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UAB cruises to 37-14 win over WKU; No. 4 Notre Dame slips by Louisville, 12-7, in defensive battle

Alabama-Birmingham dominated Western Kentucky in all three phases of the game en route to a 37-14 victory over the visiting Hilltoppers on Saturday at Legion Field. UAB (4-1 overall, 2-0 Conference USA) outgained WKU (1-4, 1-2 C-USA) 358-250 and scored three offensive touchdowns. The UAB defense forced four turnovers and had five sacks, while the special teams unit blocked a punt that was returned...

WKU basketball standout Charles Bassey named preseason All-American by Lindy’s Sports Magazine

It’s been a while since Charles Bassey stepped on the court for a game, but national pundits haven’t forgotten what he can do. The Western Kentucky University junior center has been named a preseason second team All-American by Lindy’s Sports Magazine. Bassey – a 6-foot-11, 235-pound native of Lagos, Nigeria – was named a first team preseason All-American as a sophomore in 2019-20...

Louisville football players ‘ready to go’ for Saturday night’s opener against Western Kentucky

By Rocco Gasparro University of Louisville The wait is almost over. The University of Louisville is just hours away from playing its long-awaited opener against visiting Western Kentucky. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. tonight at Cardinal Stadium. Like all of his teammates, Louisville quarterback Micale Cunningham might have a little more juice, making his first season-opening start on Saturday night. ...

WKU cross country program moves forward with fall season; Hilltoppers open campaign Sept. 18

The Western Kentucky University cross country program plans to move forward with its fall season. The team is still awaiting the NCAA’s decision on a fall NCAA cross country championship, with a ruling set to be made later this month. WKU is set to return 16 runners, while welcoming seven newcomers to the program. (WKU photo) WKU is currently scheduled to open its season on Sept. 18 at the Mountains...

WKU Hall of Distinguished Alumni to add John Asher, Dr. Jack Britt, Travis Hudson this fall

The longtime face and voice of the Kentucky Derby, a leader in agriculture and education, and the coach of Lady Topper volleyball will join the 29th class of Western Kentucky University’s Hall of Distinguished Alumni this fall. John Asher, Dr. Jack Britt and Travis Hudson will be inducted during WKU’s 2020 Homecoming Celebration. The Hall of Distinguished Alumni is presented by Franklin Bank &...

WKU adds Davidson transfer Luke Frampton to roster; led Atlantic 10 in 3-pointers as a freshman

Western Kentucky University head coach Rick Stansbury has announced the signing of transfer Luke Frampton from Davidson. Frampton, a 6-foot-5 guard, emerged as one of the top shooters in Davidson history during his two seasons with the Wildcats. “We liked Luke out of high school a few years ago, and we feel blessed to have this opportunity for him to join our program now,” Stansbury said....

WKU opener against UT Chattanooga moved to a Thursday night; Hilltoppers finished 9-4 last season

Western Kentucky Univesity has announced that the football team’s season opener has been moved ahead by two days and will be played on a Thursday night in Bowling Green. Originally scheduled for Sept. 5, WKU’s game against UT Chattanooga has been changed to Sept. 3. In addition, the kickoff time for the opener against the Mocs will be at 6 p.m. WKU posted a 9-4 overall record in 2019, including...

Western Kentucky adds JUCO standout Osawe, CORE4 Academy star Milton for upcoming season

Western Kentucky University has added junior-college basketball standout Kevin Osawe and CORE4 Academy star Kylen Milton for the 2020-21 season. Osawe, a 6-foot-6 forward, will have two years of eligibility remaining after transferring from Vincennes (Ind.) University. Milton, a 6-foot-5 guard originally from Conway, Ark., averaged 23 points per game during a 2019-20 post-grad season at CORE4 Academy...

WKU groundbreaking for Mary McChesney Kindell Pavilion honors dedicated ‘family of Hilltoppers’

A groundbreaking for the Mary McChesney Kindell Pavilion at Western Kentucky University’s McChesney Field Campus was held on Oct. 24. The 140-acre site along the Green River in northern Warren County was gifted to WKU in 2009 from the children of longtime educator Hardin Field McChesney Sr. to honor their father, his love for education and his dedication to WKU. Hardin Field McChesney Sr., a native...

Four Lady Topper tracksters recognized by coaches group for academic achievements

  A historic year for the WKU Track and Field program did not stop on the track as the Lady Toppers earned Scholar Team honors while four athletes were named to the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic Teams.   The Lady Toppers, who won Sun Belt Conference Indoor and Outdoor titles in 2014, posted a team GPA of 3.07 to collect Scholar Team accolades...

WKU men's swimming and diving team wins first Conference USA championship title

WKU men’s swimming and diving team placed first in the Conference USA championship on March 1.   The Western Kentucky University men’s swimming and diving team has brought home its first Conference USA title from the C-USA Men’s Swimming and Diving Invitational.   The women’s team completed its first league championships with C-USA, coming in fourth after the four-day...

Hilltoppers football reloads with 15 signees heading into first year of Conference USA play

Heading into its first season as members of Conference USA, first-year Western Kentucky University head coach Jeff Brohm added to his roster Wednesday with a 15-member signing class.   In his first year as WKU head coach, Jeff Brohm signed a class of 15 for the 2014-15 season. (Photo from WKU) “It’s a great day to be a Hilltopper today,” said Brohm during his first media appearance...

WKU picks offensive coordinator Jeff Brohm as 19th head coach of Hilltopper football

WKU 2013 offensive coordinator Jeff Brohm has ascended to the head coach position. (Photo from WKU)   A native Kentuckian and one of the state’s most notable football products is now the head football coach at one of the three FBS programs in Kentucky as Hilltopper assistant head coach and offensive coordinator Jeff Brohm has been elevated to the head coach’s chair, WKU Athletic Director...