“The key to books about Kentucky basketball is picking the right folks and getting good interviews, and Doug Brunk has done that. Wildcat Memories does a great job of finding people who may not have gotten the recognition they deserve—people who were behind the scenes, but still had a hand in developing one of the great athletic programs in all of sports.”

-Ryan Clark, author of Game of My Life: Kentucky and 100 Things Wildcats Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die

“I went to my first Kentucky game in 1966 at Memorial Coliseum, and instantly became a Big Blue fan. I have been coaching high school basketball in Virginia for the last thirty years, and have been blessed to have six of my players wear the blue-and-white uniform of the Wildcats. These personal stories chronicle all the memories of the great players who have played at the University of Kentucky through the years.”

-Steve Smith, head basketball coach, Oak Hill Academy

“Wildcat Memories provides us an incredible view of the thoughts of many former University of Kentucky basketball players. Elite programs are derived from past accomplishments as well as the present. UK’s storied history makes it one of the nation’s most respected programs. This book shares the heartfelt thoughts of the players and their appreciation of their coaches. As the father of former UK basketball player Travis Ford, I have experienced the impact that the UK program has on a player’s life. Reading this book will excite you and give you a better understanding of the term ‘Big Blue Nation.’”

-Eddie Ford, owner and operator of Kentucky Hoopfest

“I found Doug Brunk’s Wildcat Memories both informative and inspiring. . . . What sets this book apart from others. . . is the emphasis on inspiration. Each interview subject reveals the people who influenced them the most while they played, coached, or worked for Kentucky basketball. Some credited coaches, other players, secretaries, business leaders, pastors, equipment managers, governors, and coaches wives, but all of them discuss the influence of the fans and the personal connection UK fans have to the team. . . . So love us, understand us, forgive us. We adore our Wildcats; we cherish our Wildcat Memories.”

Roberta Schultz, 91.7 WVXU, Cincinnati


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