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Big Red’s Reads: 10 Years in FBS, Diagne’s Long Path to WKU, Waters To LSU

With all of WKU’s seasons over besides Track and Field you’d think that WKU related news would slow down. You would be wrong. Here are the best WKU related stories across the internet to start your Tuesday.

— Chad Bishop has a great read about the 2007 WKU football team, the first to compete in FBS & how they transitioned to college football’s top level.

— AP National College Football Writer Ralph Russo has listed Mike Sanford the #6 new FBS coach most likely to succeed (out of 21). Former WKU coach Jeff Brohm was listed at #1, while Willie Taggart was listed at #8.

— WKU led Conference USA in championships for the 3rd straight season (every year the Tops have competed in C-USA). Props to Todd Stewart and all of the coaches/athletes for making WKU a well rounded program across all sports.

— Sophomore DT Ty’Ron Horton & RS Freshman DE Cecil Stallings are no longer with the WKU football program. Stallings is the 2nd player involved in the Pike Fraternity incident no longer with the program.

— Mark Story from the Herald Leader examines the key questions for all of the instate teams heading into next season. He highlights basketball and football for WKU.

— Grad Transfer target Dwight Coleby is playing out the process and see what other schools have to offer before making his decision:

— 2017 Signee Marek Nelson discusses what drove him to choose WKU and why he decided to reclassify a year early.

— One-time WKU target Tremont Waters signed with LSU on Monday.

— The Lady Toppers basketball roster experienced a setback as Kyvin Goodin-Rogers has announced her retirement from organized basketball. She averaged 8.1 pts & 4.1 rbs for Coach Heard’s NCAA tournament squad last year. Knee injuries were the main factor in her decision. Best of luck in her future endeavors, which appear to be in scouting.

— This article in the Bowling Green Daily News chronicles 2017 newcomer Moustapha Diagne’s long path from Senegal to WKU.

— Former WKU coach Jimmy Feix was once again nominated for the College Football Hall of Fame.

— George Bremer from the Goshen News (IN) discusses Jack Doyle’s leap from folk hero on the Colts to leader.

— One time WKU basketball target Javon Pickett has committed to Missouri:

— Brad Stephens discusses WKU Baseball’s worst season in 40 years and talks about how the program can move forward and move past their malaise since making the NCAA post season in 09. Here’s the video of Brad’s conversation with baseball coach John Pawlowski.

— Underdog Dynasty lists WKU as having the fifth-best Offensive Line in Conference USA and put them in the Good Shape group.

— Sports on Earth ranked Conference USA as having the eighth-best group of coaches in the FBS (out of 10).

— The Titans have reached a deal on Taywan Taylor’s first NFL contract.

— Rick Stansbury has offered 2018 four-star guard Montez Mathis a scholarship:

— The Buffalo Bills have released former WKU safety Jonathan Dowling, who is coming of a knee injury that he suffered last preseason.

— South Point sports book sets WKU Football’s 2017 over under win total at 9 1/2.

— Three-time defending Conference USA Champions, WKU Volleyball released their 2017 schedule, it includes dates with Louisville, Ohio State & Belmont.

— ProTopper Andrew Edwards is back on track in his quest to the majors from an injury. The right-handed reliever has moved back to AA Northwest Arkansas and might make his major league debut later in the season. He’s still on the Royals 40 man roster and could stand to benefit if the Royals have to sell assets as they continue to have a disappointing season in 2017.

— Michael McCammon at WKU insider discusses WKU’s recent offer for Hoover (AL) offensive tackle Mike Maye.

— McCammon also talks about Florida running back Cameron Myers’ response to a recent Toppers offer ($).

Here is Chad Bishop & Dominique Yates’ weekly podcast, this time they breakdown WKU’s football schedule.

— Mid-Major Madness lists Buffalo transfer Lamonte Bearden as one of the eligible transfers that could lead their teams to an NCAA bid in 2017–18.

— Hannah Page at Inside Hilltopper Sports reviews what the preseason preview magazines are saying about WKU’s upcoming football season.

— WKU Football will hold their annual prospect camp on June 11th for High School prospects:

— Junior Outfielder Kaleb Duckworth earned academic All-American honors for the 2nd consecutive season.

— Jay Lunardi picks Middle Tennessee as the 2018 Conference USA representative in his most recent Bracketology. He has the Blue Raiders as a 12 seed, we’ll see what WKU has to say about that.

— Several high profile Basketball & Football recruits have arrived on WKU’s campus per Chad Bishop at WBKO.

— Jim Wyatt from the Titans website mentions Tyler Ferguson as someone that could benefit from Matt Cassel’s injury.

— The one and done rule in the NBA could be going away soon. Luckily we got Mitchell Robinson before that happened. If it does happen it will change the landscape of college basketball significantly.

— Rivals mentions WKU as a potential destination for 2019 5-star forward Charles Bassey.

— Scratch former Apollo (Owensboro, KY) player off WKU’s list. He is staying at Mississippi State for now:

— Former WKU football assistants Mike Cassity & Ryan Wallace have followed Jeff Brohm to Purdue in support roles.

— College Basketball announcer Mark Adams gives his “State of the College Basketball Union”. He is a big proponent of mid-major basketball and this is full of valuable information and criticism of the P5/Big East power structure in college hoops.

— Matt Sarzyniak’s musings on the kickoff announcements include a tidbit about Conference USA’s TV Schedule.

— Mid-Major Madness answers a question about Rick Stansbury’s recruiting in their mailbag.

— Former WKU Receiver Jared Dangerfield continues to represent the Tops two years after graduating:

If you ever come across an interesting WKU-related article send it our way via twitter @TheTowelRackWKU

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Ross Shircliffe

Ross Shircliffe

Alot of WKU Sports talk (someone's got to do it), Occasional Reds, UofL & Conservative Politics