High School Basketball: Hopkinsville High athletics director Keith Kelley says Hopkinsville’s girls game with Fort Campbell which was postponed earlier this season will be played on January 30th. The JV game will be played at Tiger Gym at 6 pm, with the varsity game to follow at 7:30.
College Football: Bobby Petrino is officially the new coach of the University of Louisville Cardinals. The 52-year-old Petrino was introduced at a news conference this morning. He returns to Louisville after spending the 2013 season at Western Kentucky. Petrino signed a seven year contract, with a buy out of $10 million. Petrino was 41-9 in three seasons as Cardinals coach from 2003-06. His overall record is 83-30.
Meanwhile, sources tell WHOP Sports Western Kentucky is expected to name Jeff Brohm, who was the Hilltoppers offensive coordinator under Bobby Petrino this season as its new coach. The announcement could come as early as tomorrow.
Sources tell ESPN Vanderbilt coach James Franklin has not been formally offered the Penn State job. It was reported earlier by the Scranton Times-Tribune that Franklin had been offered the chance to replace Bill O’ Brien. Franklin has led Vanderbilt to three bowl appearances in as many seasons.
ESPN also reports former Southern California coach Lane Kiffin will interview for the offensive coordinators vacancy at the University of Alabama. Reports indicate Doug Nussmeier is leaving Alabama to become the offensive coordinator at Michigan.
College Basketball: Top 25 action tonight has top ranked Arizona at 25th ranked UCLA, 13th rated Oregon hosts Cal, 18th ranked Gonzaga at Portland and 23rd ranked Iowa hosts Northwestern.
NFL: Reports indicate the Washington Redskins have selected Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden to replace the fired Mike Shanahan as head coach. Gruden interviewed earlier this week for the head coaching position with the Tennessee Titans. Washington is expected to make the announcement official during a late afternoon news conference.
High School Basketball
Boys: Christian County meets University Heights in an 8th district game at Colonel Gym this evening. The Colonels are playing their first district game, while the Blazers are 0-1 in district action, losing to Hopkinsville last month. Tip off is at 7:30, with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 7:15 on News/Talk WHOP and online at whopam.com.
Other games this evening have Hopkinsville hosting Fort Campbell in 8th district action, Muhlenberg County goes to South Warren, Hopkins Central travels to McLean County, Livingston Central welcomes Community Christian, Murray hosts Ballard Memorial, McCracken County hosts Goreville, IL.
Girls: Hopkinsville hosts Muhlenberg County, Webster County meets McCracken County in the McCracken County Festival of Hoops, Livingston Central hosts Community Christian, Murral welcomes Ballard Memorial.
College Basketball: Freshman James Young had 26 points and 10 rebounds as 14th ranked Kentucky defeated Mississippi State 85-63. Willie Cauley-Stein and Clarksville native Alex Poythress each added 12 points as Kentucky improved to 11-3 and 1-0 in the SEC. The Wildcats return to action Saturday at Vanderbilt, with pre game coverage beginning at 1 on Lite 98.7.
Murray State won its Ohio Valley Conference road opener at Eastern Kentucky 77-64. Jarvis Williams had another double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds for the Racers, who also got 19 from freshman Cameron Payne and Dexter Fields added 15. The Racers are 8-7/3-0 in the OVC as they face Austin Peay Saturday night in Murray.
Women’s action saw Western Kentucky defeat Georgia State 80-59.
Tonight’s games: 12th ranked Louisville meets 24th ranked Memphis, Western Kentucky hosts Georgia State, former Christian County standout Donovan Kates and Manhattan take on Quinnipiac.
Women’s action has 9th ranked Kentucky against South Carolina, 8th ranked Tennessee meets Ole Miss and Vanderbilt goes against Auburn.
Vanderbilt’s top scorer will miss the rest of the season. A news release from the school indicates Eric McClellan will not play due to violation of university academic policy and will not be enrolled in classes this semester. The release went on to say McClellan is expected to be reinstated this summer.
College Football: It looks like Bobby Petrino will be returning to coach the University of Louisville Cardinals. Reports say the Western Kentucky coach accepted the offer to return to Louisville Wednesday. The U of L Athletics Association is scheduled to meet this morning at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium to hear the recommendation to hire Petrino for a second time from athletic director Tom Jurich.
The Scranton Times Tribune reports Vanderbilt coach James Franklin has been offered the head coaching position at Penn State. Sources tell the newspaper Franklin is expected to make a decision on whether he will take the job today.
University of Kentucky quarterback Maxwell Smith will not participate in spring practice. Multiple reports say Smith had surgery on his throwing shoulder last month. A UK spokesman said the surgery went well and Smith is anticipated to back for fall camp. Also sitting out spring practice is safety Ashely Lowery who also had shoulder surgery. Lowery played with a bad shoulder last season.
The Lexington Herald Leader reports Kentucky has received its second commitment for the 2015 class. Highly touted safety Marcus Walker of Lake Wales, Florida chose Kentucky over Florida, Central Florida and Vanderbilt among others. Walker is the 12th ranked safety in the 2015 class according to ESPN.
NFL: The Tennessee Titans interviewed Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell for its head coaching vacancy Wednesday. The Titans are scheduled to interview Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer today and also plan to interview San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Wisenhunt.
Meanwhile, former Titans coach Mike Munchak interviewed Wednesday for the head coaching job with the Detroit Lions.
NHL: The Nashville Predators look for their second win in as many games as they host the Anaheim Ducks this evening. First puck drops at 7 in Bridgestone Arena.
ESPN reports the University of Louisville has offered its vacant football coaching position to current Western Kentucky coach Bobby Petrino. The 52-year-old Petrino coached the Cardinals from 2003-06 before leaving for the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons. An announcement about a new coach for Louisville could come as early as tomorrow.
Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel has declared for the 2014 NFL draft according to multiple reports. Manziel is projects as a first round draft pick. Manziel was the first freshman in history to win the Heisman Trophy in 2012.
The newest members of Baseball’s Hall of Fame are former Atlanta Braves pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, along with Chicago White Sox slugger Frank Thomas. The three will be inducted in Cooperstown, NY later this year.
College Football: Multiple reports indicate new Texas coach Charlie Strong is bringing one of his former Louisville assistants to Austin. Vance Bedford—who was the Cardinals defensive coordinator—will serve in the same role at Texas. Bedford is scheduled to be in Austin today, with a Texas spokesman telling the Austin American Statesman no offer has been made to Bedford yet.
Under Bedford’s leadership, Louisville was second in FBS in scoring defense in the just completed season and first in yards allowed.
Meanwhile, it appears the finalists to replace Charlie Strong at Louisville are Western Kentucky coach Bobby Petrino, Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narudzzi and Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris according to WAVE-TV in Louisville.
U of L’s Athletics Association is scheduled to meet tomorrow morning at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium to discuss athletic director Tom Jurich’s recommendation for the new coach.
ESPN citing two sources reports Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel is expected to announce today he will forego his last two years of college and place his name in the 2014 NFL draft. Manziel is expected to be a first round selection.
Meanwhile, the Houston Chronicle reports Manziel will sign with marketing firm LMNR, which is run by a group which includes NBA star LeBron James. Manziel is also reportedly signing with Houston based Select Sports Group to handle his contracts.
College Basketball: There’s a slew of Top 25 games coming up this evening. 4th ranked Wisconsin hosts Illinois, 6th ranked Wichita State takes on Illinois State, 10th ranked Villanova is at Seton Hall, 11th ranked Florida hosts South Carolina, 12th ranked Oklahoma State welcomes Texas.
15th ranked San Diego State hosts Boise State, 17th ranked Colorado travels to Washington State, 19th ranked UMass hosts St. Joseph’s, 20th ranked Kansas goes to Oklahoma and 21st ranked Missouri hosts Georgia.
NFL: ESPN New York reports NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says the league could potentially expand the playoffs. Goodell says league owners are considering adding two more teams, but doesn’t have a timeline on when that may occur.
In regards to holding another Super Bowl in a cold weather city, Goodell says the league will evaluate that at a later time. This year’s Super Bowl will be at Met Life Stadium early next month.
MLB: The 2014 inductees into Baseball’s Hall of Fame will be announced later today. Former Atlanta Braves pitcher Greg Maddux is expected to be the front runner and could be joined by former teammate Tom Glavine along with former Chicago White Sox slugger Frank Thomas.
Join Todd Hamilton for the first Sports Tonight of the New Year this evening at 5:06 on News/Talk WHOP and online at whopam.com. Todd will visit with University of Louisville radio voice Paul Rogers on the latest in the Louisville football coaching search and about Cardinal basketball. Also on the program will be Christian County boys basketball coach Kyle Eades.
High School Basketball-Tuesday’s scores
There were a few games played around the region last night.
Boys: Caldwell County defeated Trigg County 60-51, Union County over Hopkins Central 72-45, Calloway County nipped Mayfield 60-58, McCracken County over Graves County 56-50, Carlisle County over Lyon County 56-45 and St. Mary defeated Paducah Tilghman 55-45.
Girls: University Heights over Calloway County 68-57, Caldwell County edged Livingston Central 43-38, Owensboro Catholic over Muhlenberg County 66-55, Lyon County over Carlisle County 51-32, Graves County nipped McCracken County 56-54, Marshall County rolled over McLean County 75-46, Murray over Mayfield 60-38, Paducah Tilghman defeated St. Mary 74-46.
College Basketball: Former Christian County standout Anthony Hickey, Jr. had seven points in LSU’s 68-50 loss to Tennessee. The Vols were led in scoring by Jordan McRae’s 19 points.
In other SEC action, Vanderbilt lost at Alabama 68-63. The Commodores were without leading scorer Eric McClellan for the game, with the sophomore’s status for the remainder of the season up in the air. A news release from the school indicated coaches and staff would not comment further.
Tonight’s games: 14th ranked Kentucky meets Mississippi State in its SEC opener this evening in Rupp Arena, with pre game coverage at 5:30 on Lite 98.7.
Murray State goes on the road for the first time in Ohio Valley Conference play this evening at Eastern Kentucky. Women’s action has Western Kentucky hosting Georgia State in an 11:30 am game today in Diddle Arena.
Austin Peay’s Chris Horton was named the Tennessee Sports Writer’s Association men’s basketball player of the week. Horton had a pair of double-doubles for the Governors in games against UT Martin and Southeast Missouri. It’s the second time this season Horton has won the TWSA award.
College Football: Reports indicate Western Kentucky coach Bobby Petrino was among a number of people who interviewed Tuesday for the head coach opening at the University of Louisville. An announcement on Charlie Strong’s successor could come as early as tomorrow when the University of Louisville’s Athletic Association is scheduled to meet to review athletic director Tom Jurich’s recommendation for the position.
Meanwhile, USA Today reports a source speaking on condition of anonymity said Western Kentucky assistant coach Jeff Brohm met with athletics director Todd Stewart to form a contingency play in case current head coach Bobby Petrino were to leave for the University of Louisville.
Vanderbilt coach James Franklin would be inclined to take the Penn State job if it were offered to him according to a source. The source tells USA Today Franklin has been led to believe he is the top choice. Penn State athletic officials are hoping to announce Bill O’ Brien’s replacement in a matter of days.
Meanwhile, the Tennessean reports if Franklin does leave Vanderbilt, a number of 2014 recruits have indicated they will reopen their recruiting process.
Kentucky Sports Radio reported last night John Hardin defensive standout Matt Elam has announced he will take his official visit to Alabama January 17th. Elam was to have made his collegiate decision last Saturday, but said then he would wait until the first day of the official signing period next month. Kentucky and Alabama are the two schools vying for Elam’s services.
Tennessee coach Butch Jones announced via Twitter Tuesday linebacker AJ Johnson is returning to Knoxville for his senior season. Johnson was a first team All-SEC selection in the 2013 season, recording 106 tackles to lead the team for the second straight season.
NFL: The Tennessee Titans interviewed the first of several candidates for their vacant head coaching position. Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden visited with Titans officials Tuesday. Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell is scheduled to visit with Titans brass today according to the Tennessean.
Titans running back Chris Johnson tells the Tennessean if the new coaching staff does not plan to increase his role in the offense, he would rather play for another team. Johnson said he has not asked for a trade. He is under contract to the Titans through the 2016 season. Johnson rushed for 1,077 yards this season.
Former Titans offensive tackle Todd Williams was found dead in a Florida hotel late Monday morning. Reports indicate the Manatee County Sheriff’s department was dispatched to the Sarasota Suites where the body was discovered by Williams’ mother. He had complained of feeling ill last Friday. An autopsy will be performed. Williams played collegiately at Florida State.
NHL: The Nashville Predators rode a three-goal second period to a 3-2 win over the San Jose Sharks at Bridgestone Arena. David Legwand had a goal and assist while Mattias Ekholm and Roman Josi also scored. The win snapped a three game losing streak for the Predators.
Minor League Baseball: The Bowling Green Hot Rods have a new general manager/chief operating officer. Adam Nuse comes to the Class A Midwest League franchise from the Corpus Christi Hooks of the Texas League. The Corpus Christi website indicates Nuse served as the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the Double A franchise of the Houston Astros.