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  • Vaught Views: Rich Brooks' players join for reunion at UK

    By Larry Vaught

    Midway of the 2006 football season LSU not only beat Kentucky, it embarrassed Kentucky 49-0. The winners rolled up 546 yards while holding UK to 227.
    Some thought the loss might cost coach Rich Brooks his job — but his players told UK athletics director Mitch Barnhart they wanted him to stay.
    Kentucky had an open date before it played Mississippi State. That’s when sophomore receiver Dicky Lyons Jr. guaranteed that Kentucky was going to win the game — a boast that infuriated Brooks.

  • Definitely devoted

    On College GameDay back on Oct. 21, former college and NFL quarterback Tim Tebow gave a rousing pep talk to Tennessee, who was preparing to face top ranked Alabama. The Volunteers were heavy underdogs against the mighty Crimson Tide. Thirty-point underdogs to be exact. That didn’t matter to Tebow, who delivered an impassioned speech directly at the Vols.

  • Vaught’s Views: UK is counting on Diallo this season

    By Larry Vaught

    Hamidou Diallo almost left Kentucky after one semester for the NBA before deciding to stay at UK. Now he’s being counted on as UK’s most explosive — and one of its most experienced players even though he’s yet to play in a regular-season game — this season.
    No one doubts his athleticism. He had the best numbers of any Wildcat at the preseason combined for NBA scouts.

  • Vaught’s Views: Top recruit could take Adair County from ‘nothing to something’

    By Larry Vaught

    He’s helped the United States win a gold medal in international competition as well as leading Bowling Green High School to the state championship last year as an eighth-grader. He recently became only the second freshman to be invited to Big Blue Madness in John Calipari’s nine years at UK.
    So how did Zion Harmon – who said Madness “was great” after his trip – end up at Adair County High School in Columbia for his freshman season this year?

  • From the brink

    A team with 102 regular season wins and a historic 22-game winning streak is going home under an utter cloud of disappointment. Despite holding a 2-0 lead in the series, there will be no World Series for this team, no chance to celebrate in champagne baths and no chance to hoist the coveted Commissioner’s Trophy.

  • Vaught’s Views: Freshman lineman finally gets to play

    By Larry Vaught

    He patiently waited on his chance to play, and never complained. Now redshirt freshman offensive lineman Drake Jackson of Woodford County has worked himself into the playing rotation at center and likely will only continue to play a bigger and bigger role in the seasons ahead for the Wildcats.
    “The energy is really good around here. I am enjoying everything. We are all feeling good. I am playing both center and guard. I am doing left guard, center, right guard. It’s all good,” Jackson said.

  • Trying something new

    Change.
    Such a thing scares many people. It’s new and in many cases uncomfortable. Quite frankly, change can be scary. What can I expect? How will this benefit me? What might the challenges be? All these questions, uncertainties and doubts as to the benefits can creep into one’s mind, making change seem like such a daunting and overwhelming step to take.

  • Vaught’s Views: UK receiver Dorian Baker is down but not out

    By Larry Vaught

    He might not be playing, but receiver Dorian Baker has not been forgotten by Kentucky receivers coach Lamar Thomas.
    Baker suffered a fracture/dislocation in his left ankle during a preseason scrimmage in August. He originally hoped rehab would help him get back on the field this season but he understood he likely would miss the entire season, something coach Mark Stoops confirmed last week.

  • Time management

    On Sept. 16, the USC Trojans and Texas Longhorns played each other for the first time since their epic clash at the Rose Bowl in 2006. Playing a mere 16 miles from the sight of the national championship game that year, the Trojans and Longhorns spent the better part of three and a half quarters locked in a defensive struggle and a turnover-plagued game (both squads combined for six turnovers).

  • Vaught’s Views: ‘Don’t give up on them’

    By Larry Vaught

    How could Kentucky not have seen an uncovered Florida receiver on two different plays that gave the Gators two easy touchdowns? How could no one on the field seen a receiver waving his arms for the football because no one was lined up close to him? How could 11 UK staff members in the press box not noticed or how could no one on the UK sideline not seen a player standing five yards from them with no one on him?