WKU loses 20-17 at Louisville

Western Kentucky running back Joshua Samuel (right) is tackled by Louisville safety Dee Smith during WKU’s 20-17 loss to Louisville on Sept. 15 at Cardinal Stadium.

Western Kentucky redshirt sophomore Joshua Samuel has entered the NCAA’s transfer portal, the running back announced via Twitter on Thursday.

Samuel led the Hilltoppers in rushing in 2018 before playing sparingly this season behind Gaej Walker. Samuel had just six carries for 17 yards in four appearances this season. The most game time he saw in 2019 came at the end of the Arkansas game with three carries for 14 yards.

WKU confirmed Samuel’s departure, meaning he won’t be with the team for the school’s bowl game.

The 5-foot-11, 205-pound back had 639 yards in 2018 to lead all Conference USA freshmen. The Greenville, S.C., native leaves WKU with 658 yards, averaging 5.2 yards per carry, and one touchdown.

Michigan, Kentucky schedule basketball game in London

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan and Kentucky have agreed to play a basketball game in London next season as part of a three-year deal that also includes a home-and-home series between the two programs.

Michigan announced the deal Thursday. The teams will play at O2 Arena in London in December 2020. The teams will meet at Crisler Center in Ann Arbor in 2021 and at Kentucky’s Rupp Arena in 2022.

“When the idea of playing Kentucky came up, we knew it would be an exciting opportunity, not only for ourselves, but for our fans as well,” Michigan coach Juwan Howard said. “What a unique three-game series. First, we get to showcase collegiate basketball overseas in London before playing that traditional home-and-home series in front of two of the nation’s best basketball environments.”

The teams have met seven times previously, with Kentucky holding a 5-2 edge. The Wildcats beat Michigan in a 2014 Elite Eight game in their most recent contest. When Howard was a player at Michigan, his Wolverines beat Kentucky in a 1993 national semifinal.

Louisville’s Satterfield picked as ACC football coach of the year

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Louisville’s Scott Satterfield is the Atlantic Coast Conference’s coach of the year.

In voting results announced Thursday, Satterfield received 23 of a possible 60 votes, with 17 votes for Virginia’s Bronco Mendenhall and 15 for Clemson’s Dabo Swinney.

In his first season with the Cardinals, Satterfield led them to a 7-5 finish, a 5-3 record in ACC play and a second-place finish behind No. 3 Clemson in the Atlantic Division.

Louisville was picked to finish last in the division after firing Bobby Petrino while finishing 2-10 and losing all eight league games in 2018.

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