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.”)

Cameron Mills calls Combs a Kentucky basketball legend

By LARRY VAUGHT

Today on vaughtsviews.com is going to be officially Oscar Combs Day.

The legendary University of Kentucky media personality announced Thursday he was going a “different direction” and would no longer be part of the University of Kentucky Radio Network presume show for basketball or football.

Obviously Kentucky fans took to Twitter to thank Combs for all he’s done for UK sports since founding The Cats’ Pause in 1976. But Combs is just as beloved and respected by media members of all venues and age groups.

Meeting Oscar Combs was “landmark moment” for Tyler Thompson

Oscar Combs

Oscar Combs

By LARRY VAUGHT

Today on vaughtsviews.com is going to be officially Oscar Combs Day.

The legendary University of Kentucky media personality announced Thursday he was going a “different direction” and would no longer be part of the University of Kentucky Radio Network presume show for basketball or football.

Obviously Kentucky fans took to Twitter to thank Combs for all he’s done for UK sports since founding The Cats’ Pause in 1976. But Combs is just as beloved and respected by media members of all venues and age groups.

Jeff Drummond says Combs “living, breathing encyclopedia of UK and SEC knowledge”

By LARRY VAUGHT

Today on vaughtsviews.com is going to be officially Oscar Combs Day.

The legendary University of Kentucky media personality announced Thursday he was going a “different direction” and would no longer be part of the University of Kentucky Radio Network presume show for basketball or football.

Obviously Kentucky fans took to Twitter to thank Combs for all he’s done for UK sports since founding The Cats’ Pause in 1976. But Combs is just as beloved and respected by media members of all venues and age groups.

Larry Glover on Combs: “He did as much as anyone to help build the Big Blue Nation.”

Oscar Combs (Gary Moyers Photo)

Oscar Combs (Gary Moyers Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Today on vaughtsviews.com is going to be officially Oscar Combs Day.

The legendary University of Kentucky media personality announced Thursday he was going a “different direction” and would no longer be part of the University of Kentucky Radio Network presume show for basketball or football.

Obviously Kentucky fans took to Twitter to thank Combs for all he’s done for UK sports since founding The Cats’ Pause in 1976. But Combs is just as beloved and respected by media members of all venues and age groups.

Ryan Lemond: “Oscar ‘IS’ UK sports

By LARRY VAUGHT

Today on vaughtsviews.com is going to be officially Oscar Combs Day.

The legendary University of Kentucky media personality announced Thursday he was going a “different direction” and would no longer be part of the University of Kentucky Radio Network presume show for basketball or football.

Obviously Kentucky fans took to Twitter to thank Combs for all he’s done for UK sports since founding The Cats’ Pause in 1976. But Combs is just as beloved and respected by media members of all venues and age groups.

Share your thoughts/memories on Oscar Combs

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.

Thank goodness, Lamar Thomas not closing Twitter account

Lamar Thomas (Vicky Graff Photo)

Lamar Thomas (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Most days Twitter is fun. But not today.

First came the announcement by Oscar Combs that he would not be part of the UK Radio Network pregame coverage during basketball and football any longer.

Then came this real shocker from Kentucky receivers coach Lamar Thomas on Twitter:

After much consideration I’ve decided to officially retire from Twitter before camp starts. Thank you.✌🏿”

NO. NO. NO.

Since Thomas came to UK from Louisville, he’s been a treat on Twitter. He has about 10,000 followers and his retirement tweet was the 1,483rd on his UK Twitter account.

UK football, basketball without Oscar Combs will not be the same

Oscar Combs

Oscar Combs has been my friend and mentor for 40 years.

By LARRY VAUGHT

A fixture for Kentucky football and basketball for 40 years is going to be missing this season. Oscar Combs announced on Twitter today that he would not be part of the pregame football and basketball shows on the UK Radio Network.

Combs came to Lexington from  Hazard where he ran the Hazard Herald to start The Cats’ Pause weekly magazine in 1976. It was Twitter before there was social media and his column especially became a must read weekly for UK fans.

Does Gran want to play Landon Young, Drake Jackson?

Drake Jackson

Drake Jackson

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky football players report for preseason camp next week and two players that certainly will get a lot of attention will be in-state offensive linemen Drake Jackson and Landon Young, both true freshmen.

Both were five-star players and Army All-Americans who never wavered in their commitment to Kentucky.

“If we are depending on a freshman to come in and help us win this year, then we are not doing very good at what we did before,” said offensive coordinator Eddie Gran. “If you get freshmen that come in and play, it has to mean you did a phenomenal job in recruiting for them to be playing.

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