Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak tells the Tennessean he is not interested in return to his alma mater Penn State as head coach. Munchak says he is happy where he is and has no plans to leave Tennessee. The Pittsburgh Post Gazette reported Tuesday Munchak is one of two people a search panel has targeted for the job. Munchak was named Titans coach in February replacing long time coach Jeff Fisher. Munchak had been on the Titans staff 14 seasons before being named head coach. Penn State is searching for a replacement for long time coach Joe Paterno.
The Southeastern Conference has released its 2012 football schedule with its newest members Missouri and Texas A&M. Missouri will play in the SEC East, while Texas A&M will play in the SEC West. Both teams open play September 8th with Missouri at Georgia, while Texas A&M hosts Florida. Kentucky will play at Missouri October 27th, with other SEC road games having the Wildcats play at Florida September 22nd, at Arkansas October 13th and at Tennessee November 24th.
Kentucky's home SEC games will include South Carolina September 29th, Mississippi State October 6th, Georgia October 20th and Vanderbilt November 3rd.
The Pittsburgh Post Gazette reported Tuesday Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak has been targeted by a search panel to become Joe Paterno's replacement as football coach at Penn State. Sources tell the newspaper Munchak and Green Bay Packers quarterback coach Tom Clements are the leading candidates. Munchak--in his first season as Titans head coach--played for Penn State from 1978-81.
NFL.com reports the St. Louis Rams are expected to fire coach Steve Spagnuolo following Sunday's game with the San Francisco 49ers. The Rams are reportedly going to go after former Tennessee Titans coach Jeff Fisher. The Rams head into Sunday's season finale at 2-13. Spagnuolo has a year remaining on his contract.
Tuesday’s High School Basketball scores
Boys: Rowan County defeated Christian County 55-51 in a rematch of last season’s state championship game at the Ashland Invitational Tournament. The Colonels were led in scoring by Quan Poindexter with 11 points, with Jarvis Irby adding 10. Christian County is now 3-6 on the season. Warren Central is also at the AIT, and they defeated Lincoln County 62-38.
Elsewhere: Todd Central defeated Lyon County 59-55 at the Webster County Holiday Classic. The Lyons also lost to host Webster County 78-68 and Greenwood defeated Lone Oak 70-67.
At the First Southern National Bank Classic in Russellville, Russellville defeated West Creek TN 62-47, Logan County over Chicago Julian 80-72 and Bullitt Central defeated Muhlenberg County 57-42.
At the Eagle Classic at Ohio County, the host Eagles defeated Owensboro Catholic 80-43, Apollo over Bourbon County 62-56, Covington, TN over Livingston Central 61-43, Henderson County edged Breckinridge County 55-50.
Girls: Hopkinsville played a pair of games at the Lady Tiger Classic in Murray, defeating Ballard Memorial 62-47 behind Ashlee Cole’s double-double of 18 points and 21 rebounds. Christy Soldo led the Lady Tigers with 24 points. In the second game won by Hoptown 60-54 over Bowling Green, Soldo had a double-double of her own of 33 points and 18 rebounds. Hopkinsville is now 8-1 on the season.
Other games at the Lady Tiger Classic saw Bowling Green defeat Union City, TN 66-49, Muhlenberg County defeated Reidland 78-31 and Northeast 70-42. Murray High won two games over Reidland 84-32 and Northeast 82-41. Ballard Memorial lost to Union City, TN 62-41.
Elsewhere: At the First Southern National Bank Classic in Russellville, Logan County rolled over Jackson County 60-21, Mayfield defeated Russellville 54-46, St. Mary over Trimble County 56-37.
At the Webster County Holiday Classic, Todd Central over Hopkins Central 75-24, Livingston Central over Heath 60-38, Webster County over Hopkins Central 59-25.
Boys: Christian County meets Woodford County at the Ashland Invitational Tournament.
Elsewhere: Todd Central plays Greenwood and Webster County at the Webster County Holiday Classic, where Lone Oak plays Lyon County and host Webster County. Play continues at the First Southern National Bank Classic in Russellville.
The Eagle Classic at Ohio County has the host Eagles meeting Covington, TN, Livingston Central plays Owensboro Catholic, Apollo meets Breckinridge County and Henderson County plays Bourbon County.
Girls: Hopkinsville meets Union City, TN at Murray High’s Lady Tiger Classic, where Muhlenberg County meets host Murray, Bowling Green plays Ballard Memorial, and Reidland meets Northeast.
Todd Central plays Heath and host Webster County at the Webster County Holiday Classic, where Livingston Central plays Webster County and Hopkins Central.
Play continues at the First Southern National Bank Classic in Russellville. Todd Central meets Heath and Webster County at the Webster County Holiday Classic where Livingston Central also plays host Webster County and Hopkins Central.
Third ranked Kentucky welcomes the Lamar Cardinals to Rupp Arena for a 7:30 tipoff, with pre game coverage beginning at 6 on Lite 98.7.
Elsewhere: Fourth ranked Louisville opens Big East play hosting Georgetown.
Women’s action has 8th ranked Tennessee meeting Old Dominion and number 6 Kentucky takes on Middle Tennessee.
Louisville coach Rick Pitino says he plans to end his coaching career when his contract ends after the 2016-17 season. Pitino is in his 11th season as Louisville’s coach and led the Cardinals to the Final Four in 2005. Pitino has also coached at Kentucky and Providence, leading both schools to the Final Four. He also has coached the NBA’s New York Knicks and Boston Celtics.
The Louisville Cardinals rallied from a 21 point deficit, but lost to North Carolina State 31-24 at the Belk Bowl in Charlotte, NC. The Cardinals finished the season 7-6.
The Nashville Predators are back on the ice this evening hosting the Minnesota Wild, with coverage from Bridgestone Arena beginning at 7 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
Meanwhile, the Tennessean reports Predators captain Shea Weber may try to play Friday in St. Louis. Weber suffered a concussion in a game at Dallas last week. He will not play in tonight’s game against Minnesota.
High School Basketball
Boys: Christian County meets Rowan County in a rematch of last year’s state championship game at the Ashland Invitational Tournament, Todd Central meets Lyon County who also faces Webster County at the Webster County Christmas Classic where Greenwood meets Lone Oak.
Logan County meets Chicago Julian and Muhlenberg County meets Bullitt Central at the First Southern National Bank Classic, where Russellville is also playing. Henderson County meets Breckinridge County, Livingston Central goes against Covington, TN, Apollo meets Bourbon County and Ohio County hosts Owensboro Catholic at the Eagle Classic. Union County meets Daviess County at the Advanced Drainage Systems Roundball Roundup at McLean County, Graves County goes against Spain Park, AL at the Beach Blowout in Fort Walton Beach, FL, Bowling Green meets Covington Holy Cross at the Lloyd Memorial Classic.
Girls: Hopkinsville meets Bowling Green and Ballard Memorial in the Lady Tiger Classic at Murray High. Other games in that event have Bowling Green playing Union City, TN, Muhlenberg County meets Northeast and Reidland, with host Murray meeting Reidland and Northeast.
Todd Central meets Hopkins Central, who also plays host Webster County at the Webster County Holiday Classic, where Livingston Central plays Heath. Calloway County meets Casey County at the Mercer Titan Christmas Clash, Logan County meets Jackson County at the First Southern National Bank Classic, where Russellville, Mayfield and St. Mary are also playing.
No area teams are in action tonight, however Kentucky returns to action tomorrow night hosting Lamar at Rupp Arena, with pre game coverage at 6 on Lite 98.7.
Speaking of the Wildcats, they remain number three in both the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN college basketball polls. Louisville is still number four in both polls which has Syracuse at the top for the third straight week.
Murray State moved up two notches this week in the Associated Press poll, as the Racers are ranked 20th this week. The Racers are ranked 21st in the USA Today/ESPN poll. Murray State plays at Eastern Illinois Friday night.
Louisville faces a North Carolina State team whose defense ranks second in the nation in takeaways in the Belk Bowl in Charlotte, NC this evening. The Cards are playing in their second bowl game in as many years, having won last year’s Beef O Brady’s Bowl.
Rain forced Vanderbilt to move its first practice for Saturday’s Liberty Bowl game against Cincinnati indoors in Memphis. The Tennessean reports coach James Franklin as saying the Commodores were very focused and that his coaches maximized the practice.
Mississippi State arrived in Nashville yesterday for its Music City Bowl appearance Friday night against Wake Forest. The Tennessean reports the team worked out at Vanderbilt University. Wake Forest will arrive in Nashville today after a workout at its campus.
The Nashville Predators were without captain Shea Weber in losing to the Detroit Red Wings 4-1 at Bridgestone Arena. Weber left the pre game skate Monday morning after the effects of an upper body injury which the Tennessean says happened near the end of the Dallas game late last week.
It’s not known how long Weber will be out of the lineup. The Predators play at Minnesota Wednesday, with coverage at 7 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
High School Basketball
No area teams are in action today, but a number of tournaments involving area teams begin tomorrow. Our next high school broadcast will be Thursday night when University Heights hosts Clarksville Northwest at 7:30, with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 7:15 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
Kentucky coach John Calipari has his weekly call in show at 5 this evening, followed by Sports Nightly at six on Lite 98.7. Kentucky returns to action Wednesday night meeting Lamar University at Rupp Arena, with pre game coverage at 6 on Lite 98.7.
It’s a quiet evening around the nation in college hoops, with action resuming across the nation tomorrow.
The Independence Bowl takes place today in Shreveport, LA as Missouri goes against North Carolina. Coverage this afternoon at 4 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
The Louisville Cardinals are making final preparations for their appearance Tuesday evening in the Belk Bowl against North Carolina State in Charlotte, NC.
Vanderbilt is also making preparations for its appearance in the Liberty Bowl against Cincinnati December 31st in Memphis, while the Music City Bowl Friday will feature Mississippi State and Wake Forest at 5:30 at LP Field in Nashville.
The Tennessee Titans still have a chance to make the NFL playoffs with a little help in the final week of the regular season. The Titans close out the regular season Sunday at Houston, but need for Cincinnati to lose against Baltimore Sunday and several other factors to make the field.
Monday Night Football has the New Orleans Saints hosting the Atlanta Falcons, with coverage beginning at 7 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
The Nashville Predators are back on the ice this evening hosting the Detroit Red Wings. First puck drops at 7 in Bridgestone Arena.