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7:42 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

WKU Senior Jamal Crook Out 4-6 Weeks with Broken Foot

WKU senior Jamal Crook is a senior guard from Louisville.
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The bad hits just keep on coming for the WKU men's basketball team. Senior point guard Jamal Crook is out 4-6 weeks with a right foot fracture sustained during Sunday's loss at Murray State.

The Courier-Journal reports the injury couldn't come at a worse time, as the Hilltoppers are getting ready to play one of the top teams in the nation, the Louisville Cardinals. WKU head coach Ray Harper says his team is suffering through the worst rash of injuries he's seen in his long coaching career.

Breaking
10:41 am
Wed December 19, 2012

WKU Student Who Jumped Out of Dorm Window Dies

Officials at Western Kentucky University say a student who jumped from a sixth-floor window of a residence hall has died.

WKU officials told WBKO-TV that 19-year-old Benjamin Gogins of Illinois died Tuesday at Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville.

The freshman jumped from the window at Pearce Ford Tower early Saturday morning. Emergency crews found him still breathing and he was flown to Vanderbilt.

Campus police are investigating, but have found no evidence that drugs or alcohol were involved. 

WKU says the dorm has quarter-inch thick-tempered glass windows and a safety mechanism that only allows them to open three inches. However, police say the glass was broken in the window that the student jumped from.

Sports
9:34 am
Wed December 19, 2012

Rough Road Trip Continues for Hilltoppers with 32 Point Loss at VCU; U of L Next

VCU's trademark defensive pressure gave a depleted WKU team trouble Tuesday night in Richmond, Va., and WKU dropped a 76-44 decision in front of the 24th-straight sellout crowd at Verizon Wireless Arena.

WKU is now 8-4 on the season, and VCU improves to 8-3.

George Fant led WKU with eight points and eight rebounds. Kevin Kaspar added eight and five, and Brandon Harris, Percy Blade and Aleksejs Rostov each had seven points. VCU was paced by four players in double figures, led by Briante Weber's 13.

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Sports
10:14 pm
Sun December 16, 2012

WKU Battles Murray State to the End, but Hilltoppers Fall Short Against Rival

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The 150th meeting between WKU and Murray State lived up to its rivalry status, as eight second-half lead changes and key baskets by both teams highlighted a 75-70 Murray State victory Sunday night in Murray, Ky. Brandon Harris scored a career high 23 points and Teeng Akol and George Fant added 14 and 10, respectively, and WKU matched Murray State step-for-step before dropping the five-point decision.

WKU sees its six-game winning streak come to an end and is now 8-3 on the season. Murray State improves to 8-1. Despite the loss, WKU still leads the all-time series between the two schools, 97-53.

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WKU
6:27 pm
Sat December 15, 2012

WKU Student Jumps from Dormitory

At approximately 1 a.m. Saturday, a male student at Western Kentucky University jumped from the sixth floor of Pearce-Ford Tower (PFT).  According to WKU Public Affairs, he was flown to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he is in critical condition. The family has been notified.

WKU Police are investigating. No evidence of alcohol or drugs was found in the initial police search of the room. 

PFT has quarter inch thicktempered glass windows. There is a window stop that only allows the window to open three inches. A police search of the room found the window stop to be in place and that the window was properly closed. The glass to the window was broken.

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Sports
9:22 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

WKU Men's Basketball vs Murray State: Take 150

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One of college basketball’s longest-running rivalries is renewed Sunday afternoon at 2:00, as WKU and Murray State meet for the 150th time.

The two former Ohio Valley Conference foes separated by less than 135 miles first squared off on January 25, 1932, and WKU holds a 97-52 advantage in the series but trails 31-30 in games contested in Murray. Murray State has won three of the last four games in the series, and over 60 percent of the games in the series have been decided by single digits.

Both teams are off to solid starts in 2012-13, as the 15 combined wins entering Sunday’s game are the most heading into a WKU-Murray State matchup since the January 12, 1988 contest, when the Hilltoppers were 9-3 and the Racers were 6-6.

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Sports
10:00 am
Fri December 14, 2012

No Holiday Rest for the Hilltoppers: Three Major Games on the Road Await

WKU sophomore forward George Fant
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The WKU men’s basketball team is preparing for a tough three-game stretch away from home, starting this Sunday afternoon at longtime rival Murray State. WKU has had the week off for final exams, but some major tests are still ahead for the men’s basketball team.

The Tops will hit the road for Murray to take on the 7-1 Racers Sunday, in a game that will be televised on the Hiltopper Sports Satellite Network. It will be the 150th time the two in-state rivals have played.

Next Tuesday, WKU travels to Richmond, Virginia, to take on Virginia Commonwealth. The VCU Rams are one of the top mid-major programs in the country, and are battle-tested already this young season, with a win against Memphis, and losses to Duke and Missouri.

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Sports
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.

Education
9:57 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Three Selected for Sixth Class of Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame

Members of the sixth class of the Louie B. Nunn Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame have been announced—and all three inductees have strong connections to the listening area of WKU Public Radio. The Teacher Hall of Fame was established in 2000, and is housed on the campus of Western Kentucky University.

Here's information on the three women who will be inducted next February:

Eloise Hadden

A native of Raywood, Texas, Eloise W. Hadden taught Home Economics for 33 years in Logan and Simpson counties.

She taught at Auburn High School from 1954 to 1982, Logan County High School from 1982 to 1985, Logan County High School Homebound Teacher from 1985 to 1987, and Martha Layne Collins Pilot Project Career Ladder in Franklin in 1987. She received her bachelor’s degree in 1956 from WKU.

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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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