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Pitino has Vitale to thank for ‘Superman’ McMahon; King to miss Va. Tech game; Hicks’ return delayed

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE–Just when Louisville’s basketball team was approaching full health, the No. 8/7 Cardinals (21-5, 9-4) suffered another blow on two fronts heading into Saturday’s game against Virginia Tech (18-7, 7-6) at 1 p.m. Saturday in the KFC Yum! Center. First, freshman small forward V.J. King suffered a thigh bruise in practice and will not play...

Jamie Vaught: Wildcat fans might not be too crazy about the call, but sometimes a rule is a rule

No matter when you read this column, folks will still be discussing that infamous technical foul at the end of last Saturday night’s Kentucky-Texas A&M showdown. If you were watching, you saw, it was a costly technical on UK’s Isaac Humphries when the 7-0, 260-pound freshman spiked the basketball on the floor in an emotional act of celebration. The call was just like the controversial...

It’s a case of deja’ vu if report about Pitino’s interest in coaching UNLV proves true

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE — Is Rick Pitino flirting with Nevada Las Vegas? Again? Probably not. But if so, it wouldn’t be the first time he has entertained overtures from Sin City. A report in Saturday’s Las Vegas Review-Journal cited an unnamed source who “insists (Pitino) is interested in the job,” 15 years after the school’s initial —...

Jamie Vaught: Former Cat Mark Pope bringing his Utah Valley team back to Kentucky to face U of L

Random notes …. Mark Pope is coming to Louisville next week. That’s because the former UK hoops standout is the head coach at Utah Valley University and he is taking his team for a two-game appearance in the Billy Minardi Classic. And the Wolverines will facing Rick Pitino’s Louisville Cardinals in the second game on Wednesday evening, Dec. 23. That contest will be seen on ESPNU,...

Jamie Vaught: New Vitale book ‘It’s Awesome Baby’ shares inside story of memorable career

Yes, the famous basketball broadcaster once was a victim of bullying when he was a young kid growing up in his blue-collar New Jersey roots.   As you know, bullying, unfortunately, is a serious problem found in many communities, usually involving unwelcome, aggressive behavior among school-aged children.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jamie”] And ESPN’s Dick Vitale — who...

Jamie Vaught: New Vitale book 'It's Awesome Baby' shares inside story of memorable career

Yes, the famous basketball broadcaster once was a victim of bullying when he was a young kid growing up in his blue-collar New Jersey roots.   As you know, bullying, unfortunately, is a serious problem found in many communities, usually involving unwelcome, aggressive behavior among school-aged children.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jamie”] And ESPN’s Dick Vitale — who...

Jamie Vaught: Vitale says Cal’s Cats may be the best defensive team he’s seen in 30 years

ESPN broadcaster Dick Vitale says Kentucky coach John Calipari deserves credit for getting his roster of stars to play as a team (Jamie Vaught Photo)   Dick Vitale has seen the unbeaten Kentucky Wildcats play basketball in person and on TV this season.   Like most folks, if not all, the charismatic ESPN sportscaster is awfully impressed with the top-ranked Cats, who are 11-0 going into Saturday’s...

Jamie Vaught: Vitale says Cal's Cats may be the best defensive team he's seen in 30 years

ESPN broadcaster Dick Vitale says Kentucky coach John Calipari deserves credit for getting his roster of stars to play as a team (Jamie Vaught Photo)   Dick Vitale has seen the unbeaten Kentucky Wildcats play basketball in person and on TV this season.   Like most folks, if not all, the charismatic ESPN sportscaster is awfully impressed with the top-ranked Cats, who are 11-0 going into Saturday’s...

Jamie Vaught: Vitale recalls crossing paths with legendary Rupp during coaching days

Now world-famous for his role as a basketball commentator for ESPN, Dick Vitale also enjoyed a successful coaching career and once crossed paths with Adolph Rupp (Photo by Jamie Vaught)   Before he became a household name as a colorful TV broadcaster, Dick Vitale was coaching basketball.   One of his stops was at the University of Detroit, where he served as the head coach for four years...

Jamie Vaught: Vitale recalls crossing paths with legendary Rupp during coaching days

Now world-famous for his role as a basketball commentator for ESPN, Dick Vitale also enjoyed a successful coaching career and once crossed paths with Adolph Rupp (Photo by Jamie Vaught)   Before he became a household name as a colorful TV broadcaster, Dick Vitale was coaching basketball.   One of his stops was at the University of Detroit, where he served as the head coach for four years...

Jamie Vaught: ESPN personality Vitale passionate in leading fight against cancer

In a recent interview with TV broadcaster Dick Vitale at his cool Florida home on a hot sunny day, he was wearing his blue plaid short pants and looking very fit.   And the 75-year-old New Jersey native is staying very busy this summer even though there are no college basketball games for him to cover.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jamie”] “I’m very active,” said Vitale,...

Analysts mull whether Kentucky’s rivalry
with Louisville is best in college hoops

By Ryan Clark KyForward correspondent   The Best.   I remember when I first heard it said. It was Clark Kellogg, analyst for CBS Sports, and I was talking to him at the Yum! Center in Louisville. We were chatting before the Cardinals, one of the best college basketball teams in the country, faced off against Kentucky, the defending national champs, in a much hyped, made-for-television contest...

Analysts mull whether Kentucky's rivalry with Louisville is best in college hoops

By Ryan Clark KyForward correspondent   The Best.   I remember when I first heard it said. It was Clark Kellogg, analyst for CBS Sports, and I was talking to him at the Yum! Center in Louisville. We were chatting before the Cardinals, one of the best college basketball teams in the country, faced off against Kentucky, the defending national champs, in a much hyped, made-for-television contest...