Chasing the Cats: A Kentucky Basketball Journey

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In Chasing the Cats, veteran sportswriter Jamie H. Vaught shares some of his earliest Wildcat memories and along with many remarkable stories about the UK men’s basketball program over the past 70 years. Written through the eyes of student managers, broadcasters, players, and coaches, featured characters include Chip Rupp (and his grandfather, Adolph), Russell Rice, Cliff Hagan, Jim Duff, Kevin Grevey, Dale Brown, Steve Lochmueller, Jack Givens, Kenny Walker, Dick Vitale, Ralph Hacker, Jeff Sheppard, Chris Briggs, Scott Stricklin, Dan McHale, Darius Miller, Dillon Pulliam, and John Calipari.

Wildcat fans of all ages will relish reading about the Big Blue memories found in Chasing the Cats: A Kentucky Basketball Journey. Go Big Blue!

Praise for Chasing the Cats
“This is an absolutely wonderful book and a must read for any Kentucky fan. Jamie Vaught displays in Chasing the Cats a brilliant insight to UK basketball and a beautiful writing style sure to please basketball fans everywhere. I don’t remember a book I have enjoyed more. Just a rich and riveting read.”
—Paul Finebaum, SEC Network/ESPN

“Jamie has put together again another terrific composite of UK history. You have to have a special love for Kentucky hoops to assemble these stories. Enjoy!”
—Mike Pratt, ex-Kentucky Wildcat standout and current UK broadcaster

“Jamie Vaught has spent his career covering the Kentucky Wildcats as thoroughly as anyone and he knows the stories behind some of the biggest names in the history of the program. By introducing us to their stories, Jamie takes us along on his Kentucky basketball journey with him and it is a great ride with a tremendous human being.”
—Matt Jones, founder of Kentucky Sports Radio

“No one knows Kentucky basketball better than Jamie Vaught. He has communicated his passion for UK basketball to me by email and clippings for years. The Wildcats and John Calipari are lucky to have him tell the story of UK basketball.”
—Jim O’Brien, the U.S. Basketball Writers Hall of Fame (2003 Class).

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Author Jamie H. Vaught recently checked his recently-published book, “Chasing the Cats: A Kentucky Basketball Journey,” at a major bookstore in Lexington, Ky. The new 256-page paperback is being re-introduced to the general public with the expected easing of the pandemic in the coming months.  (It should be pointed out the author wore a face mask as required but took it off very briefly for this photo when there were no customers nearby.)

Ashland Daily Independent (Author Takes Readers to Court: Basketball in Blood of Folks throughout Bluegrass State)

Middlesboro Daily News (Southeast Professor Pens Fifth Book About UK Basketball)

Somerset Commonwealth Journal (Pulaski Native Vaught Knows UK Basketball)

Northern Kentucky Tribune & KyForward (Nobody is ‘crazier about the ‘Cats’ than long-time sportswriter Jamie Vaught)

WYMT – CBS, Hazard, Ky. (Local Author Publishes Fifth Book Highlighting UK Basketball) ​ ​

KyForward – Lexington, Ky. (Longtime Sports Columnist Jamie Vaught Set To Release Book Spotlighting UK Basketball Feb. 22)

VaughtsViews – Danville, Ky. (Professor/UK Fan Writes Fifth Book About UK Basketball) Magazine (Joe Cox: Q & A Interview with Author of ‘Chasing the Cats’)

TV Interview Lexington WLEX

Proceeds from the sale of this book will also help other communities and organizations preserve their history through Our American Heritage Project, a non-profit organization.
About The Author

Jamie H. Vaught    Veteran sportswriter Jamie H. Vaught has covered University of Kentucky’s basketball program since his early college days, including the team’s Final Four appearances in 2012 and 2015. He is a longtime credentialed sports columnist in Kentucky, whose articles over several decades have appeared in many outlets, including Middlesboro Daily News, Harlan Enterprise,,, Somerset’s Commonwealth Journal and The Cats’ Pause magazine. Learn More about Jamie H. Vaught

Book Details
Author: Jamie H. Vaught
Pages: 256 pages
Product Dimensions: 6" x 9"
ISBN: 978-1-948901-56-7
Cover Type: Softcover
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