Two hours of University of Kentucky sports talk fills the airwaves this evening on Lite 98.7. Coach Joker Phillips has his call in show at 5, followed by Coach John Calipari’s first basketball show of the season at 6.
College Football: Kentucky junior defensive tackle Donte Rumph has been named the SEC defensive player of the week. Rumph had five tackles and a quarterback sack which produced a fumble that Tristian Johnson returned for a touchdown in last Saturday's win over Samford.
The Knoxville News Sentinel has produced a short list of names that may be candidates for the vacant Tennessee football coaches’ position. One of the names is Louisville’s Charlie Strong, who is 23-13 in three seasons. Louisville athletics director Tom Jurich has said he will do what he has to do to make sure Strong stays at Louisville.
Some other names mentioned include former NFL coach and current ESPN Monday Night football analyst Jon Gruden, Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart and former Louisville and Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino.
Southern Cal quarterback Matt Berkley reportedly will not play against Notre Dame Saturday. Trojans coach Lane Kiffin said Sunday night Berkley suffered a sprained AC joint in Saturday’s game against UCLA. Redshirt freshman Max Wittek will start on Saturday.
College Basketball: Kentucky's Alex Poythress has been named the SEC Freshman of the Week. The Clarksville native averaged 21 points and 6 1/2 rebounds in two games last week. Poythress had 20 points against Duke and a career high 22 points in Friday night's win over Lafayette.
Top 25 action this evening includes top ranked Indiana meeting Georgia, while number 14 UCLA meets Georgetown in Brooklyn, NY. 7th ranked Kansas meets Washington State and 11th ranked North Carolina meets Mississippi State in the Maui Invitational.
It appears the University of Maryland is leaving the Atlantic Coast Conference to become a member of the Big Ten. Sources tell ESPN the school’s Board of Regents voted unanimously this morning to make the move and will make an official announcement this afternoon.
Rutgers University’s Board of Governors is also meeting today and it’s been reported the school is also considering bolting from the Big East for the Big 10.
NFL: Sources tell ESPN San Francisco quarterback Alex Smith will not play tonight against the Chicago Bears. Smith reportedly was unable to get a clearance from a neurologist after a concussion last week.
Colin Kapernick will start for the 49ers this evening, while Jason Campbell starts for the Bears, who are also without their starter Jay Cutler who suffered a concussion last week. Coverage of tonight’s game at 7 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP