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UK Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart has the following comment on the passing of Hall of Famer Russell Rice.  Rice's bio is listed below.

"I speak on behalf of the entire UK family when I say how saddened I am to hear of the passing of Hall of Famer Russell Rice. No one knew more about our history than Russell and his legacy lives on. We offer our sincerest condolences to his family."

Russell Rice (1967-87) is a former UK Athletics administrator who was associated with UK Athletics for more than a half-century. Rice spent 20 years on the UK staff from 1967 to 1987, including 18 as a sports information director. He wrote several books chronicling the history of Wildcat men's basketball and football programs and served as media coordinator for several NCAA men's basketball tournaments hosted by UK. Rice was also a president of the SEC Sports Information Directors Association. For more than 20 years since his retirement from UK, Rice has written a weekly column for The Cats' Pause magazine and has been a historical resource for UK Athletics. A World War II veteran (U.S. Marines) and a UK graduate, Rice spent 16 years in the media after graduation, including five years as sports editor of the Lexington Leader, before joining the UK staff.

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There's excitement in the air around Lexington as students return to campus for the start of the 2013-14 academic year. Classes begin on Aug. 28, but first comes K Week.

Starting on Friday, Aug. 23 and lasting through Aug. 31, K Week is the best way for students to get their year started. UKnow takes it from there:

For nearly 5,000 students, Friday, Aug. 23, marks the beginning of their collegiate career at UK, either as an incoming freshman or as a transfer student. It also kicks off one of the most exciting times on campus - K Week.

K Week runs from Friday, Aug. 23, through Saturday, Aug. 31, and is a popular UK tradition - a week filled with more than 250 events and activities that help students get oriented with campus, get involved with student life and get connected to the city of Lexington. K Week is known as "the best way to get started at UK," and is a great opportunity to make new friends, explore all the university has to offer and have some fun along the way.

Make sure to check out the complete K Week breakdown here and the video from last year's event below.

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