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11:13 am
Wed March 6, 2013

WKU's Clark-Heard Named Sun Belt Coach of the Year, Gooch and Govan Earn First Team Honors

WKU's Chastity Gooch is the 2013 Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Year, and a member of the All-Conference First Team.
Credit WKU Athletics

WKU’s Michelle Clark-Heard has been named the Sun Belt Conference Women’s Basketball Coach of the Year. Two of her players—sophomores Chastity Gooch and Alexis Govan—were named First Team All-Conference selections in a survey of the league’s coaches and media members.

Gooch was also named Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year.

Voters recognized Coach Clark-Heard for turning the team around in her first season on the hill. The Lady Hilltoppers take a 20-9 record into this week’s conference championships. Last season, the team won only nine games.

Gooch has averaged 16 points and 11 rebounds this season. Govan averaged over 20 points a game, and hit more than 42-percent of her three-point attempts.

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Education
12:29 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

First Lady Jane Beshear Kicks of Literacy Celebration Week at WKU

Kentucky's 2013 Literacy Celebration Week is underway.

Kentucky's First Lady says new technology is offering young people new ways to access reading materials. Jane Beshear kicked off the 2013 Literacy Celebration Week Monday at WKU by speaking to an education class about the impact of reading on college readiness.

Mrs. Beshear says it doesn't matter if young people read books the old-fashioned way, or if they use an mobile electronic reader.

"I don't care how they read, as long as they read. We're in the technology age, so that's as engaging as anything. So if that's what it takes to get them involved, then I'm all for it."

After her visit to WKU, the Kentucky First Lady then toured the Housing Authority of Bowling Green to talk about how literacy growth can be incorporated into after-school programs.

Education
10:13 pm
Sun March 3, 2013

Former WKU President Donald Zacharias Dies at Age of 77

Former WKU President Donald Zacharias
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Donald W. Zacharias, who spent six years as president of Western Kentucky University and then led Mississippi State University, has died of complications from multiple sclerosis, Mississippi State said Sunday. He was 77.

He died late Saturday night, said daughter-in-law Sarah Zacharias of Boulder, Colo.

Zacharias was born in Salem, Ind., and taught at Indiana University and the University of Texas, where he moved into administration. He became WKU's sixth president in 1979 and served until Aug. 31, 1985, before going to Mississippi State.

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Sports
1:09 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

WKU 2013 Football Schedule Features Games Against UK, Tennessee, and Navy

Credit WKU Athletics Media Relations

WKU has released its 2013 football schedule. Highlights include the opening game against Kentucky in Nashville, a home game versus Navy, and an early fall game at Louisiana-Monroe.

The Hilltoppers will open their first season under new head coach Bobby Petrino Aug. 31 against the UK Wildcats, a team WKU beat last season in overtime at Commonwealth Stadium.

A second SEC opponent follows the opener, with WKU traveling to Knoxville to take on the Tennessee Volunteers Sept. 7. WKU's Sun Belt opener is in week three at South Alabama.

You can see the team's complete 2013 schedule here.

Sports
6:48 am
Fri March 1, 2013

WKU Wins Third Straight, Knocks off Second-Place South Alabama

WKU has won three straight, and is now 10-9 in Sun Belt play.
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WKU picked up its third-straight win Thursday night at E.A. Diddle Arena, knocking off South Alabama 79-73, behind 22 points by T.J. Price and three other double-figure scorers. The win improves WKU to 16-14 overall and 10-9 in Sun Belt Conference play entering the final regular-season game on Saturday.

WKU is now 10-1 over the last two seasons in games played on or after February 21, and the Hilltoppers have won 16 of their last 19 home games. With the win, WKU equaled last season's win total five games sooner.

Price hit eight free throws and two three-pointers en route to his fourth 20-point game in his last six outings, and George Fant added 13 points and eight rebounds. Brandon Harris contributed 12 points, eight rebounds and three assists, and Aleksejs Rostov had 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting. Augustine Rubit led South Alabama with 23 points and nine rebounds, and Javier Carter had a double-double with 14 points, 10 rebounds and six blocks.

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Sports
8:04 am
Fri February 22, 2013

WKU Men's Basketball Evens Record with Three Games Left in Regular Season

WKU junior forward Kene Anyigbo
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A hot-shooting second half and four players in double figures Thursday night helped WKU end a three-game losing streak with a 75-57 win over ULM at E.A. Diddle Arena. The win improves WKU's record to 14-14 overall and 8-9 in Sun Belt Conference play with three games remaining in the regular season.

WKU shot 60.9 percent as a team in the second half and made six second-half three-pointers to help secure the victory, and four Hilltoppers had at least 12 points in the game led by George Fant and T.J. Price with 15 apiece. Jamal Crook added 13 points and seven assists, and Brandon Harris buried four three-pointers to finish with 12 points, and he also added six rebounds. 

For the second-straight game WKU had at least 18 assists as a team, with 18 Thursday night on 27 made baskets. WKU scored 32 points in the paint, and the Hilltopper reserves contributed 24 points. ULM never led in the game.

Sports
2:09 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

NCAA Sends Official Notice of Allegations Against WKU Director of Basketball Operations

Current WKU Director of Basketball Operations Jake Morton, pictured here while as an assistant coach at Miami
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WKU has received word from the NCAA that an assistant men’s basketball coach could be sanctioned for alleged violations at his former employer. WKU's Jake Morton was previously an assistant basketball coach at the University of Miami.

None of the allegations against Morton relate to his time at WKU, but the NCAA letter says any subsequent actions taken against Morton could impact his “athletically related duties” at WKU.

Morton came to Bowling Green in 2011 as an assistant coach and was later named director of basketball operations. The NCAA investigation of the Miami Hurricanes' athletic department from 2007 to 2009 involves a former booster who was later convicted of running a Ponzi scheme. The NCAA has accused Morton of accepting $6,000 from the booster, and providing transportation for the AAU coach of a top high school prospect Miami was recruiting at the time.

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Education
3:02 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

WKU Expands MBA Program to Elizabethtown

Starting this fall, WKU’s Elizabethtown campus will offer a Masters of Business Administration. Students will be able to choose from three tracks:  the full-time, online, or professional MBA.

The Professional MBA was created to meet the scheduling needs of busy adults by meeting on alternate Saturdays for two years. The program is open to professionals, business owners, and managers with five years of experience. 

WKU’s PMBA program recently placed in the top 5 percent nationally on the standardized exit exam for graduates of MBA programs. 

“This top ranking proves that we have an excellent faculty, an applied curriculum, and a cohort program that works,” said Bob Hatfield, associate dean of WKU's Gordon Ford College of Business.

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Education
4:42 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

University Bonding Projects Bill Steps Away from Becoming Law in Kentucky

A bill authorizing more than $360 million in bonds for university projects is just steps away from becoming a reality.

House Bill 7 allows six of the state's eight public universities to use bonds and other means to fund projects like building renovations, construction and renovations to Commonwealth Stadium. And it passed the Senate budget committee unanimously Thursday.

The measure includes approval of $22 million in bonds for a new international center and Honors College at WKU.

The bill won't use any general fund dollars. University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto said the universities hope to start construction on the projects immediately.

"We think that every one of these projects lead to better outcomes in terms of our student's success, we want construction to begin within the year," he said.

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Sports
7:58 am
Thu February 14, 2013

WKU Lady Hilltoppers Overcome Big Deficit, Win at Flordia Atlantic

WKU overcame a 13-point deficit as sophomore Alexis Govan scored a game-high 31 points to lead WKU to a 64-61 win over FAU on Wednesday night at the FAU Arena.

WKU (18-6, 11-4) overcame a deficit of eight points or more for the third time in conference play to win this season, trailing 17-4 in the opening minutes after going over five minutes without scoring. With its 18th win in 2012-13, WKU has doubled the number of wins it compiled a year ago.

Govan hit 14-of-25 from the field and grabbed six rebounds in 34 minutes as she reached the 30-point mark for the third time this season, all in Sun Belt Conference play. Govan scored a basket with 2:00 remaining to give WKU a 62-57 lead before FAU answered with 1:30 left on a basket by Breana Turner.

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