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EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM:

WKU WEATHER ALERT:

WKU offices in Bowling Green will open at 10 a.m. Friday. Classes Friday remain canceled and campuses in Glasgow, Owensboro and Elizabethtown/Ft. Knox remain closed Friday. Saturday classes in Bowling Green will proceed as scheduled. Here is a link to the University’s attendance policy during adverse weather conditions. Use caution and watch for slick spots on roads and walks. 

Residence Halls remain open until noon Saturday. Bemis & Barnes have space for those who need to stay longer. Visit WKU Housing & Residence Life for more information.

The high school regional basketball tournament games scheduled for Wednesday night were canceled. Games will be rescheduled for Friday/Saturday. Follow WKU News for the latest updates. #WKUAlert

The Red Towel

The Story of the WKU Red Towel


WKU’s unique "Red Towel" tradition originated with the late E.A. Diddle, one of the WKU Red Towel Logomost successful coaches in collegiate basketball history.


Through 1,062 Hilltopper basketball games, Diddle clutched a red towel. He chewed on it, threw it, cried on it, waved it at fans and used it to signal his players.


The Red Towel became synonymous with Coach Diddle and he became synonymous with WKU's outstanding athletic heritage. And, now fans at Hilltopper sporting events wave red towels as they cheer for "Big Red."


The concept of WKU's Red Towel athletics logo was developed by former Hilltopper athlete, coach and athletics director John Oldham in 1971.

Dr. Chuck Crume, a long-time faculty member in the Department of Physical Education and Recreation, and a well-known wildlife artist, rendered the original artwork for the logo.


E.A. Diddle Red Towel Photo

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