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WKU will have some new future Sun Belt conference football opponents. The conference realignment that has impacted so many schools throughout the nation is also being felt in the Sun Belt.

Former WKU defensive back Derrius Brooks has signed a free-agent contract with the NFL’s Cincinnati Bengals. Brooks wasn’t picked in last week’s NFL draft, but many players who aren’t drafted later sign free agent deals with teams of their choice.

There's no such thing as an "off-season" for a college basketball coach. Michelle Clark-Heard is someone who knows this well. Clark-Heard is the head coach of the WKU women's basketball team. Since she was hired in late March, the Louisville native has been evaluating her roster, hiring assistant coaches, scouting potential recruits, and attending tournaments with traveling all-star teams.

WKU has a new women’s head basketball coach. Former WKU Player and University of Louisville assistant Michelle Clark-Heard was introduced Thursday afternoon as the new leader of the Lady Hilltoppers.

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.

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.

Bowling Green, Ky – When the WKU football team wanted a new series of "old school" looking uniforms, they didn't have to look far for a manufacturer. Russell Athletic is about a 10 minute drive from LT Smith Houchens stadium. The partnership provides Russell with a lab where they can test the latest uniform styles and technology, and it gives WKU the chance to have cutting-edge apparel. Kevin Willis has this story.

Bowling Green, Ky – WKU and Russell Athletic are extending a contract that provides athletic apparel for WKU's 19 sports teams. Kevin Willis has this story.

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