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  • Centre College Players Not Only Ones That Might Be Intimidated In Rupp Arena Exhibition Game With UK

    Centre College Players Not Only Ones That Might Be Intimidated In Rupp Arena Exhibition Game With UK

    Monday, September 25 2017 5:48 AM EDT2017-09-25 09:48:26 GMT
    Centre College cheerleader Britagne Guempel is a UK fan while Aurielle March is a Louisville fan. On Nov. 3rd, though, both will be watching the UK cheerleaders as much or more than the basketball.Centre College cheerleader Britagne Guempel is a UK fan while Aurielle March is a Louisville fan. On Nov. 3rd, though, both will be watching the UK cheerleaders as much or more than the basketball.
    By LARRY VAUGHT It’s still about six weeks until Division III Centre College plays Kentucky in an exhibition game in Rupp Arena in what figures to be the standard mismatch, If Centre players are a bit intimidated playing John Calipari’s team, no one would be surprised or blame them. But the Centre cheerleaders might be even more intimidated about being on the same court with the championship Kentucky cheer team. Kentucky has won 22 national cheer championships, inc...
    By LARRY VAUGHT It’s still about six weeks until Division III Centre College plays Kentucky in an exhibition game in Rupp Arena in what figures to be the standard mismatch, If Centre players are a bit intimidated playing John Calipari’s team, no one would be surprised or blame them. But the Centre cheerleaders might be even more intimidated about being on the same court with the championship Kentucky cheer team. Kentucky has won 22 national cheer championships, inc...
  • Huge UK Fans “Aly'An” Thrilled To Be UK-Florida Pregame Concert

    Huge UK Fans “Aly'An” Thrilled To Be UK-Florida Pregame Concert

    Thursday, September 21 2017 5:35 AM EDT2017-09-21 09:35:50 GMT
    Alsyon Rogers, left, and Andrea Gross are childhood friends from Mercer County who are making their mark in the music industry.Alsyon Rogers, left, and Andrea Gross are childhood friends from Mercer County who are making their mark in the music industry.
    By LARRY VAUGHT They’ve performed for NASCAR events and the 2012 vice-presidential debate festival. They’v opened for a lot of well-known acts and have become hits on the Lexington and Kentucky bar scene much like Montgomery Gentry did years ago before it took off to national stardom. But Mercer Countians Alyson Rogers and Andrea Gross can’t wait to sing at Kroger Field Saturday before Kentucky ends its 30-year losing streak to Florida. Okay, that’s my though...
    By LARRY VAUGHT They’ve performed for NASCAR events and the 2012 vice-presidential debate festival. They’v opened for a lot of well-known acts and have become hits on the Lexington and Kentucky bar scene much like Montgomery Gentry did years ago before it took off to national stardom. But Mercer Countians Alyson Rogers and Andrea Gross can’t wait to sing at Kroger Field Saturday before Kentucky ends its 30-year losing streak to Florida. Okay, that’s my though...
  • It's Time For The Streak To End – And To Turn Leach And Cutler Loose After The Win

    It's Time For The Streak To End – And To Turn Leach And Cutler Loose After The Win

    Wednesday, September 20 2017 6:00 AM EDT2017-09-20 10:00:13 GMT
    Stephen Johnson celebrated with UK fans after the win at South Carolina. If UK beats Florida Saturday, it will turn into an on-field party. (Keyle Chisesi/GoBigBlueCountry.com)Stephen Johnson celebrated with UK fans after the win at South Carolina. If UK beats Florida Saturday, it will turn into an on-field party. (Keyle Chisesi/GoBigBlueCountry.com)
    By LARRY VAUGHT For those Kentucky fans born after 1986, you can’t fault them for not believing Kentucky can beat Florida Saturday. They’ve never seen it happen. NOT ONCE. But this old media member has. I was in Commonwealth Stadium in 1986 — and I am sure my buddy Oscar Combs of The Cats’ Pause was, too, along with WKYT-TV sports anchor Rob Bromley and WLAP sports host Dick Gabriel — when UK won 10-3 in a game that it DOMINATED. Best I remember, Kentu...
    By LARRY VAUGHT For those Kentucky fans born after 1986, you can’t fault them for not believing Kentucky can beat Florida Saturday. They’ve never seen it happen. NOT ONCE. But this old media member has. I was in Commonwealth Stadium in 1986 — and I am sure my buddy Oscar Combs of The Cats’ Pause was, too, along with WKYT-TV sports anchor Rob Bromley and WLAP sports host Dick Gabriel — when UK won 10-3 in a game that it DOMINATED. Best I remember, Kentu...
  • DeDe Haynes Expects Stands To Be Filled With BBN Fans Ready To See UK Beat Florida

    DeDe Haynes Expects Stands To Be Filled With BBN Fans Ready To See UK Beat Florida

    Tuesday, September 19 2017 5:27 AM EDT2017-09-19 09:27:22 GMT
    DeDe Haynes said the smiles her son, Nick, and Benny Snell, left, had after the South Carolina win were contagious.DeDe Haynes said the smiles her son, Nick, and Benny Snell, left, had after the South Carolina win were contagious.
    By LARRY VAUGHT DeDe Haynes is a mild-mannered, God-fearing woman who loves watching her son, senior Nick Haynes, play football at the University of Kentucky. But this week she’s a little bit more hyper than normal. She’s ready to see Kentucky end a 30-yard losing streak to Florida Saturday night and move to 4-0 overall and 2-0 in Southeastern Conference play. It would be even sweeter because the Haynes live in Niceville, Fla. — where all the love goes to...
    By LARRY VAUGHT DeDe Haynes is a mild-mannered, God-fearing woman who loves watching her son, senior Nick Haynes, play football at the University of Kentucky. But this week she’s a little bit more hyper than normal. She’s ready to see Kentucky end a 30-yard losing streak to Florida Saturday night and move to 4-0 overall and 2-0 in Southeastern Conference play. It would be even sweeter because the Haynes live in Niceville, Fla. — where all the love goes to...
  • Dwane Casey Understands Even Better Now Courage It Took For Joe Hall To Do What He Did In 1978 NCAA Tournament Win

    Dwane Casey Understands Even Better Now Courage It Took For Joe Hall To Do What He Did In 1978 NCAA Tournament Win

    Monday, September 18 2017 4:59 AM EDT2017-09-18 08:59:56 GMT
    Dwane Casey (20) and his 1977-78 teammates will be featured in a new book by Doug Brunk on the 1978 national championship team.Dwane Casey (20) and his 1977-78 teammates will be featured in a new book by Doug Brunk on the 1978 national championship team.
    By LARRY VAUGHT It’s no surprise that Dwane Casey wanted to have lunch with his former Kentucky coach, Joe Hall, when he returned to Lexington for the recent alumni game. Casey, now the head coach of the Toronto Raptors, said he had a “great time” sharing stories with Hall, former Cats’ Pause publisher Oscar Combs, and former UK teammates Jack Givens, Kyle Macy, and Freddie Cowan. “I’ve been on coach Hall’s radio show before. We h...
    By LARRY VAUGHT It’s no surprise that Dwane Casey wanted to have lunch with his former Kentucky coach, Joe Hall, when he returned to Lexington for the recent alumni game. Casey, now the head coach of the Toronto Raptors, said he had a “great time” sharing stories with Hall, former Cats’ Pause publisher Oscar Combs, and former UK teammates Jack Givens, Kyle Macy, and Freddie Cowan. “I’ve been on coach Hall’s radio show before. We h...
  • Statue Of Four Who Broke SEC Racial Barrier In SEC Should Be More Of National Story

    Statue Of Four Who Broke SEC Racial Barrier In SEC Should Be More Of National Story

    Thursday, August 31 2017 6:28 AM EDT2017-08-31 10:28:55 GMT
    Nate Northington was the first African-American to play in a SEC game in any sport. (Vicky Graff Photo)Nate Northington was the first African-American to play in a SEC game in any sport. (Vicky Graff Photo)
    By LARRY VAUGHT Before the 2017 football season ends, University of Kentucky football players are going to get a preview of “Black in Blue,” the documentary about the four UK football players who broke the color barrier in the Southeastern Conference 50 years ago. Every athlete in every SEC sport was white until the fall of 1967 when Nate Northington played for UK in a football game against Ole Miss. Nord and UK teammates Greg Page, Houston Hogg and Wilbur Hackett change...
    By LARRY VAUGHT Before the 2017 football season ends, University of Kentucky football players are going to get a preview of “Black in Blue,” the documentary about the four UK football players who broke the color barrier in the Southeastern Conference 50 years ago. Every athlete in every SEC sport was white until the fall of 1967 when Nate Northington played for UK in a football game against Ole Miss. Nord and UK teammates Greg Page, Houston Hogg and Wilbur Hackett change...
  • Tim Couch Believes Mark Stoops Has UK Ready To Keep Going Forward

    Tim Couch Believes Mark Stoops Has UK Ready To Keep Going Forward

    Wednesday, August 30 2017 7:00 AM EDT2017-08-30 11:00:55 GMT
    Tim Couch enjoys life in Lexington with his wife and two sons, but he also continues to keep a close eye on the UK football program.Tim Couch enjoys life in Lexington with his wife and two sons, but he also continues to keep a close eye on the UK football program.
    By LARRY VAUGHT Count Tim Couch as one who believes Kentucky football could take a major step forward this season. The former UK quarterback was part of the search group that helped bring coach Mark Stoops to Kentucky five years ago and Couch, a former No. 1 pick in the NFL draft, believes the Cats can build on last year’s 7-6 season that included a trip to the TaxSlayer Bowl. “I am really excited about this season. They have recruited so many great players. They have a...
    By LARRY VAUGHT Count Tim Couch as one who believes Kentucky football could take a major step forward this season. The former UK quarterback was part of the search group that helped bring coach Mark Stoops to Kentucky five years ago and Couch, a former No. 1 pick in the NFL draft, believes the Cats can build on last year’s 7-6 season that included a trip to the TaxSlayer Bowl. “I am really excited about this season. They have recruited so many great players. They have a...
  • Once Gabby Curry Makes Up Her Mind To Do Something, UK Freshman Does It

    Once Gabby Curry Makes Up Her Mind To Do Something, UK Freshman Does It

    Thursday, August 24 2017 5:47 AM EDT2017-08-24 09:47:17 GMT
    All-American freshman Gabby Curry says even when she visited other schools, she would think about UK.All-American freshman Gabby Curry says even when she visited other schools, she would think about UK.
    By LARRY VAUGHT Being part of the highest ranked recruiting class in Kentucky volleyball history has brought attention to UK that freshman Gabby Curry certainly welcomes. “Our freshmen have a lot of accolades. To me, accolades only add pressure because there is no underdog thing,” said Curry, a three-time all-state player in Georgia and two-time state Gatorade Player of the Year. “I enjoy the pressure and think a lot of us enjoy the pressure. The higher expectation...
    By LARRY VAUGHT Being part of the highest ranked recruiting class in Kentucky volleyball history has brought attention to UK that freshman Gabby Curry certainly welcomes. “Our freshmen have a lot of accolades. To me, accolades only add pressure because there is no underdog thing,” said Curry, a three-time all-state player in Georgia and two-time state Gatorade Player of the Year. “I enjoy the pressure and think a lot of us enjoy the pressure. The higher expectation...
  • Two-Year Grind Paid Off For Dakari Johnson

    Two-Year Grind Paid Off For Dakari Johnson

    Wednesday, August 23 2017 10:39 AM EDT2017-08-23 14:39:59 GMT
    AP Photo/John RaouxAP Photo/John Raoux

    By LARRY VAUGHT Dakari Johnson knew his path to the NBA would not be easy when he decided to leave Kentucky after his sophomore season in 2014-15 despite UK’s 38-1 finish. He was a 7-foot physical presence with the ability to score inside. He was a second-round draft pick with the 48th overall pick by Oklahoma City. But unlike UK teammates Devin Booker, Karl-Anthony Towns, Willie Cauley-Stein and Trey Lyles that went in the first round and straight to the NBA in 2015, he p...

    By LARRY VAUGHT Dakari Johnson knew his path to the NBA would not be easy when he decided to leave Kentucky after his sophomore season in 2014-15 despite UK’s 38-1 finish. He was a 7-foot physical presence with the ability to score inside. He was a second-round draft pick with the 48th overall pick by Oklahoma City. But unlike UK teammates Devin Booker, Karl-Anthony Towns, Willie Cauley-Stein and Trey Lyles that went in the first round and straight to the NBA in 2015, he p...

  • Two-Time SEC Libero Of Year Ashley Dusek Has Balance On, Off Court

    Two-Time SEC Libero Of Year Ashley Dusek Has Balance On, Off Court

    Thursday, August 17 2017 7:10 AM EDT2017-08-17 11:10:26 GMT
    Ashley Dusek (5) may not be able to whistle, but there's not much else she can't do on the volleyball court. (UK Athletics Photo)Ashley Dusek (5) may not be able to whistle, but there's not much else she can't do on the volleyball court. (UK Athletics Photo)
    By LARRY VAUGHT What can you do going into your senior season when you are the two two-time reigning Southeastern Conference Libero of the Year and a returning All-American? For Kentucky volleyball senior Ashley Dusek, it’s easy. You just forget about the past. “I can’t think about last year or the year before. This is a new year. I like to think of myself as an underdog even though I am older than most of them (other players). I like to compete. Nothing is set in...
    By LARRY VAUGHT What can you do going into your senior season when you are the two two-time reigning Southeastern Conference Libero of the Year and a returning All-American? For Kentucky volleyball senior Ashley Dusek, it’s easy. You just forget about the past. “I can’t think about last year or the year before. This is a new year. I like to think of myself as an underdog even though I am older than most of them (other players). I like to compete. Nothing is set in...
  • Wish Happy Birthday To Matt Bradford, An Inspirational UK Fan In So Many Ways

    Wish Happy Birthday To Matt Bradford, An Inspirational UK Fan In So Many Ways

    Wednesday, August 16 2017 9:06 AM EDT2017-08-16 13:06:40 GMT
    Matt Bradford earned his degree from Kentucky in May.Matt Bradford earned his degree from Kentucky in May.
    By LARRY VAUGHT Today is a special day for my friend, Matt Bradford. He’s 31 years old today and I hope Kentucky fans everywhere will take a few minutes to have a happy thought for this special UK fan on his birthday. I don’t know anyone else quite like Matt Bradford — and it is not because about 10 years ago while serving in Iraq with the Marines he lost both legs and his eyesight when a roadside bomb exploded underneath him. No, what makes him special is his spi...
    By LARRY VAUGHT Today is a special day for my friend, Matt Bradford. He’s 31 years old today and I hope Kentucky fans everywhere will take a few minutes to have a happy thought for this special UK fan on his birthday. I don’t know anyone else quite like Matt Bradford — and it is not because about 10 years ago while serving in Iraq with the Marines he lost both legs and his eyesight when a roadside bomb exploded underneath him. No, what makes him special is his spi...
  • How Good Is Kentucky Freshman Hollie Olding Of England?

    How Good Is Kentucky Freshman Hollie Olding Of England?

    Thursday, August 10 2017 6:00 AM EDT2017-08-10 10:00:13 GMT
    Hollie Olding (UK Athletics Photo)Hollie Olding (UK Athletics Photo)
    By LARRY VAUGHT She competed for England’s national women’s soccer team at the FIFA Under 17 World Cup as well as the Under 17 European Championships. Now Hollie Olding has made the journey to Kentucky to play for coach Ian Carry. She has played for England club powerhouses Chelsea FC and Brighton Hove Albion in addition to the national team. So just how good is she? Olding sounds like an intriguing player, so I reached out to Neville Dalton of https://sentherforward....
    By LARRY VAUGHT She competed for England’s national women’s soccer team at the FIFA Under 17 World Cup as well as the Under 17 European Championships. Now Hollie Olding has made the journey to Kentucky to play for coach Ian Carry. She has played for England club powerhouses Chelsea FC and Brighton Hove Albion in addition to the national team. So just how good is she? Olding sounds like an intriguing player, so I reached out to Neville Dalton of https://sentherforward....
  • Josh Allen Trying To Help Kentucky Be Great

    Josh Allen Trying To Help Kentucky Be Great

    Monday, August 7 2017 9:00 AM EDT2017-08-07 13:00:12 GMT
    Josh Allen, right, has become a leader for UK's defense. (Vicky Graff Photo)Josh Allen, right, has become a leader for UK's defense. (Vicky Graff Photo)
    By LARRY VAUGHT Not many Kentucky fans knew a lot about New Jersey defensive end Josh Allen when he committed to Kentucky during a whirlwind weekend recruitment. Former Kentucky assistant coach Derrick Ansley met with Allen and his mother at his New Jersey high school on a Friday morning and a scholarship was offered. Allen boarded a plane to Kentucky to start his official visit and committed to UK a few hours later on the same day he got the scholarship offer. At the time, h...
    By LARRY VAUGHT Not many Kentucky fans knew a lot about New Jersey defensive end Josh Allen when he committed to Kentucky during a whirlwind weekend recruitment. Former Kentucky assistant coach Derrick Ansley met with Allen and his mother at his New Jersey high school on a Friday morning and a scholarship was offered. Allen boarded a plane to Kentucky to start his official visit and committed to UK a few hours later on the same day he got the scholarship offer. At the time, h...
  • Mother Says Stop Asking DeAndre Square About Kentucky Because He's All In With Cats

    Mother Says Stop Asking DeAndre Square About Kentucky Because He's All In With Cats

    Thursday, August 3 2017 6:55 AM EDT2017-08-03 10:55:18 GMT
    By LARRY VAUGHT Michigan linebacker DeAndre Square surprised many when he verbally committed to Kentucky over offers he had from LSU, Wisconsin, Michigan State, Arizona, Purdue, Iowa and others. Apparently Square has heard or seen plenty of the second guessing and recently vented on Twitter that there was “nothing better #BBN” in response to those critics. His mother, Florence Square, was stunned that her son showed that kind of frustration and that let to this comment...
    By LARRY VAUGHT Michigan linebacker DeAndre Square surprised many when he verbally committed to Kentucky over offers he had from LSU, Wisconsin, Michigan State, Arizona, Purdue, Iowa and others. Apparently Square has heard or seen plenty of the second guessing and recently vented on Twitter that there was “nothing better #BBN” in response to those critics. His mother, Florence Square, was stunned that her son showed that kind of frustration and that let to this comment...
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