• Athletics vs. academics

    Athletics have played a prominent role in just about every high school and university out there for the better part of two centuries.

    Look no further than the 31 universities whose athletic departments earned more than $100 million in 2016-17, according to USA Today, of which two earned over $200 million (Texas and Texas A&M). In that same report, 39 schools reported athletic expenses totaling $100 million or more.

  • Vaught's Views: Shortstop Katie Reed All-SEC on the field, all A’s off the field

    By Larry Vaught

    She’s a preseason all-Southeastern Conference selection again and one of the leaders on a team that hopes to get past the Super Regional and make the World Series. But as good as Kentucky senior shortstop Katie Reed is on the field, she might be even better off the field.
    She’s never made a B at UK. She has a perfect 4.0 grade-point average to go along with a .340 career batting average and almost .970 fielding average.

  • Bad calls

    By now, most people know about the controversial no-call that happened in the NFC Championship Game between the New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles Rams on Jan. 20.

    With the game tied at 20 and the Saints driving for a touchdown late in the game, Rams defensive back Nickell Robey-Coleman committed a blatant pass interference on Saints wide receiver Tommylee Lewis; Robey-Coleman also initiated helmet-to-helmet contact on Lewis. The officials did not call a penalty on the play, though the NFL fined Robey-Coleman for the helmet-to-helmet hit late last week.

  • VAUGHT’S VIEWS: Father says there is more to PJ Washington’s game than just scoring

    By Sports Correspondent Larry Vaught

    Sometimes Paul Washington Sr. admits he gets a bit frustrated when his son, P.J. Washington, seems to be judged just by how many points he scores in a game.

  • Hold yourself accountable

    Accountability, like so many other traits, doesn’t happen overnight, yet it’s one of the most important traits one should have. In its simplest terms, being accountable means taking responsibility for your actions, mistakes and behavior.

    We all make mistakes. We’ve all screwed up at some point. We’ve slipped up somewhere along the way. Making a mistake should never sit well with anyone, but it’s what we do after making a mistake that is far more important than the mistake we made.

  • Ashton Hagans can be a 'bully' with his defensive play

    By Sports Correspondent Larry Vaught

    Much like Shai Gilgeous-Alexander did last season, Ashton Hagans has gone from the John Calipari recruit who didn’t create a huge national buzz to the best player at Kentucky.

    Unlike Gilgeous-Alexander, Hagans has done it more with defense and done it far quicker in the season than Gilgeous-Alexander did. Now the question is whether Hagans can sustain the level of play the way Gilgeous-Alexander did now that Southeastern Conference opponents know more about what to expect from him.

  • The greatest?

    If you’re an Alabama Crimson Tide football fan, you probably don’t want to read this column. You surely don’t want or need to be reminded of the 44-16 blowout loss to Clemson in the national championship game last Monday.

  • VAUGHT'S VIEWS: Benny Snell on ‘another level of happiness’

    By Sports Correspondent Larry Vaught

    He’s set the all-time rushing record at Kentucky, been part of UK’s first 10-win football season in 41 years and earned All-American honors. If that’s not enough, he’s also had his own autograph tour to give Kentucky football fans one more chance to be with him.

  • Super inspiration

    In October at the College Football Awards Show in Atlanta, Tyler Trent received the Disney Spirit Award, an award given annually to the most inspiring coach, team, player or figure in college football. He was also awarded the Sagamore of the Wabash, the highest honor given to an Indiana civilian. Having followed his story, he was deserving of so much more.

  • VAUGHT'S VIEWS: UK signee Tyrese Maxey learning how to play with target on him

    By Sports Columnist Larry Vaught

    After Kentucky’s loss at Alabama last Saturday, UK coach John Calipari talked about the atmosphere there even though the students were not on campus and Alabama was playing in the national football championship game two days later in California.

    It’s the type of intensity the Wildcats normally face and UK signee Tyrese Maxey, a 6-5 guard at South Garland High School in Texas, is getting some experience with that sensation this year.