May 20, 2013
Bill Keightley is a legend despite never playing a game in a Kentucky uniform.
"Mr. Wildcat" was Kentucky's equipment manager for 46 years. His jersey was retired in 1997. And now he's got an event named for him in the upcoming season.
Kentucky put together the Keightley Classic, a four-game event in which Kentucky plays (at home) Robert Morris, Texas-Arlington, Cleveland State and Eastern Michigan on consecutive days.
"Bill, you know what kind of legacy he left here," Calipari said. "Selflessness, he was about everybody else, could make anybody in the room feel like he was his best friend.
Calipari said he wanted to ensure Keightley's legacy continues, and the event promotes that.
"I think just keeping that legacy going, the history of this program for the fans -- I love the fact Coach Hall has a statue out front, that Coach Rupp is revered the way he should be," Calipari said. "This is one of those kinds of programs."