| Overall UK Wins: 27 | Overall UK Losses: 13 | Win % 67.5 |
Date of Birth: November 21, 1933
Date of Death: October 1, 2008
Hometown: Savannah, GA
For a generalized listing of officials, please consult this page.
|1/20/1982||Kentucky at Florida||W||91 - 76||27||30||47||34||2||1||None||Jerry Yarbrough, Lou Moser and Don Ferguson|
|2/10/1982||Mississippi at Kentucky||W||56 - 49||17||22||23||14||0||1||None||Bob Olah, Charles Vacca and Don Ferguson|
|2/14/1983||Kentucky at Florida||W||73 - 61||17||20||24||20||0||0||None||John Clougherty, Charles Vacca and Don Ferguson|
|3/5/1983||Kentucky at Louisiana State||L||60 - 74||20||17||17||24||2||0||Leonard Mitchell||Don Rutledge, Don Ferguson and Allie Prescott|
|1/7/1984||Kentucky at Louisiana State||W||96 - 80||29||32||43||38||2||1||None||Dale Kelley, Don Ferguson and Allie Prescott|
|2/6/1984||Kentucky at Mississippi State||W||77 - 58||19||27||32||15||0||1||Mississippi State bench (2), Sam Bowie (conduct)||Don Ferguson, Ormond Brown and Joe Forte|
|2/19/1984||Kentucky at Vanderbilt||W||58 - 54||17||17||12||17||0||0||None||Don Ferguson, Bob Olah and Dan Wooldridge|
|3/1/1984||Mississippi at Kentucky||W||76 - 57||20||19||24||20||0||2||None||Joe Forte, Don Ferguson and Larry Lowe|
|3/9/1984||Kentucky vs. Alabama||W||48 - 46||13||8||5||9||0||0||None||Dale Kelley, Don Ferguson and Don Rutledge|
|12/4/1984||Southern Methodist at Kentucky||L||54 - 56||14||17||20||11||0||0||None||Charles Vacca, Don Ferguson and William Frazier|
|1/2/1985||Auburn at Kentucky||W||68 - 61||15||18||21||14||0||1||None||Don Rutledge, Allie Prescott and Don Ferguson|
|1/5/1985||North Carolina State at Kentucky||W||78 - 62||14||28||37||17||0||1||None||Charles Vacca, Don Ferguson and Herman Ramsey|
|1/16/1985||Mississippi State at Kentucky||W||58 - 57||15||23||26||7||0||1||None||Don Ferguson, Sonny Holmes and Joel Duberstein|
|2/9/1985||Mississippi at Kentucky||W||67 - 52||20||25||33||14||0||1||None||Charles Vacca, Don Ferguson and Jim McDaniel|
|3/2/1985||Kentucky at Louisiana State||L||61 - 67||29||20||24||35||1||0||None||Don Rutledge, Don Ferguson and Charles Watkins|
|3/7/1985||Kentucky vs. Florida||L||55 - 58||20||18||23||21||1||0||Florida's Coach Sloan||Dale Kelley, Reggie Copeland and Don Ferguson|
|11/22/1985||Northwestern State at Kentucky||W||77 - 58||16||18||23||15||0||1||None||Don Ferguson, Charles Watkins and Herman Ramsey|
|12/21/1985||Pepperdine at Kentucky||W||88 - 56||17||21||27||18||0||1||A. Frederick||Paul Galvan, John Clougherty and Don Ferguson|
|1/6/1986||Kentucky at Auburn||L||56 - 60||18||13||8||16||0||0||None||Don Shea, Mac Chauvin and Don Ferguson|
|1/18/1986||Kentucky at Florida||W||72 - 55||17||22||21||14||1||2||None||Paul Galvan, Don Ferguson and Danny Hooker|
|12/2/1986||Texas Tech at Kentucky||W||66 - 60||23||29||32||23||1||2||None||Don Rutledge, Don Ferguson and Mike Tanco|
|1/14/1987||Florida at Kentucky||W||67 - 62||21||27||31||20||1||3||Kentucky's Rob Lock for grabbing rim||Charles Vacca, Don Ferguson and Sonny Holmes|
|12/19/1987||UNC-Charlotte at Kentucky||W||84 - 81||13||18||20||8||0||0||None||Charles Vacca, Don Ferguson and Jim McDaniel|
|1/9/1988||Auburn at Kentucky||L||52 - 53||15||11||7||10||0||0||None||Don Shea, Don Rutledge and Don Ferguson|
|1/20/1988||Florida at Kentucky||L||56 - 58||13||20||23||9||0||0||None||Don Ferguson, Jim McDaniel and Herman Ramsey|
|3/11/1988||Kentucky vs. Mississippi||W||82 - 64||12||22||25||11||0||1||None||Don Ferguson, Larry Ware and Ben Dunn|
|12/7/1988||Northwestern State at Kentucky||L||82 - 85||24||22||24||23||1||0||None||Don Ferguson, Preston Cathey and David Jones|
|1/7/1989||Vanderbilt at Kentucky||W||70 - 61||13||17||18||10||0||2||None||Don Rutledge, Don Ferguson and Allie Prescott|
|2/11/1989||Florida at Kentucky||L||53 - 59||21||12||8||28||2||0||None||Mike Tanco, Don Ferguson and Harrell Allen|
|3/10/1989||Kentucky vs. Vanderbilt||L||63 - 77||23||8||7||35||1||0||None||Don Ferguson, Andre Pattillo and Don Rutledge|
|11/28/1989||Ohio at Kentucky||W||76 - 73||21||23||29||19||1||3||Ohio University bench||Don Ferguson, David Dodge and Kerry Sitton|
|1/6/1990||Kentucky at Vanderbilt||L||85 - 92||30||15||17||38||3||0||None||David Dodge, Don Ferguson and Andre Pattillo|
|1/17/1990||Alabama at Kentucky||W||82 - 65||22||21||22||20||0||1||None||Mac Chauvin, Don Ferguson and David Dodge|
|2/17/1990||Kentucky at Alabama||L||58 - 83||22||16||22||25||2||1||Hanson and Horry for throwing punches (both ejected), Tony Cooper for leaving bench||Don Ferguson, Bob McGrath and David Day|
|2/24/1990||Auburn at Kentucky||W||98 - 95||29||29||34||37||2||3||Kentucky bench||John Clougherty, Allie Prescott and Don Ferguson|
|2/28/1990||Kentucky at Mississippi||L||74 - 88||20||19||23||26||0||1||None||Don Ferguson, Larry Ware and Frank Ourso|
|12/15/1990||Tenn-Chattanooga at Kentucky||W||86 - 70||20||23||30||22||0||1||Tennessee-Chattanooga||Don Ferguson, Allie Prescott and David Day|
|12/27/1990||Eastern Kentucky at Kentucky||W||74 - 60||16||20||22||18||1||1||None||Don Ferguson, Michael Smith and Tom Eades|
|1/16/1991||Kentucky at Mississippi||W||95 - 85||25||22||31||32||1||0||None||Larry Ware, Don Ferguson and Mickey Crowley|
|2/23/1991||Kentucky at Florida||W||90 - 74||21||20||22||19||1||1||Florida bench||Don Ferguson, Jim Rife and David Day|
Obituary - Savannah Morning News (October 2, 2008)
J. Don Ferguson: Actor Never Left Savannah
by Joel Weickgenant
Don Ferguson Jr. remembers his father as the quintessential overacheiver.
If J. Don Ferguson joined a church, he wanted to be on the board of directors. If he joined the Savannah Exchange Club, he wanted to be president.
The senior Ferguson parlayed his passion for athletics into 10 years as an NCAA Basketball Tournament referee. Moreover, his love for acting turned into more than 135 feature film appearances and numerous starring roles in Savannah theater.
Those two pursuits came together in "The Longest Yard," Ferguson's second big-movie appearance, when he not only played the role of the lead football referee, but he also trained the other referees, his son said.
J. Don Ferguson died Wednesday at Candler Hospital, after an 11-year battle with leukemia. He was 74.
What his son wants people to remember most, though, is his father's love for his adopted hometown.
"He never left Savannah, because he loved Savannah," Ferguson Jr. said.
Ferguson, a native of Knoxville, Tenn., moved to Savannah in 1961 to manage radio station WSOK.
Among other pursuits, Ferguson applied his acting talents to ministry, performing a one-man show as Peter the Apostle at a number of churches. He was a member of Savannah Christian Church. He also was a motivational speaker and the spokesman for Dan Vaden Chevrolet for 18 years.
Vaden Automotive Group vice president Bill Daniel remembers Ferguson as "a very special friend."
"He had a wonderful sense of humor that became synonymous" with the company, Daniel said. "The funny ads, the deep voice. I remember one of the early TV ads, in which Don somehow fit himself into a small motorized car that was shaped like a Corvette.
"He had an attitude about life that was effervescent. He was always positive," Daniel said.
Ferguson was a vested member of the Screen Actor's Guild. He played starring roles in "The Fantastics," "110 In the Shade," and "Bye Bye Birdie," among others.
Walt Kessel worked on the technical side in theater shows in which Ferguson starred.
"He didn't walk over anybody else, even though he had much more talent," Kessel said. "It didn't matter where he was - he always gave his utmost."
Services for Ferguson are set for 11 a.m. today at Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors' Hodgson Chapel, 7200 Hodgson Memorial Drive. Internment will be at Hillcrest Abbey Memorial Park.