Athletics News
UK Creates Athletics Hall of Fame



April 27, 2005

All 88 individuals who have previously had their jersey retired at Kentucky form the charter class in the newly created UK Athletics Hall of Fame, the school announced Tuesday in conjunction with its annual Catspy Awards. The class will be formally inducted during the Sept. 10 football game against Idaho State.

The UK Athletics Hall of Fame will recognize and honor persons whose participation and contributions enriched and strengthened the University's athletic program. Criteria that will be considered includes athletic and academic accomplishments of the individual while at UK, as well as post-UK accomplishments and character.

Kentucky has a long history of honoring its greats by retiring their jerseys at Rupp Arena (men's basketball), Commonwealth Stadium (football), Memorial Coliseum (women's basketball) and Cliff Hagan Stadium (baseball). This honor remains in place as an extension of the hall of fame recognition.

There is a five-year waiting period - after leaving UK - to be eligible for inclusion into the Hall of Fame, and a 10-year waiting period to have a jersey retired. An individual must be a member of the Hall of Fame to be eligible for jersey retirement.

A committee consisting of Hall of Famers, media members, campus representatives and current coaches and administrators will elect new inductees each year. Those names will be announced at the annual Catspy Awards in April, with induction at a football game the following fall. A subcommittee will consider possible jersey retirements.

"We're excited to have a process in place to recognize all the great achievements that have made UK athletics so special," Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart said. "Hall of Fame Weekend each fall should become another fun event for all Wildcat fans.

"This charter class is a who's who of UK greats. This will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to honor these individuals in one place."

UK Athletics Hall of Fame Charter Class (88)

MemberSportYears
George Adams Football 1981-84
Ermal Allen Football 1939-41
Sam Ball Football 1963-65
Cliff Barker Men's Basketball 1947-49
Ralph Beard Men's Basketball 1946-49
Calvin Bird Football 1958-60
Jerry Bird Men's Basketball 1954-56
Rodger Bird Football 1963-65
George Blanda Football 1945-48
Sam Bowie Men's Basketball 1980-81, `84
Paul "Bear" Bryant Football Coach 1946-53
Warren Bryant Football 1974-76
Bob Burrow Men's Basketball 1955-56
Burgess Carey Men's Basketball 1925-26
Jerry Claiborne Football Coach 1982-89
Blanton Collier Football Coach 1954-61
Sonny Collins Football 1972-75
Ray Correll Football 1951-53
Tim Couch Football 1996-98
Johnny Cox Men's Basketball 1957-59
Louie Dampier Men's Basketball 1965-67
Bob Davis Football 1935-37
Dermontti Dawson Football 1984-87
John "Frenchy" DeMoisey Men's Basketball 1932-34
Billy Evans Men's Basketball 1952, `54-55
Richie Farmer Men's Basketball 1989-92
Joe Federspiel Football 1969-71
Deron Feldhaus Men's Basketball 1989-92
Bob Gain Football 1947-50
Jack Givens Men's Basketball 1975-78
Irv Goode Football 1959-61
Phil Grawemeyer Men's Basketball 1954-56
Kevin Grevey Men's Basketball 1973-75
Alex Groza Men's Basketball 1945, `47-49
Cliff Hagan Men's Basketball 1951-52, '54
Joe B. Hall Men's Basketball Coach 1973-85
Vernon Hatton Men's Basketball 1956-58
Basil Hayden Men's Basketball 1920-22
Mark Higgs Football 1984-87
Tom Hutchinson Football 1960-62
Dan Issel Men's Basketball 1968-70
Clyde Johnson Football 1940-42
Wah Wah Jones Men's Basketball 1946-49
Football 1945-48
Bill Keightley Equipment Mgr. 1962-2008
John "Shipwreck" Kelly Football 1929-31
Ralph Kercheval Football 1931-33
Rick Kestner Football 1963-65
Jim Kovach Football 1974-76, `78
Cawood Ledford Broadcaster 1953-92
Dicky Lyons Football 1966-68
Kyle Macy Men's Basketball 1978-80
Keith Madison Baseball Coach 1979-2003
Jamal Mashburn Men's Basketball 1991-93
Charlie McClendon Football 1949-50
Steve Meilinger Football 1951-52-53
Lou Michaels Football 1955-56-57
Doug Moseley Football 1949-51
Cotton Nash Men's Basketball 1962-64
Rick Norton Football 1963-65
Rick Nuzum Football 1972-74
Vito "Babe" Parilli Football 1949-51
John Pelphrey Men's Basketball 1989-92
Rick Pitino Men's Basketball Coach 1990-97
Derrick Ramsey Football 1975-77
Frank Ramsey Men's Basketball 1951-52, `54
Jay Rhodemyre Football 1942, `46-47
Pat Riley Men's Basketball 1965-67
Rick Robey Men's Basketball 1975-78
Dave Roller Football 1968-70
Kenny Rollins Men's Basketball 1943, `47-48
Gayle Rose Men's Basketball 1952, '54-55
Layton "Mickey" Rouse Men's Basketball 1938-40
Adolph Rupp Men's Basketball Coach 1931-72
Forest "Aggie" Sale Men's Basketball 1931-33
Howard Schnellenberger Football 1952-55
Larry Seiple Football 1964-66
Washington "Wash" Serini Football 1944-47
Bernie Shively AD 1938-67
  Football Coach 1945
Carey Spicer Men's Basketball 1929-31
Bill Spivey Men's Basketball 1950-51
Art Still Football 1974-77
Valerie Still Women's Basketball 1980-83
Lou Tsioropoulos Men's Basketball 1951-54
Herschel Turner Football 1961-63
Harry Ulinski Football 1946-49
Jeff Van Note Football 1966-68
Kenny Walker Men's Basketball 1983-86
Sean Woods Men's Basketball 1990-92

Italics indicates deceased