Last Friday, we shared the unfortunate news that RJ Corman, famed friend of UK Athletics, passed away after battling cancer. Rick’s passing has been felt throughout the program, with Mark Stoops opening the Dinner at 50 event Friday night with a moment of silence in his honor. Cal, who considered Rick to be a very close friend, took to his blog over the weekend and again today to share memories of the multimillionaire railroad and construction baron, whose favorite color was red despite his love of the Cats. Rick loved the color since childhood, and it’s featured prominently on his trains and company headquarters in Nicholasville. Cal always razzed him about it, encouraging him to wear blue instead, but in an update on his website today, UK’s head coach says he’ll wear red in Rick’s honor at times this upcoming season:
I always said I would never wear red, but in honor of my friend, I’m going to wear a Rick Corman red jacket to one or more games this season. It’s the second color I said I would never wear but ended up doing (brown was the other), but I promise I will never wear orange. Oh, and it won’t be for the Louisville game either.
I’m glad we’re clear on that. Rest in peace, Rick.