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Former Herald-Leader Publisher Creed C. Black Dies

The man most people remember locally for being in charge of the Herald-Leader when it broke the Kentucky basketball scandal in 1985, Creed C. Black, passed away Tuesday in Miami.  His obituary in the New York Times is worth a read, especially for young Wildcat fans that don’t remember the saga of the mid-80s.  In it, there are quotes from the Harlan native regarding the type of feedback he got from the community after giving the green light to his staff to run with the story.

“We had bomb threats, had to evacuate the building once or twice, had to put security on my home for a time. A few people canceled. One of the first was a man in the mailroom who saw the papers coming off the presses and canceled his free subscription.”

And with that cancellation, a legacy that hangs on more prominently than the actual details of the story was launched.  The angry threats of Kentucky fans to cancel their newspaper subscriptions or boycott websites over articles that aren’t to their liking has become the rallying cry of a select group of message board warriors who still proudly flex their muscles today.  And you can thank Creed C. Black and the guy in the mailroom for that.

Creed C. Black was 86 years old.

Article written by Thomas Beisner

20 Comments for Former Herald-Leader Publisher Creed C. Black Dies



  1. Mr Schwump
    1:11 pm August 18, 2011 Permalink

    Wonder if he’d do a story on the Miami/L/Hurtt thing since it doesn’t involve UK?



  2. KyHellhound
    1:15 pm August 18, 2011 Permalink

    Wherever you are man in the mailroom, it was a free subscription. You could have used the papers for various things around the house, like lining the bird cage or whatever. Stand on principle, but never turn down anything free. I salute you for nothing. What is this anyway…death news brought to you in the most ridiculous manner possible? Nice.



  3. bluetooth
    1:18 pm August 18, 2011 Permalink

    great post mr b … was black resposible for hiring tipton ? if so my sympathy just ramped down a bit



  4. Beisner = Disgrace
    1:41 pm August 18, 2011 Permalink

    That’s really disgraceful to badmouth a person after they’re dead. Mr. Black decided to run a legitimate negative story about UK and so therefore you’re glad he’s dead? You need to take a long look in the mirror and set some priorities, you sick bastard. This blog has officially jumped the shark!



  5. Van The Man
    1:45 pm August 18, 2011 Permalink

    Grow up, Beez. Usually always enjoy your posts & tweets, but this was just sophomoric. What a shame: you can’t even recognize the death of Mr. Black–someone who won a Pulitzer Prize, the top honor in his profession–without taking a potshot at the Herald-Leader. Look, I get the Tipton bias, I do. But your site’s vendetta against everyone at the H-L is becoming quite Little-Brotherish.



  6. Kenny Power's Agent
    1:50 pm August 18, 2011 Permalink

    4., you’re a sensitive POS. Beis just stated that Black was the guy behind breaking the story. Good read!



  7. crackerhillbilly
    1:54 pm August 18, 2011 Permalink

    Black OK’d the exposure of a situation that needed to end. He actually did the program a favor, even if not intentionally. It brought about the much-needed end to the Sutton era and opened the door for Pitino to rebuild from the ashes – remember, Pitino was once a coach we all respected (back when he respected himself and his family). Black was a decorated vet of WWII and a self-made American success story. May he rest in peace.



  8. Drew Franklin
    2:01 pm August 18, 2011 Permalink

    I must’ve missed the part where Beisner was sophomoric and badmouthed Creed Black.



  9. uk3k
    2:03 pm August 18, 2011 Permalink

    8) I agree completely. He did the program a favor by putting an end to that. Otherwise it could have ballooned further into a U of Miami style train wreck.



  10. bigbluedude
    2:06 pm August 18, 2011 Permalink

    although i dont like the fact we got in deep shiat on account of the herald leader, the guy deserves respect. self made man, ww2 vet, and rose to the top of his profession. RIP sir.



  11. SexnNursinHomes
    2:07 pm August 18, 2011 Permalink

    8- hahaha, me too.



  12. 2001 UK Grad
    2:15 pm August 18, 2011 Permalink

    Why is there a picture of Dave Thomas on this blog?



  13. Big Blue 4
    2:34 pm August 18, 2011 Permalink

    It’s sophomoric (juvenile) in the fact that you can’t even run a recognition of the guy’s death without taking a cheapshot at the Herald. “And with that cancellation, a legacy that hangs on more prominently than the actual details of the story was launched. The angry threats of Kentucky fans to cancel their newspaper subscriptions….” The story’s implications are far-deeper than some printer worker (or anyone else) canceling a newspaper subscription. The story put UK on probation and (subsequently) allowed Pitino to come in and rebuild, and put an end to Eddie S.’s corruption. Black’s legacy is that he is a Kentucky native who oversaw a paper that won a Pulitzer prize, had the courage to publish the UK scandal stories in his home state, and serve in the Army while winning a bronze star–not provide a platform for some jagoffs to cancel their newspaper subscription. Give it a rest, let the man die in peace.



  14. Dave Thomas
    2:43 pm August 18, 2011 Permalink

    Wheres the beef a-holes?



  15. Kernel Sanders
    3:21 pm August 18, 2011 Permalink

    Beef a-holes you’re looking for? I think they can be found in the meat dept. next to the pig’s feet.



  16. evarts#1
    3:42 pm August 18, 2011 Permalink

    You should have published a pic of the old turd in a Loserville red tie….. Any enemy of Big Blue is an enemy of mine



  17. schwing
    4:27 pm August 18, 2011 Permalink

    thanks, 15.

    commas are your friend, 14.



  18. 2020
    5:03 pm August 18, 2011 Permalink

    Above all else, you have to admire the amazing courage that Black had. Unlike others who like making people upset merely to get undeserved attention, Black had already achieved professional success. He was just doing his job with integrity, and that has to be respected, if not applauded, regardless of the implications to the program that we love.



  19. No More Black Journalism
    5:06 pm August 18, 2011 Permalink

    No, not racial black I am thinking black as in evil black. So the man will soon have dirt thrown in his face and turn to dust. My only question to the faithful is why are we suppose to show respect to a man when he dies when he did nothing to earn it when he was sucking air on earth. I hope he does not “Rest in Peace”. He made a lot of enemies and did it gladly and with glee. But not to worry, there are a lot of journalist ready to fill his shoes and keep the vendetta going. His death does not end that.



  20. Slick Willie
    9:56 pm August 18, 2011 Permalink

    You guys crack me up. How is it juvenile to talk about the man’s legacy. Like it or not this guys legacy includes the story on UK. I’m not saying he was wrong for doing so but it is what it is and he made the choice. He died and whether or not it was in peace has nothing to do with this comment section.