Morning debrief

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Breaking news Tuesday was Kentucky football hired its new head coach, Mark Stoops from Florida State University. Stoops was at FSU for three seasons as defensive coordinator, and turned the defense from one of the worst in the country into one of the best.

UK Athletic Director Mitch Barnhart said the hire provides, “a new beginning for our football program, fans and players.”

Mark Stoops is the younger brother of long-time head man at Oklahoma, Bob Stoops. Before Florida State, Mark spent five years as a defensive coach at Arizona and three years at Miami.

A press conference to welcome Stoops to Lexington will be held on Sunday, time and location still to be determined.

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Tulane University is the latest addition to the ever-changing NCAA conference realignment scene. The Green Waves joined the Big East on Tuesday, set to become a full member by 2014.

Along with Tulane, East Carolina is also headed to the Big East as a football-only member.

The league expects either Louisville or Connecticut to leave for the ACC as a replacement for Maryland, which recently left for the Big Ten.

UPDATE:  According to ESPN, ACC has voted to add Louisville as it’s 14th member after losing Maryland earlier in the month. Louisville would be set to leave and replace Maryland when it leaves for the Big Ten.

Next season Boise State, San Diego State, Memphis, Central Florida, Houston and Southern Methodist are schedule to join the league.

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No. 1 ranked Indiana battled No. 14 North Carolina in Bloomington Tuesday night. The Hoosiers were led by star center Cody Zeller who contributed 20 points, eight rebounds and four blocks. The Tar Heels were paced by Dillon Strickland’s 14 points and three assists.

It was all IU in this one, as the Hoosiers lead grew as large as 32 points by late in the second half.

Indiana won the game comfortably with a final score of 83-59.

UNC falls to 5-2 on the season, while IU improves to a perfect 7-0.

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Sunshine is expected throughout the day Wednesday. High temperatures in the low 50’s. Winds blowing from the south at 10-15 mph. By the evening skies will turn partly cloudy. Low temperatures will dip to around 34 degrees.

TRAFFIC REPORT: There are currently no delays due to collisions on major roadways.

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