College Football: Charlie Strong’s right time to decide on his future came this morning and he said he was staying as coach at the University of Louisville.
Strong said declining the offer to become head coach at the University of Tennessee was the toughest decision he has made in his 29 years of coaching. In three seasons, Strong is 24-14 as U of L coach, leading the Cards to a 10-2 record this season, a share of the Big East title and a berth in the Sugar Bowl against Florida January 2nd in New Orleans.
Mark Stoops is continuing to assemble his new staff at Kentucky, with the Lexington Herald Leader reporting that three schools, Louisiana Tech, Southern Miss and Arkansas State expressing interest in current Texas Tech offensive coordinator Neal Brown for their head coaching vacancies.
Brown, a former UK receiver, met this week with Stoops about becoming UK’s offensive coordinator. Sources say Brown remains very interested in coming to Lexington, but there are some sticking points to still be worked out.
Meanwhile, an announcement could come today officially from UK that Florida State assistant DJ Eliot will become the new defensive coordinator.
Arkansas State has named an interim coach for its appearance in the GoDaddy.com Bowl. Defensive coordinator John Thompson will coach against Kent State next month. Gus Malzahn, who had been ASU’s coach, resigned earlier this week to take the head coaching vacancy at Auburn. Arkansas State won this season’s Sun Belt Conference championship.
College Basketball: Top 25 games tonight have 4th ranked Syracuse meeting Long Beach State, 12th rated Cincinnati goes against Arkansas Little Rock, 13th ranked Creighton meets Nebraska and 19th ranked San Diego State hosts UC Santa Barbara.
NFL: Led by the resurgent Peyton Manning, the AFC-West champion Denver Broncos look for their eight consecutive victory as they meet the Oakland Raiders this evening. Coverage of the game begins at 7 on News/Talk 95.3 FM-1230 AM WHOP.
Charlie Strong will remain as the football coach at the University of Louisville. Strong made the announcement this morning in a news conference. Strong had been deciding whether to accept an offer from Tennessee worth at least $3.5 million annually, sources said, but Strong turned down the Vols and will return to UL.
Louisville was working on extending Strong's five-year deal, worth about $2.3 million a year, sources said. Louisville has not yet announced an extension agreement with Strong.
Ever since Strong's name has been linked to other openings, Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich said multiple times he would do whatever was necessary to keep Strong.
In three seasons at Louisville, Strong is 24-14. This year, he led the Cardinals to a 10-2 record, a share of the Big East title and a berth in the AllState Sugar Bowl against Florida.
High School Basketball
Hopkinsville defeated Henderson County 76-70 Wednesday night in Tiger Gym. The Tigers built up a 12 point halftime lead and held on to get its second win of the season. Four Tigers were in double figures led by Tra Edwards with 17 points, followed by Jamonte Davis with 14. Henderson County was led by David Simmons 19 points in falling to 3-1 on the season.
Boys: Caldwell County hosts Hopkins Central, Henderson County at Muhlenberg County, Livingston Central welcomes Community Christian.
Girls: Warren Central hosts Ohio County, Livingston Central entertains Community Christian, Muhlenberg County at McLean County, Graves County at Webster County, Bowling Green hosts Russell County.
Christian County Lady Colonel senior softball standout Maggie Glass signed a letter of intent recently to play collegiately for Murray State. Glass tells what led her to Murray State:
Glass has been a member of the Lady Colonels squad since 8th grade. She will join former teammate Casey Castille in Murray. Castille was named the Ohio Valley Conference freshman of the year last year.
Wednesday’s scores: Western Kentucky held off Southern Illinois 58-57. The Hilltoppers were led in scoring by TJ Price’s 17 points in improving to 7-2 on the season. WKU returns to action Saturday afternoon hosting IUPUI.
Austin Peay defeated Oakland College 88-63. The Governors were led in scoring by Chris Horton’s 21 points to go along with 11 rebounds. Travis Betran added 18 for the 4-4 Governors who play at Memphis Saturday.
Tennessee fell to Virginia 46-38. Trae Golden led the Vols with 11 points. Tennessee is now 4-3 on the season.
Tonight’s games: Women’s action has Western Kentucky at Morehead State and Murray State hosts Mid Continent.
College Football: Louisville coach Charlie Strong will hold a press conference this morning to announce whether he will remain as Cardinals coach. Media reports have been swirling over the last couple of days whether he will stay or accept the head coaching position at the University of Tennessee.
Sports Illustrated is reporting on its website that Strong has turned down the Tennessee job and is working towards a contract extension in Louisville.
Multiple media outlets are reporting Kentucky has hired DJ Eliot as its new defensive coordinator. He comes from Florida State where he worked under new head coach Mark Stoops. However, a UK spokesman says the announcement will not be made official until sometime today.
Sports Tonight airs at 5:08 this evening on News/Talk 95.3 FM-1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com. Todd Hamilton will originate his show from Tiger Gym at Hopkinsville High School before Hopkinsville meets Henderson County in boys’ basketball action this evening. The game tips off at 7:30, with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 7:15.
College Football: Multiple media sources are reporting that Charlie Strong is the leading candidate to become the new coach at the University of Tennessee. However, Yahoo Sports is reporting that Strong may stay at Louisville.
Strong said on Monday whether he will return to the Cardinal program next year will be announced at the right time. Louisville is playing in its third bowl game in as many years under Strong when they meet Florida in the Sugar Bowl, January 2nd in New Orleans.
Meanwhile, reports are surfacing that Wisconsin athletics director Barry Alvarez, who once coached the Badgers, may return to the sidelines to coach the team in the Rose Bowl game on New Year’s Day. Bret Bielema announced Tuesday he is leaving Wisconsin to become the new coach at Arkansas.
Soon to be Conference USA member Florida International has fired Coach Mario Cristobal. The Golden Panthers were 27-47 in Cristobal’s six seasons on the job. FIU was 3-9 and 2-6 in Sun Belt Conference play this past season.
College Basketball: Tonight’s action includes Austin Peay hosting Oakland College at 7 in the Dunn Center, while Western Kentucky entertains Southern Illinois at 7 in EA Diddle Arena in Bowling Green.
Top 25 action has number 5 Florida meeting Florida State, 10th rated Gonzaga at Washington State, 17th rated Michigan State welcomes Arkansas Pine Bluff, 20th ranked New Mexico hosts Southern California and 23rd ranked Oklahoma State entertains South Florida.
NFL: The quarterback carousel continues for the New York Jets, as Coach Rex Ryan today announced Mark Sanchez will be the starter Sunday when they meet the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Sports Tonight comes your way at 5:08 this evening on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and worldwide at whopam.com. Host Todd Hamilton will originate his show from Tiger Gym at Hopkinsville High School and preview tonight’s game between Hopkinsville and Henderson County.
Tuesday’s High School Basketball Scores
Boys: Christian County picked up its first win of the season with a 77-63 victory over Madisonville. The Colonels had only two players in double figures, with Quan Poindexter leading the way with 22 points.
Jarvis Irby had 19 points all in the second half, with 15 of those coming in the fourth quarter. Madisonville had three players in double figures led by Daylyn Jones with 16. Christian County evened its record to 1-1 while Madisonville fell to 2-2.
Elsewhere: Russellville edged University Heights 69-66, Crittenden County over Caldwell County 52-43, Fort Campbell defeated Lyon County 76-72, Trigg County over Hopkins Central 81-64, South Warren over Franklin Simpson 49-45, Muhlenberg County got by Union County 65-63, Ohio County over Marshall County 67-54, Webster County defeated Livingston Central 70-35, Warren Central nipped Owensboro 69-68, Greenwood over Daviess County 73-69, Bowling Green over Elizabethtown 66-58, Murray rolled over Community Christian 64-24.
Girls: Christian County saw its two game win streak come to an end as they lost to Madisonville 52-49. Dannika Prater had 24 points to lead all scorers for Christian County, with Alexis Davie adding 10.
Madisonville was led by Shaniya Whitsell with 13, with Punkin McNary and Adarian Gray each adding 11. Madisonville is now 3-0 on the season, while Christian County falls to 2-2.
Elsewhere: University Heights defeated Lyon County 61-26, Caldwell County over Crittenden County 57-39, Franklin Simpson over South Warren 58-52, Muhlenberg County over Owensboro 55-50, Paducah Tilghman got by Mayfield 53-51, Webster County over Livingston Central 65-24, Henderson County over Castle, IN 65-57.
Tonight’s game: Two of the top teams in the 2nd region meet in boys action as Hopkinsville hosts Henderson County. Tip off at 7:30 from Tiger Gym, with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 7:15 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com.
College Basketball: Kentucky snapped a two game losing streak with a convincing 88-56 win over Samford in Rupp Arena. Six Wildcats were in double figures led by Archie Goodwin’s 18 points and 11 rebounds. Clarksville’s Alex Poythress added 16 for Kentucky who improves to 5-3 on the season. Next up for Kentucky is a Saturday date with Portland, with pre game coverage at 9:30 am on Lite 98.7.
Murray State rolled past Bethel 76-54 thanks to a career high 23 points from Ed Daniel, who also added 14 rebounds. Stacy Wilson added 16 and Isaiah Cannan pitched in 15 for the 6-1 Racers who play next at Evansville Saturday.
5th ranked Louisville got 18 points from Wayne Blackshear as the Cardinals defeated College of Charleston 80-38 to improve to 7-1 on the season.
Women’s action: Austin Peay lost to Middle Tennessee 70-56, while Vanderbilt edged Western Kentucky 77-67.
Tonight’s action: Austin Peay hosts Oakland College, while Western Kentucky entertains Southern Illinois.
Kentucky got some good news yesterday as the top recruit for 2015, Karl Towns, made a verbal commitment to the Wildcats. Towns also announced he is reclassifying himself where he can graduate in 2014 and be eligible for Kentucky in the fall of that year.
College Football: ESPN reports that Louisville’s Charlie Strong is reportedly the front runner for the head coaching position at the University of Tennessee. Strong didn’t help his cause at Louisville Monday by criticizing fans for not coming to games and encouraged them to be more like Kentucky fans. The Cards will play Florida in the Sugar Bowl January 2nd in New Orleans.