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Don Phelps’ Tuesday News and Views


Memorial Day is specifically for honoring those who died in the line of duty, but it’s also a great reminder to give thanks to all veterans. In light of that, I thought I’d take the opportunity to honor one of UK’s past greats for his accomplishments on both the football field and the battlefield. Don Phelps was born in Richmond and raised in Danville. He attended my alma mater, Danville High School (Go Ads!), where he was an all-state halfback with the nickname “Dopey.”

After high school, Don served in the army during World War II, and once it was over, enrolled at UK. Phelps played four years at Kentucky under Bear Bryant, and in his freshman year, led the nation in kickoff and punt returns. Apparently, he was also quite the trouble maker, spending most of his junior year on suspension for violating team rules. However, in his senior year, he led the Cats to a 9-3 record and Orange Bowl berth. Don was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the sixth round of the 1950 NFL Draft, becoming their go-to kick returner. In his rookie season, he racked up 499 total return yards and one punt return for a touchdown, in addition to 198 rushing yards and a touchdown. His pro career was short-lived, and he retired from the game in 1953. Don came back to Kentucky and worked for the state until he passed in 1982.

Now, onto the very little news there was on this Memorial Day…

The UK Baseball team makes the NCAA Tournament

After a big run in the SEC Tournament, the Bat Cats made it to the NCAA Tournament for the eighth time in school history, earning a 2-seed and a matchup against 3-seed Kansas Friday afternoon at 2 p.m. in Louisville. If they win, they’ll advance to play the winner of the Louisville/Kent State game, which means another possible matchup against the Cards. UK has beaten Louisville twice already this season, and since the Year of the Cardinal is officially over, I like our chances. Also, AJ Reed.

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Dominique Hawkins is back from China

Dominique Hawkins has returned from his trip to China with Sports Reach, posting this Great Wall selfie on Instagram Monday afternoon. Hawkins averaged nine points per game, and was a huge hit with the ladies of the Far East:

That smile gets them every time.

Thon Maker may reclassify to 2015

The most exciting news of the day may have been that 2016 phenom Thon Maker is considering reclassifying to 2015. Responsible for what may be the most ridiculous mixtape known to man, Thon “Highlight” Maker is considered the third best player in the 2016 class, and UK has expressed major interest. Maker’s guardian told Evan Daniels that they’re thinking of reclassifying him, and Daniels said they’re already making the move academically for that to happen. Yes, please!

The SEC Coaches Meetings start Tuesday in Destin

The SEC football coaches are en route to Destin, Florida for their annual meetings, which begin Tuesday. Issues expected to be on the agenda: more talk about autonomy for the five major BCS conferences, progress on the SEC Network, the possibility of a 30-second shot clock in basketball, and whether or not to sell beer at games. I’m for all of those things. No word on whether or not Mark Stoops plans to get revenge on Steve Spurrier and Les Miles for that embarrassing sunscreen drawing they did on his back last year.

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Willie Cauley-Stein got a new hairdo

UK’s style chameleon changed up his looks again on Monday, showing off his new baby dreads. See, I told you it was a slow news day.

Hopefully we’ll have more to talk about in the morning. See you then. a_560x375

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

13 Comments for Don Phelps’ Tuesday News and Views

  1. UKVancouver
    11:36 pm May 26, 2014 Permalink

    I will literally cry if we do not land Thon Maker. Is it just me or do the writers here at KSR worship this kid(which I think is great) haha.

  2. NBAjam
    11:56 pm May 26, 2014 Permalink

    If you want to know what I will be calling Willie next year click the link below: “Turquoise Jeep”. aka “Let Me Schmang It”

  3. Luther
    12:16 am May 27, 2014 Permalink

    Wow! Thon’s got big time skills. He’s a cross between Danny Manning and Kevin Garnett…

  4. LiteraryKitty
    1:10 am May 27, 2014 Permalink

    Thon Maker definitely needs to come here so we can make all kinds of puns and nicknames playing on Maker’s Mark. I mean, the state of no other school is so perfectly associated with his last name.

  5. Casper
    1:21 am May 27, 2014 Permalink

    is that the Wizard of Oz, behind that door?

  6. Casper
    1:22 am May 27, 2014 Permalink

    or Col. Sanders?

    • Casper
      4:29 am May 27, 2014 Permalink

      Not many are witty enough to answer their own posts…I am in that elite class, no?

  7. Today
    8:07 am May 27, 2014 Permalink

    MADMEN. !!!!!M

  8. Today
    8:07 am May 27, 2014 Permalink

    RIP. Burt Cooper

  9. UKgrad'13
    9:45 am May 27, 2014 Permalink

    Love the .gif at the end, it was a great episode.

  10. Lisa Phelps Moore
    10:11 am May 27, 2014 Permalink

    Thank you Tyler for posting the article on Don Phelps He is my grandfather and so missed.

  11. Mike Switzer
    11:24 am May 27, 2014 Permalink

    I wanted to thank you for the piece on Don Phelps. As our neighbor, I grew up with his sons. He did everything he could to keep us on the right path. Hunting, fishing, sports, you name it. He was always there as an advisor and friend – even when things weren’t going so great. I noticed his granddaughter’s post and want to reply. Thanks again.

  12. gary goodaker
    1:51 pm May 27, 2014 Permalink

    I remember dopey well as I stayed in the Phelps home in Danville ,little don and I were best friends in the early 60s, real nice people and after all these years I still miss them, I think his youngest son name was Rhodes.