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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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