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Jamie Vaught: At 91, Bell County native Homer Rice looks back at career as football coach, administrator

Editor’s Note: This is the first of a two-part column about Kentuckian Dr. Homer Rice who had an illustrious career in football coaching and athletic administration. He also recruited Greg Page of Middlesboro who became the first black football player to sign with UK. If you follow sports, you probably have read or heard about former UK assistant football coach Dr. Homer Rice even though the...

Jamie Vaught: Former Browns’ star Green ‘blown away’ by selection to Kentucky Football Hall of Fame

If you are a true pro football fan, you probably have heard of Ernie Green. As you may recall, Green was one of several standouts who helped head coach Blanton Collier and the 1964 Cleveland Browns capture the coveted NFL championship during the pre-Super Bowl era. It was Green, a halfback who did a lot of blocking for legendary running back Jim Brown, and quarterback Frank Ryan (who several months...

Five former NFL standouts to be inducted into Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame

By Jamie Vaught Special to KyForward Five former NFL standouts have been selected to the Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame, it was announced at a press conference in Lexington Friday. The five new inductees for the hall of fame’s 2017 class are as follows: — William Gay (Pittsburgh Steelers, Arizona Cardinals) — Ernie Green (Cleveland Browns) — Virgil Livers (Chicago Bears) — Bruce Kozerski...

Billy Reed: Bryant’s desperation move to turn to Hardy at QB paid big dividends against Tennessee

Author’s note: Bob Hardy, who died last weekend, was one of my earliest sports heroes. He was the Kentucky Wildcats’ quarterback from 1953-55, making him Paul “Bear” Bryant’s last UK quarterback and Blanton Collier’s first. Late in his life, he made a remarkable comeback from Parkinson’s Disease, and that was mainly the reason he asked me to help him write a book about his life. Unfortunately,...

Former coach Collier, NFL All-Pro lineman Bryant head five inductees to state Pro Football Hall of Fame

The Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame Friday 
announced its 2016 inductees and a slate of June events that will benefit the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of the Bluegrass in Lexington. The official induction ceremony weekend will take place in Lexington, with a ring ceremony on Thursday, June 23, at the Keeneland Sales Pavilion, and golf outing fundraiser at a golf course to be determined...

Billy Reed: Football musings — hoping the Browns become winners again and I can find a b&w television

I see the Cleveland Browns have hired another new head coach, their eighth since 1999, and I want to wish Hue Williams all the luck in the world because he will certainly need it. His first item of business will be to do something with wacko quarterback Johnny Manziel, the erstwhile Heisman Trophy winner from Texas A&M who seems bent on self-destruction. I’ve never been much of an NFL fan –...

Jamie Vaught: Blanton Collier overcame hearing barrier to become successful coach

When I was a very young kid growing up in Science Hill, Ky., my dad and I would watch professional football games on Sundays on a black-and-white television during the pre-Cincinnati Bengals days. And the NFL’s Cleveland Browns were on television a lot. I remember my dad would often tell me, saying their head coach is from Kentucky and UK should have kept him. Blanton Collier guided the legendary...

Towles transfer from UK helps illustrate the shortcomings of modern college football scene

By Kay Collier McLaughlin Special to KyForward As an ardent fan of college football, I think it’s time to shine some light on some of the more troubling aspects of the game. Self-disclosure. I grew up as the daughter of a football coach who went from to high school to professional to college to professional. I love the game. I’m an active member of two non- profits who celebrate and promote...

Billy Reed: Stoops’ Cats will be fighting to overcome ‘Curse of Blanton Collier’ in Vanderbilt showdown

The titanic struggle between Kentucky and Vanderbilt, perennial doormats of the Southeastern Conference, will draw scant notice on the Saturday scoreboard shows. But to Wildcat coach Mark Stoops, it might be the pivotal game in his uphill battle to become the first Wildcat coach since Blanton Collier to build a consistent winner in Lexington. For years, the Cats and Commodores have fought each other...

Mark Stoops feels prepared for first game
as a head coach before UK debut vs. WKU

As the only member of the UK football coaching staff with head coaching experience, special teams coordinator Bradley Dale Peveto has an idea about how Mark Stoops will feel when he runs out of the tunnel for his first game as the UK head coach.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] It did not take long for Peveto to correct some of his misconceptions about being a head coach when he got his...

Mark Stoops feels prepared for first game as a head coach before UK debut vs. WKU

As the only member of the UK football coaching staff with head coaching experience, special teams coordinator Bradley Dale Peveto has an idea about how Mark Stoops will feel when he runs out of the tunnel for his first game as the UK head coach.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] It did not take long for Peveto to correct some of his misconceptions about being a head coach when he got his...