Kentucky legend C.M. Newton has died at age 88. Newton played pitcher for the Kentucky baseball team and as a reserve on the 1951 basketball National Championship team.
Newton followed up his playing career by becoming the basketball head coach at Transylvania. He was then hired by Bear Bryant to coach the Alabama Crimson Tide. He resigned from Alabama to take a job in the SEC offices, but found his way back to coaching for the Vanderbilt Commodores.
Kentucky hired Newton to be the athletics director in 1989. Newton was responsible for the hirings of Rick Pitino and Tubby Smith, who combined to bring Kentucky two National Championships. He also hired Hal Mumme, who brought along the air-raid offense, now a widely-known offense across the college football landscape.
Newton’s name is on Kroger Field, called “C.M. Newton Grounds.”
Tweets of the day
An hour or so ago, C.M. Newton passed away. Please keep him and his family in your prayers. During one of the most trying times of our athletic department, he came to the rescue and put us on the path we are today. May you rest in peace, my friend. pic.twitter.com/InGk58yQzB— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) June 5, 2018
Let’s check in on what our old friend Nerlens Noel is up to pic.twitter.com/0QZPVEC43t— Kyle Neubeck (@KyleNeubeck) June 4, 2018
It appears as though former Wildcat Nerlens Noel is trolling Philadelphia 76ers general manager Bryan Colangelo by playing a game where you try to get away with having burner accounts.
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