WKU football catchup

10 12 2010

Ok gang, I’ve returned from spending two long days in the car – just goes to show me what I get for hitting the road to cover men’s basketball.

I know I’m behind on some of this stuff, but here’s the lowdown on the football shakeups as it sits today.

Just to clarify.

Clint Bowen resigned as WKU’s defensive coordinator on Thursday.

It is unknown where exactly he’ll land. Reports have him at North Texas, and our friends at InsideHilltopperSports.com are saying he’s headed to Indiana.

I wouldn’t be shocked if its either of those destinations – or maybe even somewhere else.

I spoke with WKU athletic director Ross Bjork this morning, and he informed me that to his knowledge – Bowen’s ultimate destination is still very much up in the air.

In addition, Bjork said that the reported salary number of roughly $70,000 made by Bowen at WKU last season was incorrect.

Bjork said that Bowen was paid $104,000 by WKU last season – and that he had been in talks with the now former defensive coordinator to stay on for next season at a salary of roughly $120,000. Bjork said that number would have made Bowen the second-highest paid defensive coordinator in the Sun Belt Conference.

In addition, Bjork said that entering the 2010 campaign – WKU’s total salary budget for assistant coaches was set at $630,000. Prior to the season, Bjork said that figure ranked WKU at No. 3 overall in the Sun Belt Conference.

We’ll have more on this in today’s Daily News

Also, I was able to confirm with a source Thursday that WKU junior quarterback Matt Pelesasa has left the football team and will be seeking a transfer.

Pelesasa appeared in just four games last season, and did not attempt a pass.

The former junior college transfer entered fall camp as the team’s starting quarterback, but was eventually beat out by sophomore Kawaun Jakes.

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