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Columns

  • Life lessons from sports

    Last week, I wrote about the immense power sports has in uniting people after a tragedy and how it can help people heal as they grieve and mourn.

    This week, I’m going to talk about another power sports has: teaching athletes important, lasting life lessons. Sports has so many positives. There is so much to love about sports. There’s so much good to say about it.

    Last week, I wrote that sports is much more than just merely a sport. Sports are where memories are made, friendships are forged and life lessons are taught.

  • Vaught’s Views: Mark Stoops makes time for special UK fan to spend time with team, coaches 

    By Larry Vaught

    He’s been a successful coach in several sports and a well respected school administrator in Franklin County. Casey Sparrow has also always been a University of Kentucky sports fan and getting to see the UK football team play and practice — along with meeting coach Mark Stoops and assistant John Schlarman — had special significance for the Mercer County man.

    Sparrow has been battling cancer for over four years and recently stopped treatments as he chose quality of life as his first priority now.

  • More than just a sport

    Sports is so much more than X’s and O’s, game strategies, a score or wins and losses. It is so much more than a player’s stats, a player’s performance or a team’s performance. It’s more than four quarters, seven innings or five sets.

    Sports is much more than just merely a sport. Sports are where memories are made, friendships are forged and life lessons are taught.

    Above all, it is the force that can unite us after a tragedy.

  • Wandale Robinson will make college choice in October

    By Larry Vaught

    Just in case Western Hills star Wandale Robinson didn’t know how big a recruiting priority he was for Kentucky, he found out Friday night.

    That’s when Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops came to watch him play and got to see plenty, including a 96-yard punt return for a touchdown in Western Hills’ win over rival Frankfort.

  • Streak breakers!

    I had another column I was going to run for this week, but a pretty big event happened in Gainesville, Florida on Saturday, and I’ve just got to talk about it.

    For the first time in 32 years, the Kentucky Wildcats defeated the Florida Gators, snapping one of the nation’s longest win streaks in an uninterrupted series. Only Notre Dame’s 43-straight wins over Navy between 1964-2006, Nebraska’s 36 straight victories over Kansas between 1969-2004 and Oklahoma’s 32 straight wins over Kansas State from 1937-68 had lasted longer.

  • Former walk-on David Bouvier repays parents with starting role this season

    By Larry Vaught

    One of the best moments of Kentucky’s season will have to be when senior receiver David Bouvier caught the go-ahead touchdown pass in the opening win over Central Michigan. Or maybe it will be his touchdown catch against Florida last week when the Wildcats ended that 31-year losing streak to the Gators.

    He came to UK as a walk-on from Lexington Catholic where he led the team in career receptions (215) and career yards (3,156). Before this season, he had played in just six games with one catch.

  • Talking college football

    Down, set, hike!

    There’s nothing more I love than settling in for the night to watch football, especially college football, which had a full slate of games, including some entertaining, competitive matchups.

    While the season began back on Aug. 25, many marquee, much awaited matchups didn’t take place until this past Saturday. Due to the early deadline we had for the Labor Day holiday, I’m not able to talk about the games, but I can discuss the anticipation heading into those games, as well as some big headlines for this season.

  • Vaught's Views: Continuing to work while undergoing chemotherapy important to UK coach

    By Larry Vaught

    It was obvious at Kentucky’s Media Day that coach Mark Stoops was visibly upset when he announced that offensive line coach John Schlarman was dealing with a “serious” medical issue. Stoops didn’t disclose with the problem was, but an educated guess was cancer based on the coach’s reaction and that Schlarman at the time was still working.

  • Vaught's Views: Stoops knows Benny Snell wants to ‘put the team on his shoulders’

    By Larry Vaught

    At first, Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said it wouldn’t be hard to make sure he didn’t use running back Benny Snell too much this season.

    A few minutes later, Stoops changed his answer just a bit.

  • Stepping up

    In sports, we often hear the phrase “step up” quite a bit, especially toward the beginning of sports season.

    Pundits, fans and coaches will call on many players to “step up” and improve their play in the upcoming season. Those calls are amplified if a star player has left a team. Questions float around about who might replace them. When a player is seen as that replacement, the calls for them to step up go into overdrive.