Traditions

UK Athletics Hall of Fame

About the UK Athletics Hall of Fame

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. The 2005 charter class consisted of the 88 individuals who had previously had their jersey retired.

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.

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