Wildcat fan starts petition to have John Schlarman honored by Kentucky
John Schlarman may be gone but he will never be forgotten in Lexington.
The program’s longtime offensive line coach died last season at the age of 45 following a long bout against cancer and one Kentucky fan has come up with an interesting way to honor the offensive line coach.
Schlarman coached Kentucky’s offensive line throughout the entire Mark Stoops era in Lexington. This offseason, Kentucky hired away former South Carolina assistant coach Eric Wolford to serve as the program’s new offensive line coach.
Kentucky fan John Harralson has started a petition with the goal of having the wall surrounding the playing field at Kroger Field named “Big Blue Wall,” which is the nickname given to Schlarman’s position group in Lexington.
Here is the posting by Harralson, which can be found on Change.org:
John Schlarman was universally revered by his players, fellow coaches, his old teammates, the Big Blue Nation and most of all his family. He was toughness and dedication personified. Coach Schlarman built the UK offensive line into the fearsome “Big Blue Wall,” an unyielding unit now respected throughout the land. He demonstrated superhuman grit and determination against the cancer that prematurely took his life. Coach Schlarman deserves a prominent and permanent recognition commensurate with his stature in life. Through this petition, we who sign-on implore UK Athletics to honor Coach Schlarman by naming the concrete wall encircling the Kroger Field playing surface, “The John Schlarman Big Blue Wall.” For 60,000 screaming fans, this would be a visible reminder of the greatness Coach Schlarman brought to UK Football, his community and his family. Such recognition would also serve as on-field inspiration for future generations of football Wildcats. Go Big Blue!
If you are interested in signing the petition, head on over to Change.org.