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FIRST FOUR, Game 1 at Dayton: W. Kentucky 59 Miss. Valley State 58

 

President Obama & Prime Minister Cameron in attendance (megasportsnews.com)

(courtesy of Western Kentucky athletics via wikipedia commons)

DAYTON, OHIO — With President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron in attendance, the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers defeated the Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils, 59-58 in the first game of the 74th NCAA Men’s Basketball Division I Championship.

The Delta Devils led by as many as 16 points, (53-37) in the second half.

The Hilltoppers went on a 22-5 run in the last five minutes to wins its 19th tournament game.

The 15-point deficit by the Hilltoppers with 5 minutes to go was the biggest in that time frame. Before that, the deficit was Illinois coming back to beat Missouri in the 2005 Elite Eight.

T.J. Ford and Derrick Gordon led Western Kentucky with 11 points each. While George Fant and Gordon led the way on the boards with 11 each.

The Hilltoppers are in their 22nd NCAA and have a record of 19-22. Their last win coming in 2009.

Head coach Ray Harper, who took over in the middle of the season, is now 11-7.

Western Kentucky, champions of the Sun Belt Conference, are 16-18 on the season. The only team in the tourney with a losing record.

Mississippi Valley State ends the season at 21-13. They earned their way into the tournament by winning the fifth Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament in their history.

They drop to 0-5 in the NCAA tournament.

The Delta Devils were led by Kevin Burwell with 20 points, William Pugh with 11 and Cor-J Cox with 10.

The Delta Devils were outrebounded 60-32 in the game.

Their head coach is Sean Woods, who played at Kentucky who graduated in 1992. He is one of college basketball’s “Unforgettables” from the Kentucky team which lost to Duke in the 1992 East Regional Final.

The game was the 88th NCAA Championship game hosted by UD Arena, spanning 33 years (1970-2012). The home of the Dayton Flyers became the most-used site in the NCAA Tournament’s history last year while hosting the First Four. UD Arena passed Kansas City’s Municipal Auditorium which 83 games from 1940-1964.

 

Grove City High grad Grinch to join Missouri football staff

 

Alex Grinch (courtesy of Wyoming athletics)

Alex Grinch, who played at Mount Union and is a 1998 graduate of Grove City High school in the Columbus, Ohio area, has joined the Missouri football coaching staff as safeties coach.

Head football coach Gary Pinkel announced the signing and said that Grinch was a graduate assistant of his from 2002 to 2004.

Grinch spent the last three years as the secondary coach and recruiting coordinator for the University of Wyoming.

 

compiled from University of Missouri, Radio & TV news

Wyoming gives Christensen contract extension

 

Dave Christensen (courtesy of Wyoming athletics)

The University of Wyoming Cowboys and their head football coach Dave Christensen have agreed in principle to a new five-year contract that will include a very hefty raise.

The deal came just one day after the Cowboys lost to Temple in the New Mexico Bowl, 37-15.

Christensen in three seasons has made progress with the Wyoming program with an 18-20 record and 1-1 in bowl games.

Christensen’s experience before taking the Wyoming  job includes several colleges: Washington, Idaho State, Toledo and Missouri.

 

Info compiled from Wyoming athletics, Radio & TV news

 

Big 12 university leaders approve revenue sharing

 

(courtesy of Big 12 Conference via wikipedia commons)

Big 12 university presidents, chancellors and provosts have agreed to equally share the wealth from the conference’s most lucrative television deals if the membership agree to lock in those top-tier TV rights into the league for at least six years.

Interim commissioner Chuck Neinas hopes that this proposal will keep the conference together and help persuade Missouri from following Texas A&M to the SEC.

Each school must approve the granting of TV rights.

The Big 12 also plans to expand the conference whether Missouri stays or goes.

Info compiled from Big 12 Conference, TV & Radio news

COLORADO AT OHIO STATE GAMEWEEK: Colorado football history goes back to 1890

 

(file photo)

The University of Colorado football program has been playing competitively on the Boulder campus since 1890.

The early games, which were similar to rugby than actual modern football, were played against the Colorado School of the Mines and Utah.

The football stadium, originally named “Colorado Stadium”, was later changed to Folsom Field in November of 1944 in honor of Coach Fred Folsom, one of the most respected college football coaches in his day.

The nickname Buffaloes or Golden Buffaloes, was selected by the campus newspaper in a contest with a $5 prize in 1934 won by Andrew Dickson of Boulder.

In 1947, marked a key point in race relations on campus. The Buffaloes joined the Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association, commonly known as the Big Six, then became known as the Big Seven, and later the Big Eight. Since 1996, the conference has been named the Big 12. The Big 12 does not claim any Big 8 history as its own.

However, Missouri and Oklahoma had rules which would have allowed them to challenge teams with “colored” players. A student outcry led by the campus newspaper Silver and Gold, led to a movement against such restrictions which expanded to all of the campuses and lead to a repeal.

On June 10, 2010, Colorado announced that they would join the Pacific-12 Conference in all sports beginning on July 1, 2011, leaving the Big 12 Conference behind.

The Buffaloes have won one national championship, in 1990.

Bill McCartney, who is one of the founders of the religious movement “Promise Keepers”, is the most famous head coach, leading Colorado to their only National Championship in 1990.

Folsom Field home of Colorado with Flatirons in the background October 2008 (photo by Jason Oliver via wikipedia commons)

The Colorado football program is 16th on the all-time NCAA Division I list and 22nd in all-time winning percentage at .614. Since Folsom Field was built in 1924, the Buffaloes have been 280-152-10 at home. The Nebraska game in 2006 was the school’s 1,100th football game.

Info compiled from staff, NCAA, University of Colorado & College Football History Books

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