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3:04 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Daily News: Former WKU Coach Dennis Felton to Help Celebrate 50 Seasons of Diddle Saturday

Former WKU coach Dennis Felton

WKU basketball fans will have a chance to welcome back a familiar face Saturday night.

Former Hilltopper Coach Dennis Felton will be at E.A. Diddle Arena when WKU takes on Arkansas State. The appearance is part of WKU's celebration of 50 seasons at the iconic basketball arena.

The Bowling Green Daily News notes Felton, who coached WKU from 1998-2003, has kept in touch with the Hilltopper program through his friendships with current coach Ray Harper and assistant coach David Boyden, who played for Felton at WKU.

The Hilltoppers are 13-11 on the season, and 7-6 in Sun Belt Conference play. WKU hosts Arkansas State Saturday at 7:00 p.m.

Sports
8:09 am
Fri February 8, 2013

It's a Good Night in Texas for WKU Basketball

WKU ended a six-game road losing streak and made it back-to-back conference wins with a 70-59 victory Thursday night at Sun Belt Conference West Division preseason favorite North Texas. WKU is now 13-11 overall and 7-6 in conference play.

Nine Hilltoppers played at least 10 minutes in the game, and all nine scored. Jamal Crook and George Fant led WKU with 14 points apiece, with Fant adding eight rebounds and Crook contributing six boards and three assists. Brandon Harris scored 10 points in 22 minutes, and O'Karo Akamune tied a career high with eight points on 4-of-6 shooting in 13 minutes off the bench.

North Texas jumped on WKU from the start and led 8-0 after 3:44 gone by on the strength of six early points by Mitchell. The Mean Green led 21-13 after a Jordan Williams slam dunk, but WKU closed the half on a 14-3 run to lead 27-24 at the intermission.

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Sports
10:42 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Ali is Fine, Despite Reports

Muhammad Ali's daughter knocked down rumors of her father being near death Sunday, saying he was at home watching the Super Bowl. 

May May Ali said she talked to her father Sunday morning on the phone and he was fine. She said he was watching the Super Bowl at home in Arizona, wearing a Baltimore Ravens jersey.

The family later posted a photo on Twitter of Ali sitting in a chair wearing a Baltimore Ravens T-shirt.

The rumors were started by a report in a British tabloid quoting Ali's brother as saying the former heavyweight champion was near death. The report was widely repeated on the Internet, drawing expressions of condolences on Twitter and Facebook.

Ali suffers from Parkinson's disease. He celebrated his 71st birthday last month.

Sports
8:09 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Harbaugh Parents Feel Full Gamut of Emotions Following Super Bowl

Jim Harbaugh (left), and his brother, John

Former WKU football coach Jack Harbaugh and his wife, Jackie, knew all along they would have a son coach the winning Super Bowl team.

They also knew they'd have a son coach the losing team. That's what happens when your oldest son, John, coaches Baltimore, and your youngest son, Jim, leads the 49ers.

ESPN's Greg Garber has this great look at what it was like for the Harbaugh parents following Baltimore's win over San Francisco.

"In my 43 years as a coach, that was the most difficult game ever," Jack Harbaugh told Garber in the minutes following the big game.

Sports
9:33 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Harbaugh: Seeing Sons Face Each Other is the Most Difficult Thing in Sports

Jackie and Jack Harbaugh, visiting WKU in Sept. 2012
Credit Kevin Willis

Audio archive of Jack Harbaugh recalls what it was like watching the Ravens play the 49ers in 2011.

Fans of the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens have good reason to be nervous as their teams prepare for Super Bowl Sunday. But nobody will have a more conflicted set of emotions Sunday night than former WKU football coach Jack Harbaugh and his wife, Jackie.

The Harbaugh's sons are the two head coaches of 49ers and Ravens, meaning one child is guaranteed to win the year's biggest game, and another is guaranteed to lose.

Last fall the Harbaugh parents visited WKU when the school honored the Jack Harbaugh-led 2002 WKU football team that won the 1-AA NCAA national championship. WKU Public Radio interviewed Coach Harbaugh, and asked him about the prospects of a Super Bowl matchup between his sons' teams.

Jack Harbaugh told us what it was like the previous time the 49ers and Ravens played, on Thanksgiving night in 2011.

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Sports
3:48 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

WKU's Claire Donahue Goes for Gold in London

This is an entry by WKYU-FM in the category of Continuing Coverage for the 2013 PRNDI awards.

This entry contains a feature report and two interviews done by WKYU-FM's Joe Corcoran.

In 2012, WKU graduate and former swimmer Claire Donahue had a great chance at qualifying for the U.S. Olympic women's swim team. In the first part of our entry, Joe put together a preview piece on all the work Claire had done to prepare for Olympic qualifying in Knoxville, Tennessee.

The second part is an interview with Claire the day after she qualified for the U.S. team.

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Sports
5:06 pm
Sun January 27, 2013

With Harbaugh Boys Set to Meet in Super Bowl, Old Photos Surface--of Family Fun

Jackie, Jim, John, and Jack Harbaugh
Credit Harbaugh Family

History will be made next Sunday when Jim and John Harbaugh lead their teams into Super Bowl XLVII. The game will mark the first time ever two brothers have coached in the same Super Bowl.

The Harbaugh boys have a strong connection to WKU. Their father, Jack, earned a reputation as a great coach and even better person when he was head coach of the WKU Hilltoppers from 1989-2002, winning the 1-AA NCAA national championship in his final season.

CNNSI.com has published a wonderful set of old black-and-white photographs of the Harbaugh boys growing up, alongside Jack and mother Jackie.

Sports
11:00 am
Sat January 26, 2013

WKU's Claire Donahue Goes for Gold in London

This is a WKYU-FM entry in the category of Best Continuing Coverage for the 2013 Kentucky Associated Press Broadcasters Awards for Radio.

This entry contains a feature report and two interviews done by WKYU-FM's Joe Corcoran.

In 2012, WKU graduate and former swimmer Claire Donahue had a great chance at qualifying for the U.S. Olympic women's swim team. In the first part of our entry, Joe put together a preview piece on all the work Claire had done to prepare for Olympic qualifying in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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Sports
7:45 am
Sat January 26, 2013

WKU's Doyle Hopes to Impress NFL Scouts at Senior Bowl

Jack Doyle
Credit WKU Athletics

While the college football season is long over, there's an important game Saturday for Hilltopper tight end Jack Doyle.

The former WKU standout finds himself in Mobile, Ala., this weekend to participate in the Senior Bowl. The game is a showcase for some of the nation's less publicized players, and is an opportunity to convince NFL teams they can make it at football's highest level.

Bowling Green Daily News sports reporter Chad Bishop has a great article about the Senior Bowl and the prospects for Doyle, who earned the nickname "Mr. Reliable" during his time at WKU.

WKU Athletic Spending
3:17 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

WKU Faculty Regent: Increased Spending on Athletics, Petrino Contract "Very Troubling"

The WKU faculty regent says she is hearing a great deal of concern from her colleagues concerning the new contract awarded to the school's football coach. History Professor Patti Minter was the lone voice of dissent at Friday's Board of Regents meeting when coach Bobby Petrino's $850,000 dollar contract was approved.

"Decisions like this hire demonstrate that WKU is still committed to funding entertainment at all costs, even as our enrollment flattens, our debt load expands, and our sources of new revenue dry up," Dr. Minter told the Board.

"To state the obvious, WKU must put the money into the academic mission and recognize the faculty and staff who fulfill it are as important as brick-and-mortar and extra-curricular concerns, because when funding is scarce, non-academic projects and extra-curriculars do not teach students, engage in research or public service, or retain the students which is obviously the key to our financial future."

No other regents commented on Minter's statements or the contract before the vote was taken.

After Petrino's contract was approved, Dr. Minter told WKU Public Radio her vote wasn't meant as a slight against athletics, but is instead a protest against what she sees as misplaced priorities at the school.

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