Yearbook: University of Kentucky

Saturday, July 24, 2010

The University of Kentucky has a great archive of their yearbooks online. Like a lot of the yearbooks in my yearbook collection, the UK Kentuckian has gone through a series of name changes

The yearbook started in 1894 under the name Memoria. This name was changed to the Kentuckian by the time the second edition was published in 1901. Two years later the publication changed its name to the Blue and White and the year after that it was renamed the Echoes before changing its name back to The Kentuckian for its next installment in 1906.

Those are the complete early editions, and after 1906 the yearbook was published yearly as the Kentuckian until 1973 after which it was again renamed the KYIAN in 1974 and 1975. The online collection concludes with the 1975 edition, but as good as this collection is, I would expect them to update the available yearbooks very soon.

UK has done a great job digitizing these yearbooks, and they've gone the extra mile with a additional collection of historical pictures and texts regarding Kentucky athletics.

As you can imagine the UK athletic collection has a lot of basketball info, but simply put the football collection itself is the best digitized football-specific collection I have seen of any NCAA program.

From their searchable image archive to the historical University of Kentucky board of trustees minutes, the UK Special Collections and Digital Programs department has a lot to be proud of with this collection. Whether you are a Kentucky Wildcats fan or not, stop over and check out the Explore UK project.


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2010 Black Knights Recognized in Top 50

Sunday, July 18, 2010

While some online newspaper sites shamelessly cut back on offseason college football coverage, the Orlando Sentinel is one newspaper with a significant offseason college football presence.

The Sentinel is running through their preseason rankings and they finally got around to getting Army's ranking up...

We've seen various degrees of optimism regarding Army's upcoming season, but brace yourself for what will certainly be the high water mark for Army 2010 preseason ranking.

Seriously, take a deep breath before you go on.


The Orlando Sentinel ranked the 2010 Army football team 44th. With teams like Michigan and Michigan State listed at #68 and #69, the Sentinel must be rating teams on projected 2010 wins. Whatever their methodology is, I'll take #44. The 44 was also based in part on the number of returning players and in part on the Black Knights' light schedule.

Look back: Rich Ellerson took Army within one game of bowl eligibility in his first season at the helm. The Black Knights could have gotten there were it not for blown-fourth quarter lead to Tulane and an eventual 17-16 loss. Still, the Black Knights found a solid quarterback in Trent Steelman, and won the most games at West Point since 1996.

They mention that Army should be considered third among the academies this year, which continues the contemptible trend of giving the rivals mention in Black Knights previews- though the Sentinel's favorable Army forecast and the 2009 Knights highlight video embedded in the story more than make up for the gaffe.

Those other two academies, Notre Dame and Rutgers are the only teams projected ahead of Army in the Sentinel's rankings.

While I'm at it I might as well link to the other listed teams on Army's schedule.

Sat. Sept. 4 at Eastern Michigan
Sat. Sept. 11 HAWAI'I
Sat. Sept. 18 NORTH TEXAS
Sat. Sept. 25 at Duke
Sat. Oct. 2 TEMPLE
Sat. Oct. 9 at Tulane
Sat. Oct. 16 vs. Rutgers
Sat. Oct. 30 VMI
Sat. Nov. 6 AIR FORCE
Sat. Nov. 13 at Kent State
Sat. Nov. 20 vs. Notre Dame
Sat. Dec. 11 vs. Navy


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