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WKU women’s basketball team is eyeing a return trip to the NCAA tournament.  Last spring, the team made its first appearance in “The Big Dance” since 2008. 

Head coach Michelle Clark-Heard took questions Tuesday during basketball media day. She says the team will be tested early with a season-opening WNIT appearance and then a trip to Louisville.

“I can’t look into the crystal ball and tell you what our record will be or how many wins we’ll get,” said Clark-Heard.  “But, I can tell you one thing and I can promise you. We’re going to play as hard and we’re going to compete and we’re going to have a chance to be in the ballgame the last five minutes.  When we do that, I think we’ll have the opportunity to get the girls in the position to have a chance to win.”

In March, the WKU women lost to Baylor 87-74 in the first round of the NCAA tournament

Both WKU basketball teams were beset by key injuries last season.

Men’s basketball coach Ray Harper also met with the media Tuesday.  His team opens the season November 15th against Austin Peay.

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Jimmy Feix could be posthumously honored with induction into the College Football Hall of Fame next year. The winningest coach in WKU football history is back on the ballot for 2015. 

Feix died earlier this month at age 83.  He was previously nominated for the hall in 1997.  Only 207 coaches in college football history are in the Hall of Fame.

Saturday’s game for WKU marks the first time they’ve played at home since Feix’s passing.  The university will observe a moment of silence before the game.

Photo Gallery: Hilltopper Hysteria

Oct 20, 2014
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The WKU basketball season kicked off ceremonially Saturday at Hilltopper Hysteria at Diddle Arena. Fans came to watch the scrimmages, a three-point contest, dunk contest, and performances by the cheerleaders and Topperettes.

Coaches and players each had their chance in the spotlight as they were introduced to the crowd, dancing and posing to songs of the choice. For the first few minutes of the men's scrimmage, coach Ray Harper provided humorous play-by-play. The evening ended with a chance for fans to meet and get autographs from their favorite players.

The women's season opens at home against Bellarmine November 7 at 7 PM and the men's opens at home November 10 against Pikeville.

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WKU's search for its first conference win of the season goes on. The Toppers fell to 0-3 in Conference USA play after a 45-38 loss to Florida Atlantic on Saturday in Boca Raton, Fla.

A 61-yard touchdown pass thrown by quarterback Jacquez Johnson put FAU ahead with just 1:23 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Despite scoring at least 34 points for the eighth consecutive game, WKU lost its fourth game of the year to drop to 2-4.

WKU returns home Saturday for 3 p.m. matchup with Old Dominion at L.T. Smith Stadium.

Derrick Gordon began his college basketball career at WKU. He later transferred to the University of Massachusetts, and he is now the first openly gay athlete to compete in Division I men's basketball. He recently spoke to ESPN about his decision to come out. "I was coming out or giving up basketball," Gordon said. "It was breaking me down."

Photo Gallery: WKU Football vs. UAB

Oct 6, 2014
Abbey Oldham

The WKU football team was unsuccessful in its quest for the team's first Conference USA win this weekend. Visiting UAB defeated the Toppers 42-39. WKU is 2-3 so far this season. The Toppers will face Florida Atlantic on October 18. The Toppers next home game is on Saturday, October 25 at 3 p.m. against Old Dominion. 

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Services have been announced to remember the life of former WKU football coach Jimmy Feix.  Visitation for Feix will take place Wednesday from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. CDT at First Baptist Church in Bowling Green. A memorial service is set for Thursday morning at 11 a.m. at the same locatin.

In addition, the Hilltoppers football team will wear a special memorial decal for Feix on the back of their helmets.  There will also be a moment of silence and a tribute video before the team’s next home game October 25th. 

Feix, the school's all-time winningest head football coach, died Sunday at age 83.

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Jimmy Feix, who became the first Western Kentucky University football player to earn All-America honors, and later, the school's winningest head coach, died Sunday afternoon.  He was 83 years old.

“He is the coach. He’s the heart-and-soul of Hilltopper football,” said Paul Just, WKU’s sports information director emeritus.   “He lived it as a player, he lived it as an assistant coach, he lived it as a head coach; he lived it as the A.D.”

Funeral arrangements are pending.  Feix is survived by his wife Frankie, two adult sons and several grandchildren.  News of Feix’s passing was announced by the university Sunday night.

James Wyne Feix was born in Henderson on Aug. 1, 1931 and first made his mark on the Hill in the early 1950s as a quarterback for Western.  He was named to the All-Ohio Valley Conference team in 1951 and 1952. He led the team to a conference championship in 1952.

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Quarterback Brandon Doughty threw two touchdown passes and defensive back Wonderful Terry returned a late interception for a touchdown as WKU topped Navy 36-27 Saturday afternoon in Annapolis, Md.

With the win, WKU's record improved to 2-2 on the season.It marks the second year in a row the Toppers have beaten the Midshipmen. 

Terry's interception came with 56 seconds remaining in the game and sealed the win for WKU. It was his first career interception. 

Doughty added to his season totals with a 387 passing yard day. 

 WKU returns to Bowling Green next Saturday for a home game against Alabama-Birmingham.

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After posting a perfect 2-0 record against service academies last year, the WKU football team will try to continue that success Saturday afternoon when it faces Navy in Annapolis, Maryland. 

The Hilltoppers beat Navy last year 19-7 in Bowling Green, but head coach Jeff Brohm says the Midshipmen will be a tough opponent again.

“We think we have a good plan in place, but like I said, they’ve seen some of this plan before, so I’m sure they have something to counteract it,” said Brohm. "We’ve got to be creative and aggressive and do some different things as well. But it will definitely be a challenge to stop that option attack.”

WKU returns to action this after two straight losses and a bye week.  Navy enters the game with a 2-2 record after losing to Rutgers last week. Game time is 2:30 central and the game will be broadcast by CBS Sports Network.

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WKU quarterback Brandon Doughty is being honored for his record-breaking performance in Saturday’s loss to Middle Tennessee.

The Blue Raiders beat the Hilltoppers 50-47 in double overtime, dropping WKU to 1-2 on the season.

The loss came despite Doughty’s 593 yards in passing and four touchdowns. The passing yards set WKU and Conference USA records, and earned the senior quarterback the league’s Offensive Player of the Week  award for the second time this season.

Doughty was previously recognized after he threw for 569 yards against Bowling Green State in WKU’s season-opening win.

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A 100-year-old rivalry lived up to the billing Saturday night as WKU and Middle Tennessee State battled into a third overtime before the Blue Raiders prevailed 50-47 in Murfreesboro.

The loss drops the Hilltoppers record to 1-2 on the season. 

A 25-yard touchdown pass from MTSU quarterback Austin Grammar to Ed'Marques Batties in the third overtime was the game-winner.

It was the second time in school history WKU went to triple overtime. The only other time it happened was in 1997 against Murray State. 

Toppers' quarterback Brandon Doughty threw for a school record 593 yards in the game, part of a 718-yard output from the WKU offense, also a new school record. 

Next up, WKU travels to Annapolis to face Navy  Sept. 27.

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WKU has announced the names of four individuals who will make up the 24th class of the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame. The quartet will be inducted during WKU’s homecoming weekend, Nov 7-9.

The four are:

  • Dan King/ Men’s Basketball 1952-54; Baseball 1952-54

King helped the basketball team win 85 percent of its games during his time on the Hill, and a star on the school’s 1954 team that won 4th place in the NIT. Coach E.A. Diddle oncecalled King, a 6’5” power forward, the fastest player he ever coached.

King also once pitched both games of a doubleheader and won both contests. He helped lead the WKU baseball team to two Ohio Valley Conference championships, in 1952 and 1953.

  •  Darnell Mee/ Men’s Basketball 1991-93

Mee was named an All-America selection in 1993, the same year he helped lead the Hilltoppers to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. Mee scored 1,253 points during his career, ranking him 18th all-time on that list. He was drafted by the Golden State Warriors in 1993 and played in Denver from 1993 to 1995.

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The Hilltoppers bid to go 2-0 on the new football season looked good through three quarters Saturday afternoon in Champaign, Ill. 

But Illinois scored 21 points in the fourth quarter for a 42-34 win.

WKU quarterback Brandon Doughty amassed 297 passing yards on the day, completing two touchdown passes. But he also threw a critical interception late. 

WKU running back Leon Allen ran for 184 yards on 24 carries with a touchdown.  

The Hilltoppers, now 1-1 on the year, face Middle Tennessee State next week in Murfreesboro. 

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WKU basketball fans who watch Saturday’s U.S.A-Mexico FIBA World Cup game will recognize one of the Mexican players from his time on the Hill.

Guard Orlando Mendez-Valdez played at WKU from 2005 to 2009, and was a key member of the Hilltoppers’ 2008 team that reached the NCAA tournament’s Sweet 16. Mendez-Valdez plays in a professional league in Mexico, and has been a key contributor to the country’s World Cup team.

The U.S. team went 5-0 in the tournament’s group stage, and is led by a group of NBA stars including James Harden, Derrick Rose, and former University of Kentucky standout Anthony Davis.

The U.S. takes on Mexico in the knockout stage of the FIBA World Cup Saturday at 9 a.m. central. The game is being televised on ESPN 2.

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