Kentucky faces off against Alabama tomorrow at 9:00 EST, a game which will be broadcast on ESPN. Kentucky has won 7 of the last 8 against the Crimson Tide, with the last loss coming in January of 2011.
Let’s take a look at the Crimson Tide and their ties to Kentucky in tonight’s 7 Degrees.
- Tomorrow night’s game comes on January 22nd, one day after MLK Day. Martin Luther King Jr, likely the most notable man in the fight for equal rights, is celebrated each year on the third Monday of January.
- “The University of Alabama”, as it is officially known, was the home to one of the largest Civil Rights moments in The United States in 1963. Two African-American students, Vivian Malone and James Hood, registered for classes on June 11 of that year despite public protest, including Alabama Governor George Wallace’s stance against the desegregation and his “Stand in the Schoolhouse Door” speech.
- Alabama was a focal point nearly 100 years prior to the Civil Rights movement, when the school took an active part during the Civil War. Men who graduated the then Military institute were to become officers in the Confederate Army, likely the main reason why the Union Army burned the University down in 1865.
- After the war, the University received 40,000 acres of coal load worth nearly $250,000 as partial compensation for war damages.
- Alabama produces the 14th most coal each year in the United States producing nearly 20 million short tons a year. Kentucky ranks 3rd in the country producing nearly 120 million short tons a year.
- It would take roughly 11 tons of $100 bills to equal make a stack of $1 billion dollars in $100 bills.
- Kentucky’s basketball team currently lives in the Wildcat Coal Lodge, after an $8.5 million dollar contribution, including $4.5 million of billionaire Joe Craft’s own money. The Wildcat Coal Lodge even features a tribute to Coal in the front lobby.
There you have it. From the Civil War to Coal in 7 steps, Kentucky and Alabama’s ties in 7 bullets or less.