The circumstances and pressure to win a national championship in 1978 would have engulfed most coaches.
The Cats had gone an unheard of 20 years since claiming a title, but spent nearly the entire season atop the polls with an experienced, talented, senior-laden squad.
Head coach Joe B. Hall was in his sixth year following the legendary Adolph Rupp, who had led the Cats to four championships in an 11-season span between 1948 and 1958.
If Hall was to ever win a title, ’78 was to be the year.