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Happy Birthday to the Flurry

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A big Happy Birthday to a UK walk-on of the past, the man, the myth, the haircut, Mark Coury. The Flurry came to UK during the Tubby Smith years and immediately won over the Big Blue Nation with his Napoleon Dynamite-like mannerisms and his propensity to shoot immediately upon getting the ball. He stayed through the Billy Clyde years and was a starter thanks to the “he who practices hardest gets to start” Billy Gillispie philosophy. While that often didn’t turn out well, his heart, goggles and tendency to be a lunchroom bully all won KSR’s hearts and we followed him even through his transfer to Cornell. Today he turns 25 and we should all give him a BBN salute. Please list your favorite Mark Coury memories below (I know you have a few)…mine is simple, the picture that started it all:

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Article written by Matt Jones

16 Comments for Happy Birthday to the Flurry



  1. cwashcatfan
    1:33 pm August 8, 2013 Permalink

    Nothing says triumph more than flexing after climbing up a 15 foot tall pile of rocks.

    I’d guess that at the time of Drew’s photo, Mark Coury slept in a race car bed at his home. Jeff Gordon race car perhaps?



  2. KyBoy
    1:35 pm August 8, 2013 Permalink

    Funniest……..The fact that he not only played at UK but that he started!!!!! He didn’t even start for Cornell



  3. DH
    1:38 pm August 8, 2013 Permalink

    Sorry for being negative, but my favorite memory is when he left UK and we didn’t have to witness him being our starting center, anymore. Jared Carter looked like an All-American next to Coury.



  4. Jr
    1:44 pm August 8, 2013 Permalink

    His first game as a starter where he scored 13 pts 10 Rebs and Patrick Patterson scored only 4 in a UK win. And how it never happened again.



  5. Tana Lee
    1:55 pm August 8, 2013 Permalink

    I loved that he always looked like he had a kool-aid mustache.



  6. Gus Chiggins
    1:55 pm August 8, 2013 Permalink

    None, I had my memory men in blacked to the day before he committed



  7. MustangCat
    1:55 pm August 8, 2013 Permalink

    Why didn’t you guys announce that Matt Jones was playing in the PGA Championship? He’s currently -2 under par after 16 holes!! 3 shots ahead of tiger! Way to go Matt!



  8. Bunny
    2:15 pm August 8, 2013 Permalink

    Sorry Matt…Coury was a stiff and never should have been on a basketball scholarship at UK…



  9. Big Blue Coming At You
    2:37 pm August 8, 2013 Permalink

    I have nothing but negative memories of the Mark Coury era. One of the low points of this program’s history.



  10. Double negative police
    2:38 pm August 8, 2013 Permalink

    @7: “-2 under par” would be 2 over par. It’s the numerical equivalent of a double negative. #justsayin



  11. Paintsville'sdairyqueen
    2:59 pm August 8, 2013 Permalink

    I think every big man in SEC blocked at least one shot on him. He did play hard though. @ 10 being a D bag is a double negative in my book.



  12. Butthead
    3:13 pm August 8, 2013 Permalink

    What about when he started against UNC the year they went to the Final Four and was immediately destroyed by Hansborough



  13. TN Cat
    3:38 pm August 8, 2013 Permalink

    When Cousins spun around him in the post and dunked in the sweet sixteen.



  14. jb cruser
    5:00 pm August 8, 2013 Permalink

    You’re kidding!….He was one of the 5 worst regular starters ever , maybe the worst ever,at UK!!!!



  15. Pauldaniels
    5:45 pm August 8, 2013 Permalink

    Come on guys, give me a break. May not be your best UK memories the BCG era but the kid busted his hump and won a starting spot on a poor team. Give him a break and wish him a happy birthday.



  16. VaKat
    8:28 am August 9, 2013 Permalink

    I respected Courey more than Randolph Morris. At least Courey gave effort. Morris is def my least favorite player in recent memory.