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    Mr. Wildcat Bill Keightly dies going to Reds game

    Please pray for his family tonight.

    He fell getting of a bus going to the game today and suffered internal injuries.

    The Wildcat and Reds family lost a great one today

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    Mr. Wildcat, Bill Keightly passes away

    On the day we honored Nuxie, we lose another legend as UK's equipment manager for the past 47 years fell off a bus at GAB and passed away during surgery.

    An absolute tragedy for UK fans. Just incredibly sad.

    http://www.wkyt.com/home/headlines/17170861.html

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    Re: Mr. Wildcat, Bill Keightly passes away

    OH NO!!!!!!!!

    Oh no
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    Calipari is not, nor has he ever been accused or "caught", cheating. He himself turned in one of his players (Camby) for dealing with an agent to get one Final Four overturned. The other is all on the NCAA and Rose. (IF Rose cheated.)
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    Re: Mr. Wildcat Bill Keightly dies going to Reds game

    Here is a link: http://www.kentucky.com/254/story/362648.html

    So sad to hear.

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    Re: Mr. Wildcat Bill Keightly dies going to Reds game

    Just seen it on the UK board as well.
    Sad !
    Thoughts and prayers with the family !

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    I always said that Mr. Keightley could sell his memoirs and make a ton of money. I wouldn't care if it was $200, I would buy it. The man has seen more games than anyone associated with the program and to pick his brain, especially on this season, would certainly have been interesting.

    My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Mr. Wildcat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WVRed View Post
    I always said that Mr. Keightley could sell his memoirs and make a ton of money. I wouldn't care if it was $200, I would buy it. The man has seen more games than anyone associated with the program and to pick his brain, especially on this season, would certainly have been interesting.

    My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Mr. Wildcat.
    They are now reporting that it wasn't a fall, but that he began bleeding from an un-diagnosed tumor on his spine while at the Reds game. Doctors at University Hospital in Cincy were unable to stop the internal bleeding.

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    Re: Mr. Wildcat, Bill Keightly passes away

    Gillispie comments:

    "This is one of the saddest days of my life," head coach Billy Gillispie said from Cincinnati Monday night. "I commented earlier today that at the age of 81, he's become one of my very best friends, and the person I was talking to said 'that's what makes him so great, because everyone feels he's their best friend'." And that's because he was so genuine and so caring about others.

    "He influenced each of us on a daily basis, and he was a great example of someone who loved his University more than anything. Obviously, he's in a better place, but the void he leaves for all of us, and especially his family, is going to be a difficult situation. Our hearts go out to his family and the millions of Wildcats fans who he loved so much."
    Quote Originally Posted by Scrap Irony View Post
    Calipari is not, nor has he ever been accused or "caught", cheating. He himself turned in one of his players (Camby) for dealing with an agent to get one Final Four overturned. The other is all on the NCAA and Rose. (IF Rose cheated.)
    "Cheering for Kentucky is like watching Star Wars and hoping Darth Vader chokes an ewok"


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    Re: Mr. Wildcat Bill Keightly dies going to Reds game

    I'm a U of L fan, but I'll give my condolenses to the UK fanbase. It is always horrible when an icon passes away.

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    Re: Mr. Wildcat Bill Keightly dies going to Reds game

    Through coaching changes, probation, and national championships in my lifetime, Bill Keightley has been the one thing unchanged through it all. I sure am going to miss seeing him at that familiar spot on the bench.

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    Re: Mr. Wildcat, Bill Keightly passes away

    Very sad day for all of us that are UK fans. He spanned the ages from Rupp to Gillispie. I have never heard a bad thing said about him and that is the ultimate tribute to any person. Very similar to Joe Nuxhall in that respect. Also very ironic that he would die on the day that the Reds were honoring Nuxhall. I feel like I have lost two grandfathers in the past few months even though I never met either one. Mr. Keightley has been on the bench all my days as UK fan and it's not going to be the same not seeing him over there come next season. RIP Mr. Keightley.
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    Re: Mr. Wildcat, Bill Keightly passes away

    Quote Originally Posted by WVRed View Post
    I always said that Mr. Keightley could sell his memoirs and make a ton of money. I wouldn't care if it was $200, I would buy it. The man has seen more games than anyone associated with the program and to pick his brain, especially on this season, would certainly have been interesting.

    My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Mr. Wildcat.
    Same here. I had wondered the last few years if he would ever do some type of book. I know he would never do a tell all book but he could have told some great stories from seasons past.
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    Rest in peace, Mr. Keightly. A true gentleman, a real Reds fan, and a man who saw 57% of the mens basketball games played in the history of the University of Kentucky from the best seat in the house.
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    Re: Mr. Wildcat, Bill Keightly passes away

    I am utterly speechless right now. This one hits me much harder than even Nuxie did.

    Wow.
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    Re: Mr. Wildcat, Bill Keightly passes away

    wow. I've got no words.

    You will be missed, Mr. Keightly.


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