Todd Stewart http://wkyufm.org en WKU Eliminates Men's Tennis Program; Student Athletes Can Transfer Without Penalty http://wkyufm.org/post/wku-eliminates-mens-tennis-program-student-athletes-can-transfer-without-penalty <p>The men’s tennis program at WKU has become a victim of university budget cuts.&nbsp; Director of Athletics Todd Stewart announced late Tuesday the intercollegiate men’s tennis program is being eliminated for the 2014-2015 academic year. With the loss of men’s tennis, WKU is left with 18 sponsored sports as it begins its first year competing in Conference USA.<br /><br />"This is certainly a disappointment," Stewart said. "Unfortunately, the cumulative effect of three consecutive years of cuts to the overall athletics budget forces us to make difficult decisions. We have actually increased both our ticket and sponsorship revenue in each of the last two years along with private donor support, but cuts to the athletics budget have lessened the impact of our growth.”<br /><br />Student athletes in the men’s tennis program will have the chance to transfer to another school to keep playing tennis without having to sit out a year. Scholarship athletes who want to stay at WKU will have their scholarships honored through their senior year.<br /> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 22:41:35 +0000 WKU Public Radio News 47335 at http://wkyufm.org WKU Eliminates Men's Tennis Program; Student Athletes Can Transfer Without Penalty 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 WKU Athletic Director: No Comment Yet on Possible Petrino Replacement http://wkyufm.org/post/wku-athletic-director-no-comment-yet-possible-petrino-replacement <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Despite reports that WKU could be close to naming a new football coach, the school's athletic director is refusing to address such speculation.</p><p>In a phone conference with reporters Thursday afternoon, WKU's Todd Stewart said he wanted to focus on former coach Bobby Petrino, who was introduced as the new coach at the University of Louisville Thursday morning.</p><p>Stewart was asked if he tried to keep Petrino from leaving WKU after only one season.</p><p>"Certainly the Louisville job, with where their program is, with what they've achieved in recent years, and with them heading into the ACC--that's a big-time job. I don't think there's anything that we could have done here that we weren't already doing that would have persuaded him to turn that down and stay here," Stewart said. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Multiple media outlets have reported that Stewart has met with WKU offensive coordinator Jeff Brohm about the Hilltopper head coaching job.</p><p>WKU President Gary Ransdell told the Courier-Journal he considered Brohm the leading candidate for the job and planned to interview the former U of L quarterback Thursday. Thu, 09 Jan 2014 22:41:42 +0000 Kevin Willis 42254 at http://wkyufm.org WKU Athletic Director: No Comment Yet on Possible Petrino Replacement WKU Athletic Director Thanks Petrino for Year as Hilltopper Coach http://wkyufm.org/post/wku-athletic-director-thanks-petrino-year-hilltopper-coach <p></p><p>WKU Athletic Director Todd Stewart has issued a statement regarding football coach Bobby Petrino's decision to leave the school for the University of Louisville head coaching position.</p><p>Petrino was officially introduced Thursday morning as the new Cardinals head coach, his second stint at U of L. Petrino led the Cardinals from 2003-2006 and gained a reputation as one of the nation's most creative offensive innovators.</p><p>Here is the statement released Thursday by WKU Athletic Director Todd Stewart:</p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 16:11:24 +0000 WKU Public Radio News 42223 at http://wkyufm.org WKU Athletic Director Thanks Petrino for Year as Hilltopper Coach Report: WKU Athletic Director Spoke with Brohm About Potential Head Coach Opening http://wkyufm.org/post/report-wku-athletic-director-spoke-brohm-about-potential-head-coach-opening <p></p><p>A published report says WKU athletic director Todd Stewart has met with the football team’s offensive coordinator in case current head coach Bobby Petrino leaves the school.</p><p><a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaaf/2014/01/07/jeff-brohm-western-kentucky-bobby-petrino-louisvlle/4362507/" target="_blank">USA Today says</a> it received the information from an anonymous source.</p><p>The report says Stewart met with offensive coordinator Jeff Brohm Tuesday, the same day Petrino interviewed for the head coaching job at the University of Louisville.</p><p>Petrino went 8-and-4 in his first season at WKU and coached at U of L from 2003-to-2006.</p><p>Phone calls and an email sent by WKU Public Radio to the WKU office of Athletics Media Relations have gone unanswered. Wed, 08 Jan 2014 14:32:31 +0000 WKU Public Radio News 42164 at http://wkyufm.org Report: WKU Athletic Director Spoke with Brohm About Potential Head Coach Opening WKU Football to Play at Illinois in 2017 http://wkyufm.org/post/wku-football-play-illinois-2017 <p></p><p>WKU is adding another major-conference opponent to its football schedule. Athletic Director Todd Stewart says the Hilltoppers will travel to the University of Illinois in 2017.</p><p>WKU already has a game at Illinois scheduled for 2014.</p><p>Stewart says playing road games against larger-conference foes is a major money-generator for the athletic program.</p><p>"It's still anywhere from a $800,000 to $1 million payday, and we need that money. But we'd like to have that game a little more regional, so that our fans can go to it."</p><p>Champaign, Illinois is a five hour drive from Bowling Green. WKU will receive $875,000 for next year's game vs. the Illini.</p><p><a href="http://wkyufm.org/post/wku-athletic-director-ncaa-set-changes-wont-break-apart" target="_blank">Stewart recently spoke</a> to WKU Public Radio about his efforts to schedule fewer so-called "money games," but to have those revenue-generating contests be closer to southern Kentucky.</p><p>WKU plays the Tennessee Volunteers in Knoxville this season. UT is paying WKU $800,000 for that game Sept. 7.</p><p>You can see WKU's 2013-14 football schedule <a href="http://www.wkusports.com/sports/m-footbl/sched/wky-m-footbl-sched.html" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p> Fri, 09 Aug 2013 15:54:07 +0000 WKU Public Radio News 35304 at http://wkyufm.org WKU Football to Play at Illinois in 2017 WKU Athletic Director: NCAA Set for Changes, but Won't Break Apart http://wkyufm.org/post/wku-athletic-director-ncaa-set-changes-wont-break-apart <p></p><p></p><p>WKU’s athletic director is predicting there will be changes coming to the organization that governs collegiate athletics. But Todd Stewart doesn’t think the country’s most powerful conferences will break away from the NCAA and form their own organization, as some have suggested.</p><p>Stewart will attend a summit in January called by NCAA President Mark Emmert in response to pressure by big-revenue generating schools who want more say in how the NCAA is run. Some large schools want to increase compensation for collegiate athletes beyond what is currently allowed—something opposed by many smaller schools who say they couldn’t afford it.</p><p>Stewart came to the WKU Public Radio studio Wednesday to discuss the upcoming NCAA football summit, the future of college football, and his approach to putting together future WKU football schedules.</p><p><strong>WKU Public Radio: WKU has been invited along with all the other Division I football schools to attend a Jan. 16-17 summit in San Diego that coincides with the NCAA’s annual convention. From what you understand so far, what’s going to be discussed? </strong></p><p>Todd Stewart: A lot of things are being discussed right now, and I think what President Emmert wanted to do was get everybody in the room and hopefully come out with some form of solidarity. Because you have what people refer to as the “power five” conferences—the SEC, ACC, the Big 10, the PAC 12, and the Big 12—and there are some reforms they would really want to see. Wed, 31 Jul 2013 17:34:42 +0000 Kevin Willis 34834 at http://wkyufm.org WKU Athletic Director: NCAA Set for Changes, but Won't Break Apart Hilltoppers Look to Go 3-1 with Win over Southern Miss http://wkyufm.org/post/hilltoppers-look-go-3-1-win-over-southern-miss <p>The WKU football team is hoping to continue the momentum established last weekend when they host Southern Mississippi Saturday night. The Hilltoppers are 2-1 following their win at Kentucky, and a big crowd is expected to watch the first-ever meeting between WKU and the Golden Eagles from Conference USA. Fri, 21 Sep 2012 13:45:41 +0000 Kevin Willis 19547 at http://wkyufm.org Hilltoppers Look to Go 3-1 with Win over Southern Miss WKU Athletic Director: Impact of Win Over UK Impossible to Measure http://wkyufm.org/post/wku-athletic-director-impact-win-over-uk-impossible-measure <p>When WKU beat Kentucky for the first time ever in football Saturday, the significance was not lost on Todd Stewart. He was part of the WKU athletics department when the Hilltoppers lost 26 straight games, including a winless 2009 season. Mon, 17 Sep 2012 21:16:58 +0000 Kevin Willis 19305 at http://wkyufm.org WKU Athletic Director: Impact of Win Over UK Impossible to Measure WKU Men's Basketball Coaches Prepared to Embrace New NCAA Texting, Phone Rules http://wkyufm.org/post/wku-mens-basketball-coaches-prepared-embrace-new-ncaa-texting-phone-rules <p>Up until now, college coaches from all sports have been forbidden from sending messages to recruits via text, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites. They&rsquo;ve also been limited to how many phone calls they make to recruits. Wed, 27 Jun 2012 19:47:28 +0000 Kevin Willis 14759 at http://wkyufm.org WKU Men's Basketball Coaches Prepared to Embrace New NCAA Texting, Phone Rules