Conference USA http://wkyufm.org en WKU Athletics Now Calls Conference USA Home http://wkyufm.org/post/wku-athletics-now-calls-conference-usa-home <p></p><p></p><p>After 32 years as a member of the Sun Belt Conference, WKU has now officially become a member of the newly re-aligned, 14 member Conference USA. It's a move Athletic Director Todd Stewart has been working toward for several years, but even he admits it's a high-risk, high-reward situation.</p><p>Stewart spoke with Joe Corcoran about leaving the comforts of the Sun Belt for the new challenges ahead.</p><p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 15:20:43 +0000 Joe Corcoran 51084 at http://wkyufm.org WKU Athletics Now Calls Conference USA Home WKU Football Opener Pushed Back By One Day http://wkyufm.org/post/wku-football-opener-pushed-back-one-day <p>The WKU Hilltoppers' 2014 football season opener has been rescheduled.&nbsp; The athletic department announced Tuesday that the opener against Bowling Green State will now take place Friday, Aug. 29 instead of Thursday, Aug. 28.<br /><br />The game will be played at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium.<br /><br />The school says the change was at the request of Conference USA and the league's television partners.<br /><br />It will be the Hilltoppers' first year in Conference USA.&nbsp; The team is continuing spring football practice this week.<br /> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 18:38:42 +0000 WKU Public Radio News 45962 at http://wkyufm.org WKU Football Opener Pushed Back By One Day WKU Announces Football Schedule For First Year in Conference USA http://wkyufm.org/post/wku-announces-football-schedule-first-year-conference-usa <p>Four new opponents highlight the WKU Hilltoppers’ 2014 football schedule.&nbsp; The school’s athletic department announced the schedule Monday afternoon.&nbsp; It will be the first year for the ‘Toppers in Conference USA and they’ll open up the schedule on Thursday, &nbsp;Aug. 28 against Bowling Green State at L.T. Smith Stadium.&nbsp;<br /><br />They’ll take on Illinois for the first time in school history September 6<sup>th</sup><sup> </sup>and will also face conference opponents Old Dominion, Texas-El Paso and Texas-San Antonio for the first time.&nbsp;<br /><br />Army travels to Bowling Green to take on WKU November 15<sup>th</sup>. &nbsp;The school also announced its ticket plans for the 2014 season on Monday.<br />&nbsp;</p><p><strong>WKU 2014 Football Schedule</strong><br /> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 19:21:47 +0000 WKU Public Radio News 43289 at http://wkyufm.org WKU Announces Football Schedule For First Year in Conference USA WKU Preparing for Possible NCAA Changes to Athlete Compensation http://wkyufm.org/post/wku-preparing-possible-ncaa-changes-athlete-compensation <p></p><p>With the largest collegiate athletic conferences pushing to allow extra financial benefits for players, smaller schools like WKU are wondering how such changes would impact their bottom lines.</p><p>The issue of increasing compensation for college athletes is being discussed this week at an NCAA summit in San Diego. A group of high-profile conferences wants the ability to grant stipends that would pay for costs not covered by athletic scholarships.</p><p>NCAA President Mark Emmert <a href="http://espn.go.com/college-sports/story/_/id/7447649/ncaa-mark-emmert-expects-stipend-stay-override-effort" target="_blank">recently said</a> he believes such a stipend plan will soon become a reality.</p><p>WKU athletic director Todd Stewart says nothing is set in stone yet about how such stipends would be used. Wed, 15 Jan 2014 15:22:57 +0000 Kevin Willis 42472 at http://wkyufm.org WKU Preparing for Possible NCAA Changes to Athlete Compensation