Oscar Combs treated all media members with same respect

Gary Moyers, center, respects Oscar Combs and has for years.

Gary Moyers, center, respects Oscar Combs and has for years.

Vaught’s note: This post by Gary Moyers of The Cats’ Pause concludes Oscar Combs Day on vaughtsviews.com. Enjoy these heartfelt words from my buddy Gary about Oscar.

By GARY MOYERS

As a relative newcomer to working University of Kentucky sports, I learned very quickly the best thing I could do was to sit close to Oscar Combs and Larry Vaught, keep my mouth shut and my ears open. Incredible stories just flowed from Oscar (I called him Mr. Combs for months until he finally asked me to “just call me Oscar.”)

When media coverage changed to include constant tweeting and Facebook updates, guess who was right there at the forefront? Oscar sits with his laptop in front of him and his smartphone beside it, working both feverishly and dishing out more facts in a few minutes than most people can digest.

I simply can’t imagine listening to pregame and postgame coverage without Oscar Combs breaking down the game, then adding his interpretation of the broader meaning of wins and losses in terms of national perception. He keeps his finger on the pulse not only of the Cats, but of the SEC and nationwide basketball and football. I love his frog stories, and I love how he treats established members of the media group and novices with the same respect.

My wife idolizes Oscar Combs, and so do I. It is my fervent hope that I continue to see him contributing to University of Kentucky sports coverage in the future.

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