On This Date In UK History

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October 24th

... in 2008, Kentucky guard Jodie Meeks declared himself 100% healthy about a miserable 2007-08 campaign that was plagued by injury and a coaching change. A sports hernia initially diagnosed as a stress fracture in his pelvis and a hip flexor limited the Norcross, GA, native to 11 games. And with the loss of seniors Joe Crawford and Ramel Bradley, Meeks knew he need to step up his offensive game in order for the Cats to be successful. The fact there was no mention on the SEC’s preseason All-SEC team also kept the fire alive in Jodie for 2008-09. Little did Big Blue Nation know what was in store for them during the 2008-09 basketball season. While the team struggled down the stretch, the individual performances by Jodie Meeks were immediately legendary. Jodie had a monster season highlighted by the ridiculous 54-point performance at Tennessee.

October 23rd

.... in 1998, a 54-year old Englishman, Ian Ward, came up with possibly the greatest idea of my generation, the image you see to the left. Ward was the general manager of the Kentucky CoolCats, the University’s barely funded hockey team, came up with a spicy idea to promote the team. Having seen Judd on TV during the basketball season, the idea popped into his head to contact the UK alum in a last ditch effort to gain some excitement. Judd was contacted by her cousin and finally agreed to do the shoot. The poster was a hit, a pop culture phenomenon. Outlets such as USA Today and Washington quickly picked the story up causing a stir among professional hockey players. Everyone had to have the poster. Brett Favre’s agent requested a dozen or so copies. What started as a favor, ended up being quite possibly the greatest publicity stunt in Hollywood history. After Judd’s appearance, every actress from the state knew that if she was going to make it, she needed her own hockey poster moment. Rebecca Gayheart, Leah Lail, the Costello twins (Julie and Shawnie), model Kylie Bax, and Miss USA Tara Conner all owe a bit of their popularity to Mr. Ward.

October 22nd

... in 1977, your University of Kentucky Wildcats gave the Prince of Wales his first American football experience. Kentucky played Georgia in Athens while the Prince was stateside. At halftime, Prince Charles was able to meet Kentucky All-American Art Still and head coach Fran Curci. When the Prince came upon the 6'6" Still, he said, “You’re a tall one aren’t you?” Big Blue ultimately destroyed the Bulldogs that day, 33-0, and finished the 1977 season with a 10-1 record. Curci, who coached the Cats for nine seasons, is still the longest tenured coach in program history to this day.

October 21st

... in 2007, following a heartbreaking defeat at the hands of the almighty Tim Tebow and Florida, your University of Kentucky Wildcats remained in the top 15 in each of the four main college football polls. This meant Kentucky would be in the top 25 polls for its sixth consecutive week, its longest streak in 30 years. The release from UK noted:

#14 AP poll (previous #8)
#15 ESPN/USA Today (previous #13)
#15 Harris Interactive (previous #11
#14 BCS standings (previous #7)
Kentucky was 6-2 on the season, 2-2 in the hardest division of the hardest conference in college football. Those rankings and previous rankings are mind-boggling.

October 20th

... in 2007, ESPN College Gameday made its first appearance in Lexington, KY, for the SEC clash between 8th ranked Kentucky and 14th ranked Florida (read that sentence again). Coming off a triple-overtime 43-37 upset of #1 LSU the previous week in Commonwealth Stadium, the football Cats were once again the center of the college football universe. The most popular college preview show in history chose the northwest side of the massive William T. Young Library to set up shop for the day. They were greeted by a massive audience and scholars maintain it was the loudest group of people ever assembled in one place (in the history of the world). The Gators would ultimately win the shootout 45-37 with a Tim Tebow rushing touchdown with 1:30 remaining in the fourth quarter. Andre Woodson finished the game 35-50 415 yards and 5 touchdowns. Stevie Johnson and Dicky Lyons, Jr., both had eight catches for well over 100 yards a piece. A brave and proud effort from a program that was clearly on the rise.


October 19th

... in 2002, Kentucky quarterback Jared Lorenzen threw for 253 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Cats to victory in Fayetteville, 29-17. The win pushed Kentucky’s record to 5-2 on the year. Two touchdowns in a 29-second span in the third quarter keyed the Cats, who trailed 10-9 at half. Mike Williams picked off Arkansas quarterback Matt Jones in the first play of the third quarter, then Artose Pinner scored on the next play to give Big Blue a 16-10 lead. Derek Abney’s 86-yard punt return for a touchdown put the lead out of reach. Pinner ended the game with 71 yards on 24 carries and a touchdown. Aaron Boone led Kentucky wideouts with 102 yards on 7 catches.

October 18th

... in 2003, backup quarterback Shane Boyd did a bit of everything as Kentucky blasted Ohio 35-14 in Lexington. Starter Jared Lorenzen was taken out of the game after two fumbles in the first quarter. Boyd entered in relief and went on to have touchdown scoring runs of 8 and 12 yards, a 42-yard touchdown pass to Tommy Cook, and a 30-yard touchdown reception from Lorenzen. J-Load actually had two touchdown passes in the final 10:07, the other to Derek Abney giving him 74 for his collegiate career, tying him with Tim Couch for the school record. Shane Boyd ended the game with 189 total yards.


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