Join Todd Hamilton for the first Sports Tonight of the New Year this evening at 5:06 on News/Talk WHOP and online at whopam.com. Todd will visit with University of Louisville radio voice Paul Rogers on the latest in the Louisville football coaching search and about Cardinal basketball. Also on the program will be Christian County boys basketball coach Kyle Eades.
High School Basketball-Tuesday’s scores
There were a few games played around the region last night.
Boys: Caldwell County defeated Trigg County 60-51, Union County over Hopkins Central 72-45, Calloway County nipped Mayfield 60-58, McCracken County over Graves County 56-50, Carlisle County over Lyon County 56-45 and St. Mary defeated Paducah Tilghman 55-45.
Girls: University Heights over Calloway County 68-57, Caldwell County edged Livingston Central 43-38, Owensboro Catholic over Muhlenberg County 66-55, Lyon County over Carlisle County 51-32, Graves County nipped McCracken County 56-54, Marshall County rolled over McLean County 75-46, Murray over Mayfield 60-38, Paducah Tilghman defeated St. Mary 74-46.
College Basketball: Former Christian County standout Anthony Hickey, Jr. had seven points in LSU’s 68-50 loss to Tennessee. The Vols were led in scoring by Jordan McRae’s 19 points.
In other SEC action, Vanderbilt lost at Alabama 68-63. The Commodores were without leading scorer Eric McClellan for the game, with the sophomore’s status for the remainder of the season up in the air. A news release from the school indicated coaches and staff would not comment further.
Tonight’s games: 14th ranked Kentucky meets Mississippi State in its SEC opener this evening in Rupp Arena, with pre game coverage at 5:30 on Lite 98.7.
Murray State goes on the road for the first time in Ohio Valley Conference play this evening at Eastern Kentucky. Women’s action has Western Kentucky hosting Georgia State in an 11:30 am game today in Diddle Arena.
Austin Peay’s Chris Horton was named the Tennessee Sports Writer’s Association men’s basketball player of the week. Horton had a pair of double-doubles for the Governors in games against UT Martin and Southeast Missouri. It’s the second time this season Horton has won the TWSA award.
College Football: Reports indicate Western Kentucky coach Bobby Petrino was among a number of people who interviewed Tuesday for the head coach opening at the University of Louisville. An announcement on Charlie Strong’s successor could come as early as tomorrow when the University of Louisville’s Athletic Association is scheduled to meet to review athletic director Tom Jurich’s recommendation for the position.
Meanwhile, USA Today reports a source speaking on condition of anonymity said Western Kentucky assistant coach Jeff Brohm met with athletics director Todd Stewart to form a contingency play in case current head coach Bobby Petrino were to leave for the University of Louisville.
Vanderbilt coach James Franklin would be inclined to take the Penn State job if it were offered to him according to a source. The source tells USA Today Franklin has been led to believe he is the top choice. Penn State athletic officials are hoping to announce Bill O’ Brien’s replacement in a matter of days.
Meanwhile, the Tennessean reports if Franklin does leave Vanderbilt, a number of 2014 recruits have indicated they will reopen their recruiting process.
Kentucky Sports Radio reported last night John Hardin defensive standout Matt Elam has announced he will take his official visit to Alabama January 17th. Elam was to have made his collegiate decision last Saturday, but said then he would wait until the first day of the official signing period next month. Kentucky and Alabama are the two schools vying for Elam’s services.
Tennessee coach Butch Jones announced via Twitter Tuesday linebacker AJ Johnson is returning to Knoxville for his senior season. Johnson was a first team All-SEC selection in the 2013 season, recording 106 tackles to lead the team for the second straight season.
NFL: The Tennessee Titans interviewed the first of several candidates for their vacant head coaching position. Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden visited with Titans officials Tuesday. Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell is scheduled to visit with Titans brass today according to the Tennessean.
Titans running back Chris Johnson tells the Tennessean if the new coaching staff does not plan to increase his role in the offense, he would rather play for another team. Johnson said he has not asked for a trade. He is under contract to the Titans through the 2016 season. Johnson rushed for 1,077 yards this season.
Former Titans offensive tackle Todd Williams was found dead in a Florida hotel late Monday morning. Reports indicate the Manatee County Sheriff’s department was dispatched to the Sarasota Suites where the body was discovered by Williams’ mother. He had complained of feeling ill last Friday. An autopsy will be performed. Williams played collegiately at Florida State.
NHL: The Nashville Predators rode a three-goal second period to a 3-2 win over the San Jose Sharks at Bridgestone Arena. David Legwand had a goal and assist while Mattias Ekholm and Roman Josi also scored. The win snapped a three game losing streak for the Predators.
Minor League Baseball: The Bowling Green Hot Rods have a new general manager/chief operating officer. Adam Nuse comes to the Class A Midwest League franchise from the Corpus Christi Hooks of the Texas League. The Corpus Christi website indicates Nuse served as the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the Double A franchise of the Houston Astros.