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  • All alone

    By Gerard Flanagan
    Sports correspondent

    Defensive coordinators despise many things: roughing the passer calls, pass interference calls, face mask calls, just to name a few. However, what many (and me, as a lover of hard-nose defense) may hate and despise the most is a blown coverage. It doesn't matter when it happens (though it'd sting if it occurred in the final minutes in a close game).

  • Hunting and fishing is an expensive hobby

    As outdoorsmen we’re often faced with rants from non-hunters. They do have some valid points… like “Do you have to hunt to eat?”
    The answer to that would be (since we’re being honest here) no. You can buy meat in the stores! Yes, but never forget, that hamburger and steak didn’t commit suicide. Somebody somewhere did that beef in!
    So, I guess we hunt simply ‘cause we can. We fish for the same reason, ‘cause we can.

  • Vaught’s Views: Tyler Ulis is going to be real a pro

    By Larry Vaught

    Alabama coach Avery Johnson, a former NBA player and coach, thinks Tyler Ulis is already better than some current NBA players.
    “He is a pro. He can play on the professional level. He is good. He can do everything,” Johnson said after Ulis had 19 points and 10 assists against his team last week. “He is a pure point guard that can hold his own. He takes charges. He throws his body in there. As a coach you don’t like coaching against him. I see lot of things I did as a player in him.”

  • Hustle and think!

    By Gerard Flanagan
    Sports correspondent

    Do you ever hear a coach say, "hustle!" to one of their players? Do you ever hear a coach, fan, or players talk about hustle? "They didn't hustle! You got to hustle! Hustle! Hustle! Hustle!"

  • Coyote hunt begins Feb. 26

    Another coyote hunting story. Not this week, but next week for sure!
    This week we’re going to talk about a coyote hunt happening this coming Friday and Saturday.
    Ran into a friend at Wal-Mart who told me the Marion County Coon Hunters are putting on a coyote hunt with registration being between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb 26, and running through the same time Saturday.
    That way you can take advantage of a night hunt Friday into a morning/all day hunt Saturday. You can hunt, sleep, hunt or just stay up and hunt for 24 hours.

  • Vaught’s Views: In-state recruiting connections could improve UK’s football team

    By Larry Vaught

    One reason head coach Mark Stoops and then offensive coordinator Neal Brown wanted John Schlarman on the UK coaching staff was for his in-state recruiting connections.
    “Coach Stoops has emphasized from day one that we have to do a good job with instate recruiting,” Schlarman, a former UK offensive lineman, said about UK's 2016 recruiting class. “Sometimes you work really hard at that and we've been working on this class since 2013. This has been a work in progress for the last two to three years.”

  • Football withdrawal

    By Gerard Flanagan
    Sports correspondent

    "Turn out the lights. The party's over. They say that all good things must end."

  • It’s never too cold to coyote hunt
  • Vaught’s Views: Former Wildcats still support Coach Pitino

    By Larry Vaught

    Former Kentucky basketball players Cameron Mills, Jeff Sheppard and Jared Prickett took a road trip to Louisville earlier this season to see their former UK coach, Rick Pitino, send his Louisville team against Utah Valley State and coach Mark Pope, another one of his former players at Kentucky.
    But the reason the group went might surprise you.

  • Upset alert

    By Gerard Flanagan
    Sports correspondent

    This year's college basketball has been full of upsets. On Saturday, No. 1 Oklahoma lost to unranked Kansas State and then hours later, No. 2 North Carolina fell to unranked Notre Dame. Iowa State upset Oklahoma (which was ranked No. 1 here as well) on Jan. 19. No. 25 South Carolina took down No. 8 Texas A&M on Feb. 6.
    What's causing all these upsets?
    Is it a lack of preparedness?
    Or, more energy from the underdogs?