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Image 6 of Kentucky Alumnus, vol. 64, no. 2, 1994

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' ** . ‘E; ; _- iQ W ' Claiborne Honored _ ’ yy * ‘ ei _ . `C as _“““_"“L”“‘ I _ j » i: 1,·f; ; ~ It’s been nearly five years since alum- if “ ' ' .___ nus jerry Claiborne coached football ` ,__, . ~. " ._ { . \-·» Y p —._» t p U at his alma mater, but this year he will tgp » 2.; N V. '’`` ` miss the annual UK Blue-White game 4 4. I xg, A I V _ Q to claim more professional honors. Q ii ~ I . I, ;— — . . ( K ilii V ''`·: Claiborne has been selected to gg __ { i '' ' I a receive the Robert R. Neyland Memo- 3 ` ( V g rial Trophy. The Neyland Award is V __ I ` ` I ~ p _, named after the former University of 11 I __ I ·· p Tennessee football coach and is pre- QE L . i? .·’‘ , _ (_ sented annually by the Knoxville . I 1 2 x / _ Q Quarterback Club. . `ilz ‘ » V » ‘ i ip {Y ‘jerry Claiborne’s coaching career Q => __ U ·, at three different schools was a distin- _ °" I guished one," club president jeff . I if \ * Hagood said. "He was a coach who ?‘f‘ "*~· .°‘- p»_»&=_ J put solid teams on the field and who p_ Q . a worked to see his players succeed in ` J . i`l ' _ , the classroom. He’s a great choice." .. I ¤ . p Claiborne was a collegiate head I Coach for 28 years, retiring after the p V _, . . gg Zl. ipgeei J-·,i p 1989 season with an overall record of N y ii t if I · I 179-122-8. He was 61-39-2 in 10 sea- ‘( · an V _,,. if sons at Virginia Tech (1961-70); 77- ( V . I 37-3 in 10 seasons at Maryland I Y6? {L. _ ~ ( (1972-81) and 41-46-3 in eight seasons ' ~ { y . (1982-89) at UK. His Virginia Tech and Kentucky teams played in two " t ii .9.. . bowls and Maryland played in seven if ` postseason games under Claiborne. I His 1983 Kentucky squad opened `V p A Q pr ». ( with a 5-1 record and tied Memphis I I U A p . State as the most improved team in p y ntf ev » it ' the nation that season. . “ g I r .» V ( wi i · FM y.‘_ I . ( W p “I’m very honored to have been ` ‘ ` I `C fi `°¥ V A Q ` _ orne. " e never eat enera ey- . i [Mpeg,. 1, ·*·_ ° . fi. 1and’s teams while I was at Kentucky _` sk * ·* ». y A as aplayeror assistant coach. I copied . _ A V. -.l` *'* *2 we ’ eje p_ my defensive philosophy from him. I ( * #2 y. ‘i‘` .t.r el,) was sold on the wide tackle six y, . . " I ’" because in 1946 through 1951 we I { `»"`“”i ·*:_ . ’ ’*ir t A " I I * »» ;, scored just six points on Tennessee » 4**} A 1 < . g l· I _? and we had some good teams. I really " J ( .,.,._.x» 3, ‘V,;;_ pj) gg . . believed in his axioms offootbal1." e . 9 » ‘— :4,. 1 ly; Y T. T _j T A native of Hopkinsville, Claiborne *-5 V ·— , j _ <.,- ` earned three letters at UK (1946, »¥··`_` 1.; _ 1 .__*·, A § I ·;=§3;» { l. L .·, 1948, 1949) under head coach Paul ff! 4 ( ji ` "Bear" Bryant and helped the Wild- , ` hldfg _`__ P __ ,.4%,/%,%.,3-;,.,,g{ cats compile a 29-12-2 mark during ' ¤‘ ·= 3; xg! :_ gi E, .*;*3 his career. His nine interceptions as a ` `·‘· ’ii*`l‘· 1 " 9**. "* f·'°`€*‘2:; ” "t #*11 M "" ’e·*"?"‘>*` defensive back in 1949 still rank as a —l KClllll(`l·L§'r\ll1lI1l1llS Summer 1994

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