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Murray State names Dean Hood football head coach; brings 30 years of college coaching experience

Murray State University has named Dean Hood as the head coach for the Racers football program. Hood, Murray State’s 19th head coach, was introduced in front of faculty, staff, regents, community friends and supporters at Heritage Hall. He brings with him an intense desire to lead a storied program and a wealth of experience building successful football programs at both the NCAA Division I FBS and...

Former assistant Walt Wells named head football coach at EKU; press conference to be held Tuesday

Eastern Kentucky University’s new football head coach Walt Wells is a familiar name. Wells served as an assistant under legendary EKU head coach Roy Kidd from 1997 to 2002 and was an assistant again with the Colonels in 2015. Interim Director of Athletics Mark Sandy announced the hiring of Wells as the 15th head coach in program history on Monday. A press conference and reception will be held on...

Dr. Hayward M. Daugherty named vice president for student affairs and campus life at EKU

Dr. Hayward M. Daugherty Jr. — better known as “Skip” to generations of Eastern Kentucky University students, faculty and staff — has been named vice president for student affairs and campus life by EKU President Michael T. Benson in a recent restructure of administrative roles. “I even sign my name as Skip,” Daugherty said in his trademark affable manner, matter-of-fact but followed by...

Statute unveiled of famed coach Roy Kidd, spent 39 years at EKU, is in College Football Hall of Fame

Eastern Kentucky University unveiled a long-anticipated statue of College Football Hall of Fame coach Roy Kidd on Saturday.   The statue of the man who won 314 games as the head coach of the Colonels is located in the north end zone, overlooking the field at Roy Kidd Stadium.   Private funds have been donated specifically for the project over the last two years.    Kidd retired from his coaching...

EKU opens home season Saturday against Tennessee Tech; will unveil statue of Roy Kidd

It’s going to be a big week for Eastern Kentucky University football. After close loses to a pair of Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) teams on the road to begin the season, EKU will play its first home game against Ohio Valley Conference rival Tennessee Tech on Saturday at 6 p.m. That would be plenty of excitement for Colonel fans, but that’s not all. EKU will unveil a statue of College Football...

EKU to unveil statue of College Football Hall of Fame coach Roy Kidd before game on Sept. 23

Eastern Kentucky University will unveil a statue of College Football Hall of Fame coach Roy Kidd on Saturday, Sept. 23. The statue of the man who won 314 games as the head coach of the Colonels will be located in the north end zone, overlooking the field at Roy Kidd Stadium. Public viewing of the statue will begin at 3 p.m. on Sept. 23. The 2017 EKU football team will host Tennessee Tech at 6 p.m. The...

Former EKU football star Green donates record $250,000 to honor famed 1967 Colonels’ team

A half century ago, it was the team that ignited a championship tradition in Eastern Kentucky University football. Now, a $250,000 donation from a member of the 1967 Grantland Rice Bowl champions, the largest single gift commitment ever to the EKU football program, will not only remember those pioneers but help pave the way for future gridiron success at Eastern. Ted Green, a former All-Ohio Valley...

Guy Strong, Kidd’s 1982 football team among eight new inductees to EKU Athletics Hall of Fame

The Eastern Kentucky University Athletics Hall of Fame 2017 induction class features eight distinguished individuals and a team of distinction. The class will be enshrined inside the EKU Center for the Arts on Saturday, Oct. 7. The 2017 induction class includes: Evy Abell McKemie (volleyball, 1975-78), Michael Haney (men’s basketball, 2001-05), Elroy Harris (football, 1985-88), Brad Morris (men’s...

EKU to honor 1967 Grantland Rice Bowl champions with ceremony during season-opener

The football team that started the championship tradition at Eastern Kentucky University – the 1967 Grantland Rice Bowl Champions – will be honored at the Colonels’ first home game of the 2017 season on Sept. 23 against Tennessee Tech University. The game is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. The 2017 season marks the 50th anniversary of the Grantland Rice Bowl Championship. All members of the 1967...