Western Kentucky coach Ken McDonald was so embarrassed by his team's performance in a 20-point road loss to Vanderbilt on Dec. 1 that after the game, he felt horrible for the fans who had made the hour-long drive to Nashville.
"I told the guys, anyone that came down (to the game), I'm going to write them a check for the gas money," McDonald told the Bowling Green Daily News. "It's not right. It's not right and we're going to change that."
According to The Courier-Journal, it turns out McDonald meant what he said and actually sent apology letters and gas reimbursements to the fans who made the trip.
McDonald was not pleased with the performance of his team -- and said so in a letter that he sent to about 20 WKU fans who traveled to Nashville and sat in the team seats behind the WKU bench. McDonald also calculated the mileage costs involved for the fans who drove from Bowling Green to Nashville for the game and wrote personal checks for $60 to each of those fans, WKU senior associate athletic director Todd Stewart said on Thursday.
Stewart said several fans have already returned the checks and to his knowledge none has cashed one. "Several even sent notes saying that teams can have bad games and no check was necessary," Stewart said.
The Hilltoppers are now 5-7 after getting blown out on their home court yesterday against Louisville, but at least fans of the program know that the coach is holding himself personally accountable.