March 2020 archive

Will financial hit from no state basketball tournaments shut doors at KHSAA?

By LARRY VAUGHT What’s going to be the economic impact to the Kentucky High School Athletic Association over having to postpone — and almost surely eventually cancel — the girls and boys state basketball tournaments? “It is a constant worry and we are trying to envision how we are going to deal with this knowing …

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Family gave UK signee Treasure Hunt solid recruiting advice

By LARRY VAUGHT Kentucky signee Treasure Hunt, the highest ranked player coach Matthew Mitchell has ever signed, got plenty of family help during her recruiting process. “Everybody thought I would get overwhelmed by the colleges offering me,” Hunt said. “I knew how to handle it because my older sisters and brother all had colleges looking …

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Southland Christian Church helping provide daily meals, food for kids, families

By LARRY VAUGHT Every day now I have made a vow to try to find something positive to share on social media in some way during this uneasy time we are all facing regardless of age, race, gender, income and location. That’s why Southland Christian Church campus in Danville (1001 Ben Ali Drive) got my …

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Former LSU coach Dale Brown says Tom Payne told him Adolph Rupp was no racist

By LARRY VAUGHT Tom Payne played for Louisville Shawnee High School and became the first African-American basketball player at Kentucky when he signed to play for coach Adolph Rupp in 1969. Former LSU coach Dale Brown to to know Payne because another Louisville high school standout, Rudy Macklin, came to LSU to play. Signing Payne …

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John Calipari going to “miss seeing” Nate Sestina

Below is a quote from Kentucky men’s basketball head coach John Calipari on forward Nate Sestina, whose collegiate eligibility officially came to an end today with the NCAA Division I Council’s vote on eligibility for spring and winter sports impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. “I’m so disappointed that I’m not going to have another year …

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Teleconference with McDowell Place residents rejuvenated me

By LARRY VAUGHT The longer this coronavirus surge continues, the easier it is to let negative thoughts filled your mind and body. For those of you who might not have figured it out, I also have a bit of a problem when I am not busy because sitting idle is not my strength. That’s why …

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Curly Neal: A basketball legend

By KEITH PEEL, Contributing Writer Certain memories always seem a bring a smile to my face. There just seem to be certain things in past history that are feel good memories. Things like big church picnics in July with tables loaded down with food or fireworks on the Fourth of July or maybe as a …

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Arkansas coach Eric Musselman says John Calipari “greatest thing” for SEC

By LARRY VAUGHT Arkansas coach Eric Musselman had an up and down first year coaching in the Southeastern Conference after a successful run at Nevada where he found out what it was like to have “the biggest crowd every night and have a target on your back” as the team to beat every game. Musselman …

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It was “love at first sight” for Landon Young’s fiancee

By LARRY VAUGHT It might be hard to believe considering Landon Young’s size — 6-7, 320 pounds — that anyone would not know he’s a football player but Haleigh Johnson says she did not know when she met him in class at the University of Kentucky. “My friend knew him. It’s usually easy to spot …

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What impact will changing receivers coach again have on UK offense?

By LARRY VAUGHT In his first seven seasons at Kentucky, coach Mark Stoops had three receivers coaches — Tommy Mainord (2013-15), Lamar Thomas (2016-17) and Michael Smith (2018-19). Recently Stoops made another change at that spot when he hired Jovon Bouknight, who had been coaching at Oregon. Kentucky has had trouble with consistent production from …

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