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Catamount Coaches' Luncheons Resume on Tuesday; Thursday's Tip-Off Moved to 8:00 pm to Accommodate Television

Jan. 26, 2009

Cullowhee, N.C. - The next installment of the Catamount Coaches' Luncheon is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, Jan. 26 at 11:45 am in the first floor Hospitality Room of the Ramsey Center on the Western Carolina University campus. Head men's and women's basketball coaches Larry Hunter and Kellie Harper will be the featured speakers.

Also, it was announced today that Thursday night's Catamount men's basketball home game against the Furman Paladins will be moved to an 8:00 pm tip-off as to accommodate a live television broadcast on WMYA-TV, My Network Channel 40 in Asheville.

The luncheons are scheduled to be held weekly through the remainder of basketball season with four occurring on Wednesday and a pair of Tuesday dates (Jan. 27 and Feb. 24). Both basketball coaches will offer insight into their programs, as well as "X's and O's" sessions.

There is an open invitation to everyone in the surrounding communities, but generally a RSVP is requested by the Friday prior to the next event to allow proper preparations to be made. The cost of the luncheon is $7.00 per person.

At halftime of Thursday night's TV game, WCU will debut its new "NBA-style" drum line, "Purple Thunder." The high-energy show will climax with the unveiling of the newly revised mascot, Paws the Catamount.

Gates will open one-hour prior to tip-off (7:00 pm) on Thursday night, with the first 1,000 fans through the gates receiving FREE Purple "Paws" to help commemorate the night.

WMYA-TV 40 and its sister station, WLOS-TV Channel 13 in Asheville, have carried two WCU men's basketball broadcasts already this season. WLOS aired the Catamounts' first game of the Great Alaska Shootout against San Diego State, with WMYA showing Western's game against mountain-rival, UNC Asheville, live from the Justice Center. WLOS also broadcast the Homecoming Catamount football game against Samford.

Western Carolina (9-9, 4-4 SoCon) will look for a seasonal sweep of Furman after downing the Paladins, 68-57, back on Jan. 3 in the program's first-ever win at the Timmons Arena. The Catamounts are 5-1 at home thus far this season and will be looking to snap a two-game slide in SoCon play.

In addition to being carried on WMYA-TV, Thursday's game will also be broadcast by the Catamount Sports Network and can be heard locally on WWCU-FM, Power 90dot5 in Cullowhee; 680 AM WRGC in Sylva; and 1590 AM WBHN in Bryson City. Fans can also follow all of the action on the Internet with streaming audio at www.WWCUFM.com and www.WRGC.com, as well as live streaming video at www.CatamountSports.com.

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