College Basketball: Kentucky has received a commitment from the top recruit in the 2015 class. The Lexington Herald Leader reports Karl Towns this morning announced he is coming to Lexington.
The 7 foot center from New Jersey also announcing he is reclassifying and skipping his senior year of high school, meaning he will be eligible beginning in the fall of 2014. Towns played for Kentucky coach John Calipari this past summer as a member of the Dominican Republic national team.
As Kentucky gets set to play Samford this evening, there will be one familiar face on the Samford bench. Former Wildcat Scott Padgett is an assistant for the Bulldogs. Tip off from Rupp Arena at 6, with Countdown to Tipoff at 4:30 on Lite 98.7.
WPSD-Paducah reports on its website that Murray State’s basketball program has landed a key player for the future. 6-4 guard DeMarcus Croaker of Orlando, FL is the 27th best shooting guard in the nation according to some recruiting services. Croaker reportedly made his verbal commitment to the Racer program over the weekend.
College Football: As WHOP Sports reported this morning, Kentucky Sports Radio.com says new Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops is interviewing former Wildcat player and current Texas Tech offensive coordinator Neal Brown for the same position in Lexington today. KSR also reported that former Wildcat running back Chad Scott, also on the Texas Tech staff, is being considered for running backs coach for the Wildcats.
Former University of Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer is being inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame during ceremonies this evening in New York. Fulmer will be joined by former Miami coach Jimmy Johnson, along with Texas A& M’s RC Slocum and 14 players in being honored. Fulmer was head coach at UT from 1992-2008 and won the 1998 national championship.
High School Basketball
Boys Scores: Todd Central defeated Fort Campbell 62-49, Henderson County over Logan County 73-38, Lyon County over Dawson Springs 79-29.
Girls Scores: Todd Central rolls over Fort Campbell 60-29, South Warren over Logan County 75-66, Hopkins Central over Trigg County 74-39, Franklin Simpson over Edmonson County 56-41, Glasgow defeated Bowling Green 62-49, Greenwood edged Caverna 65-64, Mayfield defeated Heath 57-40, Ohio County over Union County 56-39, Calloway County over Ballard Memorial 62-56.
Christian County hosts Madisonville in a boy-girl doubleheader at Colonel Gym. Coverage of both games with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 5:45 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
Boys: University Heights at Russellville, Fort Campbell at Lyon County, Trigg County welcomes Hopkins Central, Caldwell County hosts Crittenden County, Webster County hosts Livingston Central, Union County hosts Muhlenberg County, Paducah Tilghman at Mayfield, Marshall County at Ohio County, Graves County at Carbondale, IL, Franklin Simpson at South Warren, Warren East at Butler County.
Girls: University Heights at Lyon County, Caldwell County hosts Crittenden County, Muhlenberg County hosts Owensboro, Paducah Tilghman at Mayfield, Webster County hosts Livingston Central, South Warren hosts Franklin Simpson, Warren East hosts Butler County.
College Basketball: One day after falling out of the Associated Press Top 25, Kentucky will try to snap a two game losing streak as the Wildcats host Samford in Rupp Arena this evening. Tip off at 6, with pre game coverage at 4:30 on Lite 98.7.
Other games this evening include: Murray State hosting Bethel and Louisville is at College of Charleston.
Women’s action: Western Kentucky hosts Vanderbilt, Austin Peay plays a matinee game at Middle Tennessee.
College Football: Kentucky coach Mark Stoops hit the ground running on Monday, visiting with current players, talking with recruits and told Tom Leach during his first call in show there is a lot of work to be done.
Meanwhile, the website Coaching Search.com reports Stoops may have made his first hire. The website reports Florida State defensive line coach D.J. Eliot is reportedly coming to Lexington as defensive coordinator.
Former Kentucky coach Joker Phillips has landed a new job in the Southeastern Conference. Phillips has been named the new wide receivers and recruiting coordinator at Florida. Gators coach Will Muschamp says Phillips will begin his new duties Friday. Florida will play Kentucky in Lexington next season on September 28.
Louisville coach Charlie Strong spent a portion of Monday dispelling rumors that he is leaving the program for either Tennessee or Auburn. During his weekly news conference, Strong said he would tell whether he was staying with the Cardinals when the time was right. Louisville will face Florida in the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans January 2nd.
The Tennessean reports Middle Tennessee intends to fight the Sun Belt Conference over a $1 million exit fee to go to Conference USA. The fee was adopted by Sun Belt presidents in May when MTSU was talking with C-USA.
Meanwhile, MTSU athletic officials feel they were snubbed from playing in a bowl game. The Blue Raiders had a better overall record 8-4 than Western Kentucky’s 7-5 and had beaten the Hilltoppers during the season. MTSU was one of two bowl eligible teams in the nation that did not receive a bowl bid. Sun Belt Commissioner Karl Benson said Monday the move to Conference USA had no effect on Middle Tennessee receiving a bowl bid.
College Football: As Mark Stoops begins his first full day as Kentucky’s new coach, the former head coach is reportedly about to get a new job. Football Scoop.com reports that Joker Phillips is expected to be named as Will Muschamp’s wide receivers coach at Florida by the end of the week, according to sources.
Meanwhile, former UK quarterback Tim Couch told Tom Leach on the Leach Report this morning that former UK wide receiver Neal Brown may be interested in coming back to Lexington as offensive coordinator. Brown, who is currently at Texas Tech, is a native of Boyle County. Lexington Herald Leader columnist John Clay is also reporting that new coach Mark Stoops wants to talk to Brown and that may happen very soon.
The Courier Journal reports Louisville coach Charlie Strong has been named Region One Coach of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association. Strong led the Cardinals to a 10-2 record this season and a berth into the Sugar Bowl against Florida. Louisville is appearing in a bowl game for the third straight year under Strong’s guidance.
The University of South Florida fired head football coach Skip Holtz Sunday following the worst season in the program's 16-year history. The Bulls completed the 2012 campaign, their third under Holtz's direction, with a 3-9 record after Saturday's 27-3 home loss to Pittsburgh. The defeat was USF's 14th in its last 16 Big East Conference games and ninth in 10 overall outings following a 2-0 start to the season.
College Basketball: Following losses to Notre Dame and Baylor, Kentucky has fallen out of the top 25 of the Associated Press poll. However, the Wildcats are ranked 19th in this week's ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll. Indiana remains number one in both polls this week.
Top 25 action this evening has 6th ranked Syracuse hosting Eastern Michigan and 21st ranked San Diego State meeting Texas Southern.
MLB: New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez may need another hip surgery. According to the "New York Post," "A-Rod" was playing with a tear in his hip late last season and will undergo another operation in the very near future. Rodriguez could miss the start of next season if he has surgery again. The three-time MVP hit .272 with 18 homers last season but struggled in the playoffs, being lifted for a pinch-hitter and benched on several occasions. The 37-year-old Rodriguez is under contract through 2017.
High School Basketball
Boys: Todd Central hosts Fort Campbell, Logan County goes to Henderson County, Dawson Springs travels to Lyon County.
Girls: Todd Central welcomes Fort Campbell, Russellville at Warren East, Logan County goes to South Warren, Trigg County at Hopkins Central, Union County at Ohio County, Bowling Green at Glasgow, Greenwood hosts Caverna.
High School Wrestling: Christian County placed 7th over the weekend at the Harpeth Invitational in Kingston Springs, TN. Kevi Matlock was the champion in the 138 pound class, with Kory Polley winning at 145. The Colonels are back in action Saturday at the Derby City Classic in Louisville.
Sunday’s Scores: Former Christian County standout Donovan Kates scored 4 points in Manhattan’s 67-55 loss to George Washington Sunday. Kates also had three rebounds and an assist in the game.
Women’s scores: Janee Thompson hit a three point basket with 8.4 seconds left Sunday to give 9th ranked Kentucky a 48-47 victory over 7th ranked Louisville.
Two hours of University of Kentucky sports talk airs tonight on Lite 98.7. Coach John Calipari has his call in show at 5, with a special show with new football coach Mark Stoops airing at 6.
Kentucky introduced Mark Stoops as its new football coach Sunday, less than 24 hours after his old school Florida State won the ACC football championship.
Stoops said at his news conference one of his goals is not for Kentucky to just play in the SEC championship game, but to win it as well. Stoops also said the Wildcats will play an offense every one will enjoy, but will build the foundation of his team around defense. Athletics director Mitch Barnhart says Stoops’ deal for five years will pay a base salary of $11 million plus incentives.
Two teams from the Commonwealth are heading to bowl games. Western Kentucky will make its first ever bowl appearance in the Little Caesar’s Bowl December 26th at Ford Field in Detroit against Central Michigan.
Number 22 Louisville will meet 4th ranked Florida in the Sugar Bowl to be played January 2nd in New Orleans.
Vanderbilt will also play in a bowl game, meeting North Carolina State in the Music City Bowl December 31st in Nashville.
The Tennessean reports Vanderbilt has given football coach James Franklin a revised “long term” commitment for the second year in a row. No details of the deal were released other than to say that there will be more money and guarantees of continous facility upgrades and funding for assistant coaches
NFL: Matt Schaub tossed for 207 yards and two scores as the Houston Texans defeated the Tennessee Titans 24-10 to secure a postseason berth. Adrian Foster ran for 38 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries for Houston, which improved to 11-and-1. Jake Locker threw for 309 yards, a touchdown and three interceptions for Tennessee, which dropped to 4-and-8. He also lost a pair of fumbles. Kenny Britt hauled in two balls for 40 yards and the TD in defeat.
Monday Night Football is an NFC East showdown as the New York Giants go to Washington to face the Redskins. Coverage of the game at 7 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
High School Basketball
Boys Scores: Christian County opened the season with a 70-56 loss at Montgomery Bell Academy, Warren East defeated Logan County 83-68, Owensboro defeated Webster County 54-36, Ohio County over Hopkins Central 91-77, Lyon County over Livingston Central 76-65.
Girls Scores: Murray defeated Hopkinsville 59-44, Webster County rolled over Dawson Springs 70-26, Muhlenberg County edged Hancock County 41-38, Owensboro over Warren East 72-30, Henderson County routed Daviess County 68-16, Glasgow defeated Greenwood 68-47.
Boys: Hopkinsville meets Bullitt East in the Marshall County Hoopfest in Draffenville. Coverage of the game begins with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 2:35 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and worldwide at whopam.com.
Other games at the Marshall County Hoopfest have Calloway County meeting Harrisburg, IL, Graves County goes against Warren Central and host Marshall County meets Wilson Central, TN.
Bowling Green plays Apollo, South Warren meets Muhlenberg County, Ohio County goes against Russell County and Greenwood meets Owensboro at the State Farm Shootout at South Warren.
Russellville hosts Butler County, Todd Central at Hopkins Central, Logan County meets Meade County and Union County plays Breckinridge County at the 11th District Tip Off Classic.
Girls: Christian County hosts Clarksville Northeast, Logan County hosts Greenwood, Todd Central at Hopkins Central, Lyon County hosts Mayfield, Marshall County hosts Mt. Caramel, IL.
High School Football
Friday scores from the Russell Athletics/Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl:
Class A: Mayfield rolled over Fairview 55-8. Both teams finished the season 14-1.
Class 3-A: Louisville Central won in overtime over Belfry 12-6.
Class 4-A: Highlands wins its 22nd state title with a 47-0 win over Collins High.
Today’s games: Caldwell County meets Newport Central Catholic at 11 am, followed by Bowling Green and Cooper High at 3 pm, with Pleasure Ridge Park and Trinity meeting in the 6-A title game at 7 this evening at Western Kentucky University.
College Basketball: 8th ranked Kentucky looks to avenge Thursday night’s loss at Notre Dame as they meet Baylor in Rupp Arena today. Pre game coverage for the 11:30 am tip off begins at 10 on Lite 98.7.
Elsewhere today: Western Kentucky continues a two game Sun Belt Conference road trip at Troy, Austin Peay hosts Fairfield and Louisville entertains Illinois State.
Women’s games: Western Kentucky at Troy, Austin Peay hosts Ball State and Murray State takes on Southern Illinois.
College Football: Number 2 Alabama and number 3 Georgia play in the SEC Championship game in Atlanta later today. The winner meets number 1 Notre Dame in the BCS national championship game January 7th in Miami. You can hear coverage of the game in progress following the Hopkinsville-Bullitt East basketball game on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
Former NFL coach and current ESPN analyst Jon Gruden withdrew his name from consideration for the coaching position at the University of Tennessee Friday. WVLT-TV in Knoxville reported Gruden made his decision after discussing the job opportunity with his family.