At one point, angry callers to a local radio talk show suggested that [LeRon Ellis] not be placed at the end of the Kentucky bench, but under it. A Lexington sports columnist wondered in print if Ellis was "a tabby cat interested only in his numbers." Another writer, in his annual wish list, wanted Ellis to become a more dependable offensive and defensive player. And a new hair style wouldn't hurt, either, he wrote.
As you might expect, Ellis, young enough to consider "Alf" a television classic, has been stung by the criticism. At 19, you don't exactly expect an entire city to turn on you. But that's what has happened on occasion as Ellis displays the inevitable growing pains. Kentucky fans want the reincarnation of Dan Issel. All Ellis can give them is a 6-foot 10-inch sophomore who tries his best.
Ellis' name even has been mentioned in the allegations. According to the NCAA, Ellis was provided with improper transportation during the summer of 1987 to look for a job. He also was granted extra time by UK to pay a lodging bill. In addition, the NCAA contends that Ellis lived in the school's basketball dormitory before actually enrolling at the university.