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Jamie Vaught: After sassing Adolph Rupp, Hall of Famer Louie Dampier believed UK career was over

(Editor’s Note: During our national COVID-19 crisis, longtime sports columnist Jamie H. Vaught will be writing about the ex-Wildcats who were featured in one of his first four books on UK basketball, using excerpts that were published in his out-of-print volumes. His latest and fifth book, titled “Chasing the Cats: A Kentucky Basketball Journey,” was released in late February 2020.) Long before...

Poythress becomes first Wildcat to earn Academic All-America status in 21 years

Kentucky senior men’s basketball player Alex Poythress has been named to the College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-America Second Team. He is the first Wildcat to take home the honor since Mark Pope in 1995. Poythress is the 12th different Kentucky player to earn Academic All-America honors in program history, joining legends such as Louie Dampier, Larry Conley, Dan Issel,...

Former member of Rupp’s Runts Conley to be honored as UK’s 2016 SEC Basketball Legend

An All-Southeastern Conference team member and a part of the 1965-66 “Rupp’s Runts,” Larry Conley has been tabbed as Kentucky’s 2016 SEC Basketball Legend and will be honored at this year’s SEC Tournament, which will be held at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., March 9-13. A key member of “Rupp’s Runts,” one of the most beloved teams in Kentucky basketball history, Conley helped...

Looking back: Larry Conley, Joe B. Hall haven’t forgotten UK’s memorable tourney run in 1966

By Keith Taylor KyForward senior sports writer Larry Conley hasn’t forgotten his last collegiate basketball game. “It seems like yesterday,” he said. Although nearly 50 years have passed since the Wildcats lost to Texas Western (UTEP) in the 1966 national championship game, Conley still remembers the pain he felt following the 72-65 setback. Adolph Rupp led Kentucky to the 1966 NCAA Championship...

Conley, Battaglia, Rice, Brothers, Farish among latest Bluegrass Sports Commission honorees

The Bluegrass Sports Commission (BSC) announced Larry Conley, Mike Battaglia, Donna Brothers, Kenny Rice, Bill Farish, Van Florence and Mike Fields as the winners of the fifth annual Bluegrass Sports Awards presented by Alltech. This year’s banquet will be held Jan. 26, 2016, at the Lexington Convention Center’s Bluegrass Ballroom. “This year we’re honoring seven difference makers who have...

Keith Taylor: Former UK star, analyst Larry Conley says Calipari’s success not a surprise

Former Kentucky standout and retired television analyst Larry Conley likes the job John Calipari is doing at Kentucky   October has arrived and that means basketball is just around the corner.   The excitement for the upcoming season started building last week when Big Blue Nation began camping out at Memorial Coliseum to obtain tickets to this year’s Big Blue Madness slated for Oct....

Keith Taylor: Former UK star, analyst Larry Conley says Calipari's success not a surprise

Former Kentucky standout and retired television analyst Larry Conley likes the job John Calipari is doing at Kentucky   October has arrived and that means basketball is just around the corner.   The excitement for the upcoming season started building last week when Big Blue Nation began camping out at Memorial Coliseum to obtain tickets to this year’s Big Blue Madness slated for Oct....