By LARRY VAUGHT
FRANKLIN, Ohio — If this was the final Ohio UK Convention, it was a great way to end.
Convention director Jim Porter, 81, announced a few months ago this would be his last year as director and he confirmed Saturday that no one yet had indicated he or she was ready to assume the role of director.
“As I stand here today, I don’t have anybody today to take this over. If someone takes over, they can have my mailing list,” Porter said. “I don’t know if it will happen or not. That’s about all I know about the future.”
It was a day to celebrate Porter and his family. Guest speakers included former UK basketball players Mike Pratt, Reggie Hanson and Maci Morris along with Kentucky Sports Radio’s Ryan Lemond, UK associate athletics director Tony Neely, UK Radio Network’s Leach and Cameron Mills Radio’s Tina Cox. All paid tribute to Porter. Neely even brought a framed UK basketball jersey with Porter’s name on the back.
The convention set an attendance record of 168 ranging in age from 6 months to 92. Fans were there from Tennessee and even Wisconsin.
Here’s a look at some of the day’s highlights.