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  • VAUGHT’S VIEWS: Kentucky fan unexpectedly meets UK football signee during Florida vacation

    By Larry Vaught

    Kentucky fan Katie Hensley now lives in Boston and was recently in Ft. Lauderdale for vacation with her boyfriend and his family to see the Colorado Rockies open the baseball season. She had lived in Colorado for a couple of years and thought it would be a fun trip in warm weather.
    Since the NCAA Tournament was going on, she was looking for somewhere to watch games and the bar was full at the hotel where she was staying. Luckily, there was a hotel next door with a bar and grill.

  • Redemption

    On March 16, 2018, a little-known school from Baltimore, Maryland, making its second ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament, pulled off the unthinkable: it became the first 16 seed to beat a No. 1 seed in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

    The UMBC Retrievers trounced the Virginia Cavaliers 74-54 in that game, forever etching their name into college basketball lore. They would forever be known as the team that beat Virginia—the top overall seed in the 2018 tournament.

  • VAUGHT'S VIEWS: Vince Marrow has even more swag when he recruits for Kentucky now

    After Kentucky won at Louisville in 2016 when the Cardinals had Heisman Trophy quarterback Lamar Jackson, recruiting coordinator Vince Marrow knew the program had more clout with recruits.

    “I felt like I was doing a pretty good job recruiting but that Louisville game gave you a foundation of what we could be. I go in with a swag the way I recruit but then I went in with even more confidence now that it was on paper what we did,” said Marrow.

  • Big Blue contract

    “Long-term contract.”

    When I first read that Kentucky coach John Calipari had received a “long-term contract,” I assumed it meant he had received a lengthy extension to his contact and maybe a hefty bonus.

  • Vaught's Views: UK recruiting target Matthew Hurt’s family has Kentucky connections

    When it comes time for Matthew Hurt to make his college choice April 19, his father knows what will be the hardest part for him.

    Duke, Kentucky, Kansas, North Carolina — they are all good people. That will be the tough thing having to say no to three schools for him just because they are all such good people,” Richard Hurt said.

  • Tough coaching

    Tom Izzo is known for being a fiery, passionate coach. Those traits make him one of the nation’s best college basketball coaches. He wants the most from his players, and he gets the most from them.

    Izzo’s fiery, passionate style of coaching was on full display during the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

  • Reconsider this rule

    I’m not one to rant or rave too much (okay, stop your laughing). However, I feel I have a legitimate gripe here. Hear me out.

  • VAUGHT'S VIEWS: Tyler Herro never thinks about missing at the foul line

    By Sports Correspondent Larry Vaught

    He’s held the record for 40 years, but former Kentucky All-American Kyle Macy says he never really fretted about freshman Tyler Herro breaking his single season free throw accuracy record.

  • Sparing a kidney

    Armonty Bryant had signed with Oakland Raiders last May when he received an urgent phone call from team doctors, telling him to race to an emergency room.

    No time to spare.

    He went to the ER. Tests discovered elevated potassium levels. Doctors were concerned Bryant was going to have a heart attack. His blood pressure was almost 200.

    That call from team doctors began a series of events that ended Bryant’s career as a football player and began the fight to save his life.

  • VAUGHT'S VIEWS: No matter where Kentucky plays, Immanuel Quickley’s aunt will be there

    By Larry Vaught

    When Kentucky opens NCAA Tournament play in Jacksonville against Abilene Christian Thursday, it is a given that Immanuel Quickley’s aunt, Demetria Caldwell, will be there supporting the Wildcats. Actually, no matter where the Cats would have been playing, she was going to come.