I took the picture above Friday night during Lipscomb’s shoot around. For those of you who have never noticed this, it’s on the floor on the sideline right in front of UK’s bench where longtime equipment manager, Bill Keightly, sat for every game.
Bill Keightly, better known as “Mr. Wildcat”, passed away in 2008. He would’ve celebrated his 86th birthday today. As the Bill Keightly report at the top left of the blog states, he is “Never to be forgotten.”
Keightly was beloved by players, coaches, and fans. Today Erik Daniels took to twitter to wish his old buddy a Happy Birthday.
Happy birthday Mr. Keightly. You never will be forgotten.
– Erik Daniels (@danielserik) December 17, 2012
Keightly’s life was celebrated at a Memorial Service in Rupp Arena in 2008. Here is the video that was played.
Happy Birthday Mr. Wildcat!