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.
Join Marty and Thom Brennaman for the Reds Hot Stove League program at 6:06 this evening on News/Talk WHOP. Then at 7 it’s Nashville Predators hockey as the Predators meet the San Jose Sharks.
College Basketball: Top 25 games this evening have 2nd ranked Syracuse at Virginia Tech, 3rd ranked Ohio State is at 4th ranked Michigan State, 7th ranked Iowa State hosts 9th ranked Baylor and 13th ranked Duke hosts Georgia Tech.
14th ranked Kentucky returns to action tomorrow night hosting Mississippi State in the SEC opener for the Wildcats. Pre game coverage from Rupp Arena at 5:30 on Lite 98.7.
ESPN reports Iowa coach Fran McCaffery has been served with a one game suspension and the school has been fined $10,000 by the Big 10. The ruling comes after McCaffery received two technical fouls in Sunday’s 75-71 loss at Wisconsin. McCaffery has apologized for his actions, but will miss the Hawkeyes game Thursday night against Northwestern.
NFL: ESPN reports sources as saying former Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak will speak with the Detroit Lions about their head coaching vacancy. The Lions are looking to replace Jim Schwartz, who was fired following a 7-9 season.
ESPN also says Munchak has also interviewed with his alma mater, Penn State, about its head coaching position.
Meanwhile, former Titans offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains is scheduled to interview tomorrow for the same position with the New York Giants.
High School Basketball: The winter weather has again forced postponement of games for this evening, including Christian County’s boys game at Henderson County and Hopkinsville’s boy-girl doubleheader with Madisonville. Make up dates will be determined.
Hopkinsville’s boys are ranked 7th in the first Litkenhous ratings of the season according to the Courier Journal. Ballard is first, Warren Central is ranked 20th.
Meanwhile, the Tigers are 3rd in the first Associated Press boys Top 10 poll of the season, where Ballard is also ranked number one. Anderson County leads the girls Top 10 poll this week.
College Basketball: Despite a career high 34 points from Kristen Stainbeck and a 14 point half time lead, Austin Peay lost to UT Martin 95-81. The Lady Governors are now 0-2 in Ohio Valley Conference play and begin a four game road trip at Murray State Saturday evening.
Meanwhile, Murray State postponed its game with Southeast Missouri at the CFSB Center due to the cold weather. The game will be made up February 19th at 7 pm.
Tonight’s games: Tennessee opens Southeastern Conference play against LSU, while Vanderbilt faces Alabama.
Two Murray State players were honored by the Ohio Valley Conference Monday. Freshman Cameron Payne was named the OVC Freshman of the Week, while junior Jarvis Williams was named the OVC Newcomer of the Week.
Payne averaged 25 points in wins over Southeast Missouri and UT Martin, while Williams had a pair of double-doubles in averaging 18 points and 16.5 rebounds in the wins over Southeast Missouri and UT Martin. The Racers return to OVC action tomorrow night at Eastern Kentucky.
Kentucky inched up to 14th in this week’s Associated Press Top 25 poll, which has Arizona number one for the fifth straight week. Louisville is ranked 12th this week.
The Wildcats remain ranked 16th in this week’s USA Today coaches poll, which has Louisville ranked 8th and Arizona number one again this week.
College Football: The Courier Journal reports some former University of Louisville players and even the father of Western Kentucky coach Bobby Petrino are voicing to let him have a second chance to coach the Cardinals.
Petrino coached the Cardinals from 2003-2006 and his father says the biggest mistake his son made was leaving the Louisville program. A Sporting News story says Petrino has no plans to contact U of L athletics director Tom Jurich about the vacancy, created when Charlie Strong left Sunday for the University of Texas.
Vanderbilt coach James Franklin was noncommittal about his future with the school while appearing on several ESPN programs Monday previewing last night’s national championship game.
The Tennessean reports Franklin as stating the attention he has received for other collegiate and NFL head coaching vacancies are a compliment to Vanderbilt. Reports Monday indicated Franklin will interview for the Washington Redskins opening and has also been asked to interview for the Cleveland Browns opening.
NFL: The Tennessean reports Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden will interview today for the Tennesee Titans head coaching vacancy.
General manager Ruston Webster has also requested permission to interview Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer, San Diego offensive coordinator Ken Wisenhunt and Baltimore offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell. The latter two names mentioned have both been head coaches in their past, Wisenhunt with the Arizona Cardinals and Caldwell with the Indianapolis Colts.
NHL: The Nashville Predators are back in action this evening hosting the San Jose Sharks, with coverage of the game at 7 on News/Talk WHOP.
The WHOP airwaves will be full of University of Kentucky sports talk this evening. Coach John Calipari has his call in show at 5, followed by Big Blue Weekly at 6 on Lite 98.7.
Women’s basketball coach Matthew Mitchell has his call in show at 7, followed by the Cats Pause call in show at 7:30 on News/Talk WHOP.
College Football: The final BCS National Championship game takes place at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena this evening as top ranked and undefeated Florida State meets 2nd ranked Auburn. Florida State is seeking its first national championship since 1999, while Auburn last won it all in 2011. If Auburn wins, the SEC will have won every BCS national championship game since its inception in 2007.
Charlie Strong is to be introduced today as the new coach at the University of Texas. Strong announced Sunday he is leaving Louisville after four years to take the new job. U of L athletics director Tom Jurich said Sunday the field for Strong’s replacement is wide open and there is no time frame to hire a new coach, however, Jurich said sooner would be better.
The Orlando Sentinel reports Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles is declaring today for the NFL draft. The redshirt junior led UCF to a 12-1 season and a victory over Baylor in the Fiesta Bowl. Bortles threw for 3,581 yards, 25 touchdowns and nine interceptions during the just completed season. Several analysts have Bortles as a top 10 pick in the NFL draft.
NFL: Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker tells ESPN so long as he’s in the mix to be the starting quarterback next season, he will not have any objection to life following the firing of Mike Munchak.
Locker is rehabbing from a Lisfranc foot injury suffered during Week 10 in a 30-27 loss to Indianapolis which ended his season. Locker said he was disappointed to see Coach Munchak leave as he was someone he respected as a person and as a coach.
Meanwhile, NFL.com reports the Titans are interested in Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, who is reportedly is interested in the job. Another candidate is San Diego offensive coordinator Ken Wisenhunt, formally the head coach of Arizona Cardinals.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are formally introducing Lovie Smith as their new coach today. Smith was hired to replace Greg Schiano last week.
NFL.com reports the Washington Redskins plan to interview Vanderbilt coach James Franklin about their vacancy this week. Mike Shanahan was fired last week.
High School Basketball: The frigid weather has cancelled a number of games scheduled for this evening including Hopkinsville’s boys game at Russellville, University Heights boys game at Crittenden County along with Christian County girls game with Franklin Simpson and Todd Central’s girls contest with Warren Central.
The latest boys Cantrall poll from the Lexington Herald Leader has Hopkinsville tied for fifth this week, with Ballard ranked number one. Bowling Green is ranked 23rd and Warren Central is 25th this week.
The girls poll has Anderson County and Elizabethtown sharing the top spot, with Owensboro Catholic tied for 14th with Glasgow, while Henderson County is 17th, with Bowling Green and Murray tied for 18th.
High School Football: The Princeton Times Leader reported Saturday when the Kentucky High School Athletics Association releases its football realignment draft for the 2015-18 seasons, there will a number of changes in Western Kentucky.
A preliminary draft suggests based on enrollment that Christian County will remain in Class 5-A’s district one with Graves County, Marshall County and Logan County.
Hopkinsville would likely move to Class 4-A’s District 1 with Calloway County, Hopkins Central and Madisonville.
Caldwell County would go to Class 3-A’s District 1 with Fort Campbell, Paducah Tilghman, Trigg County and possibly Union County.
Mayfield will be moving to Class 2-A, and Class 6-A’s District 1 would likely have Henderson County, Daviess County, McCracken County and Muhlenberg County.
It’s anticipated the realignment will be approved in April.
College Basketball: Murray State was a 91-77 winner over UT Martin. The Racers were led by freshman Cameron Payne’s 27 points, Jarvis Williams had a double-double of 20 points and 15 rebounds and Jeffery Moss adding 20, with TJ Sapp pitching in 14. The Racers are now 7-7 overall and 2-0 in the OVC.
Sunday’s women’s action saw 6th ranked Kentucky lose to Florida 83-73, 5th ranked Tennessee defeated 19th ranked Georgia 85-70 and 13th ranked South Carolina defeated Vanderbilt 76-66.
Tonight’s games: Women’s OVC action has Austin Peay hosting UT Martin, while Murray State takes on Southeast Missouri.
College Football: The University of Louisville is searching for a new coach after Charlie Strong announced Sunday he will take the head coaching position at the University of Texas.
The 53-year-old Strong will be officially introduced at a news conference today in Austin. He led Louisville to a 23-3 mark over the last two seasons, including a BCS bowl win over Florida in the 2012 Sugar Bowl. Strong was 37-15 in four seasons overall.
The Leaf Chronicle reported Sunday two members of the Austin Peay coaching staff will leave the program. Coach Kirby Cannon confirmed reports that longtime defensive coordinator Granville Eastman will leave to become the new defensive coordinator at North Carolina Central and defensive line coach Pat Donahoe will take the same position at Tennessee Tech, reuniting him with former boss Watson Brown with whom he worked with at UAB.
NFL: Tennessee Titans general manager Ruston Webster tells the Tennessean he is looking for the “right fit” for the Titans next head coach. Mike Munchak was fired Saturday following three seasons.
Webster says he wants to begin interviewing candidates as soon as possible, however, some are still coaching teams in the playoffs. A number of candidates are being mentioned, including Vanderbilt coach James Franklin.
NHL: The Nashville Predators dropped a 2-1 decision to the Carolina Hurricanes last night. The Predators are back in action tomorrow night against San Jose.