The WKU Hilltopper basketball team battled from behind to win the Sun Belt Conference basketball tournament championship game Tuesday night. Ray Harper's Hilltopper squad used tough defense and determined play on the boards to defeat North Texas by a final score of 74 to 70. The Hilltoppers had to win four games in four days to advance as tournament champions, and win a trip to the NCAA championship.
Western Kentucky University Athletics Director Ross Bjork announced Sunday that Ray Harper will have the word "interim" removed from his title and become the school's 14th full-time men's basketball coach.
Harper has led the Hilltoppers since Ken McDonald was fired from the job in early January.
Before coming to WKU to serve as an assistant coach, Harper won four lower-division national championships while head coach at Kentucky Wesleyan College in Owensboro and Oklahoma City University.
A deaf University of Kentucky football season ticket holder and the university have settled a lawsuit over closed-captioning at Wildcat home games. Charles Mitchell of Lancaster filed suit in May, seeking to force the University to put captions for all game announcements on the scoreboard of the stadium, under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Officials from the Bowling Green Hot Rods and WKU have announced that the Sun Belt Conference Baseball Tournament will be held at Bowling Green Ballpark May 23rd through 27th. WKU will play host to the top eight teams in the Sun Belt Conference, with each team guaranteed to play three games in the round robin format.
Bowling Green, Ky – WKU Athletics Director Ross Bjork Friday afternoon officially introduced Ray Harper as the Hilltopper's interim head coach. This comes after Ken McDonald was fired following a 5-11 start to the season. Bjork said a national search will get underway to identify the next full-time head coach. Bjork added Harper would be considered for the full-time job. Kevin Willis covered today's announcement and has this report.
WKU basketball coach Ken McDonald has been fired. A statement released by the school this morning says assistant coach Ray Harper has been named interim coach. The Toppers are 5-11 so far this season, and lost at home Thursday night to Louisiana-Lafayette.
Bowling Green, KY – Administrators in the WKU Athletics Department are urging sports fans in the region to order tickets for upcoming games. Athletics Director Ross Bjork says ticket sales are part of an overall marketing strategy. He points to the football program as a key to the success of marketing efforts.