Joe B. Hall mural unveiled in downtown Cynthiana

07/26/2017 08:48 AM

Former Kentucky coach Joe B. Hall was recognized in his hometown of Cynthiana on Tuesday evening.

Hall, joined by family, close friends and former players, was in downtown Cynthiana for the official unveiling of a 35-foot mural of him on the side of the Masonic Lodge. The mural was painted by Portuguese artist Sergio Odeith.

“I am totally overwhelmed,” said Hall. “Not only with the quality of the picture, the artist did a great job. I knew the live picture that he took that from and it was so well done. I just couldn’t believe it.”

The mural depicts Hall holding a rolled-up game program while wearing his 1978 national championship ring.

Kenny “Sky” Walker, who played for Hall from 1982-1985, knows the mural is very well-deserving for a man who poured his heart and soul into the Kentucky basketball program.

“Thirteen years at Kentucky, the second longest tenured coach in the history of Kentucky basketball. We know how tough this job can be,” said Walker. “To say that he did that for 13 years and the way that he carried himself during that time, it’s pretty obvious how special it is today for all of these people and former players to come out and to support him. That’s what he means to this community, the state and obviously to us as former players.”

Hall coached at Kentucky from 1972-1985, leading Kentucky to 10 NCAA tournament, three Final Fours and one national championship in 1978.

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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