
The Bulldogs canned their first seven shots and then hit ten of their first 13 for a blistering 77 percent before cooling off. By intermission, the Dogs had cooled down to 50 percent on 18 of 36, meaning that the Dogs hit only eight of their last 23 attempts in the first half. A lot of credit to the latter statistic is the result of a multitude of changing defenses which UK began employing midway through the half.
Kentucky, which hit only two of its first   four,   found   the   range more (Continued On Page 10)
LOOK OUT. . . It looks as if UK's James Blackmon (10) scared the ball out of the hands of Georgia's Donald Hartry when the two teams met in Rupp.
Key Contributors:
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On The Rood To Nashville
The Cats' Pause Scouting Report
Wildcats' Statistics vs. Ole Miss
Sam Bowie	6	35-59	59	3	36-	50	72	0	44-7	 3	18	106	17	6	10	20	191	31 .8
Melvin Turpin	. , .......	46-67	68	6	18-	28	64	2	35-4	3	25	110	13	7	4	18	233	29. 1
Jim Master	7	24-46	52	1	14-	19	73	6	4-0	 5	14	62	8	8	3	9	154	22.0
Dicky Beal	8	1 1-23	47	8	7-	16	43	7	8-1	0	16	29	3	6	15	12	136	17-0
Bret Bearup	' h	2- 5	ho	0	3-	5	60	0	5-1	2	7	7	1	8	3	mm	60	15-0
Tom He i tz	9	2- 3	66	7	4-	7	57	1	5-0	5	..3	8	0	8	1	3	25	. 2JJ
Troy McKin1ey	3	0- 0		-	0-	0		--	1-0	3	)	0	0	0	0	2	4	1 .3
Kenny Walker	3	15-19	78	9	5-	10	50	0	12-4	0	7	35	11	6	2	6	77	25-6
Roger Harden	3	2- 5	40	0	5-	6	83	3	2-0	6	4	9	3.	0	4	1	39	13-0
Winston Bennett	1	kr 5	80	0	5-	5	100	0	5-5	0	4	13	13-	0	0	__L	16	16.0
James Blackmon		6-12	50	0	3-	5	60	0	5-5	0	3	15	15-	0	2	4	35	35-0
Paul Andrews	i	0- 0			o-	0		-	0-0	0	0	0	0.	0	0	0	5	5-0
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Wildcats' Statistics vs. LSU
Sam Bowie	6	31-55	56.3	18-22	81 .8	41-6.8	21	80	13-3	6	1 1	171	28.5
Melvin Tu rp i n	7	41-61	67.2	18-25	72.0	43-6.1	20	100	14.2	5	23	194	27.7
Jim Master	7	26-63	41 .2	20-23	86.9	21-3.0	15	17	10.2	17	15	198	28.2
Dicky Beal	6	8-12	66.7	1- 5	20 .0	9-1 .5	12	17	2.8	1 1	10	80	13.3
Bret Bearup	5	3-13	23-0	4- 6	66.7	4-0.8	7	10	2.0	2	4	40	8.0
Tom Hei tz	5	2- 7	28.5	3- 8	37-5	5-1 .0	4	.7	1 .4	0	0	28	5.6
Troy McKi n1ey	2	0- 1	----	0- 0	----	0-0.0	1	0	0.0	1	0	6	3-0
Kenny Walker	3	11-21	52.3	9-12	75-0	16-5.3	6	31	10.3	2	9	73	24.3
Roger Harden	2	2- 8	25-0	0- 0	----	4-2.0	2	4	2.0	6	2	25	12.5
Winston Bennett	1	1- 3	33-3	2- 2	1 00 .0	2-2.0	5	4	2.0	0	2	6	6.0
James Blackmon	1	0- 1	----	1- 3	33-3	o-o.o	2	1	1 .0	0	2	4	4.0
Letters To The Editor
Mail AH Letters To: VIEWPOINT, The Cats' Pause, P.O. Box 7297, Lexington, KY 40522
Like Molasses
Dear Sirs:
I am writing to comment on all of those and  Joe B. Hall critics, I hear it all the time about how poor the coaching is. Personally, I'm disturbed with those who are extremely critical of Coach Hall. Coaching has to be a very tough profession and it's amazing how many non-paid (laymen) coaches :here are who think they can win the NCAA every yearl Sure, I get disappointed when UK loses but I also realize that they're human and so is their coach. Give him a break, pleasel
I'm a true Blue fan all the way. I'm a graduate of UK and I'm thankful for that. To me and other true fans, Kentucky will always be number 1. Louisville, Houston, etc. will never have the quality of program that UK hasl Seems to me that these fans are somewhat jealous of UK1 Oh well, enough of that. Coach Hall, I'm behind you all the way. You have a first class program. Keep up the great workl
Pure UK fans stick together through thick and thinl!
Jeff Litton Utica, KY
Shine On
Dear Sirs:
Grid Gripes
Dear Sirs:
Once again I believe you shortchanged football on your coverage. Kentucky had a outstanding recruiting year and The Cats' Pause didn't even give them their just due.
Greg Baker is our example. You said he didn't play in the "top competition". Greg is on every check list. He was back of the year in AA. The other first string on the AA went to Ohio State. The linemen of the year was fought over between Ohio State and Notre Dame with him going to Notre Dame. You better check Ohio State list and you will find quite a few from AA and a few from A ball. But chech other major colleges and see how many were selected from AA.
One Ohio paper said Herschel Walker came in and tried to recruit him for Georgia.
Ivy Joe Hunter was another great one from Florida. Florida newspapers had him committing to Florida. I could go on and on.
Write up basketball but give the football fans more write ups on the football recruits.
Patrick O'Neal Louisville, KY
I can't believe that some of these fans have the guts to call themselves diehard fans. You sound like you're dying pretty quick to me. How can you bad mouth the coach and team after three losses? You people should live here in Northern Kentucky. The University of Cincinnati would love to have as many conference wins as Kentucky has losses.
And don't give me that bull about Kentucky having all the best players. There are at least 200 players named All-Americans as seniors, and since KY is limited to 15 players, there are a few on the other teams too. I say Dean Smith, although a good coach, is the most overrated coach in the country. With all the superstars and franchise players he has coached he should have won 10 titles instead of one.
This Kentucky team has been vastly overrated. Sure they have some good inside players but they also have weaknesses. If the guards are unable to get the ball past the ten second line, put the outside shot in, or get a good pass inside to them, the inside game for Kentucky is not what it could be.
Joe Hall is a better coach than he is given credit for. He does a good job in stressing his teams strengths, while hiding its weakness. Take last year's team. Joe did a great job. Louisville had more speed, more quickness, more leaping ability, and more all around athletic ability. Yet, Kentucky came just a hair from winning the game.
Coach Hall should get the credit for that but he doesn't. There is nothing wrong with Joe Hall's coaching that a few athletes in the backcourt wouldn't cure. I still have hope this team will jell just in time for the tournament and win it all in Seattle. Mature, consistant guard play is what they need.
If for some reason they should not win it, well there is always next and future years. Coach Hall is now bringing in the kind of all around athlete with the quickness it takes. With Walker, Bennett and company already here, and more quickness on the way, the future for Kentucky basketball looks very bright. So let's stick with this team and become real diehard fans with our actions not our mouths.
Floyd Messer Bellevue, KY
Crying The Blues
Dear Sirs:
In the February 11  issue  a Mr.
Vernon Coy made a challenge to any TRUE Wildcat fan to answer him. I say "true" because evidently he doesn't know the meaning of the word. Here is my reply to his rude, crude, and socially unacceptable letter. Now it's MY turn to "rise and be heard."
Personally, I don't think it's Coach Hall we need to get rid of. I think it's the phony fans with the "I know better than Joe B." attitudes that are causing all the problems and driving us True Blue-blooded fans crazy.
Bad mouthing the team or coach does nothing to improve the team's play or Joe's coaching. If these simple-minded fans can't realize when they've got a good thing going and keep their boo's and hisses to themselves, then I suggest they forget basketball and take up watching Friday night wrestling. The University of Kentucky can do without these crybaby fans who make it a habit of crying over spilt milk. I think it's time we True and Faithful fans "unite" and weed out the "brick throwing" supporters - as Mr. Coy would say -"before it's too late." Let's all pull together and support the Cats like they truly deserve.
Kristy Hoover Clinton, TN
Inaccurate Info
Dear Sirs:
In response to Oscar Combs' 12/31/ 83 article on the University of Cincinnati's promotion of the UK vs. UC basketball game, I feel the facts presented include some inaccurate information. The article implies that the fans could only get tickets to the game by either buying season tickets or by buying a hotel package. The article goes on to imply that something shady was going on