Tag: Jack Givens

Givens: Calipari made Joe Hall relevant again

Joe Hall (Vicky Graff Photo)

Joe Hall (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

There are a lot of reasons that former Kentucky All-American Jack Givens likes current Kentucky coach John Calipari.

“One of the first things he did when he came here is that he went to coach Joe B. Hall and asked what do I need to do to be successful and what do I need to know to really expect here at Kentucky,” said Givens.

Of course, Givens played for Hall and helped Kentucky win the 1978 national title.

Book on 1978 championship team should be fun read

Jack Givens and his 1978 national championship teammates will soon be featured in a book by Doug Brunk that I know I'll want.

Jack Givens and his 1978 national championship teammates will soon be featured in a book by Doug Brunk that I know I’ll want.

By LARRY VAUGHT

We are only two years away from the 40th anniversary of Kentucky’s 1978 national championship team. Trust me, that’s hard for me to fathom because I was not much older than some of the players on that team when the Wildcats won that year.

Still, I have to admit I am already excited about a book about that 1977-78 team that former UK All-American Jack Givens told me about that is being written by Doug Brunk, a Wilmore native who now lives in California.

Jack Givens: Opposing coaches thankful for UK’s one and dones

Jack Givens talks to UK fan Mike Johnson at Saturday's Ohio UK Convention. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

Jack Givens talks to UK fan Mike Johnson at Saturday’s Ohio UK Convention. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

FRANKLIN, Ohio — College coaches don’t tell the truth about John Calipari.

No kidding. That’s what former Kentucky All-American Jack Givens said Saturday at the Ohio UK Convention here when talking about the one-and-done strategy that has worked for Calipari at UK.

“I am fan and I like having these guys here for more than a year. There’s nothing good about it,” said Givens. “Think of some the players here and think of some that could have played together if they had stayed for more than a year.”

Jack Givens enjoyed Speedway presentation to Tony Stewart

Jack Givens says UK fans treat Joe Hall like a superstar. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Jack Givens says UK fans treat Joe Hall like a superstar. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Jack Givens has had a lot of memorable moments during his athletics career. However, he said being part of a special presentation for driver Tony Stewart at Kentucky Speedway Saturday night in Sparta is something he will never forget.

Givens, former UK teammate Kyle Macy and former UK coach Joe Hall presented Stewart with a No. 14 Kentucky basketball jersey. Stewart is retiring after this season and got a huge ovation during driver introductions when he got the jersey.

Jack Givens, Shannon Spake, Paul Karem, Tywanna Patterson will join me on Leach Report

Shannon Spake (Vicky Graff Photo)

Shannon Spake (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

On Monday and Tuesday while Tom Leach is taking some vacation time, he’s giving me a chance to host the  Leach Report from 9-10 a.m. each day.

It’s an honor, but also pressure, to host the show because Leach is such a professional and has an informative, entertaining show every time he’s on air.

I hope to do the same because of the guests that have agreed to be on air with  me.