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CoachCal.com Talks About Wiggins…

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Lady killers.

…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.

Article written by Corey Nichols

33 Comments for CoachCal.com Talks About Wiggins…



  1. JKUK
    9:08 am April 10, 2013 Permalink

    Nice way to wrap up that post, Corey



  2. Darrel Dobson
    9:11 am April 10, 2013 Permalink

    Prayers and thoughts to Wiggins family.



  3. ksu
    9:14 am April 10, 2013 Permalink

    all of you a$$ holes dogging on polson again. he should have started and played the whole year and he wont loose him ride. hawkins isnt as good as him and smaller. just like they said about hawkins, another guard on the bench to mentor the next crop of recruits. he will be just like polson. both deserved better.



  4. Eric
    9:14 am April 10, 2013 Permalink

    WTF happens in your brain when you get old, that tells your arms to pull up your pants as high as you can possibly get them?? And what age, exactly, does that start??? Don’t understand it. I guess it comes from the same part of the male brain that inhibits you from being able to properly use new electronics and gadgets.



  5. JKUK
    9:17 am April 10, 2013 Permalink

    No one argue with #3. It’s not worth it



  6. You Realize...
    9:18 am April 10, 2013 Permalink

    2. He didn’t pass away; he had an article about him on a website.



  7. Azubuike's Bicep
    9:18 am April 10, 2013 Permalink

    4- It happens around the same time that you decide to walk around YMCA locker rooms naked.

  8. Great post Corey!

    This might be old news to some of you, but I just came across this SI column on Mark Stoops today. Nice read:
    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/college-football/news/20130322/mark-stoops-kentucky/



  9. dave
    9:33 am April 10, 2013 Permalink

    Mr. Wiggins is a nice gent. I met him once and he was genuinely nice. None of that is why he is being written about on CoachCal.com.

    Mr. Wiggins is LOADED. That’s why he is highlighted in the program and has such access. Bet on it.



  10. Rixter
    9:35 am April 10, 2013 Permalink

    Who’s older?



  11. Dave
    9:38 am April 10, 2013 Permalink

    4: comedy gold



  12. d/c cat
    9:40 am April 10, 2013 Permalink

    What’s in Bob hand, Depends?



  13. Rockfield, KY
    9:40 am April 10, 2013 Permalink

    What does Mr. Wiggins do to be wealthy enough to attend all these games for all these years?



  14. sag
    9:46 am April 10, 2013 Permalink

    #4 its the same part of the brain that tells a young person not to wear a belt and sag showing their a$$. walking holding the front of their pants trying not to trip



  15. DrSayre
    9:47 am April 10, 2013 Permalink

    Could this be Cal sending a subliminal that Wiggins is coming?



  16. rixter
    9:47 am April 10, 2013 Permalink

    #4 & #7, you guys are spot on about the male brain. in fact, I’m in my early 50s, but am relieved to know that I still can’t walk thru the locker room in the Y without a towel. It’s a good gauge.



  17. DrSayre
    9:47 am April 10, 2013 Permalink

    *subliminal message



  18. rixter
    9:49 am April 10, 2013 Permalink

    If you just look at the waistlines, you might think Mr Wiggins is taller than kyle



  19. Big Blue
    9:49 am April 10, 2013 Permalink

    Which one is slower?



  20. rixter
    9:51 am April 10, 2013 Permalink

    Could Kyle guard Mr. Wiggins?



  21. rixter
    9:53 am April 10, 2013 Permalink

    I hear he has a quick first step for an octogenarian.

    BTW, he is a retired engineer.



  22. King Hiss
    9:57 am April 10, 2013 Permalink

    4 – I think at that age everything under the clothes is such a mess that you can’t even tell where your waist is. Best guess, every morning.



  23. Duuuuuude
    9:58 am April 10, 2013 Permalink

    The net is tucked in his pants.



  24. Tyler
    10:06 am April 10, 2013 Permalink

    15) Had the same thought



  25. CatGrad7072
    10:43 am April 10, 2013 Permalink

    #4: You’ll know when it happens to you. If you are fortunate enough to reach that age that is.



  26. SaratogaCatsFan
    12:29 pm April 10, 2013 Permalink

    13. He is a retired state worker I believe.

    I have know Mr Wiggins for years. We are from the same hometown, shoutout to Falmouth, and he is a top notch guy. Thanks for recognizing him.



  27. Like Bledsoe??????
    12:37 pm April 10, 2013 Permalink

    I don’t get how anybody could hate on this man! He’s a quality person who should be shown respect! Instead of making fun of him you should be trying to be more like him.



  28. ThamelToe
    12:47 pm April 10, 2013 Permalink

    Look for my new story coming out busting Coach Cal for talking about a recruit too soon. He is not allowed to make these comments about Wiggins!



  29. Frew Dranklin
    12:51 pm April 10, 2013 Permalink

    Don’t know why ya’ll be hatin’ on Wiggin’s pants. Can’t you tell he put on a pair of Kyle’s warm ups to get a few laughs around the basketball offices? I bet he’ll be wearing those for his first appearance in a “White Boy Academy” YouTube video. He’ll be free style rapping with Willie Trilling-Stein.



  30. MJ4UK
    12:55 pm April 10, 2013 Permalink

    Maybe next year we can get a Wiggins/Wiggins picture??



  31. Like Bledsoe??????
    12:55 pm April 10, 2013 Permalink

    I hope I’m in that good of shape at his age. Plus he still can laugh at his self even at that age. God bless



  32. CopyCat
    1:12 pm April 10, 2013 Permalink

    When was the last time KSR actually originated a story like this. You all spend all day long looking at google alerts while the real websites write stories that you then take and use to keep putting content on your site. I am really about to stop reading KSR for good. No original content, horrible writers.



  33. SeeToo
    4:21 pm April 10, 2013 Permalink

    Had no idea that Bob Wiggins was Steve Reardon’s wheel man all those years. Reardon was Wiggins before Wiggins back in the 60’s-70’s but I never knew until this post that they were actually associated. Reardon was quite the story himself back in the day, a very prosperous businessman thanks to owning the TV Guide franchise in the area and damn near blind with thick coke bottle glasses. Those of us affiliated with the team used to marvel that a guy who could barely see the game would go to so much trouble to attend every one of them, road or home, but he was always there regardless of distance or weather and Ms. Wiggins is right, we always looked to be sure he had made it.