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Billy Reed: Proud of military service, however miniscule, where life lessons were learned

On the Fourth of July weekend in 1967, I was in U.S. Army basic training at Fort Ord, CA, a picturesque place hard by the Pacific Ocean just south of Monterey, home of a famed music festival. I didn’t know why I was there instead of Fort Knox near my home in Kentucky, and when I asked an officer, the only response I got was, “Reed, you have a bad attitude.” I’ve been thinking a lot about that...

Billy Reed, legendary Kentucky sportswriter and journalist, joins KyForward as sports columnist

Legendary sportswriter Billy Reed is joining the KyForward’s strong stable of experienced journalists as a weekly columnist writing on all things sports. Reed reported for the Louisville Courier Journal and for Sports Illustrated for many years, covering 15 sports and earning the cover spot on SI 12 times. “KyForward welcomes Billy Reed to our team,” said Jacob Clabes, KyForward...

LeRoy Neiman’s Black Lab, Justify halter and more sold at Keeneland’s Top Sporting Art Auction

Enthusiastic bidding and the sale of LeRoy Neiman’s Black Lab for $149,500, including buyer premium, headlined the sixth annual Sporting Art Auction, a collaboration between Keeneland and Cross Gate Gallery of Lexington, held Sunday afternoon at Keeneland. Among the highlights of the auction was the sale of items belonging to Triple Crown winners American Pharoah and Justify that raised $67,850 in...

Billy Reed: Former SI colleague Deford was suave and sophisticated … and wrote like a dream

I worked with Frank Deford for several years at Sports Illustrated, and if you were to ask me to name his favorite sport, I’d have to say basketball, with tennis a close second. At least those were the two beats he covered before he was allowed to pretty much write about anything he damned well pleased, beginning in the late 1970s. In the wake of his death last month at 78, various eulogists tried...

Billy Reed: Blunt and self-confident, Earl Cox was known for his love of sports, Kentucky

Editor’s Note: Former long-time Courier-Journal sports editor Earl Cox died Tuesday at the age of 86. Earl Cox was a Kentucky original, a guy who grew up in Irvine – or “West Irvine,” as he liked to correct me with a laugh – and reached his lifetime dream when he became executive sports editor of both The Courier-Journal and The Louisville Times in the mid-1960s. We had much in common....

Cards’ Jackson is ‘just chill’ and calm in the face of building national Heisman Trophy media blitz

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE–Lamar Jackson is a wanted man these days. The University of Louisville quarterback started the season as a longshot Heisman Trophy candidate, but with his spectacular play in the Cardinals’ first three games — all lopsided victories — he has surged to the front of the class and is now considered the Heisman favorite. And with...

Billy Reed: SI writer critical of Louisville athletics not showing needed accountability

Rick Pitino, addressing the U of L Basketball Tipoff Luncheon, has denied knowledge of sexual improprieties connected to the Cards’ basketball program (U of L Athletics Photo)   I believe the vast majority of professional journalists will tell you that when a columnist accuses a person or institution of wrongdoing, he or she has a professional and moral obligation to defend his or her work...

Billy Reed: SI report that UofL sports is ‘dangerous to women’ just isn’t true or fair

A few weeks ago, I introduced Tom Jurich at the first Women In Sports Heroes banquet sponsored by the Louisville Women in Sports Network. He was the speaker, but he also received an award for his role in supporting both the spirit and the letter of Title IX in his 18-year career as athletics director at the University of Louisville.   I’ve known Tom throughout his time at UofL, and I can promise...