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9:18 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Kentucky Girls High School Basketball Champion to Be Crowned Saturday at WKU

E.A. Diddle Arena at WKU is the site of the 2014 Girls Sweet 16 tournament.
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The 2014 girls' high school basketball season will culminate Saturday night in Bowling Green.

WKU’s E. A. Diddle Arena is the site for the four-day Sweet 16 tournament that gets underway Wednesday afternoon.

Two teams from our listening area play on the tournament’s opening day, with Henderson County facing Ashland Blazer, and the Glasgow Scotties taking on Lexington Lafayette.

The fifth-region champion Elizabethtown Panthers play Sacred Heart of Louisville Thursday. Meade County faces Anderson County that day, and Corbin plays George Rogers Clark.

You can see the complete tournament bracket here.

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2:11 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

WKU Goes for Win #20 Saturday Against UT-Arlington

WKU's leading scorer is T.J. Price, who is averaging 15.5 points a game.
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The WKU men’s basketball team heads into the weekend on the verge of another 20-win season.

The Hilltoppers are traveling to the Lone Star State in search of another Sun Belt conference victory. WKU will enter Saturday night’s game against UT-Arlington with a 19-9 record, with 11 wins and four losses in the Sun Belt Conference.

You can read more about the UT-Arlington game at WKU Sports.

The Hilltoppers are in second place in the Sun Belt, behind only Georgia State.

WKU hopes to continue the momentum from Thursday's win over Texas State, which saw the Tops rally from a 12 point deficit and win by one. The team's final home game is next Thursday against Sun Belt foe Louisiana-Lafayette.

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9:54 pm
Sat February 22, 2014

WKU Jumps Out to Big Lead, Beats ULM for Tenth Sun Belt Win of Season

Trency Jackson scored 25 points and Chris Harrison-Docks added 15 as Western Kentucky got off to a fast start and beat Louisiana-Monroe 72-63 on Saturday night.

Western Kentucky (18-9, 10-4 Sun Belt Conference) raced to an 18-1 lead to start the game as Louisiana-Monroe (8-14, 5-9) struggled to score. It took the Warhawks more than 8½ minutes to make their first field goal.

The Hilltoppers held a 43-28 advantage in rebounding, which helped them overcome their own offensive struggles. Western Kentucky won their eighth game out of their last 10 despite shooting just 39.7 percent from the field and hitting only 17 of 32 field goals. The Hilltoppers also committed only six turnovers.

Tylor Ongwae scored 19 points and Jayon James had 13 for Louisiana-Monroe, which has now lost seven of its last nine.

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11:36 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

WKU Basketball To Honor Bowling Green Sharpshooter Carrier

Darel Carrier at his family's basketball court in rural Warren County.
Credit Emil Moffatt

Darel Carrier looks back on his childhood, his pro career and his three remarkable years at WKU

Darel Carrier’s new home just outside of Bowling Green features an expansive workout room in the basement. Upstairs there’s a display of many of the mementos from his distinguished college and pro basketball careers. He enjoys giving visitors a detailed tour of the home, right down to the insulation

The handsome, two-story house is a far cry from his humble beginnings in Warren County.

His family's house growing up lacked electricity or a bathroom until he was a teen, but Carrier found a way to sharpen his basketball skills.

“I saved up enough money to buy my first ball and goal. It was a little lace up ball and a goal for $3.99. I put it on the side of a corn crib and I shot with my little ball through that goal for two or three days,” said Carrier.  “My ball went over the fence and a big ol’ hog took a bite of it. That was the last of my ball.”

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5:34 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Hilltoppers To Retire Carrier's No. 35

Darel Carrier, who played for WKU from 1962-64, will have his uniform No. 35 retired Feb. 22
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Later this month, another jersey will be hoisted to the rafters at E.A. Diddle Arena.  The WKU Athletics Department has announced that Bowling Green native Darel Carrier will have his uniform No. 35 retired on February 22nd as WKU plays host to the University of Louisiana-Monroe.   

He’ll be the eight person affiliated with WKU Men’s basketball to have his jersey retired, joining E.A. Diddle, Clem Haskins, Thom Marhsall Jim McDaniels, John Oldham, Carlisle Towery and Bobby Rascoe.   Carrier was a Hilltopper from 1962 to 1964 and later played professionally in the ABA.

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1:21 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

WKU Announces Football Schedule For First Year in Conference USA

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Four new opponents highlight the WKU Hilltoppers’ 2014 football schedule.  The school’s athletic department announced the schedule Monday afternoon.  It will be the first year for the ‘Toppers in Conference USA and they’ll open up the schedule on Thursday,  Aug. 28 against Bowling Green State at L.T. Smith Stadium. 

They’ll take on Illinois for the first time in school history September 6th and will also face conference opponents Old Dominion, Texas-El Paso and Texas-San Antonio for the first time. 

Army travels to Bowling Green to take on WKU November 15th.  The school also announced its ticket plans for the 2014 season on Monday.
 

WKU 2014 Football Schedule

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Sports
5:14 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Brohm Picks Former UAB Colleague To Lead Hilltopper Offense

Tyson Helton is WKU's new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach
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WKU has a new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.  Head coach Jeff Brohm has selected Cincinnati’s Tyson Helton to fill the role that Brohm himself held last season.  Helton spent one year as special teams coordinator and tight ends coach at Cincinnati.  The Bearcats had a 9-4 season and appeared in the Belk Bowl against North Carolina.

Helton has 13 years of coaching experience, including six at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. Brohm and Helton were on the same staff at UAB in 2012.

Helton, 36, played football and earned his bachelor’s degree from Houston.  He and his wife April have two daughters, ages 10 and 8 and twin 5-year-old boys.

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9:22 am
Wed January 15, 2014

WKU Preparing for Possible NCAA Changes to Athlete Compensation

Some NCAA schools want to be able to award stipends that would cover costs not currently paid for by athletic scholarships.
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With the largest collegiate athletic conferences pushing to allow extra financial benefits for players, smaller schools like WKU are wondering how such changes would impact their bottom lines.

The issue of increasing compensation for college athletes is being discussed this week at an NCAA summit in San Diego. A group of high-profile conferences wants the ability to grant stipends that would pay for costs not covered by athletic scholarships.

NCAA President Mark Emmert recently said he believes such a stipend plan will soon become a reality.

WKU athletic director Todd Stewart says nothing is set in stone yet about how such stipends would be used.

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5:00 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Jeff Brohm Introduced as Next WKU Football Coach, Eyes Conference Championship

Jeff Brohm, who served last season as WKU offensive coordinator, is now the team's new head coach.
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WKU football is heading into a new conference with its third head coach in as many seasons.  

At a news conference Friday afternoon on campus, Jeff Brohm was introduced as the new Hilltopper head coach. Brohm served last season as WKU’s offensive coordinator under Bobby Petrino, who left this week after 13 months on the Hill to become the coach at Louisville.

Brohm was asked whether he considered going to U of L with Petrino.

“Well, that was obviously always in the discussion, and Coach (Petrino) knew what I wanted," said Brohm, a Louisville native and former star University of Louisville quarterback. "There were some things that came up before this, some opportunities that I had a chance to do."

"We sat down and talked and Coach told me I had a great opportunity to be the (WKU) head football coach if I do things right.”

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9:40 am
Fri January 10, 2014

WKU to Introduce Brohm as New Head Football Coach Friday Afternoon

Jeff Brohm will be WKU's third head football coach in three seasons.
Credit WKU Athletics

WKU will officially introduce Jeff Brohm as the school's next head football coach at a 3:30 p.m. news conference today at the Jack and Jackie Harbaugh Club at L.T. Smith Stadium.

Brohm, 42, served as WKU offensive coordinator this past season under coach Bobby Petrino, who was named the new head coach at Louisville yesterday.

Brohm played for five teams in the NFL before he began his college coaching career at Louisville. He's also been an assistant at Florida Atlantic, Illinois and UAB.

He becomes the 19th head coach in school history and the third in the last three years.

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