Plaque features bronze relief. Plaque text: "Dr. Rome Rankin, Coach. Administrator. Professor, 1935-1947. Renowned by his colleagues, loved by his "boys,' Dr. Rome Rankin was Eastern's Winningest Coach--74 percent wins in football, 71 percent in basketball--winning conference championships in both. His 1940 football team was undefeated and untied. Friend. Compatriot and Father-Figure who lived with his 'boys' in Hanger Stadium on this site, the qualities he stood for and demanded in those he loved will always be a part of the spirit of Eastern Kentucky University. Rome's Boys, Sept. 11, 1982." There is an article about the unveiling in the Winter 1983 Eastern Alumnus .
"Rome's Boys", “Biography-Rankin, Rome,” Digital Collections, accessed July 5, 2020, https://digitalcollections.eku.edu/items/show/72937.