A Kentucky Wildcats legend, Terry Mobley, passed away on Monday morning. He was 74.
For the uninitiated, Mobley is likely most famous for his clutch 15-footer against Duke in the 1963 Sugar Bowl Classic. The basket came with only four seconds left, helping the Wildcats put down the Blue Devils, 81-79.
The 6-foot-3 dynamo was more than just an exciting player to watch back in the Adolph Rupp era. Though he was, by all accounts, a gifted player.
A member of the Board of Trustees, Mobley helped to oversee the university’s first $1 billion capital campaign. Furthermore, he even served as interim athletics director after a series of scandals.
“As a still new president, Terry stepped in to serve as my interim AD during some very trying days,” former UK President Lee Todd said in a statement. “His high moral character, steady hand and always strong leadership solidified the department.”
Todd also went on to state how Mobley’s hand in the capital campaign changed how Kentucky operated. Prior to him joining a role with the school, the university actually struggled to get money from outside investors and alumni.
Our thoughts go out to the immediate Mobley family as well as his extended friends that make up Big Blue Nation.