Bobby Petrino, WKU's new coach, attended the Conference USA meetings in Destin, Florida.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- This has a familiar sound. Bobby Petrino takes over a program making a conference change and looks to lift it in stature.
The new Western Kentucky University coach was at the Conference USA meetings in Destin, Fla., and stopped to talk with Tommy Hicks of AL.com.
When asked what he's looking for in his first season with the Hilltoppers, Petrino said he wants to see results right away.
"I'm not real patient so I'm hoping we can get it cranked up pretty good," he said. "We always play to our strengths and we have certain philosophies in what we would like to do as far as the Xs and Os go in the game, but you have to play to your strengths. Offensively right now, we return some experience on the offensive front and at the tight end positions and we have some really good running backs."
"That certainly is a strength. We'd like to improve and keep getting better in the passing game so you can balance it out, because then you're hard to defend. Defensively we return some really good linebackers and some really good secondary players. We'll be young and inexperienced on the defensive front. We have some challenges there but there are a lot of good things in place. The best thing is we have been able to go through the winter and through our strength and conditioning program. Our players really understand the standards about how we want to work, how we want to grind and what is expected of them."
When asked, "Is there an appreciation, having been away from coaching for a while, or is that overblown?" Petrino answered pretty thoughtfully.
"No, it's not overblown at all," he said. "It's unbelievable how much you miss all of it -- working with the players, helping them develop, helping them achieve and getting confidence in themselves. I really missed seeing the look in their eye or the smile on their face when they achieved and accomplished something that you told them they can do. You miss the grind of the game-planning and going out and executing it and the relationships with all of your staff members. I missed all of it. It's hard to sit and not do something that you've always loved."
The coach will make two area stops at "Toppers on Tour" events next month. He'll be at the Heritage Hill Golf Club in Shepherdsville on June 10 at 6 p.m. and at the Heartland Golf Club in Elizabethtown on June 17 at 6 p.m. Men's basketball coach Ray Harper also will attend.
The "Toppers On Tour" stops are free events, with the Louisville event following the Lee Robertson/Gary Sundmacker Golf Tournament with a buffet dinner available for $20.00. The Elizabethtown stop follows the Heartland Alumni Chapter Golf Scramble, and food and drink will be provided by the Heartland Alumni Chapter. For more information, visit alumni.wku.edu/toppersontour13 or call the WKU Alumni Association at 888-958-2586.
Calipari pledges Oklahoma storm relief
University of Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari was quick to tweet out that his foundation will send $10,000 in immediate aid to the Red Cross for its efforts in the aftermath of the Moore, Oklahoma, tornado.
His daughter Erin, who has raised the ire of University of Louisville fans in the past for her defending of her father (hey, what's she supposed to do?) or gigging the Cardinal fan base quickly responded to the tweet, "Stop doing this. You're ruining your image as a terrible person."
She also noted that her dad's tweet said it would give "$10k to the victims effected" and said, "Also affected."
That's an official Morning Line high five for riding herd on the grammar.
ACC Network not likely to happen soon
When the ACC announced it had obtained a grant-of-media-rights deal with every conference member, solidifying the league moving forward, speculation immediately turned to whether the conference might be ready to form its own TV network.
Sports Business Daily says not to expect that anytime soon. It says ACC deals with Raycom and Fox Sports Net will stand in the way of working out any kind of ESPN/ACC Network deal in the near future.
"There's no way an ACC network co-exists with a syndicated model," Chris Bevilacqua, a media consultant who worked with the Pac-12 to form a league network, told Sports Business Daily. "They're going to have to get those rights back."
With Miami's hearing before the NCAA's committee on infractions coming up in Indianapolis from June 13 to 15, school officials are readying their defense on allegations of violations by former booster Nevin Shapiro. But one former Miami coach says the Hurricanes aren't alone in such things.
The Miami Herald reports, "One former UM coach accused of wrongdoings complained privately that what the ex-UM coaches allegedly did paled in comparison to unreported violations committed in the SEC."
Nobody, of course, would be surprised, but as a friend of mine often says of Internet talk, "Link, or it didn't happen." The Herald, by the way, also says Shapiro is being transferred to the same North Carolina prison that holds convicted Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff.
Terrence Williams posted $25,000 bail after being arrested on a Sunday gun charge, in which the mother of his 10-year-old son said he brandished a weapon during a verbal altercation after dropping the child off at her Seattle home.
The police report said that Williams admitted to pulling out a gun during the argument but says he "felt threatened by the woman and her boyfriend," and that he denied pointing the gun at anyone.
Amy Clancy of KIRO 7 in Seattle tweeted, "Prosecutor says Terrence Williams' 10yo son got between him and child's mother when Williams pulled a gun."
Late Monday night, Williams tweeted, "A Million Stories Not One Thats TRUE.....Thanks To Those That Continue To Support Through Devil Testing Times...Those Thats Negative..THANKS"
Video of the Week
Yes, it's only Tuesday, but this one wins the prize. While Chelsea players were making their season-end speeches at the conclusion of their English Premier League campaign on Sunday, the crowd became captivated by the tiny son of backup goalkeeper Ross Turnbull, who was kicking a soccer ball that seemed to come up to his knee.
As the players talked on, the boy puttered his way toward the goal as the crowd's anticipation rose.
You can watch the rest. Huffington Post called it the "cutest goal ever." Sign him up!
It's about time somebody did a video game about journalism -- even if it is one of those free online deals. "Watergate: The Video Game" is getting some attention, most prominently in this public radio report from WBUR's "Here and Now."
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