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Former Wildcat Terry Mobley Passes Away


Courtesy UK Media Relations

The state was lost a great homegrown talent.  Former Kentucky guard Terry Mobley passed away this morning.  He was 74 years old.

The Harrodsburg native played for Adolph Rupp from 1962-65.  The highlight of his career came in 1963.  His 15-footer in the finale of the Sugar Bowl Classic gave the top-ranked Cats an 81-79 victory over No. 9 Duke.  It’s considered one of the best clutch baskets in Kentucky basketball history.

After graduation he could not stay away from the university.  He spent 33 years in various roles, from chief development officer to Board of Trustees member.

“Terry dedicated his life to UK. My thoughts and prayers are with the Mobley family,” John Calipari shared on Twitter.

Before he passed, Mobley shared stories of his time at UK in a pair of Conversations with Oscar Combs.  To learn more about Mobley’s life as a student-athlete and servant of the University of Kentucky, click here.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

5 responses to “Former Wildcat Terry Mobley Passes Away”

  1. sincitycat

    I remember well Cawood’s call of Terry’s shot to beat Duke. Rest in Peace Wildcat.

  2. UKblueballz

    http://www.bigbluehistory.net/bb/statistics/Players/Ishmael_Charles.html

    just so it was mentioned. Chili Ishmael played basketball and football for UK at the same time as Mr. Mobley and passed away a couple of weeks ago. while we are acknowledging our Wildcat heros.

  3. SamKat83

    Terry was Stan Key’s boss while he headed up the UK fund raising for UK. He lived very near Pitino when Rick coached UK. He was always fun to talk with and he treated our classy Stan Key so well as I remember. Not many basketballers have stayed at UK excepting these two and Joe B. Hall. They have each shown a lot of character as leaders at our beloved alma mater. I have been so lucky to have each of them in one of my eleven book of interviews of Acquaintances With Integrity.

    Sam Kegley

  4. Waterview1

    Claude Sullivan and Cawood were both doing UK games at that time I guess. Oscar posted a recording of Sullivan on the last six minutes of the Duke/UK Sugar Bowl game.

  5. sincitycat

    I did not know about Chili and am sorry to hear the news. Rest in Peace Wildcat