By LARRY VAUGHT
If you are a Kentucky basketball or football fan, you know Oscar Combs. How could you not?
After 40 years as an integral part of the UK football and basketball scene and 20 years on the UK Radio Network pregame show, Combs announced Thursday that he was stepping down from his role on the radio network. He joined about the same time he sold The Cats’ Pause, a weekly magazine on UK sports he started in 1976.
It’s hard to imagine how many UK athletes he has written or talked about since 1976. Certainly anyone who has coached at UK from 1976 until now has drawn attention from Combs.
As a way to honor him, take time to post your thoughts and/or memories about Big O here and then I will make sure to share them.
He’s a special guy and UK fan, but the one thing I admired is that he never sugar-coated anything when it came to UK athletics. If UK was wrong or needed a scolding, Combs said so. But if someone like a Dan Dakich tried to bully UK fans or players, Combs was there leading the charge to defend the player or fans.