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NKU men’s basketball team caps historic run with No. 21 final ranking in Mid-Major Top 25

Following a historic run this year, the Northern Kentucky University men’s basketball team closed the season ranked No. 21 in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25. The end-of-season ranking caps a season in which the Norse experienced many program benchmarks, culminating in an appearance in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship. NKU went 24-11 on the season and won the 2017 Horizon...

Norse are Horizon League Tournament Champions; headed to NCAA Tournament in first year of eligibility

The Northern Kentucky University men’s basketball team has been crowned the 2017 Horizon League Tournament Champion after defeating No. 10 seed Milwaukee, 59-53, on Tuesday night at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. The Norse have earned an automatic NCAA Tournament berth in their first year on eligibility after being granted full Division I status in August. No. 4-seeded NKU (24-10) was led by Lavone...

Bearcats’ home games set for BB&T next year; NKU announces Hall of Fame class for 2017

Northern Kentucky University announced that the University of Cincinnati Bearcats men’s basketball team will play its 2017-18 slate of games at BB&T Arena at Northern Kentucky University. “We are pleased to assist the University of Cincinnati and its men’s basketball program for the 2017-18 season and to host the Bearcats in BB&T Arena during their renovation of Fifth Third Arena, ”...

Northern Kentucky men’s basketball team spends day working with Newport Primary School students

As the 2016-17 school year gets underway, the Northern Kentucky University men’s basketball team took time away from their studies and basketball workouts to volunteer earlier this week at the Newport Primary School. “It’s a tremendous opportunity for our guys to impact young people,” said John Brannen, NKU men’s basketball head coach. “One of our core values is sacrifice. Being able to...

Northern Kentucky University athletics granted active Division I membership status by NCAA

Northern Kentucky University’s Department of Intercollegiate Athletics has been granted active status as a Division I institution by the NCAA. “This is an exciting day for Northern Kentucky University,” said NKU President Geoffrey S. Mearns. “I would like to thank each member of the NKU community, as well as our supporters throughout the region, who worked to make this possible. I am particularly...

Former Wildcat Josh Carrier added to women’s basketball staff at Northern Kentucky

Northern Kentucky University head women’s basketball coach Camryn Whitaker rounded out her coaching staff, announcing the hire of Josh Carrier as an assistant coach. Carrier is responsible for recruiting, scouting, coaching the wing players and will coordinate game scheduling for the Norse. “I could not be more excited to welcome Josh and his family to Northern Kentucky University,”...

Former Kentucky assistant Whitaker takes over as head coach at Northern Kentucky

Northern Kentucky University Director of Athletics Ken Bothof announced the hiring of Camryn Whitaker as head coach of the women’s basketball program Friday. “I am delighted to welcome Camryn to Norse Nation,” said Bothof. “As I have gotten to know more about Camryn over the last two weeks it became clear that she is the right fit to lead our women’s basketball program. Camryn not only has...

Sports Notes: UofL athletics may be betting that some recruits will want to see the money

Louisville’s athletics department announced that its cost of attendance scholarship was among the most generous in the nation (UofL Athletics Photo)   Most schools from the so-called “Power Five” conferences downplayed the impact that new cost of attendance scholarships would have on recruiting, particularly in football.   The prevailing argument seemed to be that a player...

Record crowd sees NKU best Wildcats in men’s soccer match; Norse women tie WKU

NKU senior Gavin Colton netted the game-winner in the 33rd minute on a free kick from 35 yards out (NKU Athletics Photo)   In front of a record crowd of 2,188 fans, the Northern Kentucky University men’s soccer team defeated Kentucky 1-0 in a preseason exhibition on Sunday at the NKU Soccer Stadium.   NKU senior Gavin Colton netted the game-winner in the 33rd minute to give the Norse their...

Northern Kentucky women headed to Costa Rica for big three-game exhibition series

The NKU women’s basketball team is making its first overseas trip since 2005 (NKU Athletics Photo)   The Northern Kentucky University women’s basketball team will have one more chance to elevate its game this summer, punctuating its offseason conditioning program with a week-long trip to Costa Rica beginning on Thursday.   The Norse will play three exhibition games during the...

Former Wolverine Gleason leaves Boston University for head softball position at NKU

Kathryn Gleason will become Northern Kentucky University’s fifth softball head coach in the program’s history, athletics director Ken Bothof said Monday.   Gleason, who has 18 years of coaching experience, comes to NKU from her first head coaching position at Boston University. She compiled a 74-74-1 record over three seasons and led Boston University to a 36-11 finish and a Patriot League...

It's Official: Northern Kentucky University becomes 10th member of the Horizon League

Northern Kentucky University’s department of athletics ushered in a new era on July 1, becoming an official member of the Horizon League. As the 10th member of the League, the Norse will play a full conference slate in all sports this season.   “This is truly an exciting time for Norse Nation,” said Ken Bothof, NKU’s director of athletics. “As members of the Horizon...

NKU's Bauml earns second straight All-A Sun honor, Ganns makes All-Freshman squad

Two Northern Kentucky University baseball players have been honored by the Atlantic Sun Conference for their performance on the field during the 2015 season, the league office announced.   Cole Bauml earned a spot on the All-Atlantic Sun first team, while Trey Ganns was named to the All-Freshman team.   Bauml becomes the first NKU player to earn all-conference honors two years in a row, having...

Devlin, Ferrante first NKU softball players to earn All-Atlantic Sun Conference recognition

Northern Kentucky University’s Dani Devlin and Sydney Ferrante were honored as a part of the All-Atlantic Sun Conference team, the league office announced. Devlin was named to the first team, while Ferrante was an all-freshman selection.   The awards mark the first time an NKU softball player has received postseason recognition in the Division I era.   “I’m so proud of both Dani and...

Eagles sweep Norse in softball twinbill, surpass last year's victory total with 19th

Freshman Lindsay Ward (far right) clobbered two homers on Tuesday afternoon against NKU (MSU Athletics Photo)   The Morehead State softball team posted a doubleheader sweep of non-conference opponent Northern Kentucky on Tuesday afternoon at University Field, rallying for a 6-5 walk-off win in game one and rolling to a 9-1 five-inning victory in game two.   The Ohio Valley Conference Eagles,...