Fall from Grace!!!
If I was doing my show and writing this blog back in the late 1980’s, early 1990’s, I would probably be talking a lot about a certain player who led his high school basketball team to two state championship games in a row, winning one of them and down the line mentioning him as part of the resurrection of, regarded by most in this state, the best college basketball program of all time. That person would be Richie Farmer.
We all know about his basketball career. He is regarded as a hero to those in Clay County, winning a state championship back in the late 80’s for Clay County High School. He was also a member of the University of Kentucky’s basketball team that was coming back from the probation that was levied on the program back in the early 90’s. His last game at UK was that famous 1992 Regional Final game against Duke (I won’t go into detail of that game out of respect of my UK friends. We all know what happened in that game). He was a part of a group of players from Kentucky who were regarded as the genesis of what would later bring two more national championships to the Commonwealth in the late 90’s.
He went on to serve Kentucky again from 2004 thru 2011 as Kentucky’s Agricultural Commissioner, but things went wrong from there. There were several abuses of power during his time in office, and he also went through a divorce. Now it is reported that he will plead guilty to many of those abuses and it looks like he will have to serve jail time as a result.
Farmer’s jersey hangs from Rupp Arena along side others who were a large part of the great tradition at UK. In light of his actions in office, should UK look to take that jersey down? What are your thoughts on this matter? Feel free to comment.
Have a great week!!!