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Guest post: Losing Joe B. and Denny radio show takes away part of state’s basketball tradition

By TINA COX I was saddened to learn Thursday that the Joe B. and Denny radio show had been cancelled. Their last show will be on the air October 30th. The reasoning behind this depends on which website you read. After talking to Coach Hall, I do know he is not ready for it to …

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Jack Givens confident UK 1978 national title team would have beat 2012 UK championship team

By LARRY VAUGHT Former UK All-American Jack Givens said any NCAA championship team has to stay healthy as well as be a big lucky. “But the big thing I look at is experience. Nine times out of 10 the team with experience will win and this year that was proven when Kentucky got hot, made …

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Jack Givens considered Billy Gillispie a friend but knew he was not right for UK like John Calipari and Joe Hall

By LARRY VAUGHT Former Final Four MVP Jack Givens considered Billy Gillispie a friend during the two years that Gillispie was head coach at Kentucky. But Givens, who helped UK win the 1978 national championship, also knew Gillispie was not the right fit at UK almost immediately. “Billy Clyde just did not enjoy being around people,” …

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Legendary Wallace “Wah Wah” Jones should be remembered as gifted athlete

By LARRY VAUGHT Wallace “Wah Wah” Jones could easily have been the best athlete ever to play at the University of Kentucky. He was not only an All-American in both football and basketball the 1940s — he had the honor of playing for both Paul “Bear” Bryant and Adolph Rupp — but he also was …

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1978 Kentucky national championship team planning roast of coach Joe B. Hall

By LARRY VAUGHT Jack Givens was part of the 1978 national championship team at Kentucky under coach Joe B. Hall and he can’t wait to be part of special dinner roasting his former coach Dec. 6 as part of a UK basketball weekend. “You are going to hear a lot of stuff you have not heard …

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Fans still enjoying reliving 41-point outing Jack Givens had in 1978 national title game

By LARRY VAUGHT FRANKLIN, Ohio — When Jack Givens got an invitation to the Ohio UK Convention, he accepted almost immediately. “I thought it would be fun,” he said Saturday during his appearance at the 25th annual affair for Kentucky fans in southern Ohio. “I love meeting new people. I am finding more and more Kentucky …

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Guest post: Kentucky basketball lucky to have an ambassador like Joe B. Hall

By TINA COX I can remember watching Coach Joe B. Hall on the sidelines with the program rolled up in his hands. I can remember the day he announced his retirement. I always knew him as the Coach who followed the legend. He always seemed distant. The only smile I could recall was the celebration …

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Former Kentucky coach Joe B. Hall on social media: “I couldn’t have done all that tweet stuff”

By LARRY VAUGHT If Twitter, Facebook and other social media forums had been around when Joe Hall was coaching, the former Kentucky coach isn’t sure he would “have participated” in any of that. “I couldn’t tweet … or what is it. And Facebook and all that would have got me,” said Hall, who led UK …

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