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Katherine Graham Joins Lady Topper Basketball Coaching Staff

Katherine Graham Joins Lady Topper Basketball Coaching Staff

Posted on 22 June 2015 by Allen

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Katherine Graham has been named an assistant coach for the WKU Lady Topper Basketball program, it was announced by head coach Michelle Clark-Heard on Monday. The former LSU player and Georgia graduate assistant spent the 2014-15 season as an assistant coach at Lipscomb.

“We are excited to welcome Katherine Graham to WKU as an assistant coach,” said Clark-Heard. “I was really impressed with Katherine’s knowledge of the game and work ethic as I got to know her. She has competed at a high level throughout her career as a player, reaching a Final Four in 2008, and has had exposure to great success during her young coaching career that will be a great help to continuing to grow our program. She has been around two of the all-time greats in coaching during her career in Van Chancellor and Andy Landers so I am excited about what she brings to our team. She is one of the premier, up and coming assistants in the country and we are lucky to have her.”

Graham was a four-year letterwinner and three-year starter at LSU under Hall of Fame Coach Van Chancellor and reached the Final Four in 2008. During her LSU career, she played alongside elite WNBA players – including Sylvia Fowles, the second pick in the 2008 draft – and reached three NCAA Tournaments. She is one of only two players in LSU history to record a triple-double and the only player to do so in SEC play as Graham achieved the feat on Feb. 7, 2010, against Ole Miss.

During her career, LSU compiled a 90-40 records – winning at least 19 games each season she wore the purple and yellow in Baton Rouge, La. She was the 25th player in program history to finish with 500 career rebounds (513) while also finishing her career with 295 assists and 713 points. Graham was named to the SEC Coaches All-Defensive Team her senior season. Graham proved to be an asset on the offensive side as well, finishing with a team high 102 assists on the year. She was also selected to the SEC Community Service Team.

Following her collegiate playing career, she spent one season playing professional basketball in Iceland before heading to Georgia where she spent two seasons as a graduate assistant to Hall of Fame coach Andy Landers. The Bulldogs went 48-19 in two years with Graham on the bench.

In 2012-13, the Bulldogs were ranked as high as sixth in the nation and eventually reached the Elite Eight in the NCAA Tournament, beating top-seeded Stanford during their impressive tournament run. Georgia finished the season ranked 10th in the Coaches Poll and 14th in the Associated Press rankings. She helped coach three WNBA Draft Picks during her time as a graduate assistant at Georgia, including Jasmine Hassell (2013, 2nd round pick of the Indiana Fever), Jasmine James (2013, 3rd round pick of the Seattle Storm) and Anne Marie Armstrong (2013, 3rd round pick of the Atlanta Dream).

The Birmingham, Ala., native played her prep ball at Ramsay High, averaging 15.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game for coach Rob Mosely. She led her high school to a 126-13 record and four-straight Class 5A state titles over her last four years before earning 2006-07 Miss Basketball and the 5A Player of the Year honors.

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Sounds Drop Fourth Straight

Sounds Drop Fourth Straight

Posted on 21 June 2015 by Allen

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Behind a four-run eighth inning, the Omaha Storm Chasers came from behind to hand the Nashville Sounds their fourth-straight home loss, 5-3 on Saturday night.

It was a historic night at beautiful First Tennessee Park as the facility reached capacity for the third-straight night. The sellout streak is a record for Nashville baseball during the PCL era (1998 – present).

Nashville fell behind 1-0 early and they did not record a hit until the fifth inning. Niuman Romero ended the cold spell with a single, but was thrown out at home trying to score from first on a Craig Gentry double. Fortunately for the Sounds, next batter Joey Wendle doubled to score Gentry and tie the game. Wendle now leads the Sounds with 27 extra-base hits, while Gentry extended his hitting streak to a season-high 10 games.

Five years to the date that Dayan Viciedo made his major league debut, he made another debut: his first game with the Sounds. The Cuban slugger went 1-for-5 in his first game, including a triple in the sixth inning. He would score on a sacrifice fly by the next batter Jason Pridie, and the Sounds led 2-1.

Chris Bassitt pitched excellent for the Sounds, surrendering just one run on three hits in his first seven innings, but he ran into some bad luck in the eighth inning.

Omaha’s first three batters in the frame reached, allowing the Storm Chasers to tie the game at two and ending Bassitt’s day. Ryan Cook came out of the bullpen and unfortunately encountered similar misfortune. Paulo Orlando reached on a bunt single, loading the bases. Next man up, Cheslor Cuthbert then delivered a massive blow, taking Cook’s fastball the other way, doubling down the right-field line. Two runs scored, both of which were charged to Bassitt who took the loss (2-6). The Storm Chasers would add another run in the frame to make it 5-2.

Scary moment in the bottom of the ninth as Alden Carrithers was hit in the head by a fastball. The Sounds utility man was ultimately fine and stayed in the game. The Sounds would add a run in the frame courtesy of a Wendle RBI single, but would leave two on base as they fell to their fourth straight defeat.

The Sounds and Storm Chasers will finish up their four-game set tomorrow on Father’s Day. Sean Nolin (1-0, 1.40) gets the ball for Nashville. He will be opposed by Andy Ferguson (1-2, 5.68). The first 2,000 fans in attendance will receive baseball hats courtesy of Advanced Financial. First pitch is scheduled for 2:05.

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Former Bulldogs Wrap Up Overseas Professional Seasons

Former Bulldogs Wrap Up Overseas Professional Seasons

Posted on 21 June 2015 by Allen

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Fifteen former Georgia Bulldogs have or are wrapping up their professional campaigns playing overseas. All told, those players competed in 16 countries on four continents.

Gerald Robinson enjoyed the most successful season of the former Bulldogs. He was named both Player of the Year and Guard of the Year for Latvia’s LBL after leading VEF Riga to regular-season and playoff titles.

In addition, Chris Daniels (France), Jumaine Jones (Mexico), Trey Thompkins (Russia), Dustin Ware (Hungary) and Vincent Williams (Kosovo) ranked among individual statistical leaders in their respective leagues.

Jones is still active in Mexico’s CIBACOPA playoffs. On Tuesday, he exploded for 30 points and 17 rebounds in Nogales’ 108-97 win over Los Mochis in the first game of the quarterfinals.

Individual reviews of each player’s season include:

Chris Daniels, Orchy in France – Averaged 9.5 points and 7.6 rebounds per game, while shooting 61.5 percent from the floor. Ranked sixth in rebounds France’s ProB league individual stats. Orchy finished 19-15 overall and lost to Denain in the quarterfinals of the league’s playoffs.

John Florveus, Wuerzberg in Germany – Appeared in only one game and scored two points and grabbed one rebound for Wuerzberg, which finished 28-2 and won the German ProA regular-season title and playoffs.

Jarvis Hayes, CSU Asesoft Ploiesti in Romania – Averaged 8.8 points and 4.6 rebounds in five games before missing the rest of the season due to an injury.

Sundiata Gaines, Sidigas Avellino in Italy – Averaged 11.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.2 steals per game. Sidigas Avellino finished 12-18 in Italy’s SeriaA and failed to make the playoffs.

Albert Jackson, Al Nift in Iraq – No individuals stats available. Helped Al Nift to an 8-6 record and a fourth-place finish in Iraq’s Superleague.

Jumaine Jones, Fuerza Guinda de Nogales in Mexico – Currently averaging 12.6 points, 8.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game. Ranked eighth in rebounds in Mexico’s CIBACOPA individuals stats. Nogales finished 22-16 and in fifth place in the league standings and is currently competing in the quarterfinal round of the playoffs.

Travis Leslie, Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius in Lithuania – Averaged 7.1 points and 2.9 rebounds per game. Lietuvos finished 35-5 and advanced to the finals of Lithuania’s LKL playoffs.

Jeremy Price, Gaiteros de Zulia in Venezuela and Ciclista Juninense in Argentina – Averaged 10.6 points and 5.3 rebounds in 16 games played in Argentina and 5.0 points and 3.0 rebounds in two outings in Venezuela.

Gerald Robinson, VEF Riga in Latvia – VEF Riga competed in three leagues during the 2014-15 season – Latvia’s LBL; the VTB United League with teams from Belarus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Kazakhstan, Russia; and the Euroleague. In LBL games, averaged 17.2 points, 4.2 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game. Led the LBL in scoring and steals and also ranked seventh in assists. VEF Riga finished 8-2 in the regular season and then captured the LBL Championship during the playoffs. Robinson was named the LBL Player of the Year and Guard of the Year by Eurobasket.com. In VTB contests, averaged 17.8 points, 5.2 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game. Ranked third in scoring among VTB individual statistical leaders. VEF Riga finished with a 12-18 recored in VTB games. In one Euroleague outing, he scored 14 points and grabbed two rebounds.

Trey Thompkins, BC Nizhny Novgorod in Russia – Averaged 15.8 points and 7.5 rebounds while shooting 57.3 percent from the floor. Ranked eighth in rebounding and ninth in scoring VTB United League individuals stats. Novgorod finished 19-11 and lost to CSKA in the semifinals of the VTB playoffs.

Dustin Ware, Fortress Jaszbereny in Hungary – Averaged a team-high 19.5 points, 4.9 assists and 4.1 rebounds per game. Ranked seventh in scoring and eighth in assists in Hungary’s A Division. Lasbereny finished 13-17 on the season.

Damien Wilkins, Indios de Mayaguez in Puerto Rico – Averaged 17.3 points and 4.3 rebounds. Mayaguez finished with a 19-21 record in Puerto Rico’s BSN standings and failed to make the playoffs.

Donte Williams, KK Tajfun Sent Jer in Slovenia – Averaged 3.1 points and 2.3 rebounds. Tafjun finished 19-1 in Slovenia’s Telemach standings and also won the league’s playoff title.

Vincent Williams, KB Kastrioti in Kosovo – Averaged 18.3 points, 6.6 assists, 2.7 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game. Ranked fifth in both assists and steals and eighth in scoring among individual statistical leaders in Kosovo’s SuperLeague. Kastrioti finished with a 3-25 record.

Terrance Woodbury, Shiga Lakestars in Japan – Averaged 18.4 points and 4.8 rebounds per game while shooting 48.3 percent from the field. Shiga finished 34-18 in the regular season and fourth in the BJ League’s Western Division. Shiga then advanced to the Western Division finals of the playoffs before losing to eventual champion Hamamatsu. Woodbury scored a game-high 20 points in the third-place game of the BJ playoffs.

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Tidd Commits to Vandy

Tidd Commits to Vandy

Posted on 21 June 2015 by Allen

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Derek Mason picked up a big commitment from Cameron Tibb, a 3 star defensive tackle from Greenwood, Indiana who will add some beef to the defensive line. Tidd made the announcement on Twitter Thursday.

At 6’3 250 lbs Tibb is a junior who is flying under the radar in most recruiting circles. He had picked up offers from smaller schools like Bowling Green and Air Force. If he has a big year this season you know bigger schools will come calling. Nothing is official until he signs the NLI but it’s good to see Tidd is confident in his decision. Coach Derek Mason knows a lot about defense and can put him in a position to be successful on the field.

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Razorback Baseball Sends 10 Players to Summer Leagues

Razorback Baseball Sends 10 Players to Summer Leagues

Posted on 19 June 2015 by Allen

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The University of Arkansas baseball program will have 10 players spread out across the country competing in five different leagues this summer.

Zach Jackson headlines the group, becoming the 13th member of the Arkansas baseball program to don the Red, White and Blue and joining a long list of Razorback legends to play for the USA Collegiate National Team. The sophomore reported to the USA Baseball training facility on June 18 and the squad will play its first international contest against the Holly Springs Salamanders of the Coastal Plain League on June 20 at the National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.

The California Collegiate League will be home to three Razorbacks this summer, as Chad Spanberger plays with the Conjeo Oaks, while Kyle Pate and Cannon Chadwick pitch for the San Luis Obispo Blues.

The Northwoods League will also get a trio of Arkansas players with Carson Shaddy playing for the St. Cloud Box, Alex Gosser playing with the Kalamazoo Growlers and Parker Sanburn heading to the Lakeshore Chinooks.

A pair of redshirts from last year in Ryan Fant and Darien Simms will be teammates in the Texas Collegiate League with the Victoria Generals, while Luke Bonfield travels to the Cape Cod League to play for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox.

Arkansas is coming off its eighth tripe to the College World Series and reached the 40-win mark for the sixth time in the last seven years. Stay tuned for updates on all 10 players throughout the summer.

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Early Season Football Television Schedule Announced

Early Season Football Television Schedule Announced

Posted on 18 June 2015 by Allen

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The game times and network designation of 32 Southeastern Conference football games, including the first three weeks of the season, were announced during the news and information show SEC Now on SEC Network today, June 18. The network and time of two games scheduled for later in the season were also announced. In total, 32 games have been scheduled across ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and SEC Network. Additional selections will be determined as the season progresses.

The season will open on Thursday, Sept. 3, with two non-conference matchups: the Belk College Kickoff Game in Charlotte, N.C. featuring North Carolina vs. South Carolina on ESPN at 6 p.m. ET, followed by Western Kentucky at Vanderbilt on SEC Network at 8 p.m. Within the first three weeks, every SEC football team will play on SEC Network.
The national television network devoted to the Southeastern Conference kicks off its second football season with an expanded game day line-up. SEC Network will carry seven matchups the opening week, utilizing its SEC Network Alternate channel on Saturday, Sept. 5, to air an additional three games. In Weeks 2 and 3 the network will have a total of four matchups on Saturday, airing concurrent games in the 4 p.m. window on SEC Network and SEC Network Alternate.
In total, SEC Network will air over 45 football games again this season with a noon, 4 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. kick most Saturdays following Week 3. Its companion channel, SEC Network Alternate, will be used only on occasions when live games overlap. All SEC Network and SEC Network Alternate games are available on WatchESPN.
In addition to the first 30 games, two games later in the season were announced as part of ESPN’s College Football Primetime Thursday package: Auburn at Kentucky on Thursday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. and Mississippi State at Missouri on Thursday, Nov. 5 at 9 p.m.
2015 SEC Football on ESPN (subject to change):
Date

Time (ET)

Game

Network

Thu, Sept 3

6 p.m.

Belk College Kickoff Game (from Charlotte):
North Carolina vs. South Carolina

ESPN

8 p.m.

Western Kentucky at Vanderbilt

SEC Network

Sat, Sept 5

Noon

Louisiana-Monroe at Georgia

SEC Network

Noon

Tennessee-Martin at Ole Miss

SEC Network Alternate

3:30 p.m.

UTEP at Arkansas

ESPNU

4 p.m.

Bowling Green at Tennessee (from Nashville)

SEC Network

4 p.m.

Southeast Missouri State at Missouri

SEC Network Alternate

7 p.m.

AdvoCare Texas Kickoff (from Houston):
Arizona State vs. Texas A&M

ESPN

7 p.m.

Louisiana-Lafayette at Kentucky

ESPNU

7:30 p.m.

New Mexico State at Florida

SEC Network

7:30 p.m.

McNeese State at LSU

SEC Network Alternate

8 p.m.

Wisconsin vs. Alabama (from Arlington)

ABC

Sat, Sept 12

Noon

Jacksonville State at Auburn

SEC Network

3:30 p.m.

Fresno State at Ole Miss

ESPN2 or ESPNU

4 p.m.

Middle Tennessee at Alabama

SEC Network

4 p.m.

Toledo at Arkansas (from Little Rock)

SEC Network Alternate

6 p.m.

Oklahoma at Tennessee

ESPN

7 p.m.

East Carolina at Florida

ESPN2

7 p.m.

Ball State at Texas A&M

ESPNU

7:30 p.m.

Kentucky at South Carolina

SEC Network

9:15 p.m.

LSU at Mississippi State

ESPN

Sat, Sept 19

Noon

Connecticut at Missouri

ESPNU

Noon

Nevada at Texas A&M

SEC Network

4 p.m.

Northwestern State at Mississippi State

SEC Network

4 p.m.

Austin Peay at Vanderbilt

SEC Network Alternate

6 p.m.

South Carolina at Georgia

ESPN

7 p.m.

Texas Tech at Arkansas

ESPN2

7 p.m.

Western Carolina at Tennessee

ESPNU

7:30 p.m.

Florida at Kentucky

SEC Network

9:15 p.m.

Ole Miss at Alabama

ESPN

Thu, Oct 15

7 p.m.

Auburn at Kentucky

ESPN

Thu, Nov. 5

9 p.m.

Mississippi State at Missouri

ESPN

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Colonels add Weaver

Colonels add Weaver

Posted on 18 June 2015 by Allen

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All-state point guard Dujuanta Weaver from Louisville has signed to play at Eastern Kentucky University beginning this upcoming season, head coach Dan McHale announced today.

“We are thrilled to welcome Tay to the Colonel family,” McHale said. “He will add to our backcourt depth and fit into our style of play nicely. He had a great career at Doss High School under Tony Williams and will continue to thrive in our up-tempo system.”

Weaver, a second team all-state selection and the Courier-Journal Sixth Region Player of the Year, hit 60 three-pointers and averaged 16.9 points per game while leading Doss High School to quarterfinals of the 2015 Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys Sweet Sixteen. He shot 44 percent from the field and grabbed four rebounds per game.

Doss High School finished the 2014-15 season with a 27-7 record and won the sixth region championship. Weaver scored 13 points with five steals and three assists in a 56-50 victory over Williamsburg in the first round of the Sweet 16. The 5-foot-9 guard had 10 points, five assists and five rebounds in a second round loss to Covington Catholic.

“Being from Kentucky, Tay understands how special it is to play college basketball in this great state while getting a valuable education from EKU,” said McHale.

In addition to Weaver, Nick Mayo (6-foot-8, 225, forward), Greg King (6-foot-7, 225, forward), Anthony Pratt (6-foot-6, forward), Jarelle Reischel (6-foot-5, 210, guard) and Cameron Williams (5-foot-11, 170, guard) will join the Colonel program for the upcoming season as well.

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MTSU-Bama to air on SEC Network

MTSU-Bama to air on SEC Network

Posted on 18 June 2015 by Allen

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Middle Tennessee’s non-conference football game at Alabama, Sept. 12, will be televised on the SEC Network with a 4 p.m. kickoff, as announced on the SEC Network Thursday.

Nine of the Blue Raiders’ 12 games are currently slated for television with the non-conference game at Illinois also expected to be aired.

Middle Tennessee also has four games scheduled to be televised on FoxSports, three on American Sports Network (ASN) and one on CBS SN.

All seats for the game in Tuscaloosa are $55. Tickets will be sold to the general public beginning Monday (June 22) through Wednesday, July 1. After July 1, tickets to the game will not be available through the Blue Raider Ticket Office.

The Raiders will likely be a pretty big underdog in Tuscaloosa but it should be a fun game.

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Vandy-WKU moved to Thursday, Sept 3rd

Vandy-WKU moved to Thursday, Sept 3rd

Posted on 18 June 2015 by Allen

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Vanderbilt vs Western Kentucky has been moved up to Sept. 3rd. The game will be televised live on the SEC Network. Kickoff is set for 7 PM Central at Dudley Field in Nashville.

Commodore fans have to be a little worried after last year’s team laid an egg on Thursday night when they kicked off the season against Temple at home last year. The Hilltoppers were 8-5 last year with a bowl win. They are also returning stud QB Brandon Doughty who will likely be an NFL Draft pick next year.

The Dores have everything to lose and very little to gain by beating WKU. If Derek Mason’s team wins, it’s expected but if they lose, it will get nasty on talk radio on Sept. 4th.

Vanderbilt will likely be better on defense this year but offense is still a question mark. Ralph Webb will be the starter at running back after a standout freshman year. Quarterback and receiver is where the trouble was last year.

It’s sad but Western Kentucky is a must win for this year’s squad.

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Georgia and UCLA agree to football series in 2025-26

Georgia and UCLA agree to football series in 2025-26

Posted on 17 June 2015 by Allen

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The University of Georgia and UCLA will play a home and home football series in 2025 and 2026 according to an announcement Wednesday by UGA J. Reid Parker Director of Athletics Greg McGarity.

The two teams will play in Pasadena on August 30, 2025, and in Athens on September 5, 2026.

“This home and home series provides an opportunity for our students and fans to enjoy a great matchup of two tradition-rich football programs in two of the most iconic venues in sports

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Shumate Named Hilltopper Assistant Basketball Coach

Shumate Named Hilltopper Assistant Basketball Coach

Posted on 16 June 2015 by Allen

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Native Kentuckian Chris Shumate returns to the Bluegrass State as an assistant men’s basketball coach at WKU, Hilltopper head coach Ray Harper announced Monday.

The Louisville, Ky., native spent last season at Tennessee and the season before at Conference USA rival Southern Miss. He brings eight years of Division I experience to the position at WKU.

“I am very grateful for the opportunity to join the WKU program and be a part of what Coach Harper and his staff are building here in Bowling Green,” Shumate said. “Being from Kentucky, I have followed Coach’s career very closely, and everything he values and teaches is important to me as well. The name ‘WKU Hilltoppers’ carries a lot of weight in college basketball, and I cannot wait to add to the storied history of this program. My family and I are looking forward to being a part of the great community in Bowling Green and meeting the people who make Hilltopper Nation something special.”

“I am thrilled to be able to add someone of Chris’ caliber to our staff,” Harper said. “He’s a hard worker and a good family man, and he will add a lot to our program in many ways. I thought it was important to hire someone who knows Kentucky and Tennessee, and I could not have found someone better than Chris.”

Last season with the Volunteers, Shumate helped mold an undersized frontcourt — which featured three true freshmen and no players exceeding 215 pounds — into a unit that boasted a positive rebounding margin, ranked second in the Southeastern Conference in rebounding defense and fourth in offensive rebounding.

Junior forwards Armani Moore and Derek Reese both more than doubled their scoring output from the season before Shumate’s arrival. They were the team’s top-two rebounders, and Moore — standing just 6-5 — ranked among the top 10 in the SEC in total rebounding (8th), offensive rebounding (5th) and blocked shots (9th).

During the 2013-14 campaign at Southern Miss, Shumate helped usher the Golden Eagles to a school-record 29 wins (29-7, 13-3 C-USA), a share of the C-USA championship, a perfect 15-0 home record and a year-end RPI of 29.

Shumate transitioned to Southern Miss after having spent six years on staff at Cincinnati. He served two seasons as the director of basketball operations before becoming the director of student-athlete development in the 2009-10 season. In that role, he coordinated many of the program’s daily operations, including academics and gameday preparation.

Prior to joining the Bearcats’ staff, Shumate played two years of professional basketball in the NBA D-League with the New Mexico and Arkansas organizations.

As a standout player for coach Mick Cronin at Murray State from 1999-04, Shumate was a two-time All-Ohio Valley Conference selection and finished his career ranked 24th on the Racers’ all-time scoring list with 1,207 points.

He also ranked among the school’s all-time leaders in three-pointers (170, 8th), steals (125, T-10th), assists (252, 14th), blocks (37, 15th) and field goals made (459, T-20th).

As a senior and team captain in 2003-04, Shumate helped lead Murray State to a 28-6 overall record, an OVC Tournament championship and subsequent NCAA Tournament berth.

He averaged 10.3 points and shot 47.8 percent from the field during his career.

Shumate graduated from Murray State with a bachelor’s degree in business in 2004. He and his wife, Meredith, have three children – Addison, Chloe and Gates. Shumate’s father-in-law, Pat Gates, lettered in football at WKU from 1976-78, and his parents as well as his in-laws met while attending WKU.

Coaching Career

Cincinnati, director of basketball operations, 2008-09 (2 seasons)

Cincinnati, director of student-athlete development, 2010-13 (4 seasons)

Southern Miss, assistant coach, 2014 (1 season)

Tennessee, assistant coach, 2015 (1 season)

WKU, assistant coach, 2016-present (1st season)

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Dustin Ortiz UFC

McCall vs Ortiz added to UFC Fight Night 73 in Nashville

Posted on 16 June 2015 by Allen

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Dustin Ortiz has been added to the UFC Fight Night 73 card that takes place in Nashville on August 8th at the Bridgestone Arena. Ortiz will face perennial flyweight contender Ian McCall live on Fox Sports 1. McCall have fought before. Ortiz lost their first bout in 2011 by unanimous decision. This time Ortiz will have homefield advantage having grown up in Franklin, just outside Nashville.

Ortiz (14-4) cut his teeth at Nashville MMA before moving onto RoufusSport in Milwaukee to train with guys like Anthony Pettis and Ben Askren. The middle Tennessee native has gone 6-0 fighting Nashville having competed at the Fairgrounds on regional shows and on two Strikeforce events at the Bridgestone and Municipal Auditorium.

In his last outing Ortiz dropped a unanimous decision to former #1 contender Joseph Benavidez last November. Before the loss he had won two straight. Currently Ortiz is ranked #11 in the UFC flyweight rankings.

McCall (13-5-1) also lost in his last outing, but like Ortiz he had won his previous two. “Uncle Creepy” is currently ranked #4 and could put himself in title contention with a win in Nashville.

UFC Fight Night 73 is headlined by OVince St. Preux vs former #1 light heavyweight contender Glover Texeira. Michael Johnson will face Beneil Dariush in the co-main event. East Tennessee standout Scott Holtzman will make his UFC debut against Anthony Christodoulou.

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Fox transfers to CU

Fox transfers to CU

Posted on 16 June 2015 by Allen

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Cumberland University women’s basketball coaches Jeremy Lewis announced the signing of Murray State transfer and Lebanon native Julia Fox this week to scholarship papers for the 2015-16 season. Fox has two years of eligibility remaining.

The 5-foot-8 guard spent the last two seasons at Murray State, averaging 7.6 points as a freshman and 4.5 points while shooting 40 percent from 3-pint range this past year. She netted double figures eight times in 2013-14, including six of the last eight games of the season, scoring 15 points at SIU-Edwardsville and 14 at Eastern Illinois.

Fox made six 3-pointers and registered a career-best 20 points this past season at home versus UT Martin and also netted 12 points against Evansville.

She was a three-time All-District performer and an Honorable Mention selection as a freshman for the Blue Devils at LHS. Fox earned All-Region honors as a senior and finished her career with 1,249 points and 211 made 3-pointers. She was selected All-District Tournament three times as well and was picked to play in the ESPN/Hoopgurlz Super 64 Camp in Atlanta. She is the daughter of Steve and Cindy Fox.

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Jones Shines in Sweden

Jones Shines in Sweden

Posted on 16 June 2015 by Allen

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Former Eastern Kentucky University’s men’s basketball player Jaron Jones averaged 12.3 points and 4.2 rebounds in six games this past season with the Solna Vikings in the Swedish Basketball League.

The Lexington, Kentucky native played in the team’s first six games of the season. He scored 22 points in the season-opener against Uppsala on Oct. 5. He had 16 points against LF Basket on Oct. 9. Jones grabbed a season-best 11 rebounds to go along with nine points and two steals in a victory over Sodertalje on Oct. 18. He had 17 points and four rebounds in his final game of the season against Eco Orebro on Oct. 24.

Jones shot 40 percent from the field. He went 13-of-30 from three-point range for 43 percent. Jones’ season was cut short due to an injury.

This was the second European team Jones has played for. In the summer of 2012, he signed to play for the Apollon Basketball Club in Limassol, Cyprus. In the winter of 2014 he played five games for Caborca in the Mexican league. Jones averaged 19.6 points, 7.6 rebounds and two steals in his five games south of the border.

The 6-foot-5 Jones played two seasons for the Colonels. As a senior in 2011-12, he averaged a team-high 17 points per game. He was second on the team in rebounding (4.4 rpg) and field goal percentage (53.1 percent). Jones ranked fifth in the Ohio Valley Conference in scoring that season and had the fourth best field goal percentage.

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Temple 37 Vanderbilt 7 F
Alabama 33 West Virginia 23 F
Arkansas 21 Auburn 45 F
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