Western Kentucky Hilltoppers news, updates, highlights, scores, commentary, stats and photos. 11. In 1946, Jesse Thomas returned to the Hill for his second stint as head coach. 24 in AP poll", "Champs Again! Red and white are the primary colors of the football uniforms with an occasional gray or black uniform. Jim also recruited future NFL players Rod Smart and Mel Mitchell to WKU as well as 17 players on the 2002 national championship team. This was done with the help Harbaugh took the Hilltopper football program from the depths of despair in the early 1990s to its best stretch since the legendary Jimmy Feix coached on the Hill. Western Kentucky (11-4, 4-2 in C-USA) is off to its best start since the 2007-08 season when the Hilltoppers reached the NCAA Sweet 16. [26] Quarterback Brandon Doughty again led the FBS in passing yards with 5,055, and passing touchdowns with 48, but also led in pass completion percentage with 71.9 and total yards per play with 8.7. The team competes in Conference USA. The two programs have met 67 times since the rivalry began in 1931. Own. In 2007, WKU initiated the transition to NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) and became ineligible for any further playoff appearances. for access to the facility and then recorded Trying using a piano and a portable reel-to-reel tape recorder. $16.99. Rebounds 36. [18] The Hilltoppers finished the 2013 regular season 8–4, posting their best record since 2004, but were once again snubbed from a bowl appearance. [10] They were able to accomplish the first of those goals, going 7–5 that season as they beat long-time rival MTSU in Murfreesboro, but were unable to hold off Troy at home; both of which were FBS schools and members of the Sun Belt Conference. [8], After serving on Harbaugh's coaching staff seven seasons, David Elson was promoted to head coach where he led the Hilltoppers for seven seasons. Successful quartets not only recorded popular tunes, but they sang whenever given Arnold Winkenhofer took over in 1942 coaching the Toppers for one season before the program was stopped from 1943 to 1945 due to World War II. Distributed by Dot Records of Gallatin, Tennessee, Trying reached No. Doughty was named 2014 Sammy Baugh Trophy winner as well as 2014 Conference USA Most Valuable Player.[25]. Thomas only stuck around WKU two more seasons with much less success than his first go around posting a 5–10–2 record. Diddle took over the football program for seven seasons leading them to four winning seasons while also coaching the WKU Hilltoppers basketball team. Charles Bassey. Free shipping. WKU played in four bowl games that were part of the NCAA Division II postseason during the 1973 to 1977 timeframe, with a record of 2–2. The program has 13 conference championships (1 SIAA, 9 OVC, 1 Gateway, 2 Conference USA) and 4 FBS-level bowl game victories. Oct 24, 2020-14 -880 Western Kentucky vs. Chattanooga +442 +14 13-10 o53 Details Nov 1 , 2020 -31 Western Kentucky @ BYU +31 10-41 o52.5 Details Nov 7 , 2020 +7 +229 Western Kentucky @ Florida Atlantic -292 -7 6-10 o38 Details Comprehensive and up-to-date Western Kentucky Hilltoppers news, scores, schedule, stats and roster Things only got worse for the Hilltoppers in 2009 after they finally became full members of the Sun Belt Conference. On November 26, 2018, WKU announced the hire of Tennessee Offensive Coordinator (OC) Tyson Helton. Located in the heart of Kentucky's third-largest city, our hilltop campus is a place of beauty and friendliness. Hilltoppers the best vocal combination of 1953 in a Cash Box magazine poll. Bassey leads Western Kentucky over Charlotte 67-63 — Taveion Hollingsworth scored 14 points, Charles Bassey had 10 points and 11 rebounds and Western Kentucky beat Charlotte 67-63 on Friday in the first Conference USA matchup of the season for both teams. Jimmy Sacca, Don McGuire and Seymour Spiegelman The Marshall Thundering Herd will face the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers on Friday, Jan. 15 at E.A. On August 13, 2016, WKU released 2 new (red home and white away) jerseys with 3 pants (red, white, and black.) The Hilltoppers' overall playoff record is 12–9. In 2016, Brohm led WKU to their second consecutive 10+ win season for the first time in school history and their second straight C-USA Football Championship title. Though going 16–8 in his last two season, Roberts left with a 26–30–1 record becoming the first Hilltopper coach to leave with a losing record in over 60 years. Former Louisville, Atlanta Falcons and Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino was hired as the new head football coach following Taggart's departure. 2020 season schedule, scores, stats, and highlights. 16-21. WKU played in the NCAA Division II playoff championship game in 1973 and 1975. Having given the group their start, $6 … In his first season, Helton won 2019 C-USA Coach of the Year. with Eddie Crowe and later Doug Cordoza serving as his replacements. The November/December 15 times. In 2007, the Hilltoppers began the transition to NCAA Division I FBS as Independents, considered a reclassifying school for both the 2007 and 2008 seasons due to NCAA rules. The Hilltoppers now faced the difficult task of balancing college course work and The Red Belt trophy was introduced to the rivalry series in 1978 when Murray's athletic trainer failed to pack a belt for the Racers' road trip and was loaned one by legendary WKU athletic trainer Bill "Doc E" Edwards. Elson's first four seasons as head coach were at the Division I-AA level (now FCS) where he picked up where Harbaugh left and posted four straight winning seasons, a record of 30–17, and two playoff berths. In addition to that honor, DeAngelo Malone won 2019 C-USA Defensive Player of the Year while Ty Storey won C-USA Newcomer of the Year. In a valiant but unsuccessful effort, WKU was defeated 21–24 by Central Michigan.[14]. [13] Lance Guidry, WKU's defensive coordinator was named interim head coach and led the Hilltoppers to their first bowl appearance as an FBS member. When local WLBJ deejay Bill Stamps played Trying on his evening radio program Whistling In The Dark, his listeners requested the song Despite the surprising 7–5 record in 2011, a season in which the Hilltoppers went 7–1 in their final eight games, they were not invited to a bowl game. Despite winning their final two games, including a road upset of Louisiana Tech, WKU fired Mike Sanford on November 25, 2018. Their music is time-dated, yet timeless. With the bowl win under Coach Holt, that brought their total wins over three years to 31 becoming a dominant force in Conference USA and among the Group of Five.[29]. attire of beanies, letter sweaters, gray flannels and white bucks was more than just 23. In March 1954, P.S. After Diddle left the football program to focus on coaching basketball, WKU football went through a series of instability in coaching but also a series of 9 winning seasons. 27-60. Feix became the first WKU football athlete ever to earn All-America honors after posting the highest pass completion percentage in the nation (.612). [6] Jim set out and started contacting recruits, his first being Willie Taggart, an All-American and four-year starter at quarterback for WKU. Western Kentucky nearly dug out of a 21-point hole against Louisiana Tech on Saturday, but couldn’t quite complete the comeback in a 63-58 home … From 1952 to 1957, The Hilltoppers charted 19 hits on Billboard, half in the top 10. The official 2020-21 Men's Basketball schedule for the Western Kentucky University Hilltoppers Live betting odds and lines, betting trends, against the spread and over/under … On December 7, 2012, prior to their December 26th bowl game, Taggart left WKU to accept the head football coach position at South Florida. M.A. vocalists, canning music for release while Sacca was in the South Pacific and recruiting In his vacancy, the Hilltoppers hired former Vanderbilt assistant Dave Roberts to be the head coach with hopes of continuing what Feix started. While still playing in the NFL, Jim joined the WKU football coaching staff as an NCAA-certified unpaid assistant which allowed him to recruit. Men’s Russell Athletic Western Kentucky Hilltoppers White Graphic Logo Polo L. $15.00 +$5.00 shipping. [37] In 2006 the name of Division I-AA was changed to NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). From 1922 to 1928, the Hilltoppers saw their first success as Coach E.A. J.L. The move allowed WKU to add 22 scholarships by 2009 and increase the overall football budget by an estimated $2.5 million by the time the transition was complete.[9]. His 14 teams that competed in the Ohio Valley Conference went 67–28–2 (.701) in conference play. 12. His first team set a school record for wins that would stand for 41 years and his last team claimed to be state champions. Tyrrell Pigrome threw for two touchdowns and Western Kentucky held on for a 20-17 victory over Middle Tennessee on Saturday for the Hilltoppers' first victory. From 1917 to 1919 the Hilltoppers didn't compete in football from due to World War I. The primary logo was switched in 2003 to a red towel with an embossed "WKU" wordmark in white.[38]. Elson was hopeful to survive the transition as he asked for patience in building the program, but on Nov. 9th, 2009, prior to the end of the season, athletic director, Wood Selig had enough and fired Elson. From there, Taggart is credited with getting WKU's football program back on track after posting back to back 7–5 regular seasons that included an upset of Kentucky in Lexington in 2012. Luke Frampton. Points 71. In 2015, Brohm led WKU to a ten-win regular season, highlighted by an undefeated conference record, WKU's first appearance in the top 25, and a Conference USA Championship beating Southern Miss 45–28. 3. Still best known for P.S. In 1987 and 1988 Roberts took the Hilltoppers to the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs coming up short to rival EKU both years. [17], In their first game under Petrino and to start the season, the Hilltoppers won their second straight game over SEC opponent Kentucky, playing at a neutral site in Nashville, Tennessee. Highlights of the season include upsetting undefeated and No. Western Kentucky Hilltoppers at Michigan State Spartans Football is an event that takes place from Oct 02 - Oct 02, 2021 and may cause room availability issues or hotel rates to increase. The programs scheduled a one-game match-up in 2017 in which WKU won 31–17 in Bowling Green, KY. WKU has an inactive rivalry with nearby Murray State. [32]:143, Five players have been designated by the NCAA as "Consensus All-Americans" as of 2017.[32]:137. Another style of music, however, was gaining national popularity. On the pants, visibility of "Hilltoppers" lettering down the side of the pants increases with intensity of the game. The houndstooth design from legendary coach, Jimmy Feix's fedora is used on team shirts and down the stripe of the helmet. Defend. While still students, they performed on eight nationally syndicated television joined Vaughn at Van Meter Auditorium, where they paid a campus security guard $10 The Hilltoppers went on to defeat South Florida, who was coached by former Hilltopper quarterback and coach Willie Taggart, in the Miami Beach Bowl 45–35, ending the season with a 12–2 record and ranked 24th in the nation. From Van Meter Auditorium to stages around the world, Jimmy Sacca, Vegas Insider provides all the betting odds, predictions and picks for this conference matchup between C-USA schools. This was 20 years after the 1992 "Save the Program" season and 10 years after the 2002 championship season. 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I Love You, which sold over 3 million copies, The Hilltoppers secured fame for themselves and sudden fame. popular nightclubs like the Casa Loma in St. Louis, the Castle Farms Ballroom in Cincinnati In 1992, WKU was on the verge of losing its football program after a state-mandated $6.1 million budget cut. They were an I-AA football independent from 1982 through 1998 and again in 2007 and 2008 while transitioning from FCS to FBS. [31] Mike Sanford finished his WKU tenure with a 9–16 record, and a 6–10 record against Conference USA opponents. Trying was released May 25, 1952, but it did not sell well at first. Diddle, who was a dual-athlete himself, encouraged his players to participate in multiple sports so they could stay in shape. Rainey was named Sun Belt Conference Offensive Player of the Year in 2010 and 2011 while Quanterus Smith won Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year in 2012. Don McGuire, Seymour Spiegelman, and Billy Vaughn promoted a clean-cut image of 1950s Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Hilltoppers Alabama Crimson Tide Crimson Tide 73. of football player Bill Ploumis, who lay on the floor and lifted the piano pedal whenever Jack and his wife Jackie are credited with saving the program which led to being honored in 2012 with naming rights to the stadium club at L. T. Smith Stadium. The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers are an NCAA team based in Bowling Green, Kentucky. As the budget remained tight over the next few years WKU managed an 8-3 record in 1993 before having back-to-back losing seasons. Billy Vaughn turned his attention to his career as a composer and orchestra conductor WKU became the first school in league history to sweep the top three honors with just two players. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green, Kentucky. In 1929, Carl "Swede" Anderson took over as head coach leading the Hilltoppers to a 7–3 record before leaving to take the head coach job over the Kansas State freshman football team. All the efforts paid off and on April 30, 1992, the WKU Board of Regents voted to allow football to stay but with a reduced budget. Get the best deals on Sports Western Kentucky Hilltoppers when you shop the largest online selection at eBay.com. WKU salutes The Hilltoppers for having enhanced America's Get the latest news and information for the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers. [34], Western Kentucky has won 13 conference titles, ten outright and three shared. T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green, Kentucky and the team's head football coach is Tyson Helton. The 2008 season shed a truer light to the transition as the Hilltoppers went 2–10 with no wins over FBS opponents, only beating their two other long-time rivals and FCS-level opponents EKU and Murray State. As Wood assembled The Cincinnati, Boston, St. Louis, and New York. [11] The Hilltoppers went 39–44 under Elson, going 9–27 in his final three seasons (1–26 against FBS opponents). Smith (1920–1921, Head Coach) – Namesake of, Nick Denes (1957–1967, Head Coach) – Namesake of, This page was last edited on 21 January 2021, at 15:16. [15] In the news conference announcing Petrino's hiring in December 2012, athletic director Todd Stewart called it a "landmark moment" in the history of WKU football. & England (1958) and the South Pacific (1959) brought them international recognition. 100 Miles of Hate is the name of the long-standing rivalry with Middle Tennessee. The Hilltoppers were not eligible to participate in a Sun Belt Conference Championship or a berth in a bowl game until the 2009 season. Blocks 3. [19] In WKU's last season as members of the Sun Belt, Antonio Andrews won Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year while Xavius Boyd won Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Year. the opportunity, be it a national television guest appearance, a night club engagement, On Nov. 2nd, 2006, prior to the end of the season, WKU's Board of Regents voted in favor of moving from NCAA Division I-AA to NCAA Division I-A football (now FBS) and would be joining the Sun Belt Conference in all sports by 2009. C 58.3 Field Goal % 14. The Hilltoppers have kept … [34] NCAA Division I-AA was formed for football in 1978, and WKU moved up from Division II to Division I-AA at that time, and all playoff appearances since then were at the Division I-AA level. The 2002 team was the FCS national champion. [12] In their first year under Taggart, coming off a winless season under Elson, WKU finally broke their 26-game losing streak with a 54–21 win at Louisiana-Lafayette. 16th, Trying was on Billboard's charts! WKU beat LaTech 58–44 in a revenge match becoming just the second team to repeat as C-USA champions in back-to-back years and the first team in C-USA to host the championship and win in back-to-back years.[27]. The Hilltoppers took game 1 of this 2-game set after they took care of the Herd in the last outing. Leaving his job as offensive coordinator at Notre Dame, Mike Sanford returned to WKU, this time as head coach, after serving as quarterbacks coach under Willie Taggart in 2010. [7], The Hilltoppers went 7-4 in 1996 and returned to the NCAA Playoffs in 1997 behind the arm and legs of quarterback Willie Taggart, which started a long series of winning seasons. beginning at WKU, The Hilltoppers' music will forever exemplify the sounds of a wonderful their alma mater. The 2002 team was the FCS national champion. dual lives. In his 16 seasons at the helm, Feix compiled an impressive 105–56–6 record (.6488). All bowl games since then have been at the NCAA Division I FBS level, with a record of 4–3. [16] Keeping the programs momentum going, on April 1, 2013, it was announced that WKU would join Conference USA in all sports effective July 1, 2014, the following season. [30] Sanford also served on the same coaching staff as Taggart under Jim Harbaugh at Stanford. Feix retired as head coach moving to work in Alumni Affairs for two years before taking over as Director of Athletics in 1986. The Hilltoppers finished 2–10 that season. 1957 issue of the fan club newsletter Hilltoppers Topics included a round-table discussion of Rock and Roll, which Seymour found "unimaginative Make Offer - Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Mens Large Polo Shirt Pressbox New With Tags. The rivalry has taken a hiatus since leaving EKU behind as WKU transitioned to FBS in 2009. [2] When he retired from coaching football in 1928, Diddle posted a record of 38–24–2. The university's cupola is inscribed on the chest plate and the line from the school's alma mater "We shall never fail thee" is written on the bottom of the jersey. programs and flew to countless weekend engagements in cities such as Chicago, Cleveland, The Hilltoppers won six Ohio Valley Conference championships between 1970 and 1980. Jack Harbaugh served as the Hilltoppers head football coach for 14 seasons, compiling a 91–68 record, three 10+ win seasons, two conference championships (OVC 2000, Gateway 2002) and the 2002 Division I-AA National Championship. In the late 1950s, The Hilltoppers expanded their repertoire of love ballads with the calypso hit Marianne and an original rhythm and blues number called The Joker. Of continuing what Feix started `` Save the program '' season and 10 years after 1941. An occasional gray or black uniform their uniforms and the team 's head football in. 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