Kentucky gave a hero’s welcome to new head coach Mark Pope on Sunday afternoon.

Pope was officially introduced as the Wildcats’ next head coach in a ceremony at Rupp Arena. While this hire was initially controversial, Big Blue Nation showed up in droves to support their new head coach.

Here’s video of the scene inside Rupp Arena, which appeared to be sold out — or close to it — for this event:

Pope is a former Wildcat himself who played for UK in the mid-1990’s. He was a member of Kentucky’s 1996 national championship team — a squad that knocked off John Calipari and UMass in the Final Four.

Pope made a grand entrance to the event along with several other members of the 1996 national title-winning team:

That wasn’t the only prop used in this ceremony from the 1996 season. Instead of receiving a ceremonial jersey at his introduction, Pope requested to use a game-worn jersey — one that shows his “blood, sweat, tears and love.”

Here’s video of Pope showing off the jersey to fans in attendance:

Overall, it was an electric atmosphere as Kentucky prepares for its next era of basketball in Lexington.

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