I had not planned on writing anything about the 3rd anniversary of Bill Keightley’s passing today, but I guess I can’t help it. I can’t help but think about how much fun Mr. Wildcat would be having this week if he was still with us. I would love to have seen that smile spread across his face when Jorts punched the rebound out of the lane against OSU. I would have loved to have seen his reaction when UK toppled UNC for their long awaited return to the Final Four. Mr. Bill was with us in our last trip to the national semifinals, and as exciting as our return to that stage is, it won’t be the same without him.
My most memorable and unforgettable trip to Rupp Arena was Mr. Keightley’s memorial service that took place there. The scene on the Rupp floor that day was one of the most unbelievable scenes I had ever seen in my life. My wife and I wept with the huge crowd with every touching speaker’s reflection of the man we all knew as Mr. Wildcat. As we enjoy this fantastic run to the Final Four our Cats are providing us with, let’s not forget Bill Keightley. We miss you sir.