THE EARLY KENTUCKY teams were a reflection of coach Adolph Rupp (here preparing his troops for a game against Mississippi in 1964): disciplined and smart. The current Wildcats have fancier digs, thanks to the addition of the $30 million Joe Craft Center, but their work ethic and dedication to tradition remain just as strong.
A HALF CENTURY AGO it was the drama of the '58 semifinal game that had the usually confident Kentucky cheerleaders feeling nervous. These days the Cheer Program creates tension all by itself with high-flying routines. The squad earns its own accolades as well: It has won 15 national cheerleading championships since '85.
WITH ITS MYRIAD pictures and plaques, Adolph Rupp's office symbolized the status of a man at the top of his game. New coach Billy Gillispie hasn't yet had time to settle in, but don't expect him to expend much effort decorating. Hanging a new championship banner in Rupp Arena will take priority over attending to his bare walls.