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Sunday’s Hot Links brought to you by John Mauer

Joe B. Hall has sure been getting a lot of attention from this site and the UK fanbase over the last couple days.  Hell, Hall is just 82 years old.  Let’s give some props to John Mauer, former UK coach right before Adolph Rupp, who turns 110 in early September.  I think we can all agree that Mauer, in his 3 seasons, set the program up for its success under Rupp.  I mean, just look at that picture above.  Mauer was an elite basketball player/coach, despite wearing a 3-piece suit.  So sure, maybe Hall gets the attention last week, but this week I honor the great-grandfather of UK basketball, John Mauer.  Let’s look at some links while we reminisce about those 3 glorious years under Mauer:

-Coach Cal profile on Kyle Wiltjer and his “old-school” game

-Desmond Allison’s life forever changed by dismissal from UK

-Coaches say that defensive line is where championships are won

Tyty Thompson gives us everything we need to know about the women’s football clinic

-Cincinnati Bengals open training camp in Georgetown

We will have more today about a chance to meet Deandre Liggins today, more on that profile of Kyle Wiltjer, a breakdown of some UK targets, rule changes in the NCAA, and much more.

Article written by Bryan the Intern

17 Comments for Sunday’s Hot Links brought to you by John Mauer



  1. tdogg4033011
    10:28 am July 31, 2011 Permalink

    thanks BTI !!!



  2. FreeJoeB
    10:33 am July 31, 2011 Permalink

    BTI sucks.



  3. Just Curious
    10:37 am July 31, 2011 Permalink

    How does one pronounce “Tyty” ?



  4. catnuts
    10:44 am July 31, 2011 Permalink

    I hate all the negative talk about our football coaches and team. Give these guys a break. We have went to 5 straight bowls games for the first time in history. People have short memories. I for one can still remember the days where we were not competitive at all against the SEC powers. Getting beat by 40,50 points.Our receivers couldn’t catch a ball, our defensive backs dropped sure interseptions that could have sealed a win,missed tackles all over the field.Believe you me, we have came a long long way.



  5. GoCats2
    11:00 am July 31, 2011 Permalink

    #3 All I can tell you is how SexnNursinHomes would pronounce it.



  6. Dave in Asskrakistan
    11:41 am July 31, 2011 Permalink

    Is Jahn Mauer really still alive???



  7. blink 82
    11:47 am July 31, 2011 Permalink

    The allison story is a tear jerker. Desmond you will always be a Kentucky Wildcat to me. R.I.P



  8. Han
    11:50 am July 31, 2011 Permalink

    As a long-suffering UK football, Bengals and Cubs fan, I’m extra tired of the Bengals right now. The crap with Palmer (trade him and get something!), a couple arrests/issues with free agents Pacman and Benson over the offseason, and the fact that their top receiver will be a rookie because they relied on Owens and Ocho last year…it’s hard to care. Hard to believe they swept the division a couple years ago, but when Henry got injured and then died, it was the end of the this era’s hope.



  9. Han
    11:54 am July 31, 2011 Permalink

    4) We’ve come a long way, but just because you were a complete doormat before, it doesn’t make being a throw rug Heaven. And Florida still beats us by 30 every year. 😉

    A lot of us would just like to see us beat some SEC teams from time to time instead of coasting on cupcakes out of conference. Also, most of us are still waiting on an end to the big three streaks: Tennessee, Florida and Spurier.



  10. Bryan the Intern
    11:55 am July 31, 2011 Permalink

    6) Haha. No. He died in the 1970’s.



  11. Hoss
    12:21 pm July 31, 2011 Permalink

    4- a 12-game schedule and twice the number of bowl berths deserve more credit than UK football for that streak. I bleed blue and, yes, we have improved- but those are the facts.

    9- we beat Spurrier last year, remember. You can stop waiting on that one now.



  12. siestakeycat
    1:51 pm July 31, 2011 Permalink

    Hey, #9….

    Not that you noticed, but the streak against Spurrier (proper spelling) ended last season. You must not be much of a fan if you don’t remember that game.

    By the way, BTI, nice to see that you actually know who John Mauer was.



  13. Steve Fitts
    2:28 pm July 31, 2011 Permalink

    Historical Note: After leaving UK, John Mauer went to the University of Tennessee and coached the Vols basketball team for many years. He and Rupp were huge rivals, and these two men are largely responsible for the UK-UT rivarly in basketball. Anything you dislike about the UT basketball program you can pretty much blame on John Mauer. He was the Bruce Pearl of his day. What is amazing is he left UK for UT voluntarily, indicating that in 1930, the UT job was considered more prestigious than the UK job. He had some success his 3 years at UK and laid the foundation for Adolph Rupp, but his greatest success by far was as UT. So while John Mauer may have bled blue for three seasons, for the vast majority of his career he bled orange and was Rupp’s main rival in the early years of the SEC. Steve Fitts, Jeffersonville, IN



  14. Steve Fitts
    7:14 pm July 31, 2011 Permalink

    John Mauer was a Vol a lot longer than he was a Wildcat. He coached the Cats for 3 seasons, then went to the University of Tennessee and coached the Vols for many years. He bled orange, not blue!



  15. siestakeycat
    7:42 pm July 31, 2011 Permalink

    Why did coaches back in the old days get pictures of themselves holding a basketball and looking at it?



  16. siestakeycat
    7:52 pm July 31, 2011 Permalink

    Steve Fitts,

    John Mauer did NOT leave UK for Tennessee. He left UK for Miami of Ohio. The reasons for this were two-fold. One, he asked for a pay raise, and was refused. Two, he wanted more influence on the football staff (he also was an assistant coach in football).

    Geez, if you are going to post history, at least do some research. And, by the way, at no point in history, was the Tennessee job EVER considered more prestigious than the Kentucky job. Asinine statement.



  17. Hugh Coy
    3:54 pm August 1, 2011 Permalink

    John Mauer was coaching at FL in 1952 when I graduated from high school.I received a letter from him , whish I had kept it.