Vaught's Views: Garrard to honor four

September 08, 2003

Looking ahead at what are sure to be some noteworthy events this week - or could be.

* Garrard County Football Hall of Fame.

When Garrard County finally gets to play a home football game Friday, there will be reason for those present to make sure they don't head to the concession stand at halftime.

Four former Golden LIons will be inducted into the Hall of Fame during a halftime ceremony.

Those selected to be honored this year (listed with their year of graduation) are Barry Davis (1970), Wilber Dunn (1979), Hugh McCulley (1957) and Waddell Murphy (1935).

Murphy and McCulley, both Lancaster High School graduates, are deceased. Murphy coached football at both Lancaster and Garrard County, no one cared more about the Lions than him.


Davis was a tenacious football player. Dunn was a phenomenal athlete who could do a little bit of everything.

All four certainly have the credentials to receive this honor, and it's always nice to see schools honor former athletes who do did much for the program while they were playing.

* Adair Howell.

Centre College freshman volleyball player Adair Howell will miss the next three days of classes because she's in New York waiting to see if she'll be selected as the cover girl for Cosmopolitan magazine.

Howell, an Atlanta native, turned down several Division I scholarship offers to attend Centre and play volleyball for the Colonels.

This week, though, she's hoping her already successful modeling career will get a major boost. She'll find out Tuesday which one of the four finalists in the Cosmo Cover Model Search will be picked for the Cosmopolitan cover. She's already appeared in Cosmopolitan three times this year.

If you want to check on Howell's progress, she's scheduled to be on The Today Show, Good Day Live and Entertainment Tonight on Wednesday before returning to Centre.

* Craig Yeast.

It may never be a Trivial Pursuit question, but this bit of trivia certainly could make for interesting conversation in a sports-minded crowd.

Who is the only player to return a kickoff for a touchdown in high school, college, the National Indoor Football League, the National Football League and the Canadian Football League? It's former Harrodsburg and University of Kentucky standout Craig Yeast.

He got his return in the NIFL with the Lexington Horsemen this summer before going to Canada to play. Recently he returned a kickoff for a score there, too.

Hopefully some NFL team that struggled Sunday with its return game will notice that all Yeast keeps doing is putting the ball in the end zone and give him another chance to join the league. If not, he's a great answer to a trivia question even the biggest sports fan may not be able to answer.

* Kentucky football.

Now that Kentucky has at least given Rich Brooks a win, the Cats will provide a truer indication of what lies ahead when they go to Alabama Saturday night for another ESPN game.

Kentucky was totally outplayed in its season-opening loss to Louisville and then used its superior talent to beat Murray last week. Saturday's game will offer far more insights into whether UK learned needed lessons against Louisville and has improved or whether Brooks' team is going to be in trouble against Southeastern Conference teams.

It might also be interesting to see what, if anything, is made of the last UK-Alabama game when the Cats won 40-34 in overtime here. That night the fans waited until the game really was over before they stormed the field and tore down the goalposts (too bad they didn't have the same restraint for last year's LSU game).

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