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Columns

  • Beating the heat

    Sometimes, it takes a tragic and dramatic event - like a death - to spur change.

    Reflect back 10 years. What all has changed, both for the worst and best?

    For high school sports players, there’s one thing that stands out as being the best change in that timespan: guidelines on heat safety. And those guidelines are with us thanks to a tragic incident in 2008.

  • ‘Nasty’ Logan Stenberg doesn't want to make any apologies this football season

    After Kentucky lost to Northwestern in the Music City Bowl to end its 2017 season, offensive lineman Logan Stenberg took to social media to apologize to UK fans.

  • A culture of complicity

    Urban Meyer is a coach determined to win, no matter what it takes.
    So much so, he’s brought in some questionable figures to his teams over the years and looked over many, many transgressions that happened under his watch.
    Consider his tenure at Florida, where he went 65-15 from 2005-2010, including two BCS Championships. Meyer’s Florida Gators were winning and having wild success, but under the surface, there was a great decay in ethics, morals and accountability and a culture where that was tolerated was fostered and cultivated.

  • Vaught’s Views: Dontaie Allen's journey to Kentucky not a surprise to those who watched him play

    By Larry Vaught

    Dan McDonald got to see Pendleton County senior Dontaie Allen play three times at the Under Armour Challenge in Georgia in July and liked what he saw from the 6-6 wing player.

  • Controlling emotions

    Recently, while surfing through Facebook, I came across a video that really caught my attention and quite frankly disgusted me.

    The video in question was a NBC Nightly News segment on parents’ behavior at youth sports games. The segment featured several videos that captured some truly awful and unacceptable behavior parents displayed while attending their children’s sports games.

  • Vaught’s Views: Players, not Coach Joe Hall, put pressure on 1978 National Championship team

    By Larry Vaught

    All during the 1977-78 national championship season, Kentucky was labeled as a team that had no fun.
    Jack Givens, the Final Four MVP after scoring 41 points in the title game win over Duke, remembers how the national media portrayed the Wildcats and blasted coach Joe Hall for putting so much pressure on the team.

  • Back at it

    Wow, this summer flew by!

    It seems like just yesterday I was writing about our high school sports teams and their seasons. However, while high school sports took a break (at least when it came to regular season competition), the rest of Marion County sports did not take a break.

  • Vaught's Views: Shelby Valley freshman Cassidy Jo Rowe’s already amazing recruiting saga

    By Larry Vaught

    Once Cassidy Jo Rowe got a scholarship offer from Kentucky coach Matthew Mitchell, things got a little “crazy” for the Shelby Valley freshman.
    “The local (TV) news channels starting making stories about me. It’s just crazy that so many people know me. It shows the hard work I put in and it was just an honor to get that offer,” said the eastern Kentucky standout.

  • Conflict

    Conflict is an inevitable part of people’s nature. It is both a blessing and a curse to have conflict. It can be both beneficial and harmful to have a difference of opinion.
    That is the nature of who we are. Different opinions provide opportunities to reach positive and long-lasting outcomes, benefiting not only our own interests, but the interests of other people. We have the potential to use our differences to better the world in which we live, and it’s up to us to determine what course of action we will take.

  • Vaught’s Views: Cats' Pause founder Oscar Combs belongs in UK Athletics Hall Of Fame

    By Larry Vaught

    Ask former Kentucky basketball coach Joe Hall who did as much — or maybe more — to help develop UK fan support and he has a quick answer.
    “Oscar Combs did more to develop fan support than anybody. He did a service for the University of Kentucky that could not have been bought at any price,” said Hall.