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Good Question: What's the tradition behind completing the "Y" ?

It was a star studded event last week when South Carolina came to town to take on the UK Wildcats, with the likes of Ben Roethlisberger and Magic Johnson in attendance.

At every home game, the UK cheerleaders always spell out Kentucky, and someone of fame is usually the "Y".

Good Question:What's the tradition behind the "Y"?

It happens every UK home game during the first time out of the second half, a cheer spelling out Kentucky.

Someone of importance always gets to be the "Y".

Last week former NBA great Magic Johnson completed the cheer, making his way to mid court of Rupp Arena.

Johnson wowed the crowd with his version of the John Wall dance.

But how did this tradition begin?

Long time adviser for the UK cheerleading program T. Lynn Williamson says he got the idea twenty years ago from other schools spelling out their name.

Williamson says only people who are recognizable and who really need no introduction are chosen.

He says it has to be someone the fans will get excited about.

Just this year Lebron James, Ashley Judd and a slew of former Wildcat greats have been asked to complete the cheer.

Williamson say they usually have a good idea of who the "Y" will be, but its never officially determined until after the game begins.


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