Fifty years of service: The story behind the original "Blue Coats"

02/17/2017 07:45 PM

If you’ve ever been to a basketball game at Rupp Arena, you’ve probably had some sort of interaction with the ushers scattered throughout the arena wearing the blue blazers.

Those men are members of the Committee of 101, better known as the “Blue Coats.” The group started back in 1966 and they are in their fiftieth season of helping usher Kentucky basketball games. The Committee of 101 has seen many members come and go over the last five decades, but three men have been through it all from the very beginning.

Bradley McKee takes a look at their fifty years of service and what it has meant to them.

Clayton Abernathy

Clayton is a Producer for Spectrum News. He graduated with a Journalism degree from the University of Kentucky and he lives and breathes UK Basketball, making him the perfect fit to produce KSTV. That’s Kentucky’s only nightly half-hour show dedicated solely to UK sports. You can watch it weeknights at 7:30 and 11 on Spectrum News. Follow Clayton on twitter @ClaySTV1 to stay updated on the latest UK Basketball and recruiting news or to follow his amateur competitive eating endeavors. He once ate thirteen cheese Coney hot dogs in one sitting…on his lunch break.


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