…but not the one you might think.
With so much attention on Andrew Wiggins between now and the 2014 NBA Draft, CoachCal.com took some time to highlight a different, more permanent wiggins: Bob Wiggins.
Bob Wiggins is the guy most folks recognize as the “superfan” of the Kentucky Wildcats. Knowing how passionate BBN is, that’s really saying something. Coach’s site got some great words from a few of the pillars of Kentucky basketball through the years, and even got Bob’s wife, Jeane, to share her thoughts:
“When I think about Mr. Wiggins, I think about a consistent, first-class, professional gentleman that loves Kentucky basketball and all that make Kentucky basketball happen. From the players, to support staff, to the equipment managers, he truly loves every aspect of Kentucky basketball.” -Jeff Sheppard
“We married in 1949 and he was going to the ballgames then. That’s when he was driving and going to the ball games with (the late) Steve Reardon and Manual Thornton. He would drive and they would go wherever the game was played, and when the game was over they would come home. They would always laugh and say, when they got somewhere (to a road venue), and Bob, Mr. Reardon and Manual would not be there yet, they’d say, ‘You know, we can’t play this ball game until they get here.’ They were always waiting for them, watching for them to come.” -Jeane Wiggins
“Anyone who sets a record for attendance, as he did over many years, has to be infected with the Kentucky spirit to have the type of drive which would lead him to attend that many games over the years. You can imagine the hardships he went through, the things he sacrificed, the times that he had serious illnesses, or obligations, but nothing out there stood in his way of following his love affair with Kentucky basketball.” -Joe B. Hall
In addition to the quotes, there were references to other UK folks embracing Bob as a part of the team; from Rick Pitino asking him to join in on team flights to away games, to Doron Lamb looking after him, and taking pictures with him, through the tournament last year, to Coach Cal saying that when he became coach, Wiggins was the man he wanted to meet. It’s definitely worth checking out, and appreciating a guy who does what we all wish we could do. So even as we welcome the newest Wildcat (Dominique Hawkins leegoooooo), let’s take some time to appreciate one of the oldest.