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Fans rally to get “Curci’s Cats” tickets to South Carolina game

Today on the radio show, Matt told listeners about the 1977-78 football team’s attempt to hold a reunion during the weekend of the South Carolina game (September 29th). The 1977-78 team, aka “Curci’s Cats,” featured Kentucky legends Art Still, Derrick Ramsey, Jerry Blanton, Dallas Owens and others, went 10-1, undefeated in SEC play and finished the season ranked sixth in the nation. Pretty impressive, right? Considering the University is practically begging people to buy season tickets, giving a set to these members of Kentucky football history would be no problem, right?

Wrong. According to several sources, the team was denied free tickets to the game by the University, and told they would have to purchase the tickets instead.

Naturally, this caused an uproar with loyal Kentucky football fans, who started an online campaign via message boards to right the wrong, and sources at UK told Matt that the group will be given tickets to the game, free of charge.

Well done, guys.

UPDATE: I spoke to Tony Neely at the Athletic Department, who assured me that any former lettermen who have graduated from the University receive one free season ticket each season and that the ticket office had no knowledge of anyone from the 1977-78 team requesting tickets for the South Carolina game.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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31 Comments for Fans rally to get “Curci’s Cats” tickets to South Carolina game

  1. university dick
    12:02 pm August 1, 2012 Permalink

    are we really in that bad of shape as far as season tickets go that we cant even give a few away to some legends of the blue and white

  2. Gaddis Bomb
    12:11 pm August 1, 2012 Permalink

    Name something the “isn’t” wrong with UK football.

  3. Big Blue 66
    12:19 pm August 1, 2012 Permalink

    whats even worse is their team had to initiate it, shouldnt our marketing and program be doing stuff like this for the program, like planning events like this…pitiful

  4. bluebeard
    12:23 pm August 1, 2012 Permalink

    Is there something wrong with this typical situation? Would this happen in basketball? Unbelievable.

  5. Bledsoe's Biceps
    12:25 pm August 1, 2012 Permalink

    Is there anything related to the football program that is not FUBARed? Anything?

  6. krmcats
    12:25 pm August 1, 2012 Permalink

    Glad they worked it out. I have a good friend, Chuck Servino that played for that team. A great teacher & future Hall of Famer @ Trinity

  7. Ticket man
    12:25 pm August 1, 2012 Permalink

    Not sure what, if anything happened. But they wound up with free tickets. Why do you fell the need to write this. “According to sources” Lame, if there is a source then name them. Maybe a former member of the team contacted a new person selling tickets and didn’t get to the correct source. Never a dull day with your articles, never!

  8. UKBlue
    12:28 pm August 1, 2012 Permalink

    I’m sorry, but everyone who has decision making capacity within UK football should be fired !! Seriously, Who The F is in charge of making these types of never ending stupid decisions? An avoidable PR Marketing F Up that is now going to get picked up & fed on by the media. The fans are already pissed, your tickets sales are down 27%, the media is already laughing at you, your coach is barely hanging on, you’re trying to convince fans to not give up on the team, and UK pulls this stunt. Seriously, if UK is going to continue to hire idiots or keep on idiots making these types of decisions, then UK just needs to give up football.

  9. todd
    12:30 pm August 1, 2012 Permalink

    this was a well known story, Multiple people have been mad about it, it was the talk of Gov Cup dinner, This is how UK does things.

  10. Real Cats Fan
    12:38 pm August 1, 2012 Permalink

    Unbelievable. I was just out at PJ’s stadium picking up my packet to the Street Rod Nationals, and I couldn’t help but notice that they have built a pretty nice stadium and practice facilities out there. I love the Cats, and not saying that UL football is “all that” at all, but they sure have done a better job of at least getting some enthusiasm and positive energy going with their FB program. Things like this going on with UK football make you wonder who is running the show over there. Pretty embarrassing.

    KMRCats, I remember Chuck Servino quite well. He was an assistant FB coach and also was an “enforcer” in the lunchroom when I attended Trinity from 80-84. He used to carry a ruler in his pocket to make sure you had your tie long enough or you would end up with detention. Ahhh, memories! 🙂

  11. Logic
    12:45 pm August 1, 2012 Permalink

    Barnhart and his merry band of f ups never cease to amaze. But then again, this is the troop that took the ring of honor names down in CWS for ad ribbons with no real plan on how to continue to pay respect to these players. I guess when we’re down over 50% in ticket sales he wont have to worry about ANY fundraising for football facilities.

  12. Common Sense
    12:45 pm August 1, 2012 Permalink

    If UK wants to produce a decent quality product ON the field they have to start with doing things the right way OFF the field. Kentucky just doesn’t operate like a first rate, or even mediocre, football program inside and out. Every other SEC program seems to do things right (recruiting, marketing, PR, etc). We were already in bad shape, but this debacle has potential to divide the fan base further. Ticket sales down 27%?? Thats remarkable, in my opinion. Im surprised they arent down 35-40% You cant blame the fans for not showing up when the people making the decisions around the program are doing a PATHETIC job.

  13. Catsinthecradle
    1:02 pm August 1, 2012 Permalink

    So what’s the whole story? I can’t stand, he said, she said, they said. What’s the story?

  14. Mark Liptak
    1:04 pm August 1, 2012 Permalink

    “We have met the enemy and they are us…” – Kentucky football motto.

    Mark Liptak

  15. Tony
    1:28 pm August 1, 2012 Permalink

    #11- I agree about the ribbon boards they put up at Commonwealth. How did those really benefit the football program? Most of the time it’s either lit up with a Kroger logo or advertising Women’s Basketball & Volleyball tickets.

  16. Colonel76
    1:29 pm August 1, 2012 Permalink

    I hope the originator of this story is in error about the team not being invited back. I believe MB does everything he can to find positive things about our FB program and then tie our current team to that positive legacy. I’ll probably be bashed for my comment, but so be it. #7 is on target with his/her comment.
    Regardless, it will be great to see that team assembled again. I was at UK during that time and it was amazing to see what they accomplished. Beating Penn State, Georgia, LSU, and Florida all on the road!

  17. Musehobo
    1:42 pm August 1, 2012 Permalink

    I listen to podcast, so I haven’t caught up to today’s hi-jinks. But my guess is what happened is what usually happens. Somebody somewhere does or says something stupid, knowing full well the local media won’t step on anyone’s toes. KSR gets word, steps in, and crap gets done. End of story.

  18. BPsycho
    2:05 pm August 1, 2012 Permalink

    Huh, never knew Martin Sheen was a UK fan.

  19. JayCee
    2:22 pm August 1, 2012 Permalink

    #7- This story came directly from the football board on Cats Illustrated. It was verified by a poster there who is a verified member of the 1977-78 team. That poster/former player questioned the original story, called his people and they verified it. He then posted as such and apologized to the OP.

    What else do you want? And beyond that, what, exactly, about UK football would make you doubt this story’s authenticity?

  20. JayCee
    2:23 pm August 1, 2012 Permalink

    good post, #12

  21. JayCee
    2:33 pm August 1, 2012 Permalink

    7 and 16- The 77-78 team contacted UK about holding a halftime event to SUPPORT JOKER. UK agreed right up until they asked for tickets.

    Doesn’t sound like confusion to me.

  22. JPW
    3:52 pm August 1, 2012 Permalink

    I still have one of those posters. Will never forget Mike Saganos hit on Penn States all-America QB(forgot his name)

  23. bluetooth
    4:00 pm August 1, 2012 Permalink

    curcis time at uk was gold . we were pretty [email protected] good

  24. Random
    4:00 pm August 1, 2012 Permalink

    #22 – Really? Please do not tie us to that scandal…

  25. Cat's Balls
    4:26 pm August 1, 2012 Permalink

    Chuck Smith, UK’s current Linebackers Coach and Recruiting Coordinator was a member of that 77-78 team. I can envision a scenario where Chuck heard about the problem, got on the phone with the right people and fixed it.

  26. njcat
    4:45 pm August 1, 2012 Permalink

    24. Really??? So now we have to erase one of the best memories of KY football? Typical heard / mob mentality.

    Oh.. and I believe their qback’s name was Chuck Fusina.

  27. Random
    4:50 pm August 1, 2012 Permalink

    #26 – You accused one of our players (Mike Saganos) of hitting on the Penn State quarterback.

  28. todd
    5:37 pm August 1, 2012 Permalink

    it wasnt fixed, players wanted a couple of tickets for the family per player and not all players get free tickets, furthmore Toney Neely knows nothing really

  29. NostraDanis
    5:40 pm August 1, 2012 Permalink

    #27 – When Sagonos hit someone, they were, in fact, screwed! MS absolutely brought it.

  30. Ricky Bobby
    7:45 pm August 1, 2012 Permalink

    Where did that Fran Curci poster come from? It is quite awesome.

  31. Yabba Do
    9:31 pm August 1, 2012 Permalink

    Matt Jones will become a legend the day he starts fighting for this football program. God knows we need you dude.