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WATCH : The Inspirational Story of Oliver White


A few weeks back a story that is worth your attention occurred during the University of Kentucky’s graduation ceremony as former Kentucky tight end Oliver White (1981-84) received his degree in community leadership and development.

Drafted in the 10th round of the 1985 draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers, White only lasted a year in the NFL. After working for years in manufacturing as a supervisor and plant manager White knew he could do more.

“It was something I always wanted to finish,” he said last week. “It was always in the back of my mind.”

White is one of more than 150 Ex-Cats who have returned to UK to finish their degrees in what UK calls “The Post-Eligibility Program”. The program allows any former athlete to return to school to finish their degree with their tuition and books paid for.

The program was originally implemented by Athletic Director C.M. Newton in 1989, Mitch Barnhart has continued the practice as well.

Congrats to Mr. White!


Article written by Eli Mitchell

University of Kentucky Class of 2020

3 Comments for WATCH : The Inspirational Story of Oliver White

  1. Bull Filmer
    3:57 pm May 20, 2018 Permalink

    Kudos for crossing the finish line. And, good on you Oliver White.

    Athletes love a challenge.

    “I would argue” that not completing one’s degree should incessantly gnaw at your psyche, invade your sleep/dreams, and just drive your subconscious to finally finding that way to achieve ultimate personal gold medal self-validation.

    Congrats again, Mr. White.

    Cheers to the next remaining KENTUCKY Graduate # 151… and beyond.

    God bless C. M. Newton; Mitch – continue the continue.

  2. Good on you Oliver!

    And you gotta love that Power K and the unis! PLEASE, UK, bring those back for 1 game a year as throwbacks!!!

  3. Alleykat16
    9:49 am May 23, 2018 Permalink

    Nice! But what I like about the story is CM Newton starting that program back in 1989. And Cal is letting everybody know about what the University is offering to these student athletes to continue their education. I’m sure it wasn’t started wwith the one and done player in mind but it sure helps sell the school to these kids. I just hope that the kids that dont make a life in the league will use this to get their degree. CM was a pretty good AD as I see it. He brought a basketba) coach that was responsible for two national championships in basketball and then started this program and a special shoot out to Mr. White for not accepting using this. I’m sure it would have been easier just living life as he was