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Columns

  • Bad bribes
  • VAUGHT'S VIEWS: Josh Paschal makes impact with his faith, life story

    By Larry Vaught

    Kentucky defensive lineman Josh Paschal could make a big impact on the football field for coach Mark Stoops’ team this season. However, he’s already making an impact off the field.

    Recently he shared his story and testimony at Versailles Baptist Church and very little of the talk had to do with football.

  • Derby DQ

    “Maximum Security has won the Kentucky Derby!” Churchill Downs track announcer Travis Stone exclaimed at the 145th annual Run for the Roses.

    But, despite crossing the finish line first, Maximum Security is not the winner of this year’s Kentucky Derby. Immediately after the race, Jon Court, jockey for Long Range Toddy, and Flavien Prat, jockey for Country House, registered an objection with the stewards, triggering a lengthy review. Eventually, the stewards disqualified Maximum Security and declared County House the winner.

  • VAUGHT'S VIEWS: College quarterback Beau Allen has plenty of offers to choose from

    By Larry Vaught

    His dad played quarterback at Kentucky after a record-setting high school career at Morgan County. He grew up a Kentucky fan and his former high school coach, Mark Perry, is now on Kentucky coach Mark Stoops’ staff.

    Still, Lexington Catholic quarterback Beau Allen has not let his father’s legacy or the proximity to the UK campus to overly impact his recruiting. He has offers from Michigan, West Virginia, Washington State, Georgia, Maryland, Duke and Penn State along with Kentucky and others.

  • Sports podcasts

    Have you ever seen the purple, podcast icon on your iPhone? Have you ever bothered to see what it’s all about?

    I had noticed the podcast icon on my iPhone, but until recently, I had never clicked on it to see what it was all about. I’ll admit, I wasn’t very familiar with what a podcast was, but once Stevie wrote a column about the joys of podcasts, I decided to explore it for myself.

  • Respect the refs

    Without the officials, sports just wouldn’t be possible, yet, despite their importance, sports officials are increasingly becoming the target of unwarranted — and in some cases harmful — attacks, both verbally and physically.

  • VAUGHTS VIEWS: Nate Sestina could be media darling, fan favorite at Kentucky

    By Larry Vaught

    When it comes to Nate Sestina, any information from Matt O’Reilly is likely to be biased because the two became such good friends during their basketball careers at Bucknell University where they were on the team together for four years.
    Now Sestina is coming to Kentucky as a graduate transfer and O’Reilly says the 6-9 Sestina is someone Kentucky fans are going to love.

  • 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.