Coach Fran Curci's Cats - University of Kentucky (1973-1981)

Fran Curci (born June 11, 1938) is a former American football player and coach. He was an All-American quarterback at the University of Miami in 1959. He served as head coach at the University of Tampa from 1968 to 1970, the University of Miami from 1971 to 1972 and the University of Kentucky from 1973 to 1981.

During his tenure at the University of Kentucky, Curci compiled a record of 47–51–2. He led the team to their second Southeastern Conference championship in 1976. The 1976 Kentucky Wildcats finished 9–3, 5–1 in conference play, and defeated North Carolina in the Peach Bowl 21–0, finishing ranked #18 in the final Associated Press poll. The 1977 Wildcats finished 10–1, including a win at #4 Penn State and an undefeated record in conference play. The 1977 squad did not go to a bowl game and were ineligible for the conference championship due to NCAA sanctions incurred the previous year, but finished the season ranked #6 in the final Associated Press poll.

Curci's tenure as Kentucky's coach ended after 9 seasons, longest of any Kentucky coach. In his final game as Kentucky's coach, Curci led the Wildcats to a 21–10 victory over Tennessee on November 21, 1981.

An annual Curci's Cats Reunion began in 2012. It is held each year @ the K-Men's House @ Commonwealth Stadium, in Lexington, KY. Please feel free to share your Curci's Cats fondest memories and pictures, and stay in touch with your college teammates, coaches and cheerleaders during one of the most successful eras in UK Football history! Go Big Blue! Go Cats!