WKU President Gary Ransdell spoke to reporters Wednesday afternoon after if was announced that Ross Bjork had become the new Athletics Director at the University of Mississippi. Ransdell says Bjork frist told him he was a finalist for the job at Ole Miss last Thursday, following WKU's loss to Kentucky in the NCAA tournament.
Dr. Ransdell admitted the timing was a bit awkward, but he complimented Bjork on his two-year tenure at WKU, and wished him nothing but the best moving forward. The WKU President said Ole Miss was getting a "great AD."
The WKU Hilltoppers hoped to pull off the biggest NCAA tournament upset in history. Instead, the overall #1 seed showed why they earned that ranking. Kentucky beat WKU 81-66 Thursday night in a game that often wasn't even that close. Terrence Jones scored 22 points for the Wildcats, and three other UK players scored in double-digits.
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.