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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...

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...

Kentucky by Heart: For good or bad, directly or indirectly, UK basketball looms large

By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist   Steve Flairty grew up feeling good about Kentucky. He recalls childhood trips orchestrated by his father, with the take-off points in Campbell County. The people and places he encountered then help define his passion about the state. “Kentucky by Heart” shares part and parcel of his joy. A little history, much contemporary life, intriguing places, personal...