Friday, April 13, 2012

Greeted by hundreds, Calipari's trophy train stops

University of Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari's tour with the NCAA Championship trophy stopped in Midway today after a crowd of several hundred people gathered without any guarantee that the coach's R.J. Corman Railroad train would stop, only that it would slow down on its way from Lexington to Frankfort.

Calipari addressed the crowd from the back of the train, giving the team credit for the school's eighth basketball championship, and allowed students gathered on Main Street to touch the trophy.

The coach was accompanied on his trip by Joe B. Hall, below, who coached the Wildcats to their fifth championship, in 1978. (Photos and information from City Council Member Dan Roller)

Others on the train included Adolph "Herky" Rupp, son of the coach who won the first four championships.

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