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By LARRY VAUGHT
Kentucky has issued this release about who will be honored during Saturday’s game against Alabama:
“Kentucky fans will have the opportunity Saturday to not only cheer on the current UK football team against No. 1 Alabama, but also to honor some UK football legends. On top of Saturday being Steve Meilinger Day, who will be honored in the second quarter for his induction into the College Football Hall of Fame, UK will also recognize former Wildcats from 1973-81 that played under Coach Fran Curci in the first quarter.
“The 2013-14 UK women’s basketball team will also be introduced to UK fans during the first quarter, while donors to the renovation/expansion of the Gatton College of Business and Economics, along with leaders and faculty from the College of Arts and Sciences will be introduced between the first and second quater.
“Below is a list of honorees:
“First Quarter – Former players from 1973-81 as part of Coach Fran Curci Reunion; 2013-14 UK women’s basketball team
“Between First and Second Quarters – Donors to the renovation/expansion of the Gatton College of Business and Economics, along with leaders and faculty from the College of Arts and Sciences
“Second Quarter – 2013 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee Steve Meilinger.
What does this mean. Just that former Wildcat Felix Wilson was right when he said UK would not single out the 1976 Peach Bowl team or 1977 SEC championship team that finished 10-1 for special recognition. Instead, they will be lumped in with all the Curci teams based on the information released by UK.
No wonder former players from those 1976-77 teams feel slighted and forgotten. I wish the would carry “SEC Champions” signs on the field with them to show to the crowd or maybe raise a banner proclaiming their conference title. Since UK has not won a league title since then, it seems this would be a fitting tribute.
And why crowd that group into a quick first quarter introduction. Why not do it between quarters — or better yet halftime when there is even more time.
Again, it baffles me why UK does not embrace the 1976-77 teams and use that as an example of what could maybe happen again if coach Mark Stoops and staff continue to recruit the way they have so far.