• 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.

  • Finding rest

    How often do you rest? Like, truly rest? Are you resting enough, or are you not getting enough rest? Do you feel refreshed or groggy when you wake up?

    As we all know, rest is a crucial part of our well-being. Without adequate rest, we’re fatigued and our level of alertness is diminished, among many other negative side effects. Besides feeling tired or off your game, more serious consequences of sleep deprivation include weight gain, high blood pressure and diabetes, for example.

  • VAUGHT'S VIEWS: Dontaie Allen “surprised, grateful” to be Kentucky's Mr. Basketball 

    By Larry Vaught

    Now that he has been named Mr. Basketball, it won’t be long before Dontaie Allen will certainly see road signs coming into Pendleton County proclaiming it the home of the 2019 Mr. Basketball.

    “That is just crazy to even think about,” said Allen after he won the award last week given to the state’s top senior player. “I really can’t even fathom that. It’s just nuts.”

  • Rising to the occasion

    If athletes play long enough, they will win a lot of games and lose a lot of games. They will be on both ends of blowout games. Sometimes, they will face crushing defeats. However, at some point, they will likely be a part of a thrilling victory, a comeback or maybe both.