Western Kentucky University athletics director Ross Bjork has announced Ken McDonald has been released from his duties as men's basketball coach. Ray Harper, who has been an assistant during McDonald's tenure, will be the interim coach for the remainder of the season. McDonald had served as head coach for the last four seasons in his second tenure at Western. He was once an assistant coach on the Hill.
Harper coached 12 seasons at Kentucky Wesleyan and Oklahoma City University, compiling a 342-63 record in that time and won four Division Two national championships at KWC and a NAIA national title at Oklahoma City.
A news conference will be held this afternoon in Bowling Green in regards to Harper's hiring.
Meanwhile, ESPN.com reports the officials who worked last night's WKU-Louisiana game could face a suspension for not calling a technical foul on the Ragin Cajuns for having six men on the court prior to the Cajuns winning basket. Sun Belt Conference coordinator of officials Mike Wood said he watched video of the final possession and could see six players were on the floor. Wood also says he received a call from the game site asking if they could call a technical foul after the game ended.
Wood says it was not a correctable error, but officials could have stoped play before the winning score by Elfrid Payton and called a technical foul if they had counted six red jerseys on the floor. The conference office will review the situation and make a determination what they will do next.