• The shots you never take

    The most difficult step is the first step.
    The first step signifies the start of something new. The unfamiliarity that comes with difference and change can be daunting. In fact, it might be so daunting that people decide against doing something different, decide against change and stay in the so-called “comfort zone.” Sure, the comfort zone is comfortable. Someone can keep doing what they have been doing without the possibility of failure, discomfort or difficulty.

  • Vaught’s Views: How do media members believe Cats will fare in Friday's games?

    By Larry Vaught

    Friday could be the best day, worst day or somewhere in between for University of Kentucky fans.
    If the Cats beat Louisville in basketball in Rupp Arena — something coach John Calipari’s team is expected to — then UK fans are going to be happy. If the Cats beat Northwestern in Nashville in the Music City Bowl — something coach Mark Stoops’ team is not expected to do — then UK fans will be giddy.
    But what if UK wins just one game — or none? That won’t make for a happy day.

  • Striving for greatness

    Complacency is to success as snow is to summer. They don’t go hand in hand. One can’t exist with the other present.
    I discussed the value a mentor can have on individuals in my column last week. Just as having guidance and counsel is important, it is also important to remain dedicated to bettering oneself even when they have found much success and to not fall victim to becoming stagnant.

  • Vaught’s Views: Unique nickname just fine with quarterback Terry “Touchdown” Wilson

    By Larry Vaught

    Once the student section started calling him “Terry Touchdown” in high school, quarterback Terry Wilson was all-in with the nickname.
    “I was balling out and the name just stuck. I thought it was a good nickname, too. So did my teammates. They called me that and teased me about it. It jus stuck,” said Wilson.

  • A word with the wise

    “You got to start somewhere.”
    As the old saying goes, everyone who has ever achieved something or become successful had to start somewhere. Once finding somewhere to begin, whether it be at a small shop, the backyard or their own home, the successful and achieving most likely had someone who mentored and taught them what they needed to know to be successful. A famous TV show host, a U.S Senator, the founder of Facebook and a baseball legend all had mentors.

  • Vaught’s Views: Kentucky fans should like signee Keldon Johnson’s high motor

    By Larry Vaught

    One reason that Florida signee Keyontae Johnson is playing at Oak Hill Academy this season is because he wanted to be on the same team as Keldon Johnson, a Kentucky signee.
    The two have been friends for years and Keyontae Johnson wanted to spend this season on the court with him before they start playing against each other in college.

  • The road to Atlanta
  • Vaught’s Views: Wiseman does a lot of things that Calipari and other coaches like

    By Larry Vaught

    There’s not any one thing that former NBA star Penny Hardaway thinks 6-9 James Wiseman does best for Memphis East. But that’s because he can do so many things well that it is hard to pick which one he does the best.
    Wiseman is a major Kentucky recruiting target in the 2019 class.

  • Your company

    “Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for 'tis better to be alone than in bad company.” – George Washington.

    The people we choose to associate with influence us greatly. Their outlook on certain things, their behavior and their overall personality can rub off on us. The people we are closest to affect our way of thinking, our self-esteem and even the decisions we make.

  • Vaught’s Views: Mike Pratt says Quade Green is about where he should be after 7 games

    By Larry Vaught

    Before Kentucky’s season started, former UK All-American Mike Pratt had a warning — or bit of advice — for fans about the team’s point guard play.
    “So much is about confidence. That’s why some guys develop slower than others,” said Pratt, the analyst for the UK Radio Network. “If you look at (John) Calipari point guards, John Wall started slow and you could see his confidence build.