September 23,1967. Hard to imagine that about 95% of teams started their seasons so late in that period.Kentucky lost 12-10 in Bloomington to Indiana. While Kentucky finished 2-8, Indiana went 9-1 earning their one and only Rose Bowl bid.
Kentucky's Nat Northington, a sophmore started a defensive back.A week later vs Ole Miss,his playing time became the first time an SEC conference game featured a black player. Image: http://www.bigbluehistory.net/bb/Graphics/People/nat_northington.jpg Northington
Sad story,really. Northington came to Lexington in the fall of 1966 (remember, freshmen couldn't play varsity until the fall of 1972). Northington was part of a freshman class that included another black player,Greg Page. Image: http://www.bigbluehistory.net/bb/Graphics/People/greg_page.jpg Page
Headed into the 1967 season, Northington and Page both looked to be starters.But a few weeks into fall camp in a rather basic drill, Page took a hit and fell awkwardly and was paralyzed.Sadly, he died a month later. So distraught over Page's death, Northington withdrew from UK shortly thereafter transferring to Western Ky.