July 2019 archive

Doc Antle’s Myrtle Beach Safari a “magical” experience for all ages

Christine Trevino reacts after feeding a tiger at Doc Antle’s Myrtle Beach Safari. (Safari Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

For the last two summers, my family has enjoyed going to Doc Antle’s Myrtle Beach Safari. My four grandchildren — now ages 7-10 — think it is great but so do I.

Where else can you hold a baby tiger, feed an elephant (or watch an elephant eat a watermelon), hold a monkey, watch full-grown tigers run, grill a hot dog with a chimp or even watch a chimp swim. Almost forgot watching an elephant drink five gallons of Hawaiian Punch.

Former Danville football coach Chester Caddas passes at age 83

By LARRY VAUGHT

Former Danville High School football coach Chester Caddas passed away Saturday in Lexington at age 83.

He was head coach at Danville from 1963-65 — he had to follow coach Ray Callahan’s 1962 state championship season — and was succeeded in 1966 by Pat Dale as head coach.

Caddas played football at Murray State and had been head coach at Fulton High School in western Kentucky when he came to Danville.

Joe Burke and Harold Carson were Danville’s captains in 1965 on Caddas’ final team before Caddas joined the Vanderbilt coaching staff in 1966 and became an assistant coach at the University of the Pacific in 1968 and he became head coach there in 1972.

Sophomore linebackers DeAndre Square, Chris Oates have “bright” futures

Chris Oates

By LARRY VAUGHT

While Kash Daniel is the preseason headline maker at linebacker for Kentucky, coach Jon Sumrall says he has other good players including sophomores Chris Oats and DeAndre Square. He says both are “football intelligent” and both ask and answer questions in the meeting room.

“The future is bright for both of them. They just have to stay hungry and have a little bit of a chip on their shoulders about getting better every day and not wasting a rep. They can be quality, quality players,” Sumrall said.

De-commit is not a word that top junior lineman Jager Burton will use

Jager Burton (Rivals.com Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

So many high school football players commit to a school and then de-commit a few months later that is has almost become the new norm.

One player I don’t think you will have to worry about doing that is 6-3, 270-pound junior offensive lineman Jager Burton of Frederick Douglas High School.

He has a bevy of offers already that include Clemson, Alabama, Ohio State, Kentucky, Oregon, Penn State, West Virginia and many, many more.

UK staff sought advice from NFL coaches to help Terry Wilson’s passing

Terry Wilson. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Last season ball security and time of possession were priorities for the University of Kentucky offense because coach Mark Stoops knew he had a game-saving defense.

This season that defense is rebuilding the offense already knows it has to do more — one reason Kentucky co-offensive coordinator Darin Hinshaw said several times Monday at the Louisville Quarterback Club that quarterback Terry Wilson likely could go from averaging 20 pass attempts per game in 2018 to 35 to 40 this season.

UK targets Jalen Green, Joshua Christopher show why playing together in college could work

Jalen Green (USA Basketball Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky recruiting targets Jalen Green and Joshua Christopher, both five-star players, have openly talked about playing together in college. They’ve also talked about playing with Brandon Boston, another five-star player who verbally committed to Kentucky on Saturday.

Green and Christopher may think even more now about playing together in college after they were on the winning team at the Big time Tournament in Las Vegas over the weekend. Their team went 6-0 and won by an average of 16 points per game.

Position move for Walker Wood? Darin Hinshaw says staff hasn’t talked about tht

Walker Wood, center. (Larry Vaught Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Don’t write off Lexington Lafayette graduate Walker Wood eventually playing quarterback for Kentucky.

He threw for 8,230 yards and 74 scores and ran for 4,199 yards and 73 touchdowns at Lafayette and was named the Paul Hornung Award winner that goes to state’s top prep player by the Louisville Quarterback Club after throwing for 3,047 yards and 30 scores as a senior.

The 6-0, 190-pound Wood is a versatile athlete. He’s had two surgeries on his throwing shoulder the last two years.

UK’s recipe for winning might be having Terry Wilson passing 35-40 times per game

Kentucky assistant coach Darin Hinshaw told UK fans at the Louisville Quarterback Club Monday that Terry Wilson might double his passing attempts this season. (Lacy Robinson Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Darin Hinshaw knows plenty about throwing the football because during his Central Florida playing career he threw for about 9,000 yards and 82 touchdowns.

“I broke every school record but only got to hold them for four years because Daunte Culpepper came and crushed my records,” said Hinshaw, Kentucky’s co-offensive coordinator, said Monday during an appearance at the Louisville Quarterback Club.

UK quarterback coach Darin Hinshaw on how unique Kash Daniel is

hinshaw on kash

Here’s a unique idea to help fill empty seats at Rupp Arena with Big Blue fans

Contributor Richard Cheeks would like to see UK give fans a last-minute chance to buy lowered priced tickets to help avoid empty seats at Rupp Arena. (Jeff Houchin Photo)

Vaught’s note: Vaughtsviews.com contributor Richard Cheeks has an interesting thought on how to help solve the problem of unsold/unused tickets at Rupp Arena. It’s a bit of an unorthodox idea but also one that is very, very interesting.

By RICHARD CHEEKS, Contributing Writer