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With Kentucky game nixed by SEC decision, Louisville faces non-conference scheduling dilemma

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today The Southeastern Conference’s decision Thursday to play only conference football games this season leaves Louisville with a major hole in its schedule and athletics director Vince Tyra with another massive headache. Louisville was scheduled to host Kentucky in the annual Governor’s Cup game in the regular-season finale on Nov. 28. Now that game won’t happen...

UK standout John Rhodes named national co-Freshman of the Year by Collegiate Baseball News

University of Kentucky freshman infielder/outfielder John Rhodes has been named national co-Freshman of the Year by Collegiate Baseball News. The publication previously named him a third team All-American last month. Rhodes shared the national honor with Virginia’s Chris Newell. He is the Wildcats’ first freshman to be named an All-American from a national outlet since Zack Thompson in...

EKU’s Quantasia Perry enjoying challenges, rewards of being a student-athlete and mom

(On July 27, 2018, Quantasia Perry gave birth to her daughter, Kali… less than 10 months later, she lined up to race for an Ohio Valley Conference gold medal) Eastern Kentucky University’s Quantasia Perry stood in lane four and stared down the track. The redshirt freshman was 100 meters away from a gold medal at her first Ohio Valley Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships. But...

Murray State to begin test-optional admission for prospective undergraduate students

Murray State University has implemented new test-optional guidelines for undergraduate admission to the institution, inclusive of new students who apply for admission to be part of this fall’s freshman class, as well as prospective students who apply for admission for fall 2021. This admission requirement change also includes new transfer students who apply to Murray State with fewer than 24 college...

Murray State alumnus Jeff Jones named 2019 New Trade and Industrial Teacher of the Year

Murray State University alumnus Jeff Jones, ’19, has received the New Trade and Industrial Teacher of the Year Award from the Association for Career & Technical Education, presented at its 2019 Vision conference in Anaheim, California. Jones, a graduate of the university’s career and technical education program, has taught computer-aided drafting (CAD) at the Webster County Area Technology...

Murray State nonprofit leadership class awards $3,000 in grants to CASA by the Lakes, Soup for the Soul

CASA by the Lakes and Soup for the Soul were the co-recipients of a $3,000 grant awarded by Murray State University’s nonprofit leadership class taught by Dr. Kelly Rogers. CASA by the Lakes and Soup for the Soul were recognized during a presentation at the Murray State University men’s basketball game at the CFSB Center on Dec. 7. The evening began with a pre-game reception held in honor of the...

Murray State, Henderson Community College sign memorandum of agreement to continue partnership

Murray State University President Dr. Bob Jackson and Dr. Jason Warren, president and CEO of Henderson Community College (HCC), met with other representatives from each college last month to sign a new memorandum of agreement to be continued through June 30, 2021. The MOU represents strengthened ties between the two institutions, outlining shared personnel and joint marketing efforts as the Murray...

Murray State OMI to host Give Back Initiative on Jan. 20 as part of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Murray State University’s Office of Multicultural Initiatives, Student Leadership and Inclusive Excellence (OMI) will host the Give Back Initiative on Jan. 20. The Give Back Initiative is the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service component of the 2020 Martin Luther King Jr. Community Breakfast celebration and is directed by OMI Executive Director Dr. SG Carthell. Murray State’s Office of Multicultural...

Rudy family wins Murray State Hutson School of Agriculture’s Andy Buhler Spotlight Alumni Award

The Murray State University Hutson School of Agriculture recognized the Rudy family of Rudy’s Farm Center in Ballard County as the recipients of the fourth annual Andy Buhler Spotlight Award during Homecoming 2019. The new award was launched three years ago as a way for the Hutson School of Agriculture to recognize graduates and supporters whose accomplishments deserve a personal and professional...

Murray State University establishes new Center for Economic and Entrepreneurial Development

Murray State University has established the Center for Economic and Entrepreneurial Development, a new initiative that will provide regional training and consulting support for small businesses, entrepreneurship and industry and explore student learning and employment opportunities through those relationships. Located inside the Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business and led by Mr. Chris Wooldridge...

Murray State’s Alumni Legacy Tuition Grant a ‘game-changer for alumni families all over the country’

Murray State University is offering its Alumni Legacy Tuition Grant, providing in-state tuition rates to children, grandchildren and other descendants of alumni seeking an undergraduate degree at Murray State. Available beginning for summer 2020, the tuition grant will assist students for up to eight semesters towards the student’s first baccalaureate degree and is available for the fall and spring...

Murray State Department of Music will host 13th Fall Fanfare concert Sept. 21 in Lovett Auditorium

The Murray State University Department of Music will host the 13th annual Fall Fanfare concert on Sept. 21 at 2 p.m. in Lovett Auditorium. The annual event raises money to fund scholarships for music students and features the Murray State orchestra, choirs, percussion ensemble, flute quartet, concert band, jazz combos, marching band and more. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. Adult tickets are $10, while children...

Murray State selected preseason volleyball favorite in Ohio Valley Conference; Morehead State voted third

Murray State has been picked to win the 2019 Ohio Valley Conference volleyball title in a vote of the league’s head coaches and sports information directors. The Racers picked up 12 first-place votes and 228 points, while Austin Peay earned six first-place votes and 212 points to be selected to finish second. Morehead State was selected to finish third, picking up five first-place votes and 207 points,...

Defending OVC men’s basketball champion Murray State to face rugged schedule in 2019-20

After two outstanding seasons in which the Murray State men’s basketball team won a pair of Ohio Valley Conference regular-season and tournament championships, appeared in two NCAA Tournaments and put the program into the national spotlight, the Racers will play a rugged 2019-20 schedule. Matt McMahon enters his fifth season as the head coach of the Racers. Murray State will play several road...

Jamie Vaught: Despite loss to Tennessee, UK’s road to the Final Four appears promising

Yes, UK’s setback to Tennessee in last Saturday’s SEC basketball tournament thriller was disappointing, but that doesn’t mean the Cats have lost their momentum for the NCAA Tournament. For instance, look at the 2012 Wildcats who were led by freshman superstar Anthony Davis. They lost to Vanderbilt in the SEC tourney final before winning the whole thing at New Orleans. Look at coach Frank Martin’s...

Council approves four academic programs; OKs KSU request for no increase in tuition for 2019-20

The Council on Postsecondary Education approved four academic programs, a university proposal not to increase tuition and mandatory fees, and an interim capital project request at its February meeting. The new academic programs include three undergraduate programs and one master’s program: • Bachelor of Science degree in space systems engineering for Morehead State University. • Bachelor of Arts...

Constance Alexander: The wide world of sports is the most thrilling when it involves the home team

The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat are most keenly felt when it’s the hometown team we root for. Take, for instance, the time that Murray State University beat Vanderbilt in the first round game of the Western Region in the 2010 NCAA tournament. With 12.4 seconds left and a timeout with 4.2 seconds to play, Jermaine Beal’s two free throws gave Vandy the lead. According to the account...

Rep. James Comer, KACo President-elect Elbert Bennett talk impact of national legislation on Ky.

U.S. Rep. James Comer, R-KY, visited the Kentucky Association of Counties (KACo) this week, to discuss national legislation and how it could impact Kentucky’s counties. One of his constituents and KACo’s next president, Caldwell County Magistrate Elbert Bennett spoke with the congressman about the federal Farm Bill’s local impact, how hemp is creating opportunities in the state and...

Jamie Vaught: Kentucky’s weak non-conference football schedule highlights need for solid rivalry

Except for its annual rivalry showdown with U of L, UK’s non-conference football schedule hasn’t been very attractive in years. But, to be fair, Kentucky isn’t the only school guilty of having a weak non-league, four-game schedule overall. As you know, SEC and ACC schools, looking for near-guarantee victories, will usually feature three cupcakes and one attractive non-conference showdown like...

Jamie Vaught: UK’s Snell receives preseason recognition from college football yearbooks

Benny Snell Jr. is the latest Kentucky football standout who has become one of Southeastern Conference’s glamour boys. After a record-setting performance last year in leading UK to a 7-6 mark and an appearance in the Music City Bowl, you’ll find the junior running back from Westerville, Ohio, appearing on regional covers for all three 2018 college football yearbooks in Athlon Sports, Lindy’s...