Excuse me while I take a break from UK sports to talk about those who cover UK Sports. This morning, word broke that today is Larry Vaught’s last day at The Advocate-Messenger, Danville’s daily newspaper. While the paper is trying to spin the move as “retirement,” I’m not letting them off the hook that easily. The Advocate Messenger was just sold to new owners who decided that covering UK sports was no longer in the paper’s best interests, so, after 41 years, Larry got the axe, a huge mistake that will haunt the paper for years to come.
This story hits close to home for me, pun intended. As a Danville native, I grew up reading Larry’s work every day, and in high school, interned at the Advocate-Messenger. Danville was extremely fortunate to have a writer like Larry covering UK sports, and reading his stuff planted the sportswriting seeds in my head. Many, many years later, even though I lost the first ever KSR “Who Wants to be a Blogger” contest, I decided to give the sportswriting thing a shot, and Larry didn’t hesitate to give me an outlet; I’ll never forget that and the fact that several, several people can say the same speaks volumes about Larry. I doubt there’s a person covering UK sports that Larry hasn’t helped.
Fortunately, Larry will continue to cover UK sports on his blog VaughtsViews.com and he’ll also put out a weekly column in papers across the state. To read his take on the move, click here.