Vaught's Views: Hope pleased with Eastern's exposure

August 09, 2004|LARRY VAUGHT

People and things.

* Eastern Kentucky football.

It may not be national television coverage on CBS or ESPN, but Eastern Kentucky coach Danny Hope isn't about to complain about the three TV appearances the Colonels will make this year.

"Any exposure like that can only help your program," said Hope, Eastern's second-year coach. "It gives us a chance to be seen and every college football players likes having a chance to be on TV."

Eastern's first appearance will be its home opener Sept. 18 against rival Western Kentucky. Fox Sports South will show the game, which will now start at 7:30 p.m. instead of 6:30 as originally scheduled.


Eastern's game at Samford Oct. 2 will be broadcast by ACN Sports in Birmingham and the Colonels' game at Tennessee Tech on Nov. 20 will be shown by WCTE-TV in Cookeville. Both games will be on a tape delayed basis.

The Colonels also play at Vanderbilt Oct. 23.

"We think it is a challenging schedule, but also one that gives us a lot of opportunities," Hope said.

* Chandra Costello.

The former Casey County basketball player continues her quest to win $250,000 in the WWE Raw Diva Search tonight.

Her twin sister, Julia, was voted out of the contest two weeks ago. However, Chandra remains optimistic about being in the final eight going into tonight's WWE program in Cleveland.

"It's been great so far," Chandra said. "It's a little different now without my sister. It became more of a reality show when she got voted off and certainly got a lot more nerve-racking and emotional.

"You actually become friends with all of the girls. That makes it a little harder, too."

If she survives tonight's cut, she'll go to Ontario next week. If she can make that cut, she'll be in the top six and headed for a show in Anaheim, which is close to where the sisters now live in California.

"We live about 35 minutes from Anaheim. I really want to get back there," she said. "I want to make two more shows so a lot of my friends can come see me in Anaheim."

Her sister will not be at tonight's show. She's staying in California to pursue other casting opportunities. But Chandra says the WWE continues to tell the Costellos that they will have a spot on WWE Raw after the Diva Search ends no matter who wins.

"Just tell everyone to remember to vote for me," Chandra said.

The show airs on Spike from 9-11 p.m.

* Centre College Hall of Fame.

Official word will not be released until October, but Thomas Turley, a 1916 graduate, will be part of the next Hall of Fame induction class.

His nephew, Ed Turley, nominated him and obviously is proud of his uncle. Thomas Turley was a four-year letterman in football, basketball and baseball. Not only was he captain of all three teams, but he was also carnival king his senior year.

If that's not enough, Turley somehow found time to letter two years in tennis.

"I wish I had nominated him before, but I had not thought about it before now," Ed Turley said. "I don't know much about the success of his teams at Centre, but I know he was a tough competitor."

Not to mention a gifted athlete to have earned 14 college letters.

* Lexington Horsemen.

Congratulations to the new National Indoor Football League champions. The Horsemen won 59-38 Saturday at Sioux Falls to claim the league title.

Garrard County graduate Gordon Crowe was a starting defensive linemen for the Horsemen and played an active role in Saturday's game that was shown on WKYT-TV.

You also had to be happy for former Kentucky quarterback Dusty Bonner, who had his starting job taken away by then-coach Hal Mumme after he led UK to the Music City Bowl.

Now the Horsemen should consider a move into the lower Arena Football League. The team has had two wonderful seasons, but the NIFL is not likely to grow. The Horsemen are the class of the league and need to move upward to keep the franchise growing.

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