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LOOKING BACK


 It is possible that the Wildcats of the University of Kentucky could lose a game to either Louisville or Kansas, but even if that should occur I still firmly believe this is the best Kentucky basketball team I have every seen.

Coach John Calipari has sold this bunch of young men on being a team and they have taken to it like a duck to water.

It is going to be difficult to say goodbye to this group of young men as they leave after only one year, but it most certainly is in their best interest as it means a lifetime of financial security for the players and generations of the families to follow.

Darius Miler has taken four years and has developed into a first-round draft pick in the NBA.  I don’t know how he did it, but Coach Cal turned a rather shy young man into a confident force on the floor.

Doron Lamb is as solid as you get. Lamb may be the best shooter in college basketball today. Lamb is a terrific three-pointer shooter and also takes the 15-foot shot and is athletic enough to dribble drive to the basket.

Terrance Jones is now playing like he is in full focus. I still however wince a bit, when he goes into his motion to shoot a three-point shot.

Anthony Davis has been a phenom. A shot blocker, Anthony has been improving offensively with the throw down dunk and a nice little jump shot.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is all everyone said he was. Gilchrist runs the floor like a greyhound.

Kyle Wiltjer is a pure shooter and his moves around the basket are improving.

Marquis Teague has elevated his game and the puzzle is pretty complete for Coach Calapari.

 

As I look around town, I see a street sign, Bird Blvd, with Frank Selvy, I see Roy Kidd Street, and I see a nice field house with the name Qzzie Burch on it. I see Campbell field and Nick Denes Stadium. The basketball floor dedicated to Harry Taylor and Edwards Gym, the Don House baseball field.

I agree that each of these tributes are well deserved. I do however, feel an individual has been overlooked, and I have written many times of what he has meant to the kids of Corbin.

Ted Meadors was a great football player for Corbin High School and went on to become at an outstanding football player at Centre College.

Ted came home to Corbin, where he coached the great 1939 team which went  undefeated. That 1939 team was one of only three undefeated teams in Rehound history.

Meadors later became director of the YMCA, where he meant so much to so many kids.

Those of us, who remember Ted, will always be grateful.

So the next someone campaigns for a street or a building to be named, perhaps they might consider a man who touched so many.

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