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Sports
3:38 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

UK Players Looking Forward to Rematch with "Disrespectful" WKU

It's WKU vs. UK on Aug. 31 in Nashville

The Kentucky Wildcats are making it clear they want pay-back for last year’s football loss to the WKU Hilltoppers. Several UK players talked about the season-opener for both teams at Wednesday’s Southeastern Conference Media Days event in Hoover, Alabama.

To hear several Kentucky Wildcat football players tell it, the WKU Hilltoppers were disrespectful following last season’s 32-31 overtime win at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington.

Wildcats running back Raymond Sanders said the team was looking forward to the season-opener for both schools. The Courier-Journal quoted Sanders as saying the Toppers “were pretty disrespectful on our field—and disrespectful with some tweets and Facebook and some stuff. After the game, jumping and stomping on the field. It’s our field. You gotta take pride in that.”

After last year’s win at Kentucky, then-WKU head coach Willie Taggart said WKU red was the “new blue” in Kentucky.

This year’s matchup is the debut for new WKU coach Bobby Petrino. WKU and UK face off August 31st at Nashville’s LP Field.

You can see the entire 2013 WKU football schedule here.

Sports
4:58 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Kickoff Time Set for WKU Football Opener vs. Kentucky

Kickoff time has been set for WKU’s season-opening football game versus Kentucky.

The Hilltoppers will open their 2013 campaign on Saturday, August 31, at 6 p.m. at L.P. Field in Nashville.

The contest will mark the first games for both teams’ head coaches—Bobby Petrino at WKU and Mark Stoops at Kentucky. The Wildcats will be looking to avenge last season’s overtime loss to WKU in Lexington.

Sports
1:09 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

WKU 2013 Football Schedule Features Games Against UK, Tennessee, and Navy

Credit WKU Athletics Media Relations

WKU has released its 2013 football schedule. Highlights include the opening game against Kentucky in Nashville, a home game versus Navy, and an early fall game at Louisiana-Monroe.

The Hilltoppers will open their first season under new head coach Bobby Petrino Aug. 31 against the UK Wildcats, a team WKU beat last season in overtime at Commonwealth Stadium.

A second SEC opponent follows the opener, with WKU traveling to Knoxville to take on the Tennessee Volunteers Sept. 7. WKU's Sun Belt opener is in week three at South Alabama.

You can see the team's complete 2013 schedule here.

Education
3:35 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Web Extra: WKU President Ransdell on Role of Athletics at University

WKU's hiring of Bobby Petrino made national headlines.
Credit WKU Athletics

Dr. Ransdell discusses the role athletics is playing at WKU.

WKU President Gary Ransdell spoke to WKU Public Radio Tuesday on a variety of subjects, including the high-profile role athletics has been playing lately at the university.

Head football coach Willie Taggart left WKU late last year for a bigger salary at South Florida. Within 72 hours, WKU had hired former Louisville coach Bobby Petrino, an accomplished--and controversial--name in collegiate athletics.

What does Dr. Ransdell say to those on and off WKU's campus who wonder if athletics is playing too big a role at the university? You can hear the President's comments on WKU athletics in the audio clip above.

The rest of Dr. Ransdell's interview can be heard here.

Sports
3:27 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

At WKU, the New Football Staff is Rooted in Louisville Cardinal Memories

Jeff Brohm is WKU's new offensive coordinator and assistant head coach.

WKU football coach Bobby Petrino has put the finishing touches on his first Hilltopper staff. At a news conference Wednesday afternoon, Petrino introduced Jeff Brohm as his new offensive coordinator, and Nick Holt as the new WKU defensive coordinator.

Like Petrino, both Brohm and Holt have ties to the University of Louisville.

Brohm is a former U of L quarterback and assistant coach. He is rejoining Petrino after working under him at U of L for three seasons. Brohm says he was willing to leave his job at Alabama-Birmingham for the chance to reunite with his former boss.

“I have a past with Coach Petrino, and I have a great deal of respect for his ability as a coach, what he believes, how we believe in things that are very similar. And I wanted a chance to get back and work with him,” said Brohm, who played eight seasons in the NFL.

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9:00 am
Wed January 2, 2013

Petrino to Introduce New Offensive, Defensive Coordinators Wednesday

Bobby Petrino was introduced last month as the new WKU head football coach.
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WKU football coach Bobby Petrino is bringing another former Louisville Cardinal to the Hill. Petrino will introduce his new offensive and defensive coordinators Wednesday afternoon at a news conference on campus.

Former U of L quarterback and offensive coordinator Jeff Brohm will be put in charge of the WKU offense. Brohm comes to Bowling Green after serving as offensive coordinator at Alabama-Birmingham.

Brohm is a Louisville native who played quarterback at U of L in the early 90s and played eight seasons in the NFL.

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Sports
8:30 am
Thu December 13, 2012

NYT: WKU Hiring of Petrino Opens Nationwide Debate on Ethics, Athletics

Bobby Petrino spoke at his introductory news conference at WKU.
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The New York Times has this story looking at WKU's hiring of Bobby Petrino as the school's next head football coach. The Times says Monday's hiring of Petrino began a discussion over  whether "Western Kentucky had made a Faustian decision to trade its morality for the possibility of on-field success."

As WKU Public Radio reported Monday, athletic director Todd Stewart said Petrino was the number one name on the school's wish list when the head coaching job opened up.

All this took place after Willie Taggart left WKU Friday to become the next head coach at the University of South Florida.

WKU has announced that despite the hiring of Petrino, WKU defensive coordinator Lance Guidry will coach the team Dec. 26 in the Little Caesar's Bowl vs. Central Michigan.

Sports
12:58 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

WKU Introduces Bobby Petrino as Next Head Football Coach

Bobby Petrino spoke at his introductory news conference at WKU.
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The new head football coach at WKU was met with applause from a room packed with people Monday afternoon. When Bobby Petrino made his way to the podium alongside WKU athletic director Todd Stewart, he was instantly recognized by college football fans in the Bluegrass State and beyond.

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