KySportsStyle.com Magazine, which launched during the summer of 2014, is a unique Kentucky online magazine about sports, business and stuff, including many photos and blogs/articles about the Kentucky Wildcats in Lexington. We hope you'll enjoy it enough that you'll come back, and visit us again and again. We will make changes and improvements, including adding bloggers/writers and photographers, for you as we move along in the f,uture. If you have any suggestions or comments, please let us know. If you see a factual mistake, please let us know, too!!
The editor and founder of this Middlesboro-based magazine is Jamie H. Vaught (pictured). A longtime college professor, he is also a veteran credentialed sports columnist as well as a photographer in Kentucky. Contributing editor for the magazine is author Joe Cox (pictured below).
Vaught, who has covered nearly every UK basketball home game at Rupp Arena in recent years, is well known for his popular "Crazy" series of five books about UK basketball with the first one published in 1991. His first book is titled, "Crazy About The Cats: From Rupp to Pitino" and his latest volume is "Chasing the Cats: A Kentucky Basketball Journey," which was published in late February 2020. His out-of-print books are still available on some Web sites, including Amazon.
A former columnist for The Cats' Pause magazine for 13 years during the 1980s and early 1990s, Vaught writes a syndicated sports column for Lexington's KyForward.com, Middlesboro Daily News and other media outlets. He once served as the sports editor of the UK's student daily newspaper, Kentucky Kernel, during his college days. In January 2018, he was chosen as Kentucky PGA Media Representative of the Year.
In recent years, Vaught's books have been cited in at least 12 books about basketball. Some of the books that featured Vaught's works include "Wildcat Madness" by Wilton Sharpe, "Blue Yonder" by Lonnie Wheeler, "And the Walls Came Tumbling Down: Kentucky, Texas Western, and the Game That Changed American Sport" by Frank Fitzpatrick, and "Mind Games: Phil Jackson's Long Strange Journey" by Roland Lazenby.
The Pulaski County native also has eight photos published in a 2014 book titled, "Fightin' Words: Kentucky vs. Louisville" (New York's Sports Publishing, $24.95) by Joe Cox and Ryan Clark. Vaught's photos in the 236-page book include sports celebrities like Joe B. Hall, Denny Crum, Rick Pitino, Tubby Smith, Rex Chapman, Sam Bowie, among others.
Vaught also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Lexington-based Blanton Collier Sportsmanship Group, whose mission is to highlight ethics, education and excellence in athletics. He still helps BCSG as an advisor to the board. (The organization also selects the winner of the annual Blanton Collier Award to honor individuals for integrity both on and off the field. The 2016 award winner was Howard Schnellenberger.)
A couple of interesting tidbits about Vaught are his childhood friendship with baseball superstar Roberto Clemente of the Pittsburgh Pirates and his poor hearing (severely hard of hearing). He was mentioned very briefly -- one paragraph -- in a couple of old Clemente biographies which were published during the early 1970s. On this page, you will find an old photograph of him with his mother and Roberto in Atlanta.
Vaught was also profiled in a 2008 book, titled "Kentucky's Everyday Heroes: Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things," by Lexington writer Steve Flairty.
Vaught, who has been at Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College since 1991, teaches business and accounting on the Middlesboro campus. The MBA and accounting graduate from UK also serves as an advisor for the campus newspaper, The Southeasterner.
Cox, the contributing editor who reguarly covers UK and SEC football, grew up in Letcher County and Bell County, and has written several books, including UK sports. His latest book, "A Fine Team Man: Jackie Robinson and the Lives He Touched," is on sale now. Joe is an attorney and lives in Logan County with his wife and children.
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Editor with Roberto Clemente around 1970, Joe B. Hall in 2013, Dick Vitale in 2014 and John Calipari in 2017.