On This Date In UK History

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September 26th

...in 1988, with the basketball program in the middle of an NCAA “death penalty” investigation, word came out some uniforms were stolen from a hand full of Kentucky basketball players. Deron Feldhaus, LeRon Ellis, Eric Manual, Sean Sutton, and Mike Scott had their home uniforms taken from the equipment room at Memorial Coliseum. To this day, no one is for sure who did the dirty deed. Wonder if anyone ever questioned Shawn Kemp or Doug Gottlieb?

September 25th

...in 2008, we learned J.B. Holmes would be a guest of the University during the Kentucky-Western Kentucky football game recognizing him for his impressive performance in the Ryder Cup. Big Blue Nation gave J.B. a rousing ovation as he was recognized on the field. The Campbellsville, KY native not only help put the state on the map of the golfing world, but the University as well. Holmes tallied a 2-0-1 record in his first Ryder Cup and had the marquee moment of NBC’s coverage with his shot within 2 feet on Valhalla’s 17th hole, all but clinching the Ryder Cup for the Americans. Chalk another up for World Domination.

September 24th

...in 2000, former Kentucky player and coach Jerry Claiborne died as a result of a heart attack at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Claiborne was a blocking back and a defensive back for the Wildcats from 1946-1949 and played under Paul “Bear” Bryant. Once Claiborne graduated, he worked as an assistant to Bryant at Kentucky and Texas A&M. In December of 1981 he was named the 31st football coach at the University of Kentucky, replacing Fran Curci. He led the Wildcats to a Hall of Fame victory over Wisconsin in 1984, the last win in a bowl game before the recent stretch. Coach also led Kentucky to academic achievement as he received recognition for having a 90% graduation rate in 1989. After the 1989 season, Claiborne stepped down as head coach. A native of Hopkinsville, Jerry Claiborne was 72 when he passed.

September 23rd

...in 2004, Keenan Burton had wrist surgery, effectively ending his ‘04 campaign. The most valuable wrist on the team was injured on August 31st. He tried playing through the pain, but the team decided his effectiveness was going to help the team or his future. With the injury happening so early in the season, he would be able to apply for a medical redshirt. He did and it was granted, giving the sophomore three more seasons to play for the Big Blue. Burton went on to become part of one of the most storied football teams in program history, not to mention one of the best receivers.

September 22nd

...in 1992, Vice President Dan Quayle came to Lexington on a Presidential campaign visit. He visited Meadowthorpe Café and spoke with some of the locals about life and voting. During the visit, Quayle put in his $0.02 about Kentucky head coach Rick Pitino’s defensive strategy at the end of the heartbreaking game against Duke in the East Regional Final. Quayle said, “Obviously, they should have guarded the player throwing the ball in. Nobody was, so he had a clean pass.”

One suggestion for any future politician out there reading this: don’t ever come into our state and tell us what we SHOULD have done. We’ve already over-analyzed everything to the umpteenth time and whether you’re right or wrong, it’s already crossed our mind. Bringing up bad moments in our history won’t get our vote, it’ll make us want to bury you in a field. Needless to say Bill Clinton carried the state of Kentucky in 1992.

September 21st

...in 2008, day 3 of the Ryder Cup concluded, but not before a Wildcat had a big say-so in its outcome. The Campbellsville native evened the match with a 10-foot birdie on the par-3 3rd hole. On the par-4 5th Holmes nearly holed out from the fairway, giving himself a short birdie putt to go 1 Up. After going back and forth with the Euro on most of the back nine, J.B. Holmes blasted a drive on the par-4 17th hole at Valhalla Golf Club to put himself and the American team in position to win the Ryder Cup. J.B. left himself with only 79 yards on the 477 yard hole. He threw a dart within 2 feet, made the putt for birdie, and beat Soren Hansen 2&1. Its was the marquee shot of NBC’s Ryder Cup coverage and cemented captain Paul Azinger’s choice for a Kentucky alternate as the correct one. It was a great week for Kentucky and a great event to attend. It didn’t hurt to have a “rabid” fan base there to help the Kentucky guys be a part of the first winning Ryder Cup team since 1999.

September 20th

...in 2008, Kentucky alum J.B. Holmes struck again on Day 2 of the Ryder Cup. He and teammate Boo Weekley teamed to earn a point in the afternoon session of Saturday’s Four Ball. Holmes 15 foot birdie putt on the par-5 7th gave the Americans a 2 Up lead. The 2005 SEC Player of the Year was conceded eagle a few holes later on the par-5 10th to give the pairing a commanding 3 Up lead. Holmes and Weekley would win the match, giving the 26-year old his first Ryder Cup victory.


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