Ex-Kentucky player and fundraiser Terry Mobley, 74, dies
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Terry Mobley, who made one of Kentucky men’s basketball’s biggest baskets before serving the school in numerous leadership roles for over five decades, has died. He was 74.
The school said in a release that Mobley was surrounded by family members and loved ones when he died early Monday after a long illness. The Harrodsburg, Kentucky, native was a three-year starter under legendary coach Adolph Rupp from 1962-65 and gained national fame for his 15-foot shot in the final seconds that lifted the No. 2 Wildcats past top-ranked Duke 81-79 on Dec. 31, 1963, in New Orleans.
Mobley worked for IBM after graduation before returning to join Kentucky’s development office and eventually lead a $1 billion capital campaign. His other administrative roles at Kentucky included working as a trustee and interim athletic director. Mobley’s funeral will be at Calvary Baptist Church with other arrangements pending.