Friday, April 4, 2008


SO LONG...Kentucky basketball manager Bill Keightley, who was with the Wildcats for 48 seasons, died Monday in Cincinnati of internal bleeding caused by a previously undiagnosed tumor on his spine. He was 81.

Keightley's tenure reached back to the Adolph Rupp era and continued through Joe B. Hall, Eddie Sutton, Rick Pitino, Tubby Smith and current Kentucky coach Billy Gillispie.

Louisville coach, and former Kentucky coach Rick Pitino pauses while speaking at a memorial service.

The seat which was occupied for many years by former Kentucky basketball equipment manager Bill Keightley is adorned with a blue ribbon prior to a memorial service for him in Lexington, Ky., Thursday, April 3, 2008.

(AP Photos/Ed Reinke)

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