Former UofL basketball player graduates 41 years later


by Rachel Platt

Posted on May 7, 2013 at 5:59 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 7 at 9:28 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- It’s a college degree 41 years in the making.

This Saturday, on May 11, Henry Bacon will graduate from the University of Louisville.

If the name sounds familiar it should--he was part of the 1972 Final Four team. It was the first year Denny Crum coached the Cards.

Bacon says he can now say he not only played ball for UofL, but he also graduated from there.

Bacon came to UofL from Male High School in 1968,  a good student , a great basketball player.

He pushed himself more on the court than in the classroom--and came up one class shy in 1972.

But it was a good year for the Cards--Denny Crum in his first year of coaching led the team to the Final Four. Pro basketball came calling and Bacon went to play in San Diego.

It didn’t turn out to be a good experience, so he would coach, and teach -- and always think about graduating--even kept his student ID with him as a reminder.

But once he started a family there were other priorities and making money for his family always won out.

At 64-years-old Bacon is still remembered for his time on the court -- but at 64 he wants to be remembered for even more -- especially to children.

He wants to stand in front of those children and say I not only played for UofL– but I graduated from there.

Bacon now has a new student ID--41 years later.

He’s now a graduate in the same year the Cards won it all and the year one former Card had his own dream come true.