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Becca Schimmel

A contract to bring a wide variety of sports championships to Bowling Green will continue for seven more years. The Conference is made up of universities from across the southern and midwestern United States. The new contract expires at the end of fiscal year 2025.

Bowling Green held 14 Mid-South Conference championships during the 2017-18 season. The Conference is adding women’s wrestling and men’s volleyball. Mid-South Conference Commissioner Eric Ward said in addition to the contract extension, the organization will move its office to Bowling Green, making Warren County its headquarters. He said Bowling Green is the perfect size and has a lot to offer student athletes.

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Greg Collins was officially introduced as the 11th Western Kentucky University women’s head basketball coach Wednesday. He’s been a collegiate assistant coach for 16 years, including the last six seasons at WKU.

He said he worked closely with previous WKU head coach, Michelle Clark-Heard, and doesn’t expect to change much about the program. Collins said he stayed at WKU because he never wanted to bounce around from place to place.

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The Western Kentucky University men’s basketball team dropped a back-and-forth game with Utah Tuesday night in the semifinals of the National Invitation Tournament.

Utah beat the Hilltoppers 69-64 in New York City’s Madison Square Garden.  

WKU finishes the season with a record of 27-11. That’s the most wins for the team since the 2007-2008 season.

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Freshman Taveion Hollingsworth matched his career high with 30 points and Western Kentucky advanced to the final four of the NIT for the first time since 1948 with a 92-84 victory over Oklahoma State on Wednesday night.

The fourth-seeded Hilltoppers (27-10) made 15 of 18 free throws in the last three minutes to hold off the second-seeded Cowboys (21-15), who missed six of eight shots in the last two minutes.

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The Western Kentucky University men’s basketball team is on to the National Invitational Tournament quarterfinal round after winning consecutive NIT games for the first time since 1948.

The Hilltoppers won at Southern California Monday night, beating the Trojans 79-75 in Los Angeles. Senior forward Justin Johnson led WKU with 23 points and six rebounds.

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Justin Johnson had his fifth-straight double-double with 19 points and 12 rebounds to lead Western Kentucky to a 79-62 win over Boston College on Tuesday night in a first-round game of the NIT.

Taveion Hollingsworth added 18 points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals for the Hilltoppers (25-10), a four-seed. Darius Thompson had 17 points, eight assists and six rebounds.

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The University of Kentucky men’s basketball team secured a spot in the 2018 NCAA tournament by winning its fourth consecutive Southeastern Conference title Sunday afternoon in St. Louis.

The Wildcats are seeded fifth in the South region, and will face Davidson in Boise, Idaho, on Thursday in the first round. If Kentucky wins that game, their next opponent will be either Arizona or Buffalo on Saturday.

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As federal corruption investigations swirl in college basketball, Kentucky lawmakers are considering a measure that would tighten regulations that apply to sports agents.

In recent months, both University of Kentucky and University of Louisville men’s basketball programs have been scrutinized for possible pay-to-play schemes in which sports agents paid or loaned money to recruits or their families.

J. Tyler Franklin

A renewed push is on to bring a National Basketball Association franchise to Louisville.

More than 20 local investors have contributed $750,000 in seed money to start the initiative.

They include former ambassador to Great Britain Matthew Barzun, Brown-Forman Company chairman George Garvin Brown and businessman Gill Holland.

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The Western Kentucky University football is going to its fourth consecutive bowl game.

The Hilltoppers have accepted a bid to the AutoNation Cure Bowl in Orlando, where they’ll take on Georgia State Saturday, December 16.

The AutoNation Cure Bowl describes itself as a celebration of women who are living with breast cancer, and has donated more than $2.3 million dollars to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation in its first two years.

WKU heads into its bowl game with a record of 6-6.

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Former University of Louisville men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino has filed a breach of contract lawsuit against the university’s athletic association.

Pitino was fired for cause last month by the association’s board amid an FBI investigation into college basketball recruiting.

The suit, filed Thursday in federal court, says the school effectively fired Pitino in late September when it placed him on administrative leave and locked him out of his office. It says Pitino should have been given 10 days’ notice and an opportunity to be heard, as specified in his contract.

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The Western Kentucky University volleyball team won’t have to travel far for their first-round NCAA tournament.

The Lady Hilltoppers will face Notre Dame Friday at Memorial Coliseum in Lexington.

It’s the fourth-straight year WKU has made the NCAA Volleyball Tournament. The Lady Toppers are 30-3 on the season, and got an automatic bid to the tournament after winning the Conference USA postseason championship.

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The Western Kentucky University Track and Field team is mourning the loss of assistant coach Willie Johnson, who passed away early Sunday morning.

He was 34 years old.

The team held a candle light vigil in memory of Johnson Monday night at the WKU Track and Field Complex.

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David Padgett has been named interim men’s basketball head coach of the University of Louisville.

The announcement comes two days after coach Rick Pitino was placed on unpaid leave after revelations that U of L coaches and a player are tied to an alleged bribery scheme.

Padgett has been an assistant coach at U of L. He was given a six-month deal.

Padgett played for Pitino and the Cardinals from 2005 to 2008 and is a former McDonald’s All-American. He joined the coaching staff in 2014 and became assistant coach in 2015.

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If athletic director Tom Jurich and basketball coach Rick Pitino depart the University of Louisville amid the latest scandal allegations, it’s likely the public university will remain on the hook for hefty portions of their pay.

Both have earned tens of millions of dollars during their tenures at U of L. Pitino, whose salary last year was about $5 million, is reportedly one of the highest paid coaches in college hoops.

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