Tag:Ken McDonald
Posted on: January 6, 2012 10:51 am
Edited on: January 6, 2012 11:02 am

WKU fires Ken McDonald after controversial loss

By Gary Parrish

Western Kentucky has scheduled a Friday afternoon press conference to announce that Ken McDonald will no longer serve as the school's men's basketball coach. The development comes less than 24 hours after the Hilltoppers lost a home game in overtime when officials didn't realize Louisiana-Lafayette scored the game-winning basket with six players on the court.

“I have recommended to President Gary Ransdell that Ken McDonald no longer serve as our head men’s basketball coach, and he has agreed and supports my decision," said WKU athletic director Ross Bjork. "President Ransdell and I met with Coach McDonald this morning to inform him of the decision, and then we met with and informed the entire men’s basketball staff. I also met with our student-athletes and discussed the reasons for our conclusion and told them that we are committed to all of them as students and athletes here at WKU, and we owe them the ‘great program’ they signed up for."

McDonald was in his fourth season at the school. The former Texas assistant led WKU to a 25-9 record in his first season and earned a trip to the NCAA Tournament. He went 21-13 in 2009-10 and 16-16 last season. The Hilltoppers were 5-11 this season with a freshman-heavy roster.

Assistant Ray Harper will coach the rest of the season on an interim basis.

Western Kentucky plays Troy on Saturday.
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Posted on: November 8, 2011 9:13 am
Edited on: November 8, 2011 9:18 am

Western Kentucky, like UK, relying on freshmen

By Gary Parrish

You think John Calipari is relying on freshmen more than everybody in the country?

Not true.

He's not even relying on freshmen more than everybody in Kentucky.

"We're the least experienced team in the [Sun Belt] and we lost the most production, but I love going to work each day," Western Kentucky coach Ken McDonald told CBSSports.com by phone. "There's no resistance. Just positive energy. It's pretty cool to be around. So I'm optimistic. But they are just freshmen."

McDonald started three freshmen and played a total of six -- plus one JUCO transfer -- in the Hilltoppers' 73-61 exhibition win over Xavier (La.). The lone senior on the roster (Kahlil McDonald) got 11 points in 13 minutes. But it was the newcomers who stood out -- specifically Derrick Gordon, a 6-foot-3 guard who played high school basketball at St. Patrick's in New Jersey alongside UK freshman Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. Gordon had a team-high 17 points in the exhibition. He was one of three freshmen to reach double-figures for Western Kentucky. The others were T.J. Price (12 points) and Nigel Snipes (11 points).

Western Kentucky opens Friday with Saint Joseph's.

Expect the freshmen to get a lot of run.

"We are going to throw these guys into the fire," McDonald said. "Everyone knows it."

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