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The WKU volleyball team captured the Conference USA championship and the football team became bowl eligible this weekend. 

WKU volleyball beat Rice 3-2 to win the conference tournament championship on Sunday and now advances to the NCAA tournament. The team will find out when it will play next during the tournament selection show Nov. 30. 

The football team powered past UT-San Antonio 45-7 on Saturday at L.T. Smith Stadium.  With the win, the Toppers became bowl eligible for a fourth straight season.

Also, the women's basketball team appeared in the finals of the preseason Women's National Invite Tournament, but fell to Mississippi State 88-77 on Sunday afternoon in Starkville, Miss.

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Lindsey Wilson College is making history this weekend.

The Adair County school is hosting four first-round national tournament events Saturday, the first time that’s been done in the history of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

Here’s a rundown of what the day has in store for Blue Raider fans:

  • Football: LWC vs. Faulkner University (AL), noon at Blue Raider Stadium
  • Women’s Soccer: LWC vs. Columbia College (MO), 4:30pm at Reuling Stadium
  • Volleyball: LWC vs. Xavier University (LA), 6:30pm at Biggers Sports Center
  • Men’s Soccer: LWC vs. Lindenwood University-Belleville (Illinois), 7:30pm at Reuling Stadium

Lindsey Wilson Director of Public Affairs Duane Bonifer says some extremely dedicated fans plan to attend all four events.

“We’ve heard from a lot of Blue Raider fans from throughout the Columbia-Adair County area who have asked if the dining center is going to be open special hours so that they can fit in meals between events,” Bonifer told WKU Public Radio.

Bonifer is also predicting that more than a few pizza deliveries will be made to campus Saturday.

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Kentucky’s six high school state football championship games will remain in Bowling Green through 2018.

The Kentucky High School Athletic Association announced Tuesday that it will continue its partnership with WKU and Russell Athletic for at least four more years. KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett says while there are larger football stadiums in the Commonwealth, WKU’s L.T. Smith Stadium offers the perfect venue for the games.

“And what we hear from the fans that come, from the coaches who come, to the players who have played here is that the intimacy of a packed or a nearly packed house sometimes trumps some of the bells and whistles that they’ll never see anyway.”

The state football championships moved to Bowling Green in 2009 after 30 years in Louisville. W-K-U Athletic Director Todd Stewart says his school’s coaching staff loves hosting the games because it exposes potential recruits and their families to the campus, stadium, and community.

“Our coaches have always felt that if they can get a recruit here on campus then we have a great chance to get them, because they’ll see everything. And so for us to have six state championship football games here every year, which is obviously bringing 12 high-caliber teams here , exposes our program to them, and vice-versa.”

The 2014 state championship games will be played at WKU December 5-6.

Before kickoff of the November 15, 2014 matchup between Army and WKU Football, WKU President Gary Ransdell delivered the game ball from 13,500 feet above Houchens-Smith Stadium in a tandem jump with the US Army Golden Knights.

President Ransdell jumped in tandem with SFC Chris Acevedo and SFC Noah Watts provided aerial videography.

Thanks to WKU PBS and the U.S. Army for sharing this behind-the-scenes video with us!

Photo Gallery: WKU vs. Army Football

Nov 15, 2014
Abbey Oldham

WKU defeated the Army Black Knights 52-24 at L.T. Smith Stadium on Saturday, November 15, 2014. Before the game, the Golden Knights parachuted into the stadium; Dr. Gary Ransdell did a tandem jump with one of the Knights into the practice field with the game ball. Leon Allen carried the ball for 345 yards, breaking the single game record for WKU and Conference USA. WKU has one more home football game Saturday, November 22 at 11AM against University of Texas San Antonio. 

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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
Abbey Oldham

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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