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Bridge to Be Named for Former UK Basketball Coach Joe B. Hall

A new bridge that crosses US 27 in Cynthiana will be named for former University of Kentucky men's basketball coach, Joe B. Hall.

A ceremony is scheduled for Friday.

Hall spent thirteen seasons, succeeding the legendary Adolph Rupp starting in 1972. His team won the national champtionship in 1978 and went to the Final Four in 1975 and 1984. Hall's teams won eight Southeastern Conference regular season titles, the 1984 SEC Tournament, and the 1976 National Invitation Tournament.

Hall is a native of Cynthiana.

He retired after the 1984-85 season with a career record of 373 wins and 156 losses, including his time at Regis University and Central Missouri State University. Hall was named National Coach of the Year in 1978 and SEC Coach of the Year four times.

The dedication of Joe B. Hall Bridge is Friday at 5:30 p.m. at the US 27 bridge north of Cythiana.

Information from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

Photo: Joe B. Hall (center) with current UK Coach John Calipari and a statue of Hall on UK's campus/by Jon Hale of KY Forward