clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Kentucky Wildcats Morning Quickies: Bret Bearup Farewell Edition

Former Joe B. Hall player and UK fan favorite Bret Bearup has died suddenly at 56. The Big Blue Nation mourns.


Good morning, ladies and gentlemen of the Big Blue Nation, and welcome to the Friday Morning Quickies. I am your host today after missing Tuesday due to our annual golf outing.

The big news of this morning is very sad: Former Wildcat Bret Bearup, 56, has died. As of this writing, the cause of his death is not known.

I was in the Navy when Bearup played, so I rarely got to see him, save for two regretful memories: The overtime loss to Louisville in the Midwest Regional Final in 1983, and the horrible loss to Georgetown in the 1984 Final Four.

Bearup played well as a freshman, earning over 9 minutes per game, then sat out his sophomore year. Never more than a role player, he was a strong post defender and good rebounder. His brother Todd played for Kentucky ten years after Bret. Bret was a McDonald’s and Parade All American, and academic All-SEC his senior season.

We here at A Sea of Blue lament his sudden passing and wish him godspeed, and our prayers and thoughts go out to Bret’s family and friends.

Tweets of the Morning

So say we all, Mike.

Your Quickies:

Kentucky football
Kentucky basketball
Other Kentucky sports
Links posts
College football
College basketball

Related: Las Vegas can now host NCAA championships.

Other sports news
Other news