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Columns

  • Vaught’s Views: New book shares insights on Kentucky's 1978 National Championship Team

    By Larry Vaught

    Forty years ago Kentucky had a dominating basketball season that ended with UK beating Duke in the national championship game behind  an unbelievable 41-point performance by Jack “Goose” Givens.
    He was 18-for-27 from the field but also had eight rebounds — second best on the team — and two assists in the 94-88 win. But what many forget is that Rick Robey also had a fantastic game with 20 points on 8-for-11 shooting and 11 rebounds.

  • Telling a story

    Stories are everywhere in sports. There are stories about games, about coaches, fans and players. There are stories that bring joy and stories that bring heartache. Some stories transcend sports itself, bringing light to the human condition. Some stories captivate us with stellar achievements. Some stores are remembered well after they’ve happened due to their significance.

  • Vaught’s Views: Alan Cutler brought different energy level to Lexington TV sports

    By Larry Vaught

    If you are a University of Kentucky sports fan, it’s likely you’ve watched Alan Cutler plenty of times on WLEX-TV (Channel 18 in Lexington). He’s been part of the Lexington TV market for 33 plus years dating back to 1981.
    Recently the WLEX-TV sports personality announced he would retire after helping the station again cover the Kentucky Derby — an event he truly loves.

  • Reflecting back, looking ahead

    What are some of the greatest memories you’ve ever made? Getting married, having children, starting your own business? We’ve all made memories, had moments of pure elation and joy and have smiled like we’ve never smiled before. It is completely normal for us to have nostalgia over fond memories. It’s good we have made those memories and remember them.

  • Vaughts’ Views: Olympic participation 'Icing On The Cake' for Kentucky cheerleaders

    By Larry Vaught

    Kelsey LaCroix thought about what it would be like to participate in the Olympics when she was a young gymnast.
    She assumed any chance to participating in the Olympics ended when she made the decision to stick with cheerleading over gymnastics at age 11.
    That decision worked out well, though, as she recently helped Kentucky win a third straight national cheer title. But now she’s going to the Olympics — along with other member of UK’s national cheerleading team.

  • Finding a solution

    After giving up 148 points to lose their ninth game in 12 outings back on Jan. 23, the Cleveland Cavaliers held a team meeting to discuss the team’s recent struggles. The Boston Celtics also held their own team meeting on Jan. 22 to discuss their own struggles as well. There was frustration expressed at poor play and a desire to move past the struggles.

  • Vaught’s Views: UK's recruiting woes are ones most schools would love to have

    By Larry Vaught

    Now that Zion Williamson is definitely not coming to Kentucky, maybe it’s time to focus more on the three players that UK coach John Calipari has already signed in his 2018 recruiting class.
    Not only did UK not get Williamson, he went to Duke to give the Blue Devils the top three players in the 2018 recruiting class. However, FoxSports/247Sports recruiting analyst Evan Daniels says Kentucky fans are going to like Tyler Herro, Keldon Johnson and Immanuel Quickley. ESPN college basketball analyst Dick Vitale already does.

  • Where has the time gone?

    Has it really been 12 years since Vince Young raced across the goal line in the BCS National Championship and dethroned the USC Trojans? Has a whole decade passed since Nick Saban took the reins at Alabama and nearly six years since the University of Kentucky men’s basketball team won the national championship in New Orleans?

  • Vaught’s Views: Michigan duo, offensive linemen top storylines in Stoops' recruiting class

    Many Kentucky football fans were disappointed that the Wildcats finished 7-5 last season and lost their last three games, including the Music City Bowl game to Northwestern.
    Former Kentucky quarterback Freddie Maggard, now an analyst for the Kentucky Radio Network as well as Kentucky Sports Radio, has a different opinion.
    “I said Kentucky overachieved by going 7-5, and I am sticking by that,” said Maggard.

  • What’s your choice now?

    Aldon Smith recorded 14 sacks as a rookie for the San Francisco 49ers in 2011, breaking Charles Haley’s team record for most sacks by a rookie. In his second season, Smith had 19.5 sacks and was named to both the Pro Bowl and the All-Pro First Team. He was making a name for himself and was building a very successful career.
    Then, it all came crashing down. What brought on the fall of a talented, up and coming player?