College Football: The University of Tennessee has a news conference scheduled for this afternoon to announce Butch Jones as its 24th football coach.
Jones comes to Knoxville from the University of Cincinnati where he has spent the last three seasons. Jones is 50-27 as a collegiate head coach. Jones replaces Derek Dooley who was fired last month.
Former Fort Campbell and Western Kentucky football standout Antonio Andrews has been selected as one of four finalists for the Paul Hornung Award. The Hornung award is presented yearly to the most versatile player. Andrews had 2,977 all purpose yards as a running back and kick returner this season, which was tops in the nation.
The other finalists are Kent State running back Dri Archer, Southern California receiver Marquise Lee and West Virginia receiver Tavon Austin. The winner will be announced in early January and fans can vote online at votepaulhornungaward.com.
Louisville coach Charlie Strong was named the Big East coach of the year Thursday. Strong led the Cardinals to a 10-2 mark, a share of the Big East championship and a BCS bowl game appearance against Florida in the Sugar Bowl.
Cards quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was named the Big East Offensive player of the year. Bridgewater threw for 3,452 yards and 25 touchdowns in 11 games this season.
With the Saturday spotlight all to themselves, the 113th edition of the historic matchup between Army and Navy is once again set to be played in Philadelphia's Lincoln Financial Field. You can hear coverage of the game at 1 on News/Talk 95.3 FM-1230 AM WHOP.
Jones takes the job a day after sources said he declined an offer to become the new coach at Colorado. A six-year contract was finalized early Friday, sources told ESPN.
Cincinnati said Jones had resigned his position with the Bearcats effective immediately.
At Tennessee, the 44-year-old Jones will succeed Derek Dooley, who was fired Nov. 18 after going 15-21 in three years. Dooley posted a losing record in each of his three seasons at Tennessee, the first time since 1909-11 the Volunteers have finished below .500 three straight years.
Friday's news caps a whirlwind week for Jones.
The Denver Post reported Wednesday that Jones had accepted a five-year, $13.5 million offer from Colorado before Jones denied the report.
High School Basketball
Boys: Webster County defeated Fort Campbell 61-46, Caldwell County squeezed by Hopkins Central 52-48, Henderson County over Muhlenberg County 82-65, Community Christian defeated Livingston Central 45-38.
Girls: Ohio County defeated Warren Central 48-41, Bowling Green over Russell County 75-63, Muhlenberg County over McLean County 57-54, Livingston Central defeated Community Christian 60-48, Webster County over Graves County 63-48.
Girls: University Heights hosts Hopkinsville in an early season 8th district matchup at Blazer Gym. UHA leads the district with a 1-0 mark, while it’s the first district game of the season for Hoptown. Tipoff at 7:30, with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 7:15 on News/Talk 95.3 FM-1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com.
Other games have Christian County at Paducah Tilghman, Fort Campbell hosts Clarksville Northwest, Trigg County hosts Livingston Central, Todd Central at Russellville, Logan County hosts Franklin Simpson, Caldwell County welcomes Hopkins Central, Dawson Springs hosts Warren East, Crittenden County entertains Lyon County, Henderson County hosts Union County, Muhlenberg County hosts Greenwood, Warren Central meets Glasgow, Mayfield at Fulton County.
Boys: Christian County at Paducah Tilghman, Fort Campbell hosts Clarksville Northwest, Trigg County entertains Livingston Central, Logan County hosts Franklin Simpson, Russellville entertains Todd Central, Madisonville meets Marshall County and Hopkins Central plays Mayfield in the Messenger Tip off Classic, Crittenden County meets Lyon County, Union County welcomes Ballard Memorial, Murray hosts Heath, Calloway County hosts Fulton City.
Vanderbilt had to go to overtime to defeat Xavier 66-64. The Commodores got 25 points from Kyle Fuller, including all 12 in the overtime period to get the win. Vanderbilt is now 3-4 on the season.
Women’s scores: Western Kentucky rolled over Morehead State 62-38 and Murray State trounced Mid Continent 110-28 for its 6th straight win. Former Hopkinsville Lady Tiger Christy Soldo had 2 points in four minutes playing time.
Tonight’s action includes former Christian County standout Donovan Kates and Manhattan playing at Marist.
Former UK All American and current radio analyst Mike Pratt was the featured speaker of the Christian County UK alumni club’s annual bar-b-q dinner last night. Pratt says this group of freshman Wildcats will continue to go through some growing pains, but will make strides before season’s end.
Kentucky returns to action tomorrow taking on Portland in Rupp Arena, with pre game coverage at 9:30 am on Lite 98.7.
The University of Kentucky officially announced Thursday DJ Eliot as Mark Stoops defensive coordinator and linebackers coach. Eliot comes to Lexington from Florida State where he worked under Stoops.
The plot is thickening on who will be Tennessee’s next coach after the Vols were rejected by Louisville’s Charlie Strong on Thursday. Cincinnati’s Butch Jones, who spurned Colorado earlier this week, is the new front runner to lead the charges in Knoxville.
Louisville announced a new contract extension for Charlie Strong after his announcement Thursday that he would remain as Cardinals coach. Athletics director Tom Jurich said at a news conference although a final deal was not in place, he hoped he could extend Strong’s contract through 2020 at a salary equal to a coach at a top 10 school.
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.