Kentucky boys' basketball coach Billy Hicks set the state's career wins record, and then didn't -- Associated …
Is it possible to have the Kentucky prep basketball record for career coaching victories, and then NOT have the Kentucky prep basketball record for career coaching victories?
By Scott County (Georgetown, Ky.) High boys' hoop coach Billy Hicks' count, he entered this season with 840 victories, tied former Louisville Central coach William Kean's mark of 856 on Jan. 16 and broke the record the following night, according to the Lexington's Herald-Leader and the Kentucky High School Athletic Association (h/t MaxPreps).
But a little research conducted by KHSAA communications director Joe Angolia discovered two Associated Press articles that revealed Hicks' 1978-79 team (his first year ever as a head coach) at the former Evarts (Ky.) High forfeited its entire season due to his use of ineligible players, slicing 10 victories off the coach's overall record.
According to records from the Kentucky Association of Basketball Coaches, Hicks currently owns a career record of 839-244 -- still 17 victories shy of Kean's 856 wins. However, even after removing his 10 forfeited wins 25 years ago, Hicks believes he's actually 848-243 in his career. The KHSAA is still working to verify discrepancies between their books and Hicks' own ledger in five different seasons (1982-83, 1991-95).
With eight regular-season games left on their schedule, the Cardinals (18-2) would have a shot to tie Kean's record before the lengthy one-classification Kentucky postseason based on Hicks' numbers. However, based on KHSAA standards, Scott County would have to win all nine games on its way to a state championship just to draw even with Kean.
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