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  • Vaught’s Views: Kash Daniel thinks strong academic work can lead to success in football

    By Larry Vaught

    Kash Daniel has a lot of lofty goals for himself during his sophomore season at Kentucky and has them posted on his apartment wall so he sees them every night.
    He wants to bench press 405 pounds and squat 550. He wants to play on every special team UK has. He wants to start at linebacker even though UK returns linebackers Jordan Jones and Courtney Love, its top two tacklers from last year.
    Daniel also wants to make a national name for himself after making 19 tackles in 13 games last year.

  • Never saw it coming

    This team hadn't lost a game in 865 days. When they recorded their 100th consecutive win against South Carolina Feb. 13 during a winning streak that spanned 111 games, they were beating teams by an average margin of 38.4 points. A heart-breaking loss prevented this team from vying for a chance at a fifth straight championship title last month. 

  • Vaught’s Views: California guard is going to surprise people with his play at UK

    By Larry Vaught

    It was not a surprise to Justin Downer when California guard Jemarl Baker got a scholarship offer from Kentucky earlier this month — or that he accepted it.
    “He is a kid that is very confident in his abilities,” said Downer.
    Downer is an assistant coach on for Earl Watson Elite — the team Baker played for on the Under Armor circuit last summer and made a league-best 41 3-pointers.

  • Everyone's a critic

    Everyone's a critic. 

  • Vaught’s Views: Documentary shows Coach Cal thrives on friction

    By Larry Vaught

    It took Emmy winning director Jonathan Hock almost 20 months to put together the documentary, “One And Not Done,” on Kentucky coach John Calipari that aired on ESPN last week.
    Like many Kentucky fans have come to believe, Hock admits he perhaps had the wrong perception of Calipari until he had a chance to get to know him.

  • Vaught’s Views: Retiring sports anchor has been a fixture for UK

    By Larry Vaught

    For the last 40 years Rob Bromley has covered University of Kentucky sports — along with other things — for WKYT-TV (Channel 27) in Lexington. However, he announced last week he was retiring at the end of September.
    I had been covering UK sports for about two years when Bromley started and never in 40 years have I heard him say anything bad about anyone or anyone say anything bad about one of the nicest men I’ve ever known. He’s also the most tenured television anchor on the air in Kentucky.

  • Redemption

    Redemption is such a sweet thing. 
    North Carolina must think so. 
    Avenging a year’s worth of built-up heartbreak, the Tar Heels won the national championship last Monday night in Phoenix, defeating the Gonzaga Bulldogs 71-65 in an ugly contest that saw both teams shoot a combined 46-132 (34.8 percent) from the field and combine for 44 fouls. Both teams also shot 52 free throws in the contest, with many complaining all the free throws and fouls called disrupted the flow of play and made the game borderline unwatchable. 

  • Vaught’s Views: Lynn Bowden could be a special player for UK

    By Larry Vaught

    Lynn Bowden didn’t really know anything about the Kentucky-Ohio All-Star Basketball Game until his coach recently told him about it. Once he heard about it, he thought, “Why not,” and opted to play in Saturday’s game at Thomas More College in Crestview Hills.
    Even though he’ll be a 6-1 guard for Ohio, he could be the most interesting player in the game for many University of Kentucky fans. He’s a UK football signee and was rated as one of the top 100 players in the 2017 recruiting class by ESPN.

  • Road to Phoenix

    Here we are. Four teams are left standing. Sixty-eight teams celebrated on Selection Sunday, March 12, when they were invited to the 2017 NCAA Tournament. Now, after four rounds of play (five if a team played in the First Four), four teams stand alone in the Final Four, who will play Saturday evening, seeking to punch their tickets to the championship game. 

  • Vaught’s Views: ‘Everybody is heartbroken’

    Kentucky’s season did not end the way any UK fan, coach or player wanted with the bitter 75-73 loss to North Carolina Sunday in the South Region final. However, don’t forget UK won 32 games, won the SEC regular-season championship and also won the SEC Tournament.
    But let’s also put one myth to rest — or at least try.
    How many times do you read or hear that Kentucky’s one-and-done players only care about the NBA and becoming millionaires? It happens all the time.