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Columns

  • COLUMN: Giving your all

    Effort and determination are key to success in sports, and in everything we ever do.

    Without effort and determination, our talents, skills and abilities do not hold much value. I have seen countless athletes with unlimited potential and athletic abilities. I have seen athletes whose physical gifts far exceed those of their peers. However, it all goes to waste if they have no heart in their play.

  • VAUGHT'S VIEWS: Could Dane Key Follow Father’s Footsteps And Play At Kentucky?

    By Larry Vaught

    Donte Key won’t call it a dream come true for his son to have a football scholarship offer from Kentucky, his alma mater, but he also won’t deny it is special.
    “It’s something you envision or think about. You play at Kentucky and then for your son to get the opportunity to maybe experience the same thing is a true blessing,” said Key, now the linebackers coach at Frederick Douglas High School in Lexington where his son, Dane, plays.

  • COLUMN: Greatest Traditions

    The 12th man. Howard’s Rock. Army-Navy game.

    College football is full of unique traditions that unite fans like no other sport can. Those traditions have a unique story of how they got started and how they survive to this day.

  • COLUMN: The right choice

    In my column, “Over a helmet,” that appeared in the Aug. 21 edition of the Enterprise, I railed against professional athletes in my weekly column, decrying them as overpaid crybabies only concerned with money and ungrateful for the blessings they have.
    Last week, I was reminded my harsh assessment of professional athletes should never be a generalization of all athletes.

  • VAUGHT'S VIEWS: Is John Calipari or Vince Marrow the better recruiter?

    By Larry Vaught

    Sports Correspondent

     

    Recently, a long-time University of Kentucky fan who has season tickets to both men’s basketball and football games posed a question that I was not sure how to answer. She wondered who I thought was the better recruiter — John Calipari or Vince Marrow.

  • COLUMN: Excited about the unknown

    Life is full of unknowns, and there’s no way to predict how each day will turn out for us. However, that is what makes life what it is. If we knew how each day would turn out, life wouldn’t be nearly as enjoyable. Life’s joys come from what is unpredictable and unknown.

  • VAUGHT'S VIEWS: JJ Traynor's overall improvement has colleges, including UK, paying close attention

    By Larry Vaught

    JJ Traynor has gone from a player who averaged 11.2 points and 8.6 rebounds per game for Bardstown, which only had a 15-16 record last year, to a top 100 recruit nationally in a matter of months.

    The 6' 8" Traynor, the son of 1993 Kentucky Mr. Basketball Jason Osborne, is now the highest-rated in-state player in the 2020 recruiting class and Bardstown coach James “Boo” Brewer, a former Louisville player, says he has changed dramatically as a player in recent months to earn that boost in the national rankings.

  • UK freshman Kenneth Horsey kept the faith despite heart issues

    By Sports Correspondent Larry Vaught

    He says he was 100 percent healthy last season but also admits he lost strength after having open heart surgery just a few months before he arrived on the University of Kentucky campus.
    “I wasn’t able to perform the best I could last year. I am 100 percent healthy now and ready to go and play and show these coaches what I can do,” said redshirt freshman offensive guard Kenneth Horsey of Sanford, Florida

  • Over a helmet

    In March, NFL wide receiver Antonio Brown was traded from the Pittsburgh Steelers to the Oakland Raiders. The trade came after Brown had become increasingly upset with the Steelers. Brown’s issues with the Steelers included a rocky relationship with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who wasn’t afraid to publicly criticize the star receiver. Brown also showed up late to several team meetings, and he was benched in the Pittsburgh’s season finale last year, just to name a few issues.

  • VAUGHT’S VIEWS: Kentucky commit Cam’Ron Fletcher already knows about being in the spotlight

    By Larry Vaught

    Recent University of Kentucky commit Cam’Ron Fletcher knows a little bit already about playing in the spotlight.
    He averaged 16.8 points and 3.8 rebounds per game last season when Vashon High School in St. Louis won the Missouri 3A state championship. He averaged 11.8 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game this summer in the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League.