Sutherland turning 85, recalls 1979

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Jock Sutherland will be remembered as one of Kentucky's most colorful and successful high school coaches. Former players, friends and fellow coaches gathered Wednesday to help him celebrate, as he approaches his 85th birthday.

In 1979, Sutherland coached Lafayette to the state champ0ionship. At a luncheon at Fasig-Tipton, he talked about watching the Generals win the state title in 1942. He was only 14 years old but he made a promise to his mother he would bring a title to Lafayette. That happened 37 years later and he walked away from coaching.

Sutherland became a colorful radio personality after that and was the analyst on the Louisville radio network for 20 years. He called his criticism of UK coach Joe B. Hall the biggest mistake of his life. Joe B. forgave him, he called Hall, "a big man."

Former players from Gallatin County attended, along with Tony Wilson and Kurt Rose from his Lafayette championship team. Denny Crum, Noland Barger and Kirk Chiles were among several former coaches to attend.

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