Kyle’s Korner ….
Frankie Smith has resigned as head coach at Sheldon Clark High School. He has accepted the basketball position at Christian County, Ky.
Smith, who started his coaching career at Tug Valley back in the late 1980s, left there for a stint as a college coach. First, he was as an assistant at Miami of Ohio and later, he was the head coach at Saginaw Valley State in Michigan.
He came back to the area to take over Mingo Central, but before the season started he took the job coaching the Cardinals in Martin County, Ky. Smith’s best returning player transferred recently. He also lost several seniors from last year’s squad.
… Sports Illustrated (SI) came out with its college football edition this week. SI predicted that Ohio State (Big 10), Auburn (SEC), TCU (Big 12) and Notre Dame (Independent) will be the four playoffs teams when the regular season is over and the bowl season begins.
The popular magazine has Alabama (SEC) at No. 5 and Baylor (Big 12) at No 6.
SI picks West Virginia to finish No. 5 in the Big 12, but says that their contest with TCU could be a “trap game” for the Horned Frogs. It also mentions the fact that WVU was the only Big 12 team to beat Baylor last season. That loss probably knocked the Bears out of the playoffs.
The publication picked Kentucky 6th in the SEC East Division. They predicted Marshall would be 3rd in the East Division of Conference USA.
… Speaking of Marshall, the Athletics Department will hold a memorial service for the late Phil Ratliff on Saturday, Aug. 22 at 6 p.m. at the Marshall University Memorial Fountain. The Ratliff family will be in attendance and the public is invited to attend.
Ratliff, 44, died Sunday in a Hickory, N.C., medical facility following a “cardiac event.” Ratliff, a two-time All-American and MU Hall of Fame offensive lineman for the Thundering Herd from 1989-92, was the program’s tight ends coach from 2006-11 before joining the Charlotte 49ers as the offensive line coach/recruiting coordinator for the 2012 season.
… Mountaineer fans are invited to Monongalia County Ballpark on Friday, Aug. 21 for the second annual WVU men’s basketball charity slow pitch softball game. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.
The game will feature the WVU men’s basketball staff (coaches, support staff and managers) against the current WVU men’s basketball team. The basketball staff will be managed by Bob Huggins while the men’s team will be managed by Randy Mazey and his baseball staff.
Admission will be $3 at the gate. All proceeds will be donated to the Norma Mae Huggins Cancer Research Endowment.
(Kyle Lovern is the Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2277 or on Twitter @KyleLovern)