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Coach O relates to homeless best-selling author

Best-selling author Liz Murray was in Lexington this afternoon to promote her book, Homeless to Harvard, and her story hit home with UK assistant Orlando Antigua. Obviously, her story is about growing up homeless and then graduating from Harvard, a similar path Antigua took to get to where he is today. Antigua was homeless at one time growing up in the Bronx before playing college basketball for Pittsburgh.

“I was getting recruited by major division one programs,” says Antigua. “My family fell on some hardships where we spent a good part of my senior year homeless.”

Orlando’s mother, a single parent, had an eighth grade education. Her three sons all graduated college.

“The parish we went to, St. Raymond’s was able to find my mom and apartment, which to this day, she will not leave and will not move out of. I’ve tried to get her to come down to Lexington. She’s come to visit but she will not move from that apartment.”

[LEX 18]

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

7 Comments for Coach O relates to homeless best-selling author

  1. Fat Ryan Lemond
    7:41 pm May 17, 2012 Permalink

    Great story.

  2. Jordan
    7:55 pm May 17, 2012 Permalink

    I like coach o a lot. Almost to the point that I think one day he could become the head coach at Kentucky. He seems to be a lot like cal in the sense of being a players coach. When he finally gets a head coaching job I think he could be In the league of great young coaches with brad Stevens and shaka smart.

  3. Joe Walsh
    7:58 pm May 17, 2012 Permalink

    I like big tits…that’s right!

  4. Duke sucks
    9:35 pm May 17, 2012 Permalink

    Doesn’t Bledsoe have similar story. Love to see people beating the odds.

  5. BigBlue
    10:07 pm May 17, 2012 Permalink

    Hope Coach O stays with us a long time…he is a BIG asset…exceptional guy, great coach and great recruiter

  6. JD West
    10:43 pm May 17, 2012 Permalink

    I’ll bet Ryan Lemond hates that woman.

  7. Ridge Runner
    10:55 pm May 17, 2012 Permalink

    Good story indeed.

    Coach O, the future is bright sir.