As Kentucky prepares to open another basketball season tonight with its Big Blue Madness, one key element will be missing - Bill Keightley.
The long-time UK equipment manager died in the spring and the Wildcats will be without his familiar face tonight at Rupp Arena.
Returning players say not having Keightley around them daily will make this season different and leave no doubt that they are going to miss the man that came to be known as Mr. Wildcat.
Here's what some players say they will miss most about Keightley.
Patrick Patterson: "Just seeing him every day. He always had a stool beside the court. You could always glance and see him and him bringing his energy to us. I just had so much respect for him and how long he has been here and what he does. It was a great feeling, something we all took for granted until he was gone. The No. 1 thing I will miss is when practice would be going and since Mr. Keightley had been here since 4 or 5 in the morning, he would get tired and sometimes fall asleep little bit. We would glance at him and he would have that head down. We would all laugh because we know how hard he worked. Little things he did like that will be really missed."