On This Date In UK History

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September 19th

...in 2008, former University of Kentucky golfer and Campbellsville, KY native J.B. Holmes made his Ryder Cup debut at Louisville’s Valhalla Golf Club. Holmes birdied his first hole of the day, giving the Americans a quick 1 Up lead. He and Kentucky’s newly adopted son Boo Weekley halved their match against the Europeans earning half a point for the Americans. As any golfing fan knows, it would not be the last time Big Blue Nation heard from Mr. Holmes Ryder Cup week.

September 18th

...in 1999, newly named Kentucky quarterback Dusty Bonner was very impressive in a shootout win over the Indiana Hoosiers. The Wildcats used a huge second quarter to take a 28-14 lead into halftime. They never trailed again as Bonner completed 24-31 for 304 yards and 5 Tds. Running back Anthony White ran for 130 yards and Lexington’s Dougie Allen caught 2 Tds in the high-scoring affair. Super tight end James Whalen added 10 receptions for 121 yards to lead the Blue. Indiana quarterback Antwan Randle-El threw for 201 yards and ran for another 115 yards to keep the Hoosier from letting it get too outta hand.

September 17th

...in 2002, the NCAA Infractions Committee upholds the penalty of a postseason ban on the Univeristy of Kentucky football program. The penalty was announced on January 31, 2002, as a part of a litany of other infractions. Under the umbrella of wrong-doings by the program included:

recruiting inducements, impermissible tryouts, unethical conduct, falsification of recruiting records, salary control, fiscal integrity and institutional control of recruiting funds. Specifically, the violations included a broad pattern of providing free lodging to recruits, their parents and coaches.

And mentioning lack of institutional control one more time for good measure. Wow. They got all that from a couple of “Atta-boys”?? Needless to say there wasn’t much the University could do as this was a publicity nightmare and we were caught red-handed. In the meantime, PaPaw Brooks was masterminding a plan to give Big Blue Nation a reason to Believe.

September 16th

...in 1992, after the quick turnaround engineered by new(ish) head coach Rick Pitino, UK President Charles Wethington made sure to lock up Athletic Director C.M. Newton. Acting before his current contract expired, Wethington offered Newton a new four-year deal to stay with the University. Newton knew the program well; he played under Adolph Rupp from 1949-51. The energy for the basketball program was arguably the highest it had ever been, six months removed from the epic showdown with Duke in Philadelphia. Years later, Newton was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame. He was the head coach at Transylvania, Vanderbilt, and Alabama. Some of his other accomplishments include:

Helped adopt the 3-point line and shot clock while on the NCAA Rules Committee.

Anything and everything during his University of Kentucky tenure.

President of USA Basketball when 1992's “The Dream Team” was developed.

In 2000, the University named the field at Commonwealth Stadium C.M. Newton Field.

I’d probably put that resume up against anyone else in basketball history/innovation.

September 15th

...in 2007, we found out that “13 is a lucky number” as Kentucky wide receiver Steve Johnson got loose down the sideline for the game-winning touchdown against rival and #9 ranked Louisville. Quarterback Andre Woodson found a streaking Johnson for 57 yards with only 28 seconds left to put the Cats up 40-34. Woodson completed 30-44 passes for 275 yards and 4 touchdowns to outduel Brian Brohm in what many thought was a Heisman showdown/preview. Enough with recap, here’s Tom call.

September 14th

via UKathletics.com

...in 2002, Jared Lorenzen threw three touchdowns and Artose Pinner ran for 141 yards in the Wildcats 27-17 win over Indiana. Pinner also added 92 receiving yards on 10 catches, showing that he was an infinite value for the ‘02 squad. Lorenzen finished with 183 yards passing and touchdown passes of 12, 7, and 6 yards. Most of the game was an offensive struggle due to a 35-minute lightning delay halfway through the second quarter. Another delay of 23 minutes gave the game nearly an hour of lightning delays.

September 13th

...in 2001, fresh off the SEC announcing they would play all athletic events, including football games Saturday, September 15th, Indiana announces the postponement off all athletic activities through the weekend of the 15th. It wouldn’t matter for the 2001 Cats as they would go on and lose anyway (26-15) to finish off an embarrassing 2-9 season. The game was made up on December 1, two weeks after Kentucky’s last usual game of the season, the border war with the Vols. Of course that is the year we almost beat Tennessee, losing 38-35 in Lexington.


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