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2:54 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

ESPN: Louisville Cards Nation's Wealthiest Men's Basketball Program

The KFC Yum! Center was packed for virtually every U of L home game last season.
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The wealthiest men’s college basketball program resides in the Bluegrass State.

A new ESPN report puts the University of Louisville at the top of the list, with the program bringing in about $35 million in profits during last season’s title run.

The Louisville Cardinals had several things going for them last season that helped them earn the title of “wealthiest program” in the nation. They were at, or near, the top of the national rankings last season as they won the school's third NCAA championship, they had the third-highest attendance of any program in the country, and they benefited from the income generated through 71 luxury box seats at the KFC Yum! Center.

Seating a little over 22,000 fans per home game, the Yum! Center was filled to an average of 97.6% capacity last season during U of L’s home games.

One ESPN analyst wrote in the report that the Cardinals’ financial clout was enough to make “even some NBA executives envious.”

Sports
8:11 am
Sun November 3, 2013

WKU Wins Big in Atlanta over Georgia State

Antonio Andrews rushed for 110 yards, Brandon Doughty had 206 yards passing and Keshawn Simpson ran for four touchdowns to help Western Kentucky and coach Bobby Petrino beat Georgia State 44-28 on Saturday.

Petrino made his first appearance at the Georgia Dome since abruptly resigning 13 games into his only season as Atlanta Falcons coach six years ago.

The announced crowd of 5,377 barely acknowledged Petrino in pre-game introductions. Over 69,000 fans were at his last game in Atlanta, a 34-14 Monday night loss to the New Orleans Saints on Dec. 10, 2007.

Petrino shocked the Falcons with his sudden departure for Arkansas the following day. He went 34-17 with the Razorbacks, but was fired in April 2012 after acknowledging an extramarital affair.

Western Kentucky (5-4, 2/3 Sun Belt Conference) snapped a two-game losing streak. Ronnie Bell had two touchdown passes for Georgia State (0-9, 0-4).

Sports
11:53 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Hilltoppers Look To Rebound on the Road

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The WKU Hilltoppers travel to Atlanta on Saturday for a matchup with Georgia State at the Georgia Dome. After back-to-back losses, head coach Bobby Petrino says his offense is putting too much pressure on itself to make big plays.

“What I’ve had tried to have them focus on is just relaxing, worrying about your performance and making sure we’re not worrying about the scoreboard or where we’re at in the game,” said Petrino. “It’s just one play at a time and do your job.”

The ‘Toppers come into the game 4-4, Georgia State is winless at 0-8. WKU will be without linebacker Andrew Jackson, who was suspended indefinitely for violating team rules.  

 The game will be broadcast by the Sun Belt Network Saturday at noon central.  The game can be seen in Bowling Green on WKU PBS.

Sports
5:57 am
Thu October 31, 2013

WKU's Jackson Suspended for Georgia State Game

WKU head football coach Bobby Petrino has suspended star linebacker Andrew Jackson indefinitely beginning with this weekend's game against Georgia State in Atlanta.

In a written statement, Petrino said Jackson did not meet the expectations they set forth for all their players but, if Jackson meets conditions laid out for him, he'll be back on the team for next weekend's game against Army.

In an overnight tweet, Jackson apologized to fans saying he missed team meetings Monday morning. He said while that was unacceptable, he plans to learn from his mistakes and expects to play against Army.

Sports
4:10 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

WKU Leads Early, Fades Late at Home Against Louisiana-Lafayette

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Alonzo Harris rushed for 115 yards and two touchdowns to lead Louisiana-Lafayette to a 37-20 victory over Western Kentucky on Tuesday night.

Terrance Broadway had a 1-yard TD run and also threw for a score for the Ragin' Cajuns (4-2, 2-0 Sun Belt), who have won four in a row since a 48-27 loss at Kansas State last month. Louisiana-Lafayette had 198 yards rushing in the second half and finished with 254 on the ground for the game.

Antonio Andrews had 28 carries for 154 yards for the Hilltoppers (4-3, 1-2), who led 10-0 after the first quarter. Andrews, who had a 1-yard TD run in the fourth quarter, went over 1,000 yards for the season.

Western Kentucky committed four turnovers, including Al Riles' 99-yard interception return that made it 10-7 with 6:41 left in the second quarter.

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Sports
2:52 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Nashville Selected as SEC Tournament Home

The Southeastern Conference will make a "historic announcement" Tuesday in Nashville.  Music City is expected to be named the primary home of SEC basketball tournaments. 

The Tennessean newspaper reports Nashville will host 12 consecutive postseason basketball tournaments, nine men’s and three women’s, starting in 2015.  The venue will be Bridgestone Arena. 

The SEC played this year’s men’s championship in Nashville and was already scheduled to return in 2015, 2016, and 2019. 

Back in May, SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said the league would explore a primary site for the basketball tournaments, noting success with other permanent sites, in Atlanta for football and Alabama for baseball.

Sports
12:36 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

KHSAA: We're Not Banning Postgame Handshakes After Sporting Events

The leader of Kentucky’s high school sports governing board is trying to clarify the group’s position on postgame handshakes.

The Kentucky High School Athletic Association came under criticism after media outlets reported that a statement released by Commissioner Julian Tackett banned postgame handshakes due to incidents of fights breaking out.

According to the Courier-Journal, Tackett says the KHSAA is not banning or in any way prohibiting the practice of teams or individual athletes shaking hands following a game. However, the sanctioning body said it would fine schools if fights or other conflicts break out after games end. The KHSAA says they would rather have the practice monitored instead of  eliminated.

Tackett admitted that his initial news release on the subject was “at best poorly worded, and at worst...incomplete.”

Sports
10:15 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Hilltoppers Win Third Straight

  The WKU Hilltoppers improved to 4-2 on the season after defeating Louisiana-Monroe 31-10 on Thursday night in Monroe, La.    

WKU senior running back Antonio Andrews rushed for 155 and a touchdown. It was Andrews' ninth rushing touchdown of the season, ranking him first in the nation. 

The Hilltoppers are now 1-1 in conference play and will return home on Tuesday, October 15th for a matchup with Louisiana-Lafayette at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium. 

Sports
12:00 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

WKU Looks for 4th Win in Thursday Night Game

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Just five days after a win over Navy, the WKU Hilltoppers travel to Louisiana tonight for a Thursday night matchup with the University of Louisiana-Monroe.   WKU is now 3-2 on the season.  Head coach Bobby Petrino says the team is looking to build on last week’s win.

“You know, when I watched [the video of] the Navy game of our defense and our special teams, I was impressed at how hard we played, how much we were flying around and how many bodies we got to the football on all the different plays,” said Petrino.  “If we play with that intensity and that speed, I think we’ll be fine.”

Louisiana-Monroe is 2-3 on the season. This will be WKU’s second Sun Belt Conference game of the season.  Kickoff is set for 6:30 CDT/7:30 EDT and the game is being nationally televised on ESPNU.  Click here for a full game preview.

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5:53 pm
Sat September 28, 2013

Andrews Leads WKU to Big Second Half, Win Over Navy in Bowling Green

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Bobby Petrino likes to throw the ball all over the field. Antonio Andrews runs the ball so well the coach has changed his ways with Western Kentucky for now.

Andrews ran for 182 yards and two touchdowns as the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers downed Navy 19-7 Saturday, beating the Midshipmen at their own ground game.

The senior running back outgained the nation's best rushing offense all by himself as Western Kentucky (3-2) held Navy to 107 yards, well below the 398 yards the Midshipmen averaged through the first two games. The Hilltoppers outgained Navy 417-183 in total offense and held the ball 37 minutes.

Petrino called it a great win. And yes, he says the Hilltoppers are a little different on offense.

"We're running the ball, and we had to just stick to it today and work hard at moving the sticks, work hard at working the clock when we had the lead," Petrino said. "I'd love to take a couple shots there, but that's not what we needed to do to win the game."

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