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Sports
8:45 pm
Sun January 20, 2013

For Former WKU Coach, Super Bowl Matchup is a Dream--and a Whole Lot of Stress

Jack and Jackie Harbaugh returned to WKU last September to be honored by the school. Their sons will coach both teams in Super Bowl XLVII.
Credit Kevin Willis

Former WKU football coach Jack Harbaugh and his wife, Jackie, find themselves in an amazing position.

They don't have one son coaching a team in the next Super Bowl. They have two sons coaching teams in the next Super Bowl.

The Harbaugh's son, Jim, is the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, who beat the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC title game Sunday afternoon. The Harbaugh's other son, John, is the head coach of the Baltimore Ravens, who beat the New England Patriots in the AFC title game Sunday night.

Last September, Jack and Jackie Harbaugh returned to WKU to be honored at halftime of the Hilltoppers' win against Southern Miss. Jack coached WKU from 1989-2002, winning the 1-AA NCAA championship in his last season.

In an interview with WKU Public Radio the day before they were honored, both parents rolled their eyes when asked what it was like to watch their sons coach in the NFL. They said it filled them with stress and admitted they hated it when the 49'ers and Ravens play each other.

That's exactly what is going to happen now, with the Super Bowl championship going to the winner.

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Sports
8:17 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Hilltoppers Win Sun Belt Matchup in a Blowout, now 5-3 in Conference

WKU freshman guard Percy Blade
Credit WKU Athletics

WKU snapped a three-game losing skid Thursday night with a 72-49 win over Louisiana-Lafayette at E.A. Diddle Arena. The win improves WKU's record to 11-8 overall and 5-3 in conference play.

Brandon Harris led WKU with 16 points, nine rebounds and five assists. Three other Hilltoppers were in double figures, including Teeng Akol with 13 points and 10 rebounds for his first career double-double. T.J. Price added 13 points, three assists and had no turnovers in a team-high 37 minutes, and George Fant contributed 10 points and six rebounds.

Percy Blade grabbed 10 rebounds from the guard position, and Aleksejs Rostov contributed seven points and five rebounds in 27 minutes. Louisiana-Lafayette was led by Elfrid Payton's 14 points and 11 points and 14 rebounds from Shawn Long.

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Education
3:35 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Web Extra: WKU President Ransdell on Role of Athletics at University

WKU's hiring of Bobby Petrino made national headlines.
Credit WKU Athletics

Dr. Ransdell discusses the role athletics is playing at WKU.

WKU President Gary Ransdell spoke to WKU Public Radio Tuesday on a variety of subjects, including the high-profile role athletics has been playing lately at the university.

Head football coach Willie Taggart left WKU late last year for a bigger salary at South Florida. Within 72 hours, WKU had hired former Louisville coach Bobby Petrino, an accomplished--and controversial--name in collegiate athletics.

What does Dr. Ransdell say to those on and off WKU's campus who wonder if athletics is playing too big a role at the university? You can hear the President's comments on WKU athletics in the audio clip above.

The rest of Dr. Ransdell's interview can be heard here.

Education
11:49 am
Tue January 15, 2013

WKU President Discusses Higher Ed Funding, University Construction Costs, Tuition Hikes

WKU President Gary Ransdell in the recording studio of WKU Public Radio
Credit Kevin Willis

WKU President Gary Ransdell's interview with WKU Public Radio

WKU President Gary Ransdell stopped by the studios of WKU Public Radio Tuesday morning to discuss state funding for higher education, a recent announcement regarding how university construction projects will be financed, and the impact of rising tuition rates on current and future students.

President Ransdell spoke with WKU Public Radio News Director Kevin Willis. Here are some excerpts from their conversation:

Kevin Willis: Last week it was announced that Governor Beshear and state legislative leaders were backing $363 million in bonds for university construction and renovation projects. But it was understood that the schools themselves would be footing the entire cost for their respective projects, with no extra state funding involved. WKU was given approval for $22 million in bonds for a new Honors College and International Center.

Are you satisfied with that approach?

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Sports
7:58 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Two WKU Football Players Now On the Basketball Court

WKU quarterback--and basketball player--Kawaun Jakes

How badly beaten up is the WKU men's basketball team? Coach Ray Harper has been suiting up two football players in order to have enough bodies on the court during games and practice.

The Courier-Journal has this article about quarterback Kawaun Jakes and wide receiver Marcus Vasquez, two seniors who just wrapped up their final college football season, and how they're playing important roles for the WKU basketball team. 

WKU Public Radio recently profiled Vasquez, who returned to the football field after suffering a season-ending knee injury his junior year.

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