VAUGHT: You were right, I was wrong

Dear Rich Brooks, Coach, it's never easy in my line of work to have to say these words, but it's time for me to do it. "Rich, you were right and I was wrong." There. It's done. Yes, I thought it was wrong to move the Louisville game away from the first week of the season.

Dear Rich Brooks,

Coach, it's never easy in my line of work to have to say these words, but it's time for me to do it.

"Rich, you were right and I was wrong."

There. It's done.

Yes, I thought it was wrong to move the Louisville game away from the first week of the season.

I thought the hype the opening game generated was good for the Kentucky football program and the national exposure on ESPN was not something you should have tossed aside.

However, you noted that if your team won enough, the exposure would come. And you were right.

Your team was on national TV against South Carolina and got a full page spread in USA Today because of the 5-0 start. You are on national TV again Saturday against the nation's No. 1 team, LSU. And win or lose, you will be on national TV again the following week against Florida.

Oops. I forgot. You were also on national TV against Arkansas — and even the Louisville game went to part of the country on one of those ESPN networks I don't get.

So that's at least four games out of the first eight that have been on national TV. Guess that kind of shows winning outweighs opening the season with Louisville when it comes to national publicity.

That's not even taking into account the national radio interviews you and your players have done or the mentions your team has received in various national publications and newspapers. Maybe others in my profession who were on the "play Louisville first bandwagon" with me need to finally admit as well that you were right and we were wrong. But even if they won't, I will.

Accept my apology and second guessing. It won't happen again — or at least not this week.

Wrong again,

Larry Vaught

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