WKU basketball, football and baseball notes

2 03 2010

Ok, you can’t really ask for more WKU-related content in one single blog post. Period. 

It simply cannot happen. 

Anyway, here we go.

— SBC All-Conference awards to be announced on Tuesday

Check back tomorrow for all things regarding Sun Belt postseason awards – including all-conference teams, player of the year, coach of the year, defensive player of the year and rookie of the year. 

My votes were sent in on Sunday, and as much as I’d love to share them with you, I’ve been sworn to secrecy. 

Sort of. 

In any event, we’ll have all that tomorrow. 

Also, a few other WKU notes:

— Sergio Kerusch named SBC Player of the Week

Kerusch averaged 21.5 points and 10.5 rebounds last week to take his third career award. 

The week was highlighted by his career-high 32-point performance on Saturday at Florida International. 

The award was the fifth of its kind this season for a WKU athlete, that’s a school record. It also ties the Sun Belt record for most Player of the Week honors by a school in a season. 

Kind of makes you wonder, doesn’t it?

A team has five players have weeks of that nature, yet it only went 12-6 during the season in league play. The hype seemed to be pretty legit, but the team simply seemed to have trouble handling it for a long period of time. 

Still a chance to make up for all that though with the conference tournament this weekend.

— WKU baseball ranked No. 23

After one of the better regular season weekends in WKU baseball history (arguably), the Hilltoppers enter this week’s Collegiate Baseball poll at No. 23 in the country. 

WKU had a fantastic weekend in Texas recently, sweeping through the QTI Baylor Classic. 

At 5-1, WKU will be at home on Tuesday for a matchup with Austin Peay. 

First pitch is slated for 3 p.m. at Nick Denes Field.

— Taggart excited about schedule

As we mentioned on the blog earlier today, WKU released its 2010 football schedule this afternoon. 

No real surprises there, but a few Taggart tidbits were had during his presser. 

Taggart said he was excited to start his coaching career off at a place like Nebraska, saying that ‘what better place to get your first win?’ with regard to Memorial Stadium in Lincoln. 

He also spent a good deal of time talking about the excitement around the Kentucky series – which begins this season in Lexington. He talked about how it was important for WKU to put itself in the same conversation throughout the state with Louisville and Kentucky in football – saying WKU isn’t 1-AA anymore, and it’s time to start thinking that way. 

He also stole a line from former professional wrestling great Ric Flair, saying that ‘to be the man, you’ve got to beat the man.’

Couldn’t agree more – but let’s keep in mind that a certain former WKU football coach spent the Hilltoppers’ first three years of 1-A football making the exact same statement. 

I’ll have a full report on the new schedule in Tuesday’s Daily News.

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