I made a snarky comment that he had spewed more racial slurs than most coaches, but I do want to clarify a couple of points. First, I'm not calling Dennis Vaught a racist, and, frankly, I doubt he is one. It wasn't my intent to imply he's one either. That would be a serious accusation and there's no evidence for me to make that claim. I do think there's a difference between uttering a racist comment (which is bad) and actually being a true racist (which is far worse). I think DV would have started a card-carrying member of the Nation of Islam if he thought it would've helped him win a game.
Many years ago, I was discussing DV with a long-time high school official. He told me Dennis Vaught was one of the most likable people you'll ever meet until it came down to winning a ball game. He said competition would change him from a mild-mannered gentlemen into a raging madman. He said the Vaught was a football genius but couldn't control his win-at-all-costs mentality.
Secondly, I don't think anyone can question his football acumen (two titles in five years with two different programs that had never won before).
I believe those of you who say he's a good man who made some mistakes. Dennis Vaught left a sad and sordid legacy. We'll never know what might have been, but he was certainly on his way to becoming one the most successful coaches in VHSL history.