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."
By Jeff Goodman | ESPN.com AMHERST, Mass. -- UMass guard Derrick Gordon told ESPN that he would have quit basketball if he did not come out publicly as gay last April. The 6-foot-2 junior, who averaged 9.4 points last season for a UMass team that lost to Tennessee in the NCAA tournament, said he was beyond miserable and was on the verge of quitting the sport.
Just below Cherry Hall, one of WKU's grandest buildings, sits nearly 200,000 square feet of new student housing, built at a cost of $24 million. There is also a 30,000-square-foot, $10 million alumni center, and a 72,500-square-foot, $14.5 million Hyatt Place hotel scheduled to open in 2015. The New York Times profiled the partnership between WKU and Bowling Green that has impacted both campus and community.
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - When Gary A. Ransdell, the president of Western Kentucky University, invites alumni to view this city's redeveloping downtown from his university's hilltop campus, the response is almost always exclamations of surprise. Just below Cherry Hall, one of the 108-year-old university's grandest buildings, sits nearly 200,000 square feet of new student housing, built at a cost of $24 million.
Western Kentucky University women’s basketball coach Michelle Clark-Heard announced the addition of three signees on Wednesday as the NCAA early signing period got underway. WKU was able to address its need for size with 6-foot forward Aleeya Harris (San Antonio, Texas; John Jay HS) and 6-foot-2 Bria Gaines (Glenwood, Ill.; Bloom Township HS).