The Bowling Green Daily News reports former Seneca High School quarterback DaMarcus Smith will enroll at the school and join the football program. The four star recruit from the 2011 class first committed to the University of Louisville, before switching to the University of Central Florida. Smith was reportedly never cleared to play at Central Florida for the 2011 season, did not enroll in school and returned to Louisville. Smith could not comment on the situation. Smith threw for 2,664 yards and 26 touchdowns during his senior year at Seneca, and also rushed for 204 yards and four touchdowns.
Jeff Gillespie has been named as the new baseball coach at Hopkinsville High School. Gillespie comes to Hopkinsville from Tallahassee, Florida where he coached at six different high schools during his 23 year career. Gillespie replaces Randy Harrell who resigned following the 2011 season. Gillespie will also teach physical education at Hopkinsville High.
Hopkinsville High School will announce its new baseball coach at a 10:15 news conference this morning. We'll have more on this story later today on the WHOP Sports Flash and on our websites.
The Kentucky New Era reports Trigg County High School is close to naming a new athletics director. The Wildcat program has been searching for a new athletics leader following the unexpected resignation of Dennis Walls last month. Walls had been hired last fall to replace Jim Perrin, who returned to Christian County High School as its softball coach.
High School Basketball
Christian County’s boys and girls are back in action for the first time in the New Year at Colonel Gym against Fort Campbell. Coverage of both games with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 5:45 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
Also this evening, you’ll be able to hear the University Heights at Madisonville boys game at around 7:30 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
Other games this evening include Livingston Central hosting Community Christian in a boy-girl doubleheader and Hopkins Central’s boys travel to McLean County.
18th ranked Murray State won its 15th straight game knocking off Eastern Kentucky 76-67. Donte Poole tied his season and career high in leading the Racers in scoring with 22 points. Isaiah Cannan and Ed Daniel each added 16, with Stacy Wilson scoring 13 points off the bench. The Racers put their 15-0 and 3-0 Ohio Valley Conference mark on the line Saturday night at Austin Peay.
Tennessee posted season lows in shooting percentage and points in falling to Memphis 69-51.
Women’s action: Western Kentucky edged Louisiana’s Ragin’ Cajuns 49-45.
Tonight’s games: Western Kentucky hosts Louisiana’s Ragin’ Cajuns and Manhattan takes on Loyola-Maryland. Women’s SEC action has Kentucky hosting Arkansas and Tennessee goes against Georgia.
The Ohio Valley Conference announced Wednesday Murray State’s basketball game at SIU-Edwardsville will be on ESPN U. The game on January 21st which airs at 8 pm is one of three “wild card” dates on the OVC’s ESPN schedule, with the other dates Thursday February 2nd and Thursday February 23rd. Murray State’s game with Austin Peay in Clarksville Saturday night is also on ESPN U.
The Knoxville News Sentinel reports Tennessee basketball signee Jarnell Stokes has received clearance from the NCAA to join the team. Stokes graduated from Southwind High School in Memphis two weeks ago. A UT spokesman says the 6-8 Stokes will enroll in classes next week and begin practicing with the team.
The Bowling Green Daily News reported Wednesday former Western Kentucky head coach David Elson is returning to the college ranks. Elson has taken the defensive coordinator’s position at New Mexico State. Elson spent this past year as an assistant coach at Franklin Simpson High School, helping guide the Wildcats to an appearance in the Class 4-A state championship game.
The University of Louisville is reportedly receiving two transfers from the University of Florida. According to the Palm Beach Post, tight end Gerald Christian and wide receiver Robert Clark are planning to play for the Cards. Both will sit out the 2012 season and have two years of eligibility remaining.
One day after receiving his release from playing football at Tennessee, freshman wide receiver DeAnthony Arnett will transfer to Michigan State. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports Arnett’s brother as saying the paperwork is completed and that the younger Arnett is expected to enroll in classes next week.
DeAnthony Arnett had asked to be released from his scholarship to transfer to a school closer to his ailing father in Saginaw, Michigan. Arnett plans to file hardship papers to the NCAA in order to be eligible for the 2012 season.
The Tennessee Titans released two members of its coaching staff Wednesday. Coach Mike Munchak says secondary coach Marcus Robertson and assistant secondary coach Curtis Fuller will not be retained. The Titans were 18th in total defense and 14th against the pass in the NFL this past season. The Titans were ranked in the bottom third of interceptions, with only 11.
The Nashville Predators are back in action at the friendly confines of Bridgestone Arena hosting the Dallas Stars this evening. First puck drops at 7 pm.
Meanwhile, the Tennessean reports the Predators are keeping things a secret on whether captain Shea Weber would return to the lineup this evening. Weber has not played since suffering a concussion against Dallas December 23rd.
Sports Weekly presented by Toyota of Hopkinsville returns from holiday break this evening at 5:08 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP. Todd Hamilton’s guests include Christian County boys basketball coach Tyler Smithart, Hopkinsville boys basketball coach Tim Hayworth and UHA girls basketball coach Taylor Sparks.
Hopkinsville High School will announce its new baseball coach during a news conference to be held at 10:15 Thursday morning at the school. The new coach will replace Randy Harrell who resigned after the 2011 season. Harrell led the Tigers to two consecutive regional championship game appearances, winning the championship in 2010. The new coach will be the fourth for the Tigers in the last six seasons.
Tuesday’s High School Basketball Results
Girls: Hopkinsville improved to 10-2 on the season with a 56-35 win over Madisonville. The Lady Tigers led the game 40-11 at half, thanks in part to a 20-0 run in the first half. Madison Duvall led a quartet of Lady Tigers with 13 points, Haley Cook added 12, Ashlee Cole pitched in 11 and Christy Soldo added 10.
University Heights got 29 points from Dannika Prater, 20 from D’Nayia Holmes and a double-double of 12 points and 15 rebounds from Cache Richardson in defeating Russellville 76-45. The Lady Blazers have won eight games in a row and are 11-1 on the season.
Christian County won at Webster County 60-48 behind 18 points each from Desherrica Edwards and Jamesha Mosley, with Kimberly Hyde adding 13. The Lady Colonels are 5-6 on the season.
Elsewhere: Fort Campbell routed Jo Byrns, TN 62-26, Todd Central rolled over South Warren 62-37, Trigg County defeated Crittenden County 62-44, Caldwell County nipped Hopkins Central 59-57, Livingston Central over Lyon County 66-44, Marshall County over Lone Oak 56-36, Paducah Tilghman over Reidland 81-32, Calloway County over Graves County 65-60 in double overtime.
Boys: Hopkinsville and Madisonville went to the wire, with the Tigers leaving Maroon Gym with a 70-68 win. Jordan Majors led the Tigers with 20 points, followed by freshman JaQualis Matlock with a double-double of 10 points and 13 rebounds. The Tigers are now 13-1 on the season.
Elsewhere: Jo Byrns defeated Fort Campbell 68-59, Trigg County edged Crittenden County 70-67, Hopkins Central over Dawson Springs 63-56, Livingston Central slid by Lyon County 57-55, Union County nipped Henderson County 54-53, Marshall County over Lone Oak 50-48, Mayfield defeated Calloway County 50-41, Paducah Tilghman routed Reidland 68-44.
Heritage Christian Academy’s Lady Warriors lost to Bethel Christian 42-40. Lydia Hite had 12 points and Grace Waldron pitched in 10 for HCA, now 4-5 on the season. The Lady Warriors play North Hardin Christian Friday night.
Hopkinsville High’s boys basketball team will not face Rowan County Sunday evening at Rupp Arena. Coach Tim Hayworth told WHOP Sports Tuesday night the game—part of the Blied Sports Rumble—has been cancelled because of a new NCAA bylaw stating the game could not be played in Rupp Arena because the University of Kentucky plays there.
Number two Kentucky got off to a sluggish start, but was able to roll over Arkansas Little Rock 73-51 at Freedom Hall. Freshman Anthony Davis had 22 points and 16 rebounds to pace the Wildcats, with Darius Miller adding 15 points and Terrence Jones with 10. The 14-1 Wildcats play South Carolina Saturday, with pre game coverage at 1:30 on Lite 98.7.
A programming reminder, Coach John Calipari’s call in show at 5 this evening, followed by Sports Nightly at 6 on Lite 98.7.
Number 11 Louisville snapped a two game losing streak with a 73-58 win over St. John’s in New York. Russ Smith led the Cardinals with 17 points, Kyle Kuric added 15 and Gourgi Deng had 12 for the 13-2 Cards.
Tonight’s games: 18th ranked Murray State hosts Eastern Kentucky at 7 at the CFSB Center and Tennessee takes on Memphis.
Women’s action: Western Kentucky hosts Louisiana’s Ragin Cajuns.
Former Christian County standout Keith Tandy leads 23rd ranked West Virginia into tonight’s matchup with number 15 Clemson in the Orange Bowl in Miami. West Virginia brings a 9-3 record into the contest, while Clemson is 10-3.
Kentucky coach Joker Phillips announced Tuesday Mike Cassity has been hired to coach defensive backs. Cassity has 37 years of coaching experience, including 22 as a defensive coordinator. Cassity began his career at Kentucky as a student coach in 1975, and was a part time assistant coach in 1979 and was defensive backs coach in 1980-81. Cassity also spent five seasons from 1983-88 at Western Kentucky. Cassity most recently was at Louisville from 2004-07 and at Marshall from 2009-11.
Western Kentucky freshman running back Quartterrio Morgan is leaving the Hill. The Bowling Green Daily News reported Tuesday the Jonesboro, Georgia native will be transferring to Appalachian State. Morgan did not appear in a game for the 7-5 Hilltoppers in the 2011 season.
The Courier Journal reports the University of Louisville has picked up a commitment from linebacker James Burgess of Homestead, Florida. Burgess played only three games last season because of a broken hand. He is planning to enroll in classes at U of L and participate in spring practice.
Tennessee coach Derek Dooley has changed his mind about allowing freshman wide receiver DeAnthony Arnett to transfer to either Michigan or Michigan State to be near his ailing father. Dooley made the announcement during a news conference Tuesday in Knoxville. Last week, Dooley had said he would not allow Arnett to go to either of the schools, using the same policy he uses with other players who transfer.
The Tennessee Titans have learned their opponents in the 2012 season.
Home games include: Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, New England, New York Jets, Pittsburgh, Chicago and Detroit.
Away games: Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Buffalo, Miami, San Diego, Green Bay and Minnesota.
The official schedule with playing dates and times will be announced this spring. The NFL Kickoff 2012 Weekend will begin Thursday night September 6th, with the regular season concluding December 30th. Super Bowl 47 will be played in New Orleans February 3, 2013.
Former Tennessee Titans coach Jeff Fisher was interviewed by the Miami Dolphins Tuesday. Fisher is believed to be the Dolphins top choice, however, other teams are also expected to be interested in Fisher. St. Louis and Tampa Bay also fired their coaches this week.
Nashville Predators captain Shea Weber was back in practice Tuesday, participating in non contact drills. Weber suffered a concussion in a game December 23rd at Dallas and has missed the last four games. Coach Barry Trotz says there is still no timetable on when Weber will return to action. The Predators host Dallas Thursday night at Bridgestone Arena.
Two University of Kentucky basketball players have been honored by the Southeastern Conference. Freshman Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was named the league’s Player of the Week after averaging 21 points and 12 rebounds in wins over Louisville and Lamar last week.
Fellow freshman Anthony Davis was named the SEC Freshman of the Week after averaging 14 points, 11 rebounds and six blocks in the two wins over Louisville and Lamar last week.
The National Football League has announced the Tennessee Titans opponents for the 2012 season.
Home: Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Pittsburgh Steelers, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions
Away: Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, San Diego Chargers, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings
The official 2012 schedule, with playing dates and times, will be announced in the spring.
NFL Kickoff 2012 Weekend will begin on Thursday night, September 6, and the regular season will conclude on December 30.
Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana will be played on Sunday, February 3, 2013.