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.
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Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP has a doubleheader for you this evening. Girls action has Heritage Christian hosting Jo Byrns, with tip off set for 5:30. The Heritage Bank pre game show airs at 5:20. The second game of the evening has Hopkinsville opening its boys season hosting Russellville at 7:30, with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 7:20. Both games can be heard worldwide at whopam.com.
Other games this evening:
Girls: University Heights opens 8th district competition hosting Fort Campbell, Christian County at Warren Central, Logan County at Hopkins Central, Madisonville hosts Union County, Greenwood at Franklin Simpson, Graves County welcomes Livingston Central.
Boys: University Heights goes to Union County, Dawson Springs at Crittenden County, Murray hosts Fulton City, Graves County entertains Livingston Central, Franklin Simpson hosts Russell County.
Wednesday’s scores: Austin Peay rolled over Berea 106-53. The Governors were paced in scoring by Anthony Campbell’s 20 points, Travis Betran added 16 and Chris Horton pitched in 15. Austin Peay improved to 3-3 on the season.
Women’s scores: Austin Peay scored just nine points in the second half in falling at Vanderbilt 67-36. It took overtime for Tennessee to hold off Middle Tennessee 88-81. 9th ranked Kentucky rolled over Miami(Ohio) 92-53 to win its 25th consecutive home game.
Tonight’s games: Number 8 Kentucky faces an experienced team as they meet Notre Dame in South Bend as part of the SEC-Big East Challenge. The Fighting Irish bring a 6-1 record into the game. Pre game coverage at 4:30 on Lite 98.7.
Elsewhere this evening: Western Kentucky opens Sun Belt action at Louisiana- Monroe, LSU meets Seton Hall, Manhattan goes against Fordham. Women’s action has Western Kentucky at Louisiana Monroe and Murray State hosts Ball State.
College Football: Louisville plays for a trip to a BCS bowl game as they play at Rutgers this evening. The Cards have lost two games in a row and bring a 9-2 record into the game. The Scarlet Knights are also 9-2.
The University of Louisville announced Wednesday it is leaving the Big East Conference to join the Atlantic Coast Conference. Louisville plans to be in the ACC in 2014, the year Maryland is to leave for the Big 10. The Cards defection to the ACC marks the sixth Big East school to leave for the ACC.
The Tennessean reports Middle Tennessee has joined the conference jumping ring, reportedly the Blue Raiders are headed to Conference USA. The announcement will be made official at a news conference this morning in Murfreesboro.
Florida Atlantic, also of the Sun Belt Conference, is reportedly set to make the move to C-USA. Top candidates for later expansion for Conference USA include Western Kentucky and New Mexico State according to the story.
NFL: Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak tells the Tennessean the Titans coaching staff will not undergo any more changes this season. Earlier this week, offensive coordinator Chris Palmer was fired and replaced by quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains.
Join host Todd Hamilton for Sports Tonight at 5:08 this evening on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and worldwide at whopam.com. Guests include: ESPN’s Dick Vitale, University of Louisville radio voice Paul Rogers and Caldwell County football coach David Barnes.
High School Basketball: Hopkinsville is ranked 6th in the first Bluegrass Preps.com boys basketball poll of the season. Ballard is first, with Bowling Green 13th and Warren Central 14th.
Marion County is first in the girls poll, Owensboro Catholic is 6th, Henderson County 18th and Marshall County is 19th.
The University of Louisville will be moving to the Atlantic Coast Conference. The move was approved this morning by ACC presidents and chancellors. Louisville is expected to join the ACC in 2014, the same year Maryland leaves the league for the Big 10. U of L is the sixth former Big East school to leave for the ACC.
College Football: Kentucky Sports Radio.com reported late last night that new Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops has offered the offensive coordinator’s position to Florida State’s James Coley. Coley is considered one of the premier recruiters in the country.
While we’re talking about Mark Stoops, he is a nominee for the Broyles Award, given annually to the nation’s top assistant coach. Stoops is also one of five finalists for Football Scoop.com’s defensive coordinator of the year.
College Basketball: Several Top 25 teams are in action this evening, with the marquee matchup featuring number two Duke and number four Ohio State in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.
Closer to home, Austin Peay hosts Berea College at 7 in the Dunn Center. Women’s action has Austin Peay at Vanderbilt and Tennessee hosting Middle Tennessee.
Golf’s ruling bodies are looking to end the style of putting that has won three of the last five major championships. The United States Golf Association and the Royal and Ancient Club today announced a proposed rule change which will prohibit anchor style putting. The proposed rule will not ban belly or long putters, but would ban any stroke where the grip or hand is anchored directly to any anchor point on the body.
The ruling bodies are seeking comments from golfers and the golf industry over the next three months before making a final decision. The unanchored stroke ban would go into effect with the next official revision of the rules in January, 2016.
Sports Tonight comes your way at 5:08 this evening on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com. Todd Hamilton’s guests will include ESPN’s Dick Vitale, along with Caldwell County football coach David Barnes to preview the Tigers game in the Class 2-A state championship Saturday against Newport Central Catholic and Joe Cox, co author of the book 100 Things Wildcats Fans Should Know or Do Before They Die.
Christian County High School basketball coach Josh Smith announced his resignation on Tuesday. According to a news release from the Christian County Board of Education, Smith cited health reasons for leaving his coaching and teaching position. Smith will be replaced on an interim basis for this season by top assistant Kyle Eades, who served under former coaches Kerry Stovall and Tyler Smithart. The Colonels open the basketball season Friday night at Montgomery Bell Academy.
The Board also announced in its release that softball assistant Greg Glass will coach the team on an interim basis in the spring of 2013. Glass worked under former head coach Jim Perrin, who recently passed away.
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Boys scores: Union County rolled over Fort Campbell 76-36, Trigg County got by Dawson Springs 53-49, Muhlenberg County defeated Russellville 86-78, Todd Central over Clarksville Academy 62-48, Daviess County over Madisonville 60-47, Hopkins Central over Livingston Central 64-44, Marshall County defeated Ballard Memorial 65-47, Henderson County over Evansville Memorial 64-45, Calloway County defeated Lone Oak 65-57.
Girls Scores: Webster County over Hopkinsville 73-45, Fort Campbell defeated Trigg County 61-23, Todd Central over Clarksville Academy 57-23, Warren Central over Logan County 55-49, Butler County over Russellville 53-49 in overtime, Livingston Central got by Hopkins Central 39-37, Caldwell County defeated Lyon County 52-43, Graves County rolled over Heath 73-53, Paducah Tilghman over Calloway County 71-64, Union County over Crittenden County 47-27.
Tonight’s games: Austin Peay hosts Berea at 7 in the Dunn Center, while the Lady Governors play at Vanderbilt at 7 this evening. Tennessee’s Lady Vols are also in action, meeting in state rival Middle Tennessee.
Kentucky returns to action tomorrow night in the SEC-Big East Challenge at Notre Dame, with coverage of the game at 4:30 on Lite 98.7.
Kentucky has hired Florida State defensive coordinator Mark Stoops to replace Joker Phillips. Stoops is the younger brother of Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops. Mark Stoops Florida State defense ranks in the top 10 in several defensive categories this season. Stoops is scheduled for a news conference Sunday in Lexington.
The Courier Journal reports a decision concerning Louisville leaving the Big East Conference for the Atlantic Coast Conference could come today. The ACC presidents and chancellors are holding a conference call this morning to discuss expansion and Louisville is believed to be the only school on the list.
Meanwhile, the Big East announced Tuesday that Tulane and East Carolina have agreed to join the conference once Rutgers departs in 2014.
NFL: Former Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Chris Palmer tells the Tennessean he doesn’t feel the Titans offensive struggles can all be traced to him. Palmer said the Titans are in a transitional period with a second year quarterback in Jake Locker and several young players. The 21 year veteran coach was fired by the Titans Monday night.
Meanwhile, quarterback Jake Locker tells the Tennessean he is upbeat about the coordinator change to quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains. Locker also said that fired offensive coordinator Chris Palmer should not be made a scapegoat. He said the offensive unit as a whole has to get better.
Before coaching a game as Christian County boys basketball coach, Josh Smith has resigned his position. The Christian County Board of Education announced in a news release today that Smith has resigned both his coaching and teaching position, for health related reasons.
Smith will be replaced on an interim basis for the season by top assistant Kyle Eades, who has worked under former coaches Kerry Stovall and Tyler Smithart. Christian County opens its season Friday night at Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville.
It was also announced in the Board of Education’s news release that Greg Glass will serve as interim coach of the softball team at CCHS. Glass, who had been an assistant, will fill the role of Jim Perrin, who recently passed away.
The University of Kentucky has announced Florida State defensive coordinator Mark Stoops will become the new football coach. Stoops is the younger brother of Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops. Mark Stoops defensive unit at FSU is among the top 10 teams in the nation in almost all defensive categories. Stoops will hold his first news conference as UK coach on Sunday.