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Kentucky Wildcats Morning Quickies: Losing Legends Edition

Former UK coach Joe B. Hall has seen five of his former coaches die since 2010, not one of them completing their sixth decade.

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Good morning, ladies and gentlemen of the Big Blue Nation, and welcome to the Tuesday Morning Quickies.

Today’s lead story is a sad one, one that many of us have or will come to lament — the age old story of the old outliving the young.

Mark Story has a piece today on the call that former UK coach Joe B. Hall has come to dread — yet another one of his players, in the most recent iteration Bret Bearup — has passed away. In all, five of Coach Hall’s former players have died since 2010, and not one of them completed six decades on this planet.

”It’s shocking, first,” Hall, 89, says of how he has processed so many recent deaths from among his former UK players. “Then you start thinking about all those days you spent together, how (the deceased player) fit in with the group, the memories of recruiting them, meeting their families You get emotional.”

How could you not? I remember these guys well, all of them. Heck, I knew Charles Hurt when he was a gangly freshman at Shelbyville High School (yes, for those of you too young to remember, Shelbyville had a city and a county school before 1976). Many of us have personally met or even known some of these men, but none as well as Coach Hall, who’s longevity is now providing plenty of sadness in the form of deceased former charges.

I am reminded of this scene from Lord of the Rings:

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Ah, memories...

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