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8:30 am
Thu December 13, 2012

NYT: WKU Hiring of Petrino Opens Nationwide Debate on Ethics, Athletics

Bobby Petrino spoke at his introductory news conference at WKU.
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The New York Times has this story looking at WKU's hiring of Bobby Petrino as the school's next head football coach. The Times says Monday's hiring of Petrino began a discussion over  whether "Western Kentucky had made a Faustian decision to trade its morality for the possibility of on-field success."

As WKU Public Radio reported Monday, athletic director Todd Stewart said Petrino was the number one name on the school's wish list when the head coaching job opened up.

All this took place after Willie Taggart left WKU Friday to become the next head coach at the University of South Florida.

WKU has announced that despite the hiring of Petrino, WKU defensive coordinator Lance Guidry will coach the team Dec. 26 in the Little Caesar's Bowl vs. Central Michigan.

Sports
12:58 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

WKU Introduces Bobby Petrino as Next Head Football Coach

Bobby Petrino spoke at his introductory news conference at WKU.
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The new head football coach at WKU was met with applause from a room packed with people Monday afternoon. When Bobby Petrino made his way to the podium alongside WKU athletic director Todd Stewart, he was instantly recognized by college football fans in the Bluegrass State and beyond.

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Sports
8:16 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

WKU Football Coach Willie Taggart Leaving for South Florida

Willie Taggart is leaving his alma mater for South Florida.

WKU head football coach Willie Taggart is leaving the school to become the coach at the University of South Florida. Taggart is a Florida native who has been an ace Sunshine State recruiter for the Hilltoppers.

Taggart broke the news to his players after Friday's practice, and then boarded a plane that night for Florida.

At a Saturday morning news conference athletic director Todd Stewart said he, like everyone, had been hearing rumors for weeks about Taggert's future and said he really wasn't surprised given what he called the current landscape of college football.

"I was optimistic that he would stay here because of the financial package we could offer him and because, as he has frequently said, WKU is in his DNA," Stewart said, "After more than doubling his salary a year ago, we were prepared to offer him a much better contract than he even had this year but there are some ties to Florida that obviously weight heavily into the situation."

Hilltopper's tight end, senior Jack Doyle, said the team was initially shocked at the news but Stewart spoke to the players early Saturday morning.

"One thing he said was 'Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react,'" Doyle said. "So it's up to these seniors to get this team right and get them to react the right way. We've been through so much as seniors the past 4-5 years here so there's nothing that can really divide us now."

WKU defensive coordinator Lance Guidry was named interim head coach while the search for a permanent head coach is underway.

WKU will play Dec. 26 in the Little Caesar's Bowl vs. Central Michigan. The Toppers went 7-5 on the season, including wins against Kentucky, Southern Mississippi, and Sun Belt Conference champ Arkansas State.

Taggert had been earning a base salary of $425,000 a year at WKU. South Florida paid their last head coach $2 million annually. Taggert must pay WKU a $500,000 buyout.

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Sports
8:37 pm
Sun December 2, 2012

WKU Football Going Bowling in Detroit

WKU running back Antonio Andrews

For the first time since joining the Football Bowl Subdivision, the Western Kentucky University football team will play in a postseason bowl. After a 7-5 regular season, WKU formally accepted an invitation Sunday to play on Dec. 26 in Detroit in the 2012 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl. The Hilltoppers will square off against Central Michigan at 6:30 p.m. (CST) at Ford Field on ESPN.

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Sports
1:17 pm
Sun November 25, 2012

This Time, It's the Hilltoppers Who Put Together Fourth Quarter Comeback

Antonio Andrews ran early and often against North Texas.
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Just one week after seeing a fourth-quarter lead evaporate, the Western Kentucky University football team scored 15 unanswered points over the final 12:44 to come back for a 25-24 victory over North Texas Saturday on Senior Day at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium.

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Sports
11:38 am
Tue November 6, 2012

WKU vs. Louisiana-Lafayette Football Game on ESPN3

WKU running back Antonio Andrews in action last week against MTSU
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ESPN and the Sun Belt Conference announced on Tuesday at WKU’s football game at Louisiana-Lafayette on Nov. 17 will be televised exclusively on ESPN3.  Kickoff is still slated for 6 p.m.

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Sports
7:38 pm
Sat October 20, 2012

WKU Gives Up Big Lead, Loses in Overtime to Louisiana-Monroe

The WKU football team gave the homecoming crowd reason to cheer in the first half of their Sun Belt matchup with Louisiana-Monroe, then sent the fans home dejected as the Warhawks won in overtime, 43-42.

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Sports
11:10 am
Sat October 20, 2012

Gameday Central: WKU Hopes for 3-0 Sun Belt Start Vs. Louisiana-Monroe

WKU mascot, Big Red

The WKU football team is looking to continue its hot streak with a win Saturday afternoon against Louisiana-Monroe. It's Homecoming Day at WKU, and fans and alumni have been on campus since early morning, grilling out and visiting with old friends.

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Sports
8:44 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Hilltoppers Hope Homecoming Matchup Will Lead to Bowl Eligibility

WKU running back Antonio Andrews
WKU Sports Communications

WKU’s weekend football matchup with Louisiana-Monroe is important on several levels. For starters, it’s WKU’s homecoming game. It’s also an historic event. Saturday’s game will be the first time two Sun Belt teams receiving votes in a Top 25 poll will face off.

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Sports
10:27 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

WKU Hilltoppers Run Record to 5-1, Win on the Road at Troy

WKU fell behind early, but rallied to win at Troy Thursday night to extend their winning streak to four. The Hilltoppers' 31-26 win came despite trailing by ten in the first quarter, several lost fumbles, and numerous penalties.

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