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.
High School Basketball
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.
College Football: Despite some reports to the contraire, Lexington Herald Leader columnist John Clay is reporting both Florida State defensive coordinator Mark Stoops and San Jose State head coach Mike MacIntyre are still strong candidates for the coaching vacancy at Kentucky. Some media outlets have reported that neither Stoops nor MacIntyre are still in the running to replace Joker Phillips.
College Basketball: Louisville center Gorgui Dieng will have a screw inserted into his left scaphold bone today. Dieng injured his non shooting wrist in last Friday’s game against Missouri and will miss four to six weeks. Coach Rick Pitino is hopeful Dieng will return when Louisville begins Big East play in January.
Top ranked Indiana faces 14th ranked North Carolina as part of the Big 10-ACC challenge this evening. Other Top 25 games have 3rd rated Michigan hosting 18th ranked North Carolina State and 19th ranked Colorado hosts Texas Southern.
High School Basketball: When Hopkinsville faces Bullitt East in Saturday’s game at the Marshall County Hoopfest, UK signee Derek Willis will not be playing for the Chargers. Multiple media outlets reported Willis was ejected from last night’s season opener against Lafayette for disagreeing with an official about a lack of foul calls. Willis will miss the next two games.
Join Todd Hamilton for Sports Tonight tomorrow night at 5:08 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and worldwide at whopam.com. Todd will have comments from ESPN’s Dick Vitale who spoke to the Marshall County Athletic Foundation Monday night, also a visit with Caldwell County football coach David Barnes and Joe Cox, who is a co author on a new book 100 Things Wildcats Fans Should Know or Do Before They Die.
ESPN’S Dick Vitale was in the region Monday night, speaking at a fund raiser for Marshall County High School’s athletic foundation. Vitale offered his opinions on this year’s edition of the Kentucky basketball team.
More comments from Dick Vitale as part of Sports Tonight Wednesday night at 5:08 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
Monday’s High School Basketball results
Boys: St. Mary over Lyon County 80-51, Crittenden County defeated Community Christian 60-20, Murray slid by Reidland 50-47, Graves County over Hickman County 72-58.
Girls: Muhlenberg County defeated Christian County 76-49, Murray rolled over Reidland 73-18, Bowling Green edged Owensboro 69-65, Crittenden County defeated Community Christian 60-51.
Tuesday’s High School Basketball schedule
Boys: Fort Campbell hosts Union County, Todd Central at Clarksville Academy, Trigg County at Dawson Springs, Russellville at Muhlenberg County, Livingston Central at Hopkins Central, Madisonville at Daviess County, Webster County at Evansville Day School, Henderson County at Evansville Memorial, Calloway County at Lone Oak, Warren East at Metcalfe County, South Warren at Allen County Scottsville.
Girls: Hopkinsville hosts Webster County, Trigg County at Fort Campbell, Logan County hosts Warren Central, Russellville at Butler County, Todd Central at Clarksville Academy, Caldwell County welcomes Lyon County, Livingston Central at Hopkins Central, Paducah Tilghman at Calloway County, South Warren at Allen County Scottsville, Warren East at Metcalfe County, Heath at Graves County.
College Basketball: Murray State’s Isaiah Cannan had 19 of his 32 points in the second half as the Racers defeated Lipscomb 88-79 in Nashville. Ed Daniel had his fourth straight double-double with 19 points and 18 rebounds for the 5-1 Racers, with Stacy Wilson adding 23 points.
Tennessee rolled over Oakland University 77-50 behind 19 points from Jarnell Stokes. The Vols improved to 4-1 on the season.
Women’s: Murray State won its third game in a row, defeating Lipscomb 63-55. The Racers are now 3-3 on the season.
Kentucky’s Archie Goodwin was named Monday the SEC Freshman of the Week. Goodwin averaged 25 points and 7.5 rebounds in wins over Morehead State and LIU-Brooklyn. The rookie had a career high 28 points in Kentucky’s win over Morehead State. The Wildcats return to action Thursday night at Notre Dame.
College Football: Former Fort Campbell standout and current Western Kentucky running back Antonio Andrews was named Monday the Sun Belt Conference offensive player of the week for the third time this season. Andrews rushed for 230 yards on 25 carries and scored the game winning touchdown against North Texas on Saturday. Andrews finished the day with 323 all purpose yards, the 4th time this season Andrews has surpassed 300 yards in a game.
Tennessee athletics director Dave Hart is asking for trust from fans as the search is underway for coach Derek Dooley’s replacement. Hart tells the Knoxville News Sentinel they will land a coach sometime in December.
NFL: The Tennessee Titans announced the firing of offensive coordinator Chris Palmer Monday. The Tennessean reports Palmer was replaced by quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains in an audition for the job next year. Palmer has spent 21 seasons as an NFL coach. Neither Palmer nor head coach Mike Munchak were available for comment.
College Football: Kentucky Sports Radio.com reported late Sunday night that Kentucky has reportedly narrowed the list in its search for a new football coach.
The names listed are Mark Stoops—defensive coordinator at Florida State, Mike MacIntyre—head coach at San Jose State, Sonny Dykes—head coach at Louisiana Tech and Gary Andersen—head coach at Utah State. KSR speculates an offer could be made to one of these candidates sometime this week.
Meanwhile, former University of Tennessee quarterback and Knoxville talk show host Eric Ainge said on Twitter that he is hearing from sources that Cincinnati’s Butch Jones will be offered the UK job some time this week.
As the speculation continues, the outgoing coach Joker Phillips has his final call in show this evening at 5 on Lite 98.7.
Former Fort Campbell standout and current Western Kentucky running back Antonio Andrews has been named the Sun Belt Conference offensive player of the week for the third time this season. Andrews rushed for 230 yards on 25 carries and scored the game winning touchdown against North Texas on Saturday. Andrews finished the day with 323 all purpose yards, the 4th time this season Andrews has surpassed 300 yards in a game.
College Basketball: Kentucky coach John Calipari has his call in show this evening at 6 on Lite 98.7.
Kentucky’s Archie Goodwin has been named the SEC Freshman of the Week. Goodwin averaged 25 points and 7.5 rebounds in wins over Morehead State and LIU-Brooklyn. The rookie had a career high 28 points in Kentucky’s win over Morehead State.
Tonight’s action has Murray State at Lipscomb and Tennessee hosts Oakland University. Women’s play has Murray State hosting Lipscomb at the CFSB Center.
There’s only one Top 25 game this evening as number 11 Kansas hosts San Jose State.
NFL: Monday Night Football has the Carolina Panthers at the Philadelphia Eagles, with coverage at 7 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.