Wildcats From `60s, `70s Have Reunion

Oct. 28, 2009

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- University of Kentucky football players from the mid-1960s to the early 1970s will be having a reunion this weekend.

Approximately 70 former Wildcats will be on hand for the event, which features golf, an outing at Keeneland and a dinner on Friday.  The group will reconvene with a cookout Saturday afternoon before attending the Homecoming game against Mississippi State that night.

Players and support personnel who have committed to attend include Tom Anderson, Chuck Arnold, Dave Bair, Dick Beard, Mike Beirne, Al Borne, Mike Boulware, Jim Broadwater, Jack Brown, Bill Bushong, Mike Cassity, Mike Cline, Rod Cloyd, Fred Conger, Tom Crowe, Don Danko, Jerry Davis, Rick Deason, Tom Domhoff, Tom Duffy, Bill Duke, Dan Featherston, Joe Federspiel, Tom Fee, Al Fish, Phil Forjan, Stan Forston, Winston Gaffron, Roger Gann, Gayle Goins, Jim Gresham, Dave Hanson, Bill Hazel, Mike Herron, Houston Hogg, Don Holland, David Hunter, Joe Jacobs, Bob Jones, Paul Karem, George Katzenbach, Doyle King, Vic King, Dwight Little, Raynard Makin, Rich Machel, John Marcum, Paul Martin, George McClellan, Basil Mullins, Wesley Nails, Dan Neal, Marty New, Oweney Owen, Dick Palmer, Paul Puckett, Jay Reynolds, Grover Sales, Garnet Scott, Bernie Scruggs, Larry Seiple, Cary Shahid, Dan Spanish, Joe Stephan, David Sullivan, Phil Thompson, David Van Meter, Jeff Van Note, Bob Wixon and Rod Wolfe.

Wednesday Practice Report: Following Wednesday morning’s two-hour practice at the Nutter Training Center, Coach Rich Brooks was asked about the challenges of the Mississippi State offensive system under new head coach Dan Mullen, who was formerly at Florida.

“They are kind of a combination of Florida, Auburn and Louisiana-Monroe (schematically),” Brooks said.  “They do some things differently than Florida.  They do some things very similar to Florida.  We just have to prepare for Mississippi State and get ready to try to play their offense.”

With Kentucky more dependent on running the ball in the absence of starting quarterback Mike Hartline, Brooks also was asked about the Bulldogs’ run defense.

“They’ve done a good job against the run,” Brooks said.  “They do some of the things that Louisiana-Monroe did with the three-man front, they play a four-man front.  They play a three-man front with a lot of stunting, bringing people from different directions, give you lots of different problems.  The running game, you have to make sure you are accountable for getting a ‘hat on a hat’ (blocking every defender) and that’s not always an easy thing when they’re doing all the stunting and movement and bringing different people, safeties and linebackers.”

“Blackout” for Mississippi State Game: With the Mississippi State game occurring on Halloween, fans are encouraged to wear black clothing to Commonwealth Stadium on Saturday.

Tickets Available: Tickets are available for each of Kentucky’s remaining three home games.  However, less than 500 tickets are available for the game against Tennessee.  Fewer than 1,000 remain for the Mississippi State and Eastern Kentucky games.

Mississippi State (Homecoming), Oct. 31, 7 p.m., $40 each
Eastern Kentucky, Nov. 7, 1 p.m. $35 each
Tennessee, Nov. 28, time TBA, $40 each 

Tickets may be purchased in-person at the Joe Craft Center Athletics Ticket Office, weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., on the phone by calling 800-928-2287, or via the Internet at ukathletics.com or ticketmaster.com.

The available seats are unused tickets from the visiting team allotment.  Kentucky sold out of all available season tickets this season.

“Cat Walk” Set for 4:45: Fans wishing to participate in the “Cat Walk,” cheering the Wildcats when they enter Commonwealth Stadium on Saturday, should be at Gate One of the stadium at 4:45 p.m.