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Former WKU Olympian Honored by Tennessee Titans

Oct 25, 2012

Former WKU swimmer and Olympic gold medalist Claire Donahue will be honored this weekend by the Tennessee Titans, according to a release from WKU athletics.  Donahue will be named the "12th Titan" at Sunday's game against the Indianapolis Colts in Nashville.

WKU has been picked to finish third in the Sunbelt Conference East, and sophomores George Fant and T.J. Price were named Preseason All-Sun Belt Conference performers. Voting was done by the league's head coaches and announced Wednesday in conjunction with conference media day activities.

The WKU football team gave the homecoming crowd reason to cheer in the first half of their Sun Belt matchup with Louisiana-Monroe, then sent the fans home dejected as the Warhawks won in overtime, 43-42.

The WKU football team is looking to continue its hot streak with a win Saturday afternoon against Louisiana-Monroe. It's Homecoming Day at WKU, and fans and alumni have been on campus since early morning, grilling out and visiting with old friends.

Three traditional college basketball powerhouses in our region are 1-2-3 in a major preseason ranking. Indiana, Louisville, and Kentucky appear set to have outstanding seasons and contend for national championships.

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WKU’s weekend football matchup with Louisiana-Monroe is important on several levels. For starters, it’s WKU’s homecoming game. It’s also an historic event. Saturday’s game will be the first time two Sun Belt teams receiving votes in a Top 25 poll will face off.

WKU fell behind early, but rallied to win at Troy Thursday night to extend their winning streak to four. The Hilltoppers' 31-26 win came despite trailing by ten in the first quarter, several lost fumbles, and numerous penalties.

The WKU Hilltopper football team hopes to break a bad streak of luck at Troy's Veterans Memorial Stadium. WKU is winless in its first four games there, dropping its last contest at Troy in November of 2010.

The WKU football team's stout defense has been one of the main reasons behind the team's 4-1 start this season. One of the team's best defenders so far has been fifth-year senior Quanterus Smith. How has yoga made the WKU defensive end one of the nation's best pass rushers? The Courier-Journal has the details in this nice profile of Smith.

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WKU quarterback Kawuan Jakes will start Thursday night’s game against Troy, but will wear a brace to protect his injured left knee. Jakes was hurt during WKU’s win over Arkansas State Sept. 29 and didn’t play in the second half.

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As the Major League Baseball play-offs get underway, many teams are counting on strong pitching staffs to move them closer to the World Series. For many fans, it can be difficult to tell what's going on when a pitcher changes speeds or tries to fool a hitter with a slider or cut fastball. WKU head baseball coach Matt Myers says the  art of pitching can be more difficult than some fans might realize. 

Facing a 13-point halftime deficit and an apparent knee injury to starting quarterback Kawuan Jakes, the WKU Hilltoppers scored 26 unanswered second half points to win their Sun Belt conference opener against Arkansas State.

The WKU football team will be without one of its star defenders during this Saturday’s Sun Belt conference opener. The league is upholding a one-game suspension of Hilltopper safety Jonathan Dowling, who was ejected from last Saturday’s win against Southern Mississippi.

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The WKU football team faced questions this week about whether they could focus on Saturday night's opponent following the jubilation of their win last week against Kentucky. The answer to those questions would be a resounding "yes."

Kevin Willis

It's not every day you run into a national championship-winning football coach. Jack Harbaugh and his wife, Jackie, are on WKU's campus Friday ahead of Saturday night's game against Southern Miss. The two will be honored before the game in an on-the-field ceremony.