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Dick Gabriel: Let me interrupt your misperceptions about Adolph Rupp with some facts on the race issue

Given the climate in America today when it comes to race relations, it was inevitable that a debate would open up about Rupp Arena and its namesake. To many, the thought of Adolph Rupp still kindles the notion not of basketball, but of racism and segregation.
 It did in me, starting in the mid-‘60s when I began following college basketball. I couldn’t stand the notion of the guy coaching a team...

Billy Reed: Remembering the great Wes Unseld, a big fella with a stellar career, dead at age 74

The last time I saw Wes Unseld, we were at a cocktail party in Louisville, participating in an event called “Louisville’s Legends.” The big fella was still massive, and I seem to recall a walker or cane nearby. I knew he had been suffering from some physical ailments. When he saw me, he smiled and motioned me to come sit with him. After the usual greetings, he said, “I need to get you up to...

Louisville legend, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer Wes Unseld dead at age 74

Former University of Louisville standout Wes Unseld, a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, passed away on Tuesday. He was 74. Unseld’s No. 31 is one of just four retired jersey numbers in UofL history. In three seasons at UofL (1965-68), he scored 1,686 points (11th all-time at UofL) and grabbed 1,551 rebounds (second all-time at UofL). Seneca High School graduate Wes Unseld...

Jamie Vaught: UK football pioneer Nat Northington ‘accomplished what we started out to do’

If the younger generation had to look up or “google” the name of Nat Northington, they’d find out that he is a former football player at the University of Kentucky who played a very significant role. Northington made history on Sept. 30, 1967 in becoming the first African-American to play football in the Southeastern Conference. He appeared briefly before reinjuring his shoulder during the Kentucky-Ole...