High School Basketball: Doubleheader action comes your way this evening on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and worldwide at whopam.com. Heritage Christian Academy’s Lady Warriors meet Jo Byrns at 5:30, with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 5:20, followed at around 7:15 for the Heritage Bank pre game show as defending 2nd region champion Hopkinsville’s boys open their season against Russellville. Tip off at Tiger Gym is set for 7:30.
A couple of days following Tulane and East Carolina’s departure from Conference USA to the Big East, Middle Tennessee announced today its intentions to head to C-USA. The Tennessean reported in a story this morning that Florida Atlantic is also set to leave the Sun Belt Conference for Conference USA, with the story also noting Western Kentucky and New Mexico State are candidates if C-USA decides to go with further expansion.
A Sporting News story cited by GoVolsXtra.com indicates if Maryland can get a reduced fee in leaving the ACC, Florida State and Clemson would be next to exit the conference, with Duke and North Carolina also reportedly looking to leave the ACC to become members of the SEC. A source told in the Sporting News story that both Duke and North Carolina have been talking with the SEC for the last three years.
College Football: The Lexington Herald Leader reports new University of Kentucky coach Mark Stoops is interested in bringing James Coley from Florida State with him as either offensive coordinator or associate head coach/recruiting coordinator. If the latter scenario happens, Stoops reportedly wants to bring Texas Tech offensive coordinator Neal Brown, a former Wildcat receiver, to run the offense.
As the Louisville Cardinals get set to meet Rutgers this evening, Coach Charlie Strong is angrily denying a report from the Birmingham News that he has interviewed for the head coaching position at Auburn. That story indicates a source as saying the interview has taken place in the last couple of days. The Cards are playing for a spot in a BCS bowl game if they can defeat the Scarlet Knights.
Reports indicate former LSU defensive back Tyrann Matthieu plans to announce today his intentions to enter the NFL draft. Matthieu was a Heisman Trophy finalist last year, but did not play this season after being suspended from the team for a substance abuse violation. Matthieu was arrested just last month on a marijuana possession charge.
College Basketball: Kentucky coach John Calipari says Archie Goodwin is the point guard for the Wildcats as they play at Notre Dame this evening. Ryan Harrow is also expected to see playing time after missing all but one game thus far with a mysterious illness and family issues. Pregame coverage from South Bend airs at 4:30 this afternoon on Lite 98.7.
While we’re on UK basketball, Coach Cal tells ESPN’s Andy Katz he will likely coach 6-7 more years in Lexington. Calipari says this is a 10 year run for him and then will pass it on to someone who will keep it going as the program is so important to the state. Calapari’s contract runs through 2019.
Calipari also mentioned that he was waiting for a phone call to replace Tubby Smith in 2007, however the timing was much better in 2009 when he was hired to replace Billy Gillispie.