Oldham, Rascoe to receive honors

Herald Staff

Former WKU player and coach John Oldham and former player Bobby Rascoe will both be honored at E.A. Diddle Arena in late December.

The court at Diddle Arena will named “John Oldham Court” at the WKU-Florida International game on Dec. 27. Rascoe will have his jersey retired in a ceremony at the North Texas game on Dec. 29.

Rascoe will join Oldham, Diddle, Jim McDaniels and others in becoming the seventh WKU player or coach to have his jersey retired.

“John Oldham and Bobby Rascoe personify the word ‘success,’ and each has made a tremendous impact on WKU’s glorious basketball history,” Athletics Director Todd Stewart said in a statement.

Oldham earned All-American honors as a player in 1949. In four years of playing for the Toppers, he became a member of WKU’s 1,000-Point Club, scoring 1,006 points.

He led the Toppers to three NIT appearances, four conference championships and 102 wins.

Oldham returned to WKU in 1964 to take over the coaching job upon Diddle’s retirement.

He went 146-41 in seven years as coach of the Toppers, leading them to five postseason trips, including the 1971 Final Four. Oldham also served as WKU’s AD from 1971-86.

Rascoe played with the Toppers from 1960-62, helping them to three league titles and two trips to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16.

Rascoe ranks ninth on WKU’s all-time scoring list with 1,687 points. Only McDaniels, the school’s all-time leading scorer, scored more points than Rascoe in three seasons of action.

The Owensboro native earned All-American honors after the 1962 season and was later an assistant on coach Jim Richards’ staff from 1974-78.