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Jamie Vaught: UK hoops rivalry with Tennessee has produced numerous memorable battles

Over the years, there have been numerous memorable Kentucky-Tennessee basketball battles. In this heated rivalry series, UK fans will remember UT coaches or stars like Ray Mears, Bernard King, Ernie Grunfeld, Rodney Woods, Dale Ellis, Don DeVoe, to name several. They all gave Kentucky coaches Adolph Rupp and Joe B. Hall plenty of disappointments. Both of them had a hard time competing against Mears,...

Givens, former Cats recall 1978 title run, prepare for 40-year reunion

Jack Givens shares a laugh Thursday during a press conference featuring members of the team’s 1978 national championship team. The team will be honored during Saturday’s game against Missouri at Rupp Arena. (Keith Taylor Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today It’s been nearly four decades since Jack “the Goose” Givens got loose and carried Kentucky to its fifth national championship...

People in the News: Denning named to airport board; Communuity Bank sets new advisory board members

The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Airport Board is pleased to welcome Garyen Denning as a new board member. Denning will serve a four-year term on the airport’s 10-member board. Denning is currently a managing partner of Lexington-based CRM Companies Restaurant Group. Denning oversees all operations of its Raising Canes and MOD Pizza franchises in central Kentucky and Charleston, South Carolina,...

Jamie Vaught: A legendary figure, Rupp deserved more balanced portrayal by national media

Over several decades, there have been many national articles about Adolph Rupp and his 1965-66 Wildcats, popularly called “Rupp’s Runts.” That team, of course, featured three All-Americans – Louie Dampier, Pat Riley and Thad Jaracz – and All-SEC performers Larry Conley and Tommy Kron in the starting lineup. The tallest starter was the 6-foot-5 Jaracz. But some of articles – print, online...

Jamie Vaught: Return of SEC Tournament in 1979 still provides lots of memories of Cats’ valiant run

There have been numerous flashbacks or memories in the past SEC men’s tournaments, but the 1979 tourney in Birmingham, Ala., will always be a special one to me for three reasons. — It marked the renewal of the conference tournament after an absence of nearly three decades. The last league tourney had taken place in 1952 in Louisville where Adolph Rupp’s Wildcats defeated LSU 44-43 in...

Jamie Vaught: Former UK star Issel believes new NBA franchise would work in Louisville

In recent years, there have been some movements or discussions as well as media stories about bringing an NBA franchise to the city of Louisville.   And there is also an active Facebook page, titled “Bring the NBA to Louisville,” a grassroots movement by the fans.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jamie”] As you may recall, the Derby City was once the home of the popular Kentucky...

Jamie Vaught: Former UK star Issel believes new NBA franchise would work in Louisville

In recent years, there have been some movements or discussions as well as media stories about bringing an NBA franchise to the city of Louisville.   And there is also an active Facebook page, titled “Bring the NBA to Louisville,” a grassroots movement by the fans.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jamie”] As you may recall, the Derby City was once the home of the popular Kentucky...