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. 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. The contributing editor is Joe Cox.
Jamie H. Vaught
Vaught has covered University of Kentucky’s basketball program since his early college days, including the team’s NCAA Final Four appearances in 2012 and 2015. He is a longtime credentialed sports columnist in Kentucky, whose articles over several decades have appeared in many outlets, including Middlesboro Daily News, Harlan Daily Enterprise, KyForward.com, NKyTribune.com, Somerset’s Commonwealth Journal and The Cats’ Pause magazine.
Vaught, who is also a photographer, has written five books about UK basketball, including Crazy About the Cats: From Rupp to Pitino (published in 1991). His latest volume is Chasing the Cats: A Kentucky Basketball Journey, a 256-page paperback which was published in late February 2020. His out-of-print books are still available on some Web sites, including Amazon.
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.
In January 2018, Vaught was chosen as Kentucky PGA Media Representative of the Year.
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.)
Vaught was profiled in a 2008 book, titled Kentucky's Everyday Heroes: Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things, by Lexington writer Steve Flairty.
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.
While a college student at UK during the late 1970s, Vaught served as a sportswriter and sports editor of Kentucky Kernel, the campus daily newspaper, before graduating with two degrees – bachelor’s in accounting and MBA (master’s in business administration). During the 1980s and early ‘90s, he worked for The Cats’ Pause as a sports columnist where he wrote for 13 years. His articles also have appeared in The Cats’ Pause Kentucky Basketball Yearbook.
A former resident of Science Hill, Vaught is a graduate of Somerset High School where he began his future career in sportswriting. Vaught is also a full-time professor at Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College in Middlesboro, a position he has held since 1991. He and his wife, Deanna, live in Middlesboro with two children, Janna and Warren.
Cox regularly covers UK and SEC football. He has written or co-written nine books, including UK sports. His latest book A Fine Team Man: Jackie Robinson and the Lives He Touched was released in February 2019 and can be ordered on Amazon or at many local bookstores. Cox, who grew up in Letcher and Bell counties, is an attorney and lives in Logan County with his wife and children.
We can be reached via e-mail at KySportsStyle@gmail.com or Twitter at @KySportsStyle.
Jamie H. Vaught with Roberto Clemente around 1970, Joe B. Hall in 2013, Dick Vitale in 2014 and John Calipari in 2017.