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Columns

  • Believing

    Feb. 22, 1980: The day the United States Olympic hockey team did the unthinkable. Few thought it could be done. The United States, young, inexperienced, untested, was no match for the talented, powerful, battle-tested Soviet Union squad, they said. The American squad, however, had shocked all the pundits, critics, and detractors with their gutsy and determined play. They had been the surprise of the 1980 Olympics, tying with a talented Swedish squad before rattling off four straight wins en route to their clash with the Soviet Union.

  • VAUGHT’S VIEWS: De'Aaron Fox a likely top 20 NBA Draft pick

    By Larry Vaught

    Players often come to play basketball at Kentucky now to enhance their NBA Draft status. It’s something coach John Calipari sells to players as he points to the draft picks he’s had and how well many of them are doing in the NBA.
    A player can play himself into a higher spot in the draft — Eric Bledsoe, Jamal Murray, Trey Lyles for instance — that many ever imagined. However, because the spotlight is always on UK basketball, a player can hurt his draft stock with subpar play — remember Skal Labissiere.

  • Vaught’s Views: Nigerian headed to UK to play football

    By Larry Vaught

  • Brady, Ryan do battle

    A player seeking his fifth world title met a franchise appearing in just its second title game. The highest-scoring offense in the league collided with a defense that gave up a mere 15.6 points per game, good enough for first in the league. A coach who has led his team for 17 seasons as the head coach squared off against a coach who just two years ago stood in the very same spotlight as the defensive coordinator for the Seattle Seahawks.

  • It's all I have

    "I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and sweat."

  • Vaught’s Views: ‘Billy Shirt Hogs’ in UK's signing class have impressed football analyst

    By Larry Vaught

    It’s hard to find anyone who analyzes University of Kentucky football recruiting more than Freddie Maggard.
    The former UK quarterback and current Kentucky Sports Radio football analyst pours over game film of potential recruits to arrive at his own recruiting opinions that have nothing to do with the star rankings assigned by recruiting analysts.
    As Kentucky coach Mark Stoops put together his 2017 class, Maggard liked it more and more.

  • The love of it

    A study conducted by Gallup across 140 countries in 2011 and 2012 found that only 13 percent of people are "actively engaged" in their jobs. In contrast, 63 percent of respondents said they were "not engaged" in their jobs. However, the way people describe their views of their work gets worse in the survey. Perhaps most concerning is that 24 percent of those surveyed reported they were "actively disengaged" in their jobs.

  • Vaught’s Views: Kentucky signee taking on alpha dog mentality that Coach Cal wants

    By Larry Vaught

    Kentucky signee P.J. Washington will be in western Kentucky to play games Feb. 17-18 as part of The Grind Session at Marshall County High School.
    Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nevada) was not originally scheduled to play in Kentucky this year. However, when the offer to play two games in Kentucky came, Findlay Prep coach Paul Washington knew it was too good an opportunity to decline.

  • Denied

    For 35 years, the Clemson Tigers sought to once more taste it. For 35 years, the Clemson Tigers watched 16 other teams taste it. Last year, the Tiger's quest for it nearly ended at the University of Phoenix Stadium, but the Alabama Crimson Tide denied the Tigers. This year's duel had both teams singing a different tune.

  • Vaught’s Views: Like father, like daughter

    By Larry Vaught

    From the time she stepped on the court at Kentucky, Makayla Epps knew there would be comparisons to her father, former UK point guard Anthony Epps.
    She didn’t mind because her father has had a huge influence on her game. However, she also thinks of him in a bit different manner.
    “Me and him are a lot the same. My mom says I am like his twin. It’s crazy because he’s male and I am female. We are 20 years apart but we are so similar with actions, emotions,” the Kentucky senior said.