By LARRY VAUGHT
Former University of Kentucky basketball coach Joe Hall, who led UK to a national championship in 1978, turns 90 years old on Nov. 30.
He’s now in a nursing home in Lexington and former Louisville coach Denny Crum’s wife, Susan, is encouraging fans to send him birthday cards. The address is The Willows at Fritz Farm, 2710 Man ‘O War Blvd., Room 202, Lexington, KY, 40515.
Hall was an assistant coach under Adolph Rupp before taking over when he retired. He had a 297-100 record at UK and was national coach of the year in 1978. He also got UK to the 1975 NCAA Tournament title game and a Final Four appearance in 1984. Hall won eight Southeastern Conference regular season championships.
Kentucky also placed a statue of Hall outside the Wildcat Coal Lodge in 2012.