Many West Virginia basketball fans have hoped for an annual regular season game with the Kentucky Wildcats. Mountaineers Coach Bob Huggins and Wildcats Coach John Calipari are good friends.
However, it looks as though the Marshall Thundering Herd basketball squad be making a trip to Rupp Arena in December. A contract has not yet been signed, but apparently there have been talks.
The game may also be televised nationally by ESPN.
If the game comes to fruition, it would be the first time since the 2003 season that Marshall and Kentucky met on the hardwood. Kentucky is 11-0 all-time against Marshall in a series.
Marshall returns perhaps one of its best teams in years. Of course the Wildcats are coming off a 38-2 campaign and the NCAA Championship.
SHORT STUFF: Former WVU basketball star John Flowers is heading to France. Flowers made the announcement Saturday evening. Flowers graduated from WVU in 2011 and recently completed his first year of professional basketball in Japan.
He has spent the past month back in Morgantown working out at the new basketball practice facility. He will continue working out there until he leaves for France on August 15.
…. The latest rumor for conference expansion is that Notre Dame could move into the Big 12 in all sports but football. This would be a similar situation they have with the Big East. WVU is very familiar with sharing membership in a conference with Notre Dame. The two schools spent 19 seasons together as members of the Big East. … Three-time All-star Sean Casey, another first baseman Dan Driessen and a 19th century infielder Johy Reilly were inducted into teh Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame in ceremonies at Great Amerian Ball Park this past weekend. Casey was one of the most popular players to ever wear a Reds uniform. Casey came to be known as the “Mayor” during his 8-year Reds career.
…. My friend Tim Dixon has related this information. A John Fry Memorial Account was set up at The Bank of Mingo. The account number is 1910612. Also donations can be sent by mail to Mingo Central Football Boosters C/O John Fry Memorial to P.O. Box 117, Matewan WV 25678. Any money left in the fund will be put into a scholarship fund.
(Kyle Lovern is the sports editor for the Williamson Daily News. Comments or story ideas can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org)