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    My Old Kentucky Home | A WKU Football Dynasty


    After spending a few days reading some of the many great reports both on this website and others, I have been inspired not only to start a new dynasty on the last installment of the NCAA series, but to also buy the El Gato capture card. This whole creation is inspired by many different members of various communities like DJP, Soapy, Cheese2121 and last but not least, Deegeezy. As I work my way through this creation, I can only hope to becomes within a shadow of their work. I myself face an issue that many of the older members face today, I don't have a lot of time on my hands. I'm currently working and going to school full-time, but despite that, I have an itch that I've faced for years and that is to make a dynasty that I can share my enjoyment with on this community. My hope is that you're a new member of this community, browsing this introduction and thread years after it was made and that it can inspire you to do the same thing I am attempting now. I hope you guys can enjoy this as much as I will. Welcome to My Old Kentucky Home.



    Video Game: EA Sports' NCAA Football 14
    Gaming Console: Xbox 360
    Gameplay Difficulty Level: All-American
    Recruiting Difficulty Level: All-American
    Quarter Length: 8
    Gameplay Speed: Normal
    Gameplay Sliders: Personal set
    Rosters: Operationsports

    Gameplay Rules

    Right now, I only have one rule set for myself. That is that I cannot free-roam with whatever player I select to use on defense. However, I do have some plans for rules to add in the future as I get some of the rust off my sticks.

    Recruiting Rules

    Like the other rules, these are subject to change. Right now, the only rules I have set for myself are that I cannot sign more players than are graduating/departing and I can only recruit up to 3 players who do not have WKU in their top ten to start the season.

    Player Departures

    I cannot attempt to keep a player from entering either the draft or transferring to another school.


    Any and all transfer requests must be accepted.


    Year one schedule will match the real life schedule.

    After year one, I must play against at least one non-conference opponent that WKU has faced since 2014.

    Realism will be taken into account, while trying to keep things as competitive as possible.

    Real-time Setting Changes

    As we all know, college football has changed since the 2013 season. As of right now, I will not be attempting to use the NCAA College Football Playoff format, however, I may try it in the future.

    As far as conference re-alignment goes, I will try to keep it as close to real life as possible.
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    Coach Information

    Career Record w/ WKU: 0-0
    Contract Year: 1 of 5
    Winning Seasons: 0
    Longest Win Streak: 0
    Longest Losing Streak: 0
    Record vs. Top 25: 0-0
    Record vs. Conference Opponents: 0-0
    Record vs. MTSU: 0-0
    Bowl Record: 0-0
    Conference Championships: 0
    National Championships: 0
    All Americans: 0
    Award Winners: 0

    WKU's Greatest Games

    Season-by-Season Team Overview

    Overall Record:
    Sun Belt Conference Record:
    Sun Belt Finish:
    Preseason National Rank: 68th
    Final National Rank:
    Bowl Game:
    Team Overall: B-
    Team Offense: B-
    Team Defense: B-

    Season-by-Season Team Information

    Program Prestige:
    Academic Prestige: D+
    Campus Lifestyle: D
    Coach Prestige: B
    Conference Prestige: C-
    Championship Contender: C-
    Athletic Facilities: D
    Pro Potential: D
    Coach Stability: D
    Program Tradition: D
    Television Exposure: D-
    Stadium Atmosphere: D-
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    Football History

    The Western Kentucky football team were a FCS team and a member of what was known as GFC, or the Gateway Football Conference, until 2006. In 2002, the Hilltoppers won the NCAA Division I FCS National Football Championship. The Hilltoppers moved from the FCS to the FBS four years later and remained independent until 2009 when they became a member of the Sun Belt conference. The Hilltoppers would move conferences again, joining Conference-USA in 2013.


    1932: Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (7-1-0)
    1952: Ohio Valley Conference (9-1-0) (Shared)
    1963: Ohio Valley Conference (10-0-1)
    1970: Ohio Valley Conference (8-1-1)
    1971: Ohio Valley Conference (8-2-0)
    1973: Ohio Valley Conference (12-1-0)
    1975: Ohio Valley Conference (11-2-0) (Shared)
    1978: Ohio Valley Conference (8-2-0)
    1980: Ohio Valley Conference (9-1-0)
    2000: Ohio Valley Conference (11-2)
    2002: Gateway Football Conference (12-3) (Shared)
    2002: NCAA Division 1-AA National Champions (12-3)

    Bowl Games
    Bowl Record: 2-1

    1952: Refrigerator Bowl, vs. Arkansas State, W (34-19)
    1963: Tangerine Bowl, vs. Coast Guard, W (27-0)
    2012: Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, vs. Central Michigan, L (21-24)

    Fan Traditions

    - The red towel is famous at WKU. The origins of the towel come from Hilltopper basketball head coach Edgar Diddle after getting upset that the team's towels were being stolen. He decided that all of the teams towels were to be red. After the red towels were made, Diddle threw them to the rafters, beat them on the floor, chewed on them, waved, twisted, and even cried into them.


    WKU has several historic rivalries that stem from its time in the Ohio Valley Conference. Since WKU's move to the Football Bowl Subdivision in 2008, two of it's three original rivalry games are no longer played on an annual basis.

    - 100 Miles of Hate is the name of the long-standing rivalry with the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders. The two programs played together for several decades in the Ohio Valley Conference, and they both moved around the same time to the Sun Belt Conference and then to Conference USA.

    Notable Alumni

    The Hilltoppers have had thirty players drafted into the NFL in program history. Right now, six are currently active roster. However, it concurrence with the time that the dynasty is at, only two players are active in the NFL, Jack Doyle (Indianapolis Colts) and Bobby Rainey (Baltimore Ravens)
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    *a couple specks of dust float around the case*.

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    WKU's Willie Taggart Leaving for South Florida | By Joseph Lord

    Western Kentucky football coach Willie Taggart has accepted the same job at South Florida, just weeks before the Hilltoppers’ first bowl appearance since becoming a member of college football’s top level in 2008, is reporting Friday night.

    Taggart, a Florida native, has coached the Hilltoppers for three season. Western Kentucky was winless the season before he arrived and won just two games his first season.

    This year, the team finished with its second consecutive 7-5 record. The Hilltoppers will play on Dec. 26 in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl in Detroit, Mich.

    Taggart was a quarterback for the Hilltoppers in the 1990s and an assistant coach in 2002 when the team won the Division I-AA national championship. Between his stints at Western, Taggart was an assistant coach under Jim Harbaugh at Stanford.

    South Florida fired coach Skip Holtz after three seasons.

    Speculation had risen through the week that South Florida — a member of the Big East Conference — was interested in Taggart.

    The Bowling Green Daily News noted a vast difference in Taggart’s salary at Western Kentucky and Holtz’s salary at South Florida:
    Taggart’s current contract gave him a base salary of $475,000 whereas Holtz was making $2 million per year. The Daily News learned last month that a local campaign to raise an undisclosed amount of private funds to keep Taggart was under way. It’s unknown at this time if that package was ever presented to Taggart.
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    Bobby Petrino hired as WKU's new head coach
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    Now that Bobby Petrino is back in the coaching ranks, he wants to make the most of his second chance.

    Petrino was introduced Monday as Western Kentucky's new head football coach. The 51-year-old was fired by Arkansas in April for a "pattern of misleading" behavior following an accident in which the coach was injured while riding a motorcycle with his mistress as a passenger.

    "At this point in my career, it's about getting back and coaching players," Petrino said. "It just happened to open up at a place we love.

    "I hope it can be as long as possible."

    Petrino had a 34-17 record at Arkansas before he was dismissed in the wake of the scandal. Petrino had an affair with former Razorback volleyball player Jessica Dorrell, who he later hired as a football assistant and gave $20,000 in gifts. Petrino said initially he was the only person on the motorcycle but later admitted to Dorrell's presence.

    "I'm going to be able to sit down with mom and dad and the student-athlete and make them understand how this experience has made me a better coach, a better person and will make me understand their son better," Petrino said during a packed news conference at Houchens-Smith Stadium.

    "I'm looking forward to the opportunity I'll be able to give student-athletes when they make a mistake."

    Petrino is replacing Willie Taggart, who left WKU last week to become South Florida's coach.

    Western Kentucky gave Petrino a four-year deal with a base annual salary of $850,000. If he terminates the deal at any time, he must re-pay the university $1.2 million in six monthly payments starting the month after he leaves.

    Athletic director Todd Stewart knows he might get criticized for hiring Petrino.

    He and Petrino had a long discussion over the weekend about the coach's past. Stewart said Petrino was candid and honest about his conduct and took responsibility for his actions. He said Petrino's contrition convinced him to give the coach a shot.

    "What it comes down is that he made a big mistake and he acknowledges that and he's taken ownership of that," Stewart said. "And he's paid a heavy price for it.

    "But this is the United States of America, and we're a country of second chances. I was confident after talking with him and with other people that he deserved a second chance and we are more than happy to give it to him."

    Petrino, 75-26 overall as a college head coach, said he is looking forward to "building on the foundation and standards" that Taggart established.

    Petrino had been looking to get back into coaching since he was let go by Arkansas. His name had been recently mentioned in connection with several openings, including Kentucky and Auburn.

    He returns to the state where he successfully began his head coaching career. Petrino coached at Louisville from 2003-06, going 41-9 and leading the Cardinals to a 12-1 mark and their first-ever BCS berth in the Orange Bowl in 2006.

    Now that he's back in the state, the coach said he and wife Becky "consider this coming home."

    While at Louisville, Petrino was offered an NFL job and he left the Cardinals to become coach of the Atlanta Falcons.

    He had a brief 13-game stint in 2007 with Atlanta. The Falcons stumbled to a 3-10 start before Petrino left for Arkansas, announcing his departure to players in a four-sentence laminated letter left at their lockers.

    Arkansas had a losing record -- 5-7 -- in his first season. But Petrino and the Razorbacks improved each after that. They were to 8-5 in 2009, 10-3 with a Sugar Bowl appearance in 2010 and went 11-2 with a Cotton Bowl bid in 2011.

    He takes over a 7-5 Western Kentucky team that's headed to its first bowl appearance as an FBS school. The Hilltoppers will play in the Little Caesar's Pizza Bowl on Dec. 26 against Central Michigan.

    WKU defensive coordinator Lance Guidry was named interim coach on Saturday and will coach the team in the bowl game.

    Petrino will be hands-off until after the bowl game.

    The new coach did meet with Hilltoppers players on Monday afternoon. Petrino expects the program to consistently win conference championships, bowl games and to compete for a BCS bowl berth.

    Stewart believes Petrino can take WKU to the next level.

    "I'm confident that he'll be here for a while and hope that he's here for a long time," Stewart said. "No one person is bigger than the program, it's about the program. The important thing is that the program continues to develop and get better and go to places that its never been.

    "You need a field general to give you the best chance to have that happen, and Coach Petrino is the best one out there for us."

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