High School Basketball: After a year away from coaching, former Warren Central boys coach Tim Riley has landed a new gig in the Volunteer State.
The Bowling Green Daily News reported earlier this week Riley will be the new coach of the Springfield Yellow Jackets. Riley coached 14 seasons at Warren Central, amassing a 307-128 record and won 8 4th region titles. He led Warren Central to the 2004 Kentucky state championship. Riley inherits a Springfield program which went 4-20 this past season.
Sports Business Daily is reporting the Southeastern Conference will hold a news conference Tuesday in Atlanta to announce formation of its own television network. ESPN will partner in association with the SEC, with the network’s launch date set for August, 2014.
College Basketball: The Southeastern Conference you may remember dropped its annual challenge series with the Big East because of the uncertainty of that conference. It has since aligned itself with the Big 12.
The Palm Beach Post reports Kansas will travel to Florida next season. The Lexington Herald Leader reports it’s not yet known who Kentucky will play next season, though it’s been speculated Oklahoma State might be the Wildcats opponent.
For winning the national championship, Louisville coach Rick Pitino’s bank account will get a little heftier. The Lexington Herald Leader reports Pitino will receive $425 thousand, which is 70 percent of the salary of Louisville president Dr. James Ramsey, who makes $600 thousand per year. Pitino became the first coach to win national championships with two different schools.
College Football: Approximately 42-thousand tickets have been distributed for Kentucky’s Blue/White Spring game tomorrow night, the first for new coach Mark Stoops. Coverage of the game begins at 5:30 on Lite 98.7.
Meanwhile, Kentucky has received its second commitment for 2014. Thaddeus Snodgrass announced his decision this morning on Kentucky Sports Radio’s daily talk show. Snodgrass from Springfield, Ohio, is a four star wide receiver prospect who chose UK over West Virginia, Louisville and South Carolina among others.
MLB: National League action this evening has Cincinnati opening a weekend series at Pittsburgh, St. Louis meets Milwaukee, Atlanta hosts Washington and Chicago has an afternoon game with San Francisco.