• Vaught’s Views: Laura Rutledge likes UK’s talent as Calipari searches for way to reload

    By Larry Vaught

    Just a few hours after she worked the Alabama-Georgia national football championship game, ESPN/SEC Network reporter Laura Rutledge was in Rupp Arena for the Kentucky-Texas A&M basketball game.
    She managed to get to Lexington in time for UK’s shoot around before the game and liked the references Kentucky coach John Calipari made to the national championship game won by Alabama in overtime the night before.

  • The emotion of sports

    You always see them in sports to some degree and in some form. Victory, defeat, the thrill of a big play and coming up just short have given us the greatest displays of emotions.
    Thousands upon thousands of sports games have been played over the years

  • Vaught’s views: Father hopes UK fans will remember Drew Barker's loyalty to Kentucky

    Terry Barker knows he can’t control how University of Kentucky fans will remember his son, Drew Barker. He just hopes a couple of off-field incidents during his son’s freshman year will not distort what fans remember about him now that he decided to transfer after spending four years at UK.
    “I hope a couple of off-field incidents will not define his legacy at Kentucky,” Terry Barker said. “People who know Drew know both of those incidents were not ones where Drew meant any harm.”

  • There was no quit

    A comeback is sport’s most prime example of overcoming the odds. A team faces a sizeable deficit with limited time to overcome it. Hope for a win dwindles by the second. Every pass, every shot, every swing takes on heightened importance, with the trajectory of the game resting on each.

  • Vaught’s Views: New WKYT-TV sports anchor plans to just be herself

    By Larry Vaught

    Making a move to Lexington to work for WKYT-TV was an easy decision for sports anchor Kailey Mizelle.
    “I think it is a great sports town with Kentucky football, and of course Kentucky basketball, along with high school sports, horse racing. It’s really a central location to a lot of great sports teams and things, and the fans are so passionate about sports,” said Mizelle. “So I at least kind of knew what I was getting into when I came here.”

  • The shots you never take

    The most difficult step is the first step.
    The first step signifies the start of something new. The unfamiliarity that comes with difference and change can be daunting. In fact, it might be so daunting that people decide against doing something different, decide against change and stay in the so-called “comfort zone.” Sure, the comfort zone is comfortable. Someone can keep doing what they have been doing without the possibility of failure, discomfort or difficulty.

  • Vaught’s Views: How do media members believe Cats will fare in Friday's games?

    By Larry Vaught

    Friday could be the best day, worst day or somewhere in between for University of Kentucky fans.
    If the Cats beat Louisville in basketball in Rupp Arena — something coach John Calipari’s team is expected to — then UK fans are going to be happy. If the Cats beat Northwestern in Nashville in the Music City Bowl — something coach Mark Stoops’ team is not expected to do — then UK fans will be giddy.
    But what if UK wins just one game — or none? That won’t make for a happy day.

  • Striving for greatness

    Complacency is to success as snow is to summer. They don’t go hand in hand. One can’t exist with the other present.
    I discussed the value a mentor can have on individuals in my column last week. Just as having guidance and counsel is important, it is also important to remain dedicated to bettering oneself even when they have found much success and to not fall victim to becoming stagnant.

  • Vaught’s Views: Unique nickname just fine with quarterback Terry “Touchdown” Wilson

    By Larry Vaught

    Once the student section started calling him “Terry Touchdown” in high school, quarterback Terry Wilson was all-in with the nickname.
    “I was balling out and the name just stuck. I thought it was a good nickname, too. So did my teammates. They called me that and teased me about it. It jus stuck,” said Wilson.

  • A word with the wise

    “You got to start somewhere.”
    As the old saying goes, everyone who has ever achieved something or become successful had to start somewhere. Once finding somewhere to begin, whether it be at a small shop, the backyard or their own home, the successful and achieving most likely had someone who mentored and taught them what they needed to know to be successful. A famous TV show host, a U.S Senator, the founder of Facebook and a baseball legend all had mentors.