To Adolph Rupp, Mike Casey was the money man.
To thousands of high school students across the state, he was the class ring man.
But to a kid growing up in the Alton area of Anderson County 40 years ago, Mike Casey was simply the inspiration of a dream.
I can’t say that Mike Casey was my first Wildcat hero. Louie Dampier was filling the nets when I first heard Cawood Ledford say that Rupp’s Runts were moving to the right side of my radio dial.