Rick Howlett

Broadcast Managing Editor

Rick has been a member of the WFPL News team since 2001 and has covered numerous beats and events over the years.   Most recently he’s been tracking the Indiana General Assembly and the region’s passion for sports, especially college basketball.


Local News
1:33 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Reports: Bobby Petrino Accepts Head Coaching Job at U of L

Western Kentucky University

The University of Louisville is close to hiring a new football coach, and it appears that former Cards coach Bobby Petrino is coming back to town to replace Charlie Strong.

Petrino interviewed for the opening Tuesday and there are media reports that he has been offered and will take the job. 

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Local News
10:23 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Gay Marriage, Taxes Top Agenda for Indiana General Assembly

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Indiana lawmakers have begun the 2014 General Assembly.

The House and Senate began work Tuesday afternoon, following a one-day delay because of the heavy snow and subzero temperatures that hit the state.

The weather still kept many lawmakers from getting to the Capitol. The House barely had enough members present to conduct business.

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Local News
1:19 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Strong Introduced as New University of Texas Football Coach

University of Texas

The University of Texas has formally introduced Charlie Strong has the Longhorns’ new football coach.

Strong took the job after four years at the University of Louisville.

"This is the best of the best," Strong said at a Monday press conference in Austin.   "We always think about the one percent of one percent, this is the top of the line.    When you have an opportunity to go to the best, you’ve got to put your name in and just see where it’s going to take you."

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Local News
1:54 pm
Sun January 5, 2014

Tom Jurich Launches 'Wide Open' Search For New Louisville Cardinals Football Coach

Tom Jurich
Credit gocards.com

University of Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich says he’ll work as quickly as possible to find a replacement for outgoing football coach Charlie Strong.

Strong is leaving U of L after four seasons to become the head coach at Texas.    

Without mentioning names,  Jurich said Sunday he has a short list of candidates in mind, but the search is “wide open.”

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Local News
12:27 am
Sun January 5, 2014

AP: Strong Tells U of L He's Taking Texas Longhorns Job

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The University of Louisville says football coach Charlie Strong has informed Cardinals athletic director Tom Jurich that he is leaving for Texas.

Strong, who was 37-15 with the Cardinals in four seasons, including 3-1 in bowl games, will replace Mack Brown.

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Local News
4:20 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

It's Cards vs. 'Canes in Russell Athletic Bowl; Is This Bridgewater's Final Game?

In college football, the Louisville Cardinals will take on the Miami Hurricanes Saturday evening in the Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando, Florida.

The Cards have an 11-1 regular season record;   the Hurricanes are 9-3.  The teams will share membership in the Atlantic Coast Conference when Louisville joins the league next season.

Many are wondering if this will be the final game for U of L’s Teddy Bridgewater.    The star quarterback has another year of eligibility remaining, but is considered a top prospect for the NFL draft.

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Local News
4:12 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

Louisville Cardinals, Kentucky Wildcats 'Ready to Play' in Battle of the Bluegrass

The Louisville Cardinals and Kentucky Wildcats renew their annual men’s basketball rivalry tomorrow  in Lexington.

The defending national champion Cards are 11-1 on season.   The Wildcats are 9-3 and won the title the previous year.

UK coach John Calipari says he’s been trying to get his young team to improve its focus.

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Local News
6:57 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Once Bitter Rivals, Ky. Basketball Coaches Now Share The Mic

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Local News
3:54 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Cardinals Preparing for Saturday's Bowl Battle With Miami

The University of Louisville football team is in Orlando, Florida to prepare for Saturday’s Russell Athletic Bowl.

The 11-1 Cards will take on the 9-3 Miami Hurricanes.    

More than two dozen players on the U of L roster were recruited from the Miami area, including junior wide receiver Eli Rogers, who considered signing with the Hurricanes.

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Local News
4:13 pm
Sun December 22, 2013

I-65 North Ramp to I-64 West Has Reopened

Ohio River Bridges Project

The ramp from northbound Interstate 65 to westbound Interstate 64 in downtown Louisville has been reopened to traffic.

The ramp was closed suddenly Friday out of concern for what appeared to be deterioration in a support column.

An inspection Saturday confirmed the deterioration.   The installation of additional supports was completed Sunday evening.  

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials say inspections of all support piers along the Kennedy Bridge interchange will be conducted in the coming weeks as a precaution.