Two hours of University of Kentucky sports talk fills the airwaves this evening on Lite 98.7. Coach Joker Phillips has his call in show at 5, followed by Coach John Calipari’s first basketball show of the season at 6.
College Football: Kentucky junior defensive tackle Donte Rumph has been named the SEC defensive player of the week. Rumph had five tackles and a quarterback sack which produced a fumble that Tristian Johnson returned for a touchdown in last Saturday's win over Samford.
The Knoxville News Sentinel has produced a short list of names that may be candidates for the vacant Tennessee football coaches’ position. One of the names is Louisville’s Charlie Strong, who is 23-13 in three seasons. Louisville athletics director Tom Jurich has said he will do what he has to do to make sure Strong stays at Louisville.
Some other names mentioned include former NFL coach and current ESPN Monday Night football analyst Jon Gruden, Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart and former Louisville and Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino.
Southern Cal quarterback Matt Berkley reportedly will not play against Notre Dame Saturday. Trojans coach Lane Kiffin said Sunday night Berkley suffered a sprained AC joint in Saturday’s game against UCLA. Redshirt freshman Max Wittek will start on Saturday.
College Basketball: Kentucky's Alex Poythress has been named the SEC Freshman of the Week. The Clarksville native averaged 21 points and 6 1/2 rebounds in two games last week. Poythress had 20 points against Duke and a career high 22 points in Friday night's win over Lafayette.
Top 25 action this evening includes top ranked Indiana meeting Georgia, while number 14 UCLA meets Georgetown in Brooklyn, NY. 7th ranked Kansas meets Washington State and 11th ranked North Carolina meets Mississippi State in the Maui Invitational.
It appears the University of Maryland is leaving the Atlantic Coast Conference to become a member of the Big Ten. Sources tell ESPN the school’s Board of Regents voted unanimously this morning to make the move and will make an official announcement this afternoon.
Rutgers University’s Board of Governors is also meeting today and it’s been reported the school is also considering bolting from the Big East for the Big 10.
NFL: Sources tell ESPN San Francisco quarterback Alex Smith will not play tonight against the Chicago Bears. Smith reportedly was unable to get a clearance from a neurologist after a concussion last week.
Colin Kapernick will start for the 49ers this evening, while Jason Campbell starts for the Bears, who are also without their starter Jay Cutler who suffered a concussion last week. Coverage of tonight’s game at 7 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP
High School Football: Four regional teams remain alive as the Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl moves to week 4 Friday night.
Class A: Mayfield travels to Beechwood
Class 2A: Caldwell County at Desales
Class 4A: Warren East goes to Collins
Class 5A: Bowling Green at John Hardin
Two hours of University of Kentucky sports talk comes your way this evening on Lite 98.7. Coach Joker Phillips has his football call in show at 5, followed by basketball coach John Calipari at 6.
College Basketball: Murray State lost in the championship game of the Charleston Classic to Colorado 81-74. Isaiah Cannan led the Racers with 21 points and was named to the all tournament team, while Ed Daniel had a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Murray State falls to 3-1 on the season. The Racers are back in action Saturday night as they host Old Dominion.
Second ranked Louisville routed Miami(Ohio) 80-39. Russ Smith had a game high 23 points to lead the Cardinals. The win improved the Cards to 3-0 on the season.
Tennessee defeated UMass in the third place game of the Puerto Rico Tip off 83-69. Jarnell Stokes had a career high 24 points and was named to the all tournament team. Tennessee is now 3-1 on the season.
Oklahoma State won the Puerto Rico Tipoff, upsetting 6th ranked NC State 76-56.
Women’s basketball: Austin Peay used a 23-12 burst to start the second half and hung on to beat Binghamton 71-67. The Lady Govs are now 1-2 on the season as they head to the University of Texas-San Antonio Thanksgiving Classic Friday and Saturday.
Tennessee’s Lady Vols defeated the University of Miami 79-67 Sunday in Miami, ending the Hurricanes 41 game home winning streak. Tennessee is now 3-1 on the season.
College Football: It was no surprise as Tennessee announced the firing of coach Derek Dooley Sunday. Athletics director Dave Hart said Dooley would not coach the Vols final regular season game Saturday against Kentucky. Those duties will go to offensive coordinator Jim Chaney. Dooley was 15-21 and 4-19 in SEC play in his three years at UT.
Hart added Dooley will be paid the remainder of his contract, which is in the neighborhood of $5 million over the next four years.
Meanwhile, the Leaf Chronicle reports Clarksville Northeast football standout Jalen Reeves-Maybin will stand by his verbal commitment he made to Tennessee in August. Reeves-Maybin finished his high school career recently as Northeast’s all time touchdowns leader.
Members of Austin Peay and Murray State’s teams were honored for their play in the final regular season games by the Ohio Valley Conference.
Austin Peay quarterback Jake Ryan was named co-offensive player of the week after throwing for 310 yards on 27-38 through the air and a career high four touchdowns as the Governors defeated Tennessee Tech 38-31 .
Murray State’s Brandon Wicks was named co defensive player of the week after a career high 16 tackles in the Racers 42-35 win over Southeast Missouri. Fellow Racer Walter Powell was named specialist of the week after returning a FCS record setting 100 yard punt return for a touchdown.
NFL: Monday Night Football has Chicago at San Francisco, with coverage beginning at 7 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
High School Football
Week three of the Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl took place Friday night with several regional teams in action.
Class A: Top ranked Mayfield defeated Kentucky Country Day 35-14
Class 2-A: Caldwell County defeated Murray 10-7
Class 3-A: Monroe County over South Warren 20-10
Class 4-A: Warren East slid by Owensboro 14-7
Class 5-A: Bowling Green defeated cross town rival Warren Central 35-21
High School Basketball
Heritage Christian Academy plays a quadruple header today against Micah Christian Academy. The boys and girls junior varsity action begins at noon, with coverage of the varsity games beginning with the Heritage Bank pre game show around 2:35 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and worldwide at whopam.com.
Christian County will host its “Meet the Colonels” night this evening beginning at 6 in Colonel Gym at Christian County High School. The middle and high school boys and girls basketball teams will be featured in the event. Admission is $2.
One of the top junior golfers in the area has signed to play collegiate golf. Christian County High senior TJ Ferry signed a letter Friday afternoon to play for Murray State University. Ferry is the sixth Colonel golfer in the last five years to play collegiately.
Christian County High School will have a meeting for middle and high school students interested in being a part of the school’s first bass fishing team. The meeting will take place Monday at 5 pm in the library at Christian County High School.
College Basketball: Five Kentucky players were in double figures as the Wildcats rolled past Lafayette 101-49 Friday night in Rupp Arena. Kyle Wiltjer led Kentucky with 23 points, followed by 22 points from Clarksville’s Alex Poythress, Nerlens Noel added 15, Willie Cauley-Stein pitched in 14 and Archie Goodwin had 13. The Wildcats improved to 2-1 on the season and host Morehead State next Wednesday night.
The Murray State Racers used a late 12-0 run to defeat St. John’s 72-67 to move to the championship game of the Charleston Classic. Stacy Wilson led 3-0 Murray State in scoring with 23 points. The Racers will meet Colorado Sunday evening at 7:30.
Oklahoma State improved to 3-0 on the season with a drubbing 62-45 of Tennessee in the second round of the Puerto Rico Tip off Classic Friday. Trae Golden had 11 points for the 2-1 Volunteers and was the only double figure scorer for Tennessee. The Vols play UMass in the third place game Sunday afternoon.
Former Christian County standout Donovan Kates scored 5 points and had one rebound in a losing effort as Manhattan fell to Harvard 79-45. The Jaspers are 0-2 to start the season.
Today’s games: Austin Peay is at DePaul in the second round of the Triple Crown Cancun Challenge, while Western Kentucky entertains Western Carolina.
Women’s action has Western Kentucky entertaining Northern Kentucky, Murray State plays at Longwood.
Western Kentucky women’s basketball has inked its final signee for the 2013 class. The Bowling Green Daily News reported Friday 6-4 post player Ruta Savickate of Hamilton Heights Christian Academy in Chattanooga became the fourth and final signee for new coach Michelle Clark Heard.
College Football: Joker Phillips coaches for the final time in Commonwealth Stadium as Kentucky’s coach and 19 seniors will take the home field for the final time this evening as the Wildcats meet Samford. Countdown to Kickoff begins coverage at 5 this evening on Lite 98.7.
Elsewhere in the SEC today: Tennessee plays at Vanderbilt. In the Ohio Valley Conference: Murray State closes out the regular season hosting Southeast Missouri, while Austin Peay entertains Tennessee Tech.
Western Kentucky will try to snap a three game losing streak and keep bowl hopes alive with a win tonight against Louisiana’s Ragin’ Cajuns.
A Big 12 showdown has Oklahoma playing at West Virginia, with pre game coverage at 6 following Heritage Christian Academy basketball on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
Christian County High senior golfer TJ Ferry signed a letter of intent Friday afternoon to play collegiate golf at Murray State University. Ferry says former Racer golfer Mitchell Moore of Hopkinsville was an influence for him to go there:
Ferry adds the experience playing junior golf tournaments locally and playing on the AJGA has been beneficial to him:
Colonels coach Shawn Oakley comments on Ferry and what he has meant to the Colonel program
Ferry becomes the sixth player from the Christian County program in the last five years to play collegiate golf.
College Basketball: Oklahoma State improved to 3-0 on the season with a drubbing 62-45 of Tennessee in the second round of the Puerto Rico Tip off Classic today. Trae Golden had 11 points for the Volunteers and was the only double figure scorer for Tennessee who plays either NC State or UMass in the third place game on Sunday.
It appears Kentucky will not again have guard Ryan Harrow to play this evening when the Wildcats face Lafayette in Rupp Arena. Pre game coverage begins at 4:30 on Lite 98.7.
Murray State is playing its second game in the Charleston Classic this afternoon, meeting St. John’s.
ESPN reports the NCAA is extending the University of Tennessee football program's probation by two more years. The NCAA announced additional penalties against former assistant football coach Willie Mack Garza, who was on former Vols coach Lane Kiffin’s staff in 2009.
NFL: Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler will miss Monday night’s game with San Francisco. Cutler is recovering from a concussion received in last week’s game against Houston. Jason Campbell will get the start. You can hear the game Monday at 7 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
MLB: The ChicagoCubs have finalized a one-year deal with catcher Dioner Navarro. According to the "Chicago Tribune," it's worth 1.75-million-dollars. Navarro played in just 24 games with the Cincinnati Reds last season, spending most of the year with Triple-A Louisville. He hit .290 with two home runs and twelve RBI for the Reds. The 28-year-old was an All-Star with Tampa Bay in 2008.