Jerry Tipton, longtime sportswriter for the Lexington Herald-Leader, will be discussing his 32 years of covering the University of Kentucky basketball program on Wednesday, April 16, at 3:30 p.m. at the Laurel Campus of Somerset Community College.
The event, “In the Spotlight: Jerry Tipton,” is free and open to the public. It will take place at the Laurel Campus (north), Building 2, Room 206, 100 University Drive in London.
Tipton has covered more than 1,000 UK basketball games. His first, in 1981-82, featured starters Melvin Turpin, Dirk Minniefield, and Derrick Hord.
Since then, Tipton has covered hundreds of players, including such notables as Sam Bowie, Kenny “Sky” Walker, Rex Chapman, Jamal Mashburn, Tony Delk, John Wall, Anthony Davis, and the group known as “The Unforgettables.” He has also seen five coaches, from Joe B. Hall to John Calipari.
Tipton has seen the peaks of the program—three national championships—as well as the depths: a recruiting scandal in 1989 followed by NCAA sanctions.
As the guest of the SCC Journalism Club, Tipton will be interviewed by club members and sponsors about his distinguished career, which began with eight years at the Huntington (W.Va.) Herald-Dispatch before he moved to Lexington.
"The UK fan base is clearly the most passionate in college basketball, maybe in all of sports," said Journalism Club sponsor Jeff Harris, an associate professor of English at SCC. "Jerry Tipton has spent a lifetime feeding the beast."