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The Kentucky High School Athletic Association says it’s monitoring the weather situation related to the six football championship games being played Friday and Saturday at LT Smith Stadium in Bowling Green.

A cold front is expected to hit the area Friday, with snow, sleet, and ice possible.

At this point, the KHSAA says its schedule remains the same, with game being played at 11 am, 3 pm, and 7 pm central time each day.

However, the group says a final determination will be made Friday morning concerning the evening game and the three Saturday contests.

Here is the current schedule for the six title games (all times central):

Friday, Dec. 6

11:00 am: Mayfield (13-1) vs. Williamsburg (11-2) in Class 1A championship

3:00 pm: Wayne County (13-0) vs. Belfry (13-1) in Class 3A championship

7:00 pm: Meade County (12-2) vs. Scott County (14-0) in Class 5A championship

Saturday, Dec. 7

11:00 am: DeSales (13-1) vs. Newport Catholic Central (10-4) in Class 2A championship

3:00 pm: Collins (12-2) vs. Ft. Thomas Highlands (13-1) in Class 4A championship

7:00 pm: Bowling Green (13-0) vs. Pulaski County (14-0) in Class 5A championship

John Hardin High School defensive tackle Matt Elam received news this week that he is the winner of the Paul Hornung Award, given annually to the top high school football player in the commonwealth.

The 6-foot-6 inch, 360-pound Elam is ranked the number seven overall prospect in the nation by one recruiting service, and has narrowed his college choices to Alabama, Notre Dame, and Kentucky.

He’s recovering from a partially dislocated patella suffered during the high school playoffs, which caused him to miss John Hardin’s 5-A semifinal loss to Bowling Green last Friday.

Elam will receive the Hornung Award Dec. 17 at a ceremony in Louisville.

Quarterback Brandon Doughty found Willie McNeal in the end zone with 10 seconds remaining in the game lifting WKU to  a 34-31 win over Arkansas State Saturday at L.T. Smith Stadium.  It was the Hilltoppers fourth straight win as they finished the regular season with an 8-4 record and a 4-3 mark in conference play.

Doughty completed 21 of 37 passes for 255 yards in the game and three touchdowns.

"Wow. What a great win for us," said head coach Bobby Petrino. "I’m just really proud of our players. We stuck together and kept competing. We had a number of things that didn’t go our way and certainly could have cashed it in. It just a credit to our seniors"

Western Kentucky is bowl eligible and now awaits word on a possible bowl berth.

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A Saturday afternoon matchup with Arkansas State wraps up Western Kentucky's 2013 regular season. The Hilltoppers have won three straight games heading into Senior Day. Standouts Antonio Andrews and Luis Polanco will be playing their final game at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium.

"The first year here we were 2-10 and we gradually progressed as time went on and just really learned how to truly play the game and how to continue to have fun as you're learning it," said Andrews.  "And we really got to know each other along the way."

At 7-4 heading into Saturday's game, WKU is bowl eligible for a third straight year. Saturday's game will be broadcast by ESPN3 and kickoff is set for 3 p.m.

The next WKU men’s basketball recruiting class features players from three different parts of the country.

WKU head basketball coach Ray Harper announced today that the school has received national letters of intent from Justin Johnson of Hazard, Kentucky; Derrick Clayton from Castro Valley, California; and Avery Patterson of Decatur, Georgia.

Johnson  is a 6'7" forward who averaged over 16 points and 10 rebounds a game as a junior at Perry County Central High School last season. 

Clayton is a 6'5" guard who scored 17 points a game as a junior in California.

Patterson is from the same high school in Georgia that produced current Hilltopper Niger Snipes. Coach Harper says he believes the 6'1" guard can compete for playing time as a freshman next season.

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WKU senior Antonio Andrews has been named a semifinalist for the 2013 Doak Walker Award, given annually to the nation’s best college running back.

Andrews leads the nation in all-purpose yardage with nearly 2,200 yards and ranks second nationally in total rushing yards.

Andrews is one of ten semifinalists being considered for the award. Members of the Doak Walker Award National Selection Committee will next cast their votes for three finalists, who will be named November 25.

The winner of the award will be announced December 12.

The WKU men's basketball team dropped its season opener against Wichita State early Tuesday morning, as the teams played at midnight as part of ESPN's college basketball Tip-Off Marathon.

The Shockers, coming off a Final Four season, beat the Hilltoppers 66-49 in Wichita in front of a crowd of 10,506.

T.J. Price and Aleksej Rostov led the Hilltoppers with 12 points each. Fred VanVleet scored 17 points for Wichita State, which also had three others score in double figures.

WKU begins a three-game stretch at E.A. Diddle Saturday night against East Tennessee State.

WKU Women Lose, Too

The Vanderbilt women's team put together a big second-half run in beating the WKU Lady Toppers 85-60 Monday night in Nashville.

The WKU men’s basketball team opens up its season in unusual fashion Monday evening.

Actually, make that Tuesday morning.

The Hilltoppers are on the road at Wichita State for a game that begins at midnight Tuesday morning. The unorthodox scheduling is a result of WKU’s participation in ESPN’s Tip-Off Marathon, an event the network has billed as “24 hours of hoops.”

The WKU-Wichita State game is being televised on ESPN2.  

The WKU women’s basketball team is also kicking off its regular season, and  looking to win on the road against Vanderbilt for the first time in nearly 15 years. The Lady Hilltoppers play the Commodores tonight at 7 p.m. at Memorial Gymnasium in Nashville.

The WKU women’s team won its season-opener Saturday against Austin Peay.

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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.”

WKU Wins Big in Atlanta over Georgia State

Nov 3, 2013

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).

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