Today was an ugly day for UK and Kentucky football. But there are more important things in this life than sports, even to me. Former Wildcat offensive lineman Mike Scott was revealed to have terminal pancreatic cancer this week. Initially diagnosed and given 6 months to live, his situation took a turn for the worse quickly and his doctor sent him home to be with his family. His condition is too advanced for modern medicine to fight.
Scott was a former walk-on whose playing career ended because of medical issues. He became a student-assistant for the team after he couldn’t suit up. He spent 3 years learning how to coach the offensive line. Until very recently he was coaching the offensive line at Milton High School in Georgia with fellow UK alum Todd Perry. He must’ve been doing a heck of a job, he has 2 players committed to Wake Forest and one to TCU.
From all accounts, Mike has been the truest of true blue fans since leaving campus. He is the player Joker Phillips referred to recently about teaching his team to fight. Scott had apparently texted Phillips before the Arkansas game with his news and some encouragement. “There’s not a bigger UK fan than Mike Scott,” Phillips said in an email to Cats Illustrated. “He’s a guy who wrote letters to the (UK) coaches since he was in eighth or ninth grade about his dream of playing here. The reason I wanted to tell the team about his fight is because I know he is pulling for them in their fight.”
I’ve never met Mike Scott, but after learning about him I can honestly say that it hurts me deeply that such a person has been dealt this hand. He loves the Wildcats, has always loved the Wildcats, through thick and thin. He is the very best of Big Blue Nation and we can all appreciate that. Regardless of your feelings about UK football or athletics in general, say a prayer for Mike Scott and his family. He is one of us and BBN always takes care of their own. If you can spare any, you can also donate to Mike’s family here.