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Former Kentucky Basketball Player Terry Mobley Passes Away

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LEXINGTON, KY - NOVEMBER 09: A basketball with a Kentucky Wildcats logo sits on the floor during the game against the Georgetown College Tigers at Rupp Arena on November 9, 2014 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Terry Mobley, who played for Adolph Rupp at Kentucky, passed away on Monday morning.

Monday morning, Kentucky announced that Terry B. Mobley, who played for legendary head coach Adolph Rupp and later helped the school increase its fundraising efforts, passed away at the age of 74. Mobley had reportedly been battling a long illness before his passing.

Mobley was reportedly surrounding by his family at the time of his passing. The school released a statement on his passing, touting his athletic career, which included a game-winner against Duke in the Sugar Bowl Classic in New Orleans.

The Harrodsburg, Kentucky, native first earned renown as a member of the University of Kentucky Wildcats under Adolph Rupp from 1962-1965. The three-year starter garnered national attention when his 15-footer with four seconds left propelled No. 2 UK to an 81-79 win over rival Duke University during the Sugar Bowl Classic in New Orleans.

Mobley later served in a number of different roles for the school, including director of development and chief development officer, interim athletic director, vice president for development and vice president for institutional advancement.

Britt Brockman, the chair of UK's board, issued a statement as well.

"No one was more respected or listened to more closely as a leader and board member than Terry Mobley," said UK Board Chair Britt Brockman. "When Terry spoke, we knew he was choosing his words carefully and thoughtfully. We knew that they came from a place of considerable experience and understanding of UK. And we knew that he always – always – was placing the University of Kentucky first as he knew better than most the institution's singular importance to the Commonwealth."

Kentucky announced the news via its Twitter account on Monday afternoon.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Mobley's family and friends.