Looking forward to honoring the Rupp national championship teams and the 1993 Final Four team during their official @UKAthletics Elite reunions this year. Dates will be announced later.
UK Athletics will officially honor 10 teams across three programs during the 2018-19 athletics season, as selected by UK’s reunion committee that was established last year to honor elite teams of the past.
Over the course of the 2018-19 athletics season, Adolph Rupp’s men’s basketball national championship teams (1948, ’49, ’51 and ’58), the 1993 men’s basketball team, the 1958, ’59 and ’88 men’s cross country teams, and the 1988 and ’89 women’s cross country teams will be honored. The Adolph Rupp national championship teams reunion was postponed from last year.
UK Athletics established a reunion committee last year as a way to honor great Kentucky teams of the past. The committee was formed to define official parameters of recognition, identify and select deserving teams, and coordinate dates and arrangements with the specific programs. Input from current head coaches and administrators was taken into account when setting the criteria.
Standards for selecting teams each year will include but is not limited to final records, conference championships and postseason finishes. The committee places emphasis on honoring teams that coincide with yearly markers (for example, a 25th anniversary of a team’s championship), although other factors will be taken into consideration. Special attention was again placed on teams that would typically fall outside the committee’s reunion windows moving forward.
Dates for each group reunion are to be determined. Due to roster crossover and shared accomplishments, several teams will be honored together. Those groups include:
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