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Former Murray State star, current Memphis Grizzlies point guard Ja Morant to visit campus Friday

Former Murray State basketball star Ja Morant is coming back to campus Friday as he travels with his new team, the Memphis Grizzlies, in the team’s preseason Regional Caravan Tour. In June, Morant became the highest NBA Draft pick in the history of the Ohio Valley Conference when the Grizzlies selected him as the second overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. Ja Morant (Photo from MSU) His visit to...

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,...

Battle of the Bluegrass football rivalry renewed: EKU to meet WKU in 2024 at Houchens-Smith Stadium

The football version of the Battle of the Bluegrass will renew when Eastern Kentucky University travels to play at Western Kentucky University in 2024, the two schools announced Monday. The game will be played on Sept. 7, 2024, at Houchens-Smith Stadium in Bowling Green. The most recent meeting between Eastern Kentucky and Western Kentucky came on Sept. 2, 2017. Eastern held Western at bay for much...

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...

EKU football standout Aaron Patrick named preseason All-American by national publication

Eastern Kentucky University defensive lineman Aaron Patrick has earned a spot on the Phil Steele preseason All-America team, the publication announced Wednesday. Patrick, a redshirt senior, is listed by Steele as a first-team All-America selection. EKU’s Aaron Patrick ranked second in the OVC with 0.68 sacks per game last season. He finished with 53 tackles, 12 tackles for a loss, 7.5 sacks and...

EKU football holds first preseason practice; Colonels open season on Aug. 29 against Valparaiso

The Eastern Kentucky University football team held its first preseason practice of the season on Saturday morning. The Colonels, in helmets and shorts for the first practice, were on the field for two and a half hours. “There was a lot of enthusiasm and excitement today, which is to be expected on the first day,” EKU head coach Mark Elder said. “We have more depth than we have ever...

EKU picked third in Ohio Valley Conference preseason poll; Jacksonville State tabbed as favorite

Media members from around the Ohio Valley Conference have picked the Eastern Kentucky University football team to finish third in the preseason poll. EKU accumulated 99 points in the media poll. Jacksonville State is the preseason favorite after receiving all 15 first-place votes and a total of 135 points. Southeast Missouri was picked second with 115 points. Austin Peay (84) was picked fourth, followed...

EKU President Michael Benson selected to represent OVC on NCAA Division I Presidential Forum

Eastern Kentucky University President Dr. Michael Benson has been selected by his fellow university presidents to represent the Ohio Valley Conference on the NCAA Division I Presidential Forum. Benson’s term begins Sept. 1. Benson was selected at the May 31 meeting of the Board of OVC Presidents. The Presidential Forum assists the NCAA Division I Board of Directors in its strategic mission of governance...

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...

Stoops sees no sign of a letdown going into Murray State encounter

Kentucky receiver Lynn Bowden races toward the end zone during Kentucky’s win over Florida last week. Kentucky hosts Murray State Saturday at noon. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops doesn’t see any signs of a letdown from his team going into Saturday’s non-conference encounter against Murray State. Coming off a highly-emotional 27-16 victory...

EKU football game at Jacksonville State to be ‘Game of the Week’ on ESPN3 on October 14

Eastern Kentucky University’s football game at Jacksonville State University will air live on ESPN3 on Saturday, Oct. 14, the Ohio Valley Conference announced on Friday.  The game is part of the league’s eight-game football “Game of the Week” package.  Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET. ESPN3 is ESPN’s live multi-screen sports network, a destination that delivers thousands of exclusive...

Morehead State women topple Tennessee Tech for 20th win of the season, No. 2 seed in OVC tourney

Riding double-digit scoring outputs from five different players, Morehead State cruised to an 81-52 win at Tennessee Tech on Monday evening. Morehead State jumped out to a 23-5 lead after one quarter, holding a 42-12 advantage at halftime. The Eagles led by as many as 37 in the wire-to-wire victory. Recently minted 1,000-point scorer Eriel McKee anchored the offensive attack with a game-high 14 points...

People in the News: Rider joins KPI board of directors; Head to lead Oliver Group in Kentucky

The Kentucky Philanthropy Initiative has announced that former Central Kentucky Community Foundation CEO Al Rider of Elizabethtown has joined its Board of Directors. “Al Rider’s vision and passion for his community and the Central Kentucky Community Foundation is unmatched,” said Joe Clabes, KPI president. “His experience in establishing a new community foundation and advancing policies that...

Late EKU rally comes up short, Colonels fall to OVC West Division leader Murray State

The Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball team pulled to within three of OVC West leader Murray State with 15 seconds remaining in the game; however, the host Racers held on for an 86-79 victory on Thursday night at the CFSB Center. EKU (8-13, 1-5 OVC) trailed by 10, 81-71, with 35 seconds on the clock, before freshman guard Asante Gist exploded for eight of the game’s next nine points –...

EKU freshman Gist voted Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Week after offensive splurge

Eastern Kentucky University true freshman point guard Asante Gist has been voted the Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Week for men’s basketball, the league office announced on Monday. Gist is the first freshman to be named OVC Player of the Week since Eastern Illinois’ Cornell Johnston on January 19, 2015. Gist was also voted OVC Freshman of the Week for the third time this season. Gist was...

McHale promises ‘excitement’ in McBrayer Arena as Colonels open new season with IUPUI

The Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball team opens the 2016-17 season on Friday night when the Colonels host IUPUI at McBrayer Arena at 8:00 p.m. When second-year head coach Dan McHale was hired in April of 2015, he promised to bring “excitement to McBrayer Arena with a fast-paced style of play,” adding “it’s going to be fun for our players and our fans.” In year one, he delivered...

Swafford’s career-best 289 passing yards not enough as Eastern Kentucky falls to Murray State

Eastern Kentucky University quarterback Tyler Swafford threw for a career-high 289 yards and senior tight end Dan Crimmins hauled in a career-best 124 yards, but Murray State University left Roy Kidd Stadium with a 41-28 win on Saturday. Redshirt junior linebacker Jeffrey Canady recorded 17 tackles for the second time this season. The number is tied for 14th-most in the Football Championship Subdivision...

Colonels try to rebound from tough loss with road matchup at Tennessee Martin

For the fourth straight week, the Eastern Kentucky University football team will face an opponent that is ranked in the top-25 in the nation or receiving votes when the Colonels travel to face the University of Tennessee at Martin on Saturday. The game will begin at 3 p.m. ET at Hardy Graham Stadium. The live radio broadcast is available in the Richmond area on WCYO 100.7 FM, and can be heard worldwide...

EKU the second choice in OVC football poll in vote of league coaches; three on All-Conference squad

Eastern Kentucky University’s football team was picked to finish second in the Ohio Valley Conference this season by league coaches and media relations contacts, the league announced at its annual media day event in Nashville. Three Colonels – offensive tackle Justin Adekoya, kicker Lucas Williams and punter Keith Wrzuszczak – were chosen to the Preseason All-Ohio Valley Conference Team. For...

Eastern Kentucky the second choice in Ohio Valley Conference race in media poll

Eastern Kentucky University’s football team was picked to finish second in the Ohio Valley Conference in 2016 by league media members, the conference announced. The Colonels, under first-year head coach Mark Elder, earned 119 points in the media poll. With 144 points and all 16 first-place votes, Jacksonville State was picked to win the OVC title. Eastern Illinois totaled 112 points and placed...