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Today on KSR: A Salute to C.M. Newton

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Last night former Kentucky Wildcat C.M. Newton died at the age of 88.  Newton was a National Champion on the basketball court, a pitcher on the baseball diamond and the football grounds bear his name.  That’s just a small sample of what Newton accomplished during his incredible life in athletics.

Widely regarded as the man who saved Kentucky basketball, as UK’s athletic director he convinced Rick Pitino to leave the New York Knicks to resurrect the probation-plagued basketball program.  He hired UK’s first men’s and women’s basketball African-American head coaches, and integrated the University of Alabama’s men’s basketball team.  That’s what he’s best known for, but the more you learn about Newton, the more you realize he had an even greater impact on the game.

“His contributions to the sport of basketball continue to this day,” Mitch Barnhart said. “As chairman of the NCAA rules committee, he introduced the shot clock and the 3-point shot. For decades, he worked tirelessly to promote international basketball and was well-rewarded by his election to the Naismith Hall of Fame.”

Newton’s most iconic contribution to international basketball happened in the early 90s when he helped create the Dream Team as the President of USA Basketball.  The team that wowed Americans inspired players all around the world to pick up a basketball for the first time.

Newton’s legacy will last for years.  Last night tributes rolled in from aross the country.

From Tubby Smith:

We lost a wonderful person today in C.M. Newton. I want to first send out our dearest condolences to his wife, Nancy, his three children and all of their relatives. Coach Newton has been a mentor for me for a number of years and has guided my career from the first time I met him.

He has always encouraged me and other coaches to be involved with the NABC and help influence the game of basketball. He was a pioneer in a lot of areas, including having the courage to hire an African-American as coach at Kentucky and to recruit African-Americans at Alabama. He was a man that didn’t see color and was a genuine, caring man that we’ll miss dearly and that we loved dearly.

A larger than life figure, Newton forever changed the University of Kentucky and the Southeastern Conference.  May he rest in peace.

The Cats are Here 

On Day One of the summer, the Kentucky football team hit the weight room while the Kentucky basketball team hit the road.  Coach Cal’s Cats went to Bardstown and Elizabethtown for a pair of satellite camps.  T.J. Walker spoke to Calipari in E-Town and caught some of the campers’ best antics on camera.

Hjelle is a Giant

Fate made the 6’11” UK pitcher a San Francisco Giant.  The 2017 SEC Pitcher of the Year was selected in the second round of the MLB Draft at No. 45 overall, the highest selection by a UK pitcher since 2011.  A handful of other teammates will join Hjelle in the professional ranks later today during rounds 3-10.

Louisville City Hosts an MLS Team

The USL club has advanced to the fourth round of the U.S. Open Cup, bringing MLS competition to the Commonwealth for the first time.  The New England Revolution stand between the boys in purple and the Sweet 16.  The game begins at 7:00 at UofL’s Lynn Stadium and can be heard on Talk Radio 1080 or streamed online with WAVE-3 News.

This Shouldn’t Be Possible

And you thought you were good at ping-pong.


Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

4 Comments for Today on KSR: A Salute to C.M. Newton

  1. JTHinton
    9:27 am June 5, 2018 Permalink

    Let’s go LouCity!!’

  2. TBW3011
    9:33 am June 5, 2018 Permalink

    RIP CM. And of course Freddie spent 30 minutes breaking down a single play. Lol

  3. Alleykat16
    9:48 am June 5, 2018 Permalink

    I was a young man when he coached at Vandy, and at the time had a few teams that was pretty good. At that time didn’t like him as an opposing coach to UK. Then he came to UK and got to know him better and seeing what a great person he was changed my mind forever. He has done great things here at UK that will always be remembered. I’m so glad that UK hired him so that I could see what a good man he is. All he did for UK plus was the driving force to bring us the Dream Team o
    in the 90’s. RIP CM