• The media and sports

    After the Alabama Crimson Tide football team took a 51-14 win over the Louisville Cardinals in the Camping World Kickoff back on Sept. 1, ESPN reporter Maria Taylor asked Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban about Alabama’s quarterback situation, which was a hot topic since last season’s national championship game. Then, Saban benched starter Jalen Hurts at halftime for Tua Tagovailoa, who led the Tide to a comeback victory. Saban refused to name a starter heading into the game against Louisville. Eventually, Tagovailoa started the game. Hurts saw action as well.

  • Vaught's Views: Wandale Robinson is elite athlete and a needed recruiting boost

    Kentucky football got a terrific athlete when Western Hills star Wandale Robinson committed to coach Mark Stoops’ team over Nebraska, Alabama, Ohio State, Purdue and Michigan last week. But Kentucky also got a huge boost for in-state recruiting when Robinson reversed a three-year trend of the state’s top players picking out of state schools.

    Robinson decided he wanted to be what former UK offensive coordinator Neal Brown called a “hometown hero” and play for the state school knowing it could have lifetime benefits for him.

  • Knocked down? Get up

    A tweet recently caught my eye. That tweet came from Tyrann Mathieu, a safety for the Houston Texans and in it, he details the trials and tribulations he has faced over the years.

    “6 years ago, I was arrested, kick out of school, entered a rehab, got a call my best friend got murdered, stick dropped, most of the people I thought loved me turned they back on me, only a few cared. I’m here to tell you fall forward, never know what your future has in store,” Mathieu tweeted out on Oct. 19.

  • Vaught’s Views: Duke freshman can't wait to start season against Kentucky

    By Larry Vaught

    Sports Correspondent

    There was a time many Kentucky basketball fans — and maybe even coach John Calipari — thought Zion Williamson would be playing for UK against Duke Nov. 6 in Indianapolis.

    Instead, Williamson surprised many by picking Duke over UK and will be starting for the Blue Devils against UK.

  • In the stands

    Fans are an important and prominent part of sports. The cheering fans can motivate a team to keep pushing in a pressure-packed situation in a game.

    Fans get very involved in a game. Sometimes, however, they get a little too involved in the game.

    There was Steve Bartman and Jeffrey Maier. Now we have Troy Caldwell. All three were unknown fans in the stands just enjoying a baseball game when they were thrown into the spotlight amid controversy.

  • UK commit Dontaie Allen proved early that he could be special player

    By Larry Vaught

    The first time Billy Stafford saw Dontaie Allen play middle school basketball he knew he was watching an “athletic and skilled” player.

    Stafford is the Nicholas County middle school boys head basketball coach and assistant high school coach. Allen plays for Pendleton County and will be signing with the University of Kentucky next month after giving his verbal commitment to coach John Calipari in the summer almost immediately after he was offered a scholarship.

  • Disappointing endings

    Endings are always emotional.

    Dr. Seuss once said, “Don’t be sad because it’s over. Be glad because it happened.”

    Still, we can’t help but be sad when something comes to an end. When something ends, we can never get that same thing back ever again. Sometimes, when something ends, we say goodbye to that thing forever.

  • VAUGHTS VIEWS: Alabama commit Tanner Bowles wants to go against the best

    His team may not win a state championship and he may not win Mr. Football, Gatorade Player of the Year or the Hornung Award given to the state’s top player. However, don’t doubt that Glasgow lineman Tanner Bowles is a special player.

    “Tanner has started for four years and his sophomore year he received his first Division I offer,” said Glasgow coach Jeff Garmon.  “A lot of kids could have settled for that and just played it out. Not Tanner.

  • 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.