Mike Munchak will get a third season as coach of the Tennessee Titans. The Tennessean reports that Titans owner Bud Adams said this morning said Munchak would return, however senior executive vice president Mike Reinfeldt will not be retained.
Munchak is 15-17 in two seasons as Titans coach, including a 6-10 record in the 2012 season which concluded Sunday.
Meanwhile San Diego's Norv Turner and Arizona’s Ken Whisenhunt are the latest NFL head coaches to be fired. There have been seven NFL head coaches fired so far on "Black Monday." Philadelphia's Andy Reid, Cleveland's Pat Shurmur, Kansas City's Romeo Crennel, Chicago's Lovie Smith and Buffalo's Chan Gailey are also looking for new jobs.
The Chargers also parted ways with general manager A.J. Smith, the Browns fired GM manager Tom Heckert, Jacksonville let go GM Gene Smith and the New York Jets fired GM Mike Tannenbaum, though Rex Ryan will stay as head coach. The Arizona Cardinals have also fired general manager Rod Graves, according to multiple reports. Other coaches rumored to be on the hot seat are Detroit's Jim Schwartz and Jacksonville's Mike Mularkey.
College Football: WPSD-Paducah reported on its website Sunday night Murray State quarterback Casey Brockman and offensive lineman Roddy Tomlin recently signed with agents.
Brockman says after talking with his representatives, he’s optimistic about his chances of making an NFL team or at least make to training camp whether he’s drafted or taken by a team as an undrafted free agent.
Brockman added scouts do have questions about his ability to take snaps under center and being able to drop back and pass. He’s primarily worked out of the shotgun formation during his collegiate career. Brockman will have a chance to show his wares when he plays in the Raycom All Star game in Montgomery, Alabama January 19th.
Kentucky Sports Radio reported on its website Sunday names are beginning to swirl on who will become members of new Western Kentucky coach Bobby Petrino’s staff. Those names are former Louisville assistants Jeff Brohm, Mike Cassity and Mike Summers.
College Basketball: Several top 25 teams are in action on this New Year’s Eve, including a Big 10 showdown between 5th ranked Indiana at Iowa, 7th ranked Syracuse hosts Central Connecticut State, 8th ranked Cincinnati is at 24th rated Pittsburgh, 13th ranked Gonzaga is at 22nd ranked Oklahoma State, 14th ranked Minnesota hosts 19th ranked Michigan State and 25th rated North Carolina State hosts UNC Greensboro.
NFL: On what’s called “Black Monday” four coaches have been fired thus far. Cleveland Browns coach Pat Shurmur, Kansas City coach Romeo Crennel, Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith and Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid have been cut loose, with San Diego expected to fire Norv Turner sometime today.
High School Basketball: Union County's boys are participating in the Eldorado IL Christmas Tournament.
High School Wrestling: 15 teams from Kentucky, Tennessee and Missouri participated in the Christian County Invitational event over the weekend. Fort Campbell won this year’s event, with Christian County second and University Heights finishing 5th.
Due to the New Year’s holiday, Kentucky coach John Calipari’s talk show and Big Blue Weekly will be heard Thursday night beginning at 5 on Lite 98.7. Kentucky returns to action Wednesday afternoon hosting Eastern Michigan, with air time at 3:30 also on Lite 98.7.
Murray State’s women are in Ohio Valley Conference action this afternoon against Eastern Kentucky. Tip off at the CFSB Center in Murray is 1 pm.
There were two women’s games of note Sunday, with 13th ranked Tennessee rolling over Rutgers 66-47 and 7th ranked Kentucky defeated Marist 78-56.
There are several bowl games on this New Year’s Eve, including the Franklin American Music City Bowl, which features Vanderbilt and North Carolina State at LP Field in Nashville. Kickoff is at 11 am.
The Sun Bowl in El Paso, TX features Georgia Tech and Southern California, with air time at 1 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP. The Liberty Bowl in Memphis has Iowa State meeting Tulsa and the Chik-Fil-A Bowl in Atlanta has LSU against Clemson.
NFL: The Tennessee Titans knocked off the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars 38-20 with a pair of punts and interceptions returned for touchdowns. Zach Brown had a 79 yard and 30 yard pick-six for Tennessee, which ends the regular season at 6-and-10. Darius Reynaud returned punts of 69 yards and 81 yards for scores in the win. Chris Johnson ran for 56 yards and a TD for the Titans.
High School Baskrtball
Boys scores: Christian County won a pair of games at the Bardstown Christmas Classic Friday, defeating Fern Creek 57-55 and Valley 87-73. University Heights edeged Logan County 94-93 at the FSNB Classic.
Girls scores: North Hardin defeated Hopkinsville 43-36 and Murray High defeated University Heights at the Murray Bank Tiger Classic.
Today's games: Christian County's boys play in the championship game against Bardstown at the Bardstown Christmas Classic. Tip off at 3:30, with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 3:15 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and online at whopam.com.
Hopkinsville's girls play Apollo at the Murray Bank Tiger Classic.
Friday's scores: Former Christian County standout Anthony Hickey did not play in LSU's 75-58 win over Houston Baptist. Austin Peay lost to Utah Valley State 84-77 at the Dr. Pepper Classic.
Women's action saw 7th ranked Kentucky defeat Alcorn State 90-23 and 13th ranked Tennessee defeated Davidson 75-40.
Today's games: Kentucky and 4th ranked Louisville renew their rivalry at the KFC Yum Center in Louisville, with pre game coverage at 1:30 on Lite 98.7. Western Kentucky looks to go to 4-0 in Sun Belt Conference action as they host North Texas. Pre game coverage from Diddle Arena at 6:30 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
Murray State entertains Valparaiso, Austin Peay plays High Point at the Dr. Pepper Classic, former Christian County standout Donovan Kates leads Manhattan against Columbia, Tennessee meets Xavier and Vanderbilt plays 18th ranked Butler.
Women's action has Vanderbilt meeting Southern California and Western Kentucky hosts North Texas.
College Football: Ohio University defeated Louisiana Monroe 45-14 in the Independence Bowl Friday, with Virginia Tech defeated Rutgers 13-10 in overtime at the Russell Athletic Bowl and Texas Tech edged Minnesota 34-31 in the Meineke Car Care Bowl.
Today's bowl action has Rice playing Air Force in the Armed Forces Bowl, West Virginia meets Syracuse in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl, Navy plays Arizona State in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, Texas meets Oregon State in the Alamo Bowl and TCU goes against Michigan State in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl.
NHL: The Tennessean reports the NHL has made a new offer to players that soften demands on players contract rights. The proposal also contains a cover letter calling for an abbreviated season to begin January 12th or January 19th. The two sides are to have a conference call in New York today and will likely meet face to face on Sunday.
High School Basketball: Christian County’s boys meet Fern Creek and Valley today at the Bardstown Christmas Classic. Coverage of the Fern Creek game begins around 2:45, with the Valley game around 6:45 with the Heritage Bank pre game show on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM and online at whopam.com.
College Football: Three bowl games are on the schedule for today, with Ohio University meeting Louisiana Monroe in the Independence Bowl this afternoon, with the late afternoon game featuring Rutgers and Virginia Tech in the Russell Athletic Bowl and the late game this evening featuring Minnesota and Texas Tech in the Meineke Car Care Bowl.
College Basketball: Austin Peay faces Utah Valley in the Dr. Pepper Classic at Chattanooga, with LSU hosting Houston Baptist. Women’s action has Kentucky hosting Alcorn State.
Top 25 games have 5th ranked Indiana hosting Jacksonville, 9th ranked Missouri at UCLA and 13th ranked Gonzaga meets Baylor.
Murray State coach Steve Prohm tells WPSD-Paducah that Latreze Mushatt is about ready to return from an Achillies injury suffered in the off season. Prohm says Mushatt will not play tomorrow against Valparasio, but could return sometime in January.