Ohio Valley Conference

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Ohio Valley Conference
(OVC)
Ohio Valley Conference logo
Established 1948
Association NCAA
Division Division I FCS
Members 12
Sports fielded 17 (men's: 8; women's: 9)
Region Midwest and South
Headquarters Brentwood, Tennessee
Commissioner Beth DeBauche (since 2009)
Website ovcsports.com
Locations
Ohio Valley Conference locations
Locations of current Ohio Valley Conference full member institutions.

The Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) is a collegiate athletic conference which operates in the Midwestern and Southeastern United States. It participates in Division I of the NCAA; the conference's football programs compete in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS; formerly known as Division I-AA), the lower of two levels of Division I football competition. The OVC has 12 members, 9 of which compete in football in the conference.

History[edit]

Primary source :[1]
The Ohio Valley Conference can trace its roots to 1941 when Murray State athletic director Roy Stewart, Eastern Kentucky athletic director Charles "Turkey" Hughes, and Western Kentucky public relations director Kelly Thompson first formulated the idea of establishing a regional athletics conference. The plan was put on hold due to World War II, but it was resurrected after the conclusion of the war. In 1948, the three schools joined with Louisville, Morehead State, and Evansville to form the Ohio Valley Conference. While many collegiate conferences are struggling today with the question of whether their policies and rules should be determined by the athletic departments or by the institutional heads, from the very beginning, the OVC has been run by the presidents of its member schools.

Historically, the OVC was a pioneer in racial desegregation with Morehead State signing the conference's first black athlete, Marshall Banks, in 1958. The rest of the OVC soon followed in Morehead State's wake. Today, the OVC is unique among NCAA Division I conferences in that it includes one historically black university, Tennessee State University, in a conference that otherwise consists of institutions that are not traditionally black. All other HBCUs in NCAA Division I are members of either the MEAC or SWAC, conferences made up entirely of HBCUs.

The OVC has also been a leader in advancement of sports opportunities for women. The conference began adding championship competitions for women in 1977 several years after the AIAW began sponsoring national championships for women, but seven years before the NCAA was ready to move into the field. Since 2009, the OVC has been led by Commissioner Beth DeBauche, one of only six female commissioners for the thirty-three Division I conferences.[2]

Athletic rivalries, especially when competitors are in relatively close proximity, can generate problems with fan behavior, and the conference leadership struggled with controlling the issue for many years. When the national debate on the problem reached its apex in the mid-1990s, the OVC unveiled the national first of its kind "Sportsmanship Statement” in 1995, stating the conference's policy on, "... principles of fair play, ethical conduct and respect for one's opponent." Since then, the OVC has also introduced individual, team (for each sport), and institutional sportsmanship awards.

Founded by six schools, the expansions of 2007 and 2011 have brought the Ohio Valley Conference membership to twelve schools, the most in its history.

OVC Digital Network[edit]

In August, 2012, the OVC announced that it had launched the OVC Digital Network as a replacement for and improvement over the conference's former efforts to provide streaming video coverage of many athletic events that it had been in place since 2006.[3] This website carries live, student-produced coverage of most conference games and some non-conference games in baseball, men's and women's basketball, football, soccer, softball, and volleyball as well as some coaches' shows, special presentations, and archived game-casts available for later viewing.

In its first two years, the network provided well over 600,000 viewings of streamed live video of more than 1400 events.[4]

Member schools[edit]

Full members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Joined Type Enrollment
[5]
Endowment
[5]
Nickname Colors Football Member? U.S.News Ranking
[5]
Austin Peay State University Clarksville, TN
(132,929)
1927 1962 Public 10,597 $18,966,448 Governors (men's)
Lady Govs (women's)
Red & White
         
Green tickY 69
(South)
Belmont University Nashville, TN
(601,222)
1890 2012 Private/Christian
(Nondenominational)
7,301 $90,900,000 Bruins Navy, Red, & White
              
Red XN 7
(South)
Eastern Illinois University Charleston, IL
(21,838)
1895 1996 Public 10,417 $37,088,600 Panthers Blue & Gray
         
Green tickY 36
(Midwest)
Eastern Kentucky University Richmond, KY
(31,364)
1906 1948 Public 15,968 $50,133,023 Colonels (most sports)
Lady Colonels (women's basketball)
Maroon & White
         
Green tickY 55
(South)
Jacksonville State University Jacksonville, AL
(12,548)
1883 2003 Public 9,161 $9,921,074 Gamecocks Red & White
         
Green tickY Not Reported
(South)
Morehead State University Morehead, KY
(6,845)
1922 1948 Public 11,172 N/A Eagles Blue & Gold
         
Red XN1 59
(South)
Murray State University Murray, KY
(17,741)
1922 1948 Public 10,832 $59,260,978 Racers Navy & Gold
         
Green tickY 25
(South)
Southeast Missouri State University Cape Girardeau, MO
(37,941)
1873 1991 Public 11,729 $49,116,988 Redhawks Red & Black
         
Green tickY 86
(Midwest)
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Edwardsville, IL
(24,293)
1957 2008 Public 14,055 $16,458,505 Cougars Red & White
         
Red XN 42
(Midwest)
Tennessee State University Nashville, TN
(601,222)
1912 1986 Public 8,775 $36,617,305 Tigers (men's)
Lady Tigers (women's)
Blue & White
         
Green tickY 14
(HBCU)[6]
Tennessee Technological University Cookeville, TN
(30,435)
1912 1949 Public 11,469 $58,779,843 Golden Eagles Purple & Gold
         
Green tickY 32
(South)
University of Tennessee at Martin Martin, TN
(11,473)
1927 1992 Public 7,751 $30,570,200 Skyhawks Navy, Orange & White
              
Green tickY 46
(South)
Note
  1. Morehead State's football team competes in the Pioneer Football League, a Division I FCS football-only conference whose members choose not to offer athletic scholarships for football.

Associate members[edit]

Institution Location
(Population)
Founded Joined Type Enrollment Endowment
[7]
Nickname Primary
Conference
OVC Sport U.S.News
Ranking
[8]
Columbus State University[9] Columbus, GA
(189,885)
1958 2012 Public 8,156 $39,908,954 Cougars Peach Belt Rifle 92
(South)

Former members[edit]

Institution Location
(Population)
Founded Joined Left Type Enrollment Nickname New Conference Current Conference Classification
University of Akron Akron, OH
(199,110)
1870 1980 1987 Public 29,251 Zips NCAA D-I Independent Mid-American (MAC) Division I FBS
East Tennessee State University Johnson City, TN
(63,152)
1911 1958 1978 Public 15,536 Buccaneers (men's)
Lady Buccaneers (women's)
SoCon Division I non-football1
University of Evansville Evansville, IN
(117,429)
1854 1948 1952 Private 2,526 Purple Aces ICC
(NCAA Division II)
Missouri Valley Division I non-football
University of Louisville Louisville, KY
(746,906)
1798 1948 1949 Public 22,293 Cardinals NCAA Independent ACC Division I FBS
Marshall University Huntington, WV
(49,253)
1837 1949 1952 Public 13,450 Thundering Herd NCAA Independent2 C-USA Division I FBS
Middle Tennessee State University Murfreesboro, TN
(108,755)
1911 1952 2000 Public 24,192 Blue Raiders Sun Belt C-USA Division I FBS
Samford University Homewood, AL
(25,167)
1841 2003 2008 Private 4,833 Bulldogs SoCon Division I FCS
Western Kentucky University3 Bowling Green, KY
(58,067)
1906 1948 1982 Public 21,048 Hilltoppers Sun Belt C-USA Division I FBS
Youngstown State University Youngstown, OH
(66,982)
1908 1981 1988 Public 15,194 Penguins Mid-Continent
NCAA I-AA Independent (football)
Horizon
MVFC (football)
Division I FCS
  • Notes:
  1. The Southern Conference is an FCS conference, but East Tennessee State does not currently have a football team. ETSU will reinstate FCS football in 2015.
  2. Marshall left the OVC to become an Independent for one year prior to joining the Mid-American Conference (MAC).
  3. Western Kentucky rejoined the OVC for football only from the 1999–2000 to the 2000–01 academic seasons.

Membership timeline[edit]

Columbus State University Belmont University Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Jacksonville State University Samford University Eastern Illinois University University of Tennessee at Martin Southeast Missouri State University Tennessee State University Youngstown State University University of Akron Austin Peay State University East Tennessee State University Middle Tennessee State University Tennessee Technological University Marshall University Murray State University Eastern Kentucky University Morehead State University Western Kentucky University University of Evansville University of Louisville

Purple = Full member
Magenta = Full member except football
Orange = Associate member for football only
Green = Associate for sport other than football

Comments[edit]

  • Morehead State's football team competes in the Pioneer Football League, a Division I FCS football-only conference whose members choose not to offer athletic scholarships for football.
  • Austin Peay's football team left the OVC after the 1996 season to compete as an NCAA D-II FCS Independent. After four seasons as an Independent, the team joined the Pioneer Football League in 2001, and remained there through the 2005 season. Austin Peay then returned to scholarship football, spending the 2006 season as an Independent before re-entering OVC football competition in 2007.

Conference Divisions[edit]

Starting with the 2012-13 school year, the twelve member schools are divided into two divisions for those sports in which all schools compete. Women's basketball, while playing a divisional schedule, has a 12 team ranking beginning in the 2014-15 season.

Sports offered[edit]

The Ohio Valley Conference currently offers championship competition in eighteen NCAA sanctioned sports, eight for men, nine for women, and rifle for men's, women's, and coed teams.[10] Columbus State is an Associate member for rifle.

Teams in OVC competition
Sport Men's Women's Coed
Baseball
11
-
-
Basketball
12
12
-
Cross Country
12
12
-
Football
9
-
-
Golf
11
10
-
Rifle
0
1
5
Soccer
-
11
-
Softball
-
12
-
Tennis
11
11
-
Track and Field (Indoor)
6
10
-
Track and Field (Outdoor)
7
11
-
Volleyball
-
12
-

Men's sponsored sports by school[edit]

School Baseball Basketball Cross Country Football Golf Rifle Tennis Track & Field
(Indoor)
Track & Field
(Outdoor)
Total OVC Sports
Austin Peay
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Red XN
Red XN
6
Belmont
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
7
Eastern Illinois
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
8
Eastern Kentucky
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
8
Jacksonville State
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Red XN
7
Morehead State
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
7
Murray State
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Red XN
7
Southeast Missouri
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Red XN
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
6
SIU Edwardsville
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
7
Tennessee State
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
7
Tennessee Tech
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Red XN
Red XN
6
UT-Martin
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Red XN
7
Totals
11
12
12
9
11
4+1*
11
6
7
83+1
  • = Rifle is technically a men's sport, but men's, women's, and coed teams all compete against each other. All competing OVC schools have coed teams, and Tennessee-Martin has both a women's and a coed team.
  • * = Associate member Columbus State.

Men's varsity sports not sponsored by the Ohio Valley Conference which are played by OVC schools:

School Soccer Swimming & Diving Rodeo Wrestling
Belmont Horizon League
---
---
---
Eastern Illinois Summit League Summit League
---
---
Murray State
---
---
NIRA
---
SIU Edwardsville Missouri Valley
---
---
Southern
UT-Martin
---
---
NIRA
---
  • = Rodeo is sanctioned by the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA), not the NCAA.

Women's sponsored sports by school[edit]

School Basketball Cross Country Golf Rifle Soccer Softball Tennis Track & Field
(Indoor)
Track & Field
(Outdoor)
Volleyball Total OVC Sports
Austin Peay
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
9
Belmont
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
9
Eastern Illinois
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
9
Eastern Kentucky
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
9
Jacksonville State
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
10
Morehead State
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
9
Murray State
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
10
Southeast Missouri
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
8
SIU Edwardsville
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
9
Tennessee State
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
8
Tennessee Tech
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
8
UT-Martin
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickYx2
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Red XN
Green tickY
8
Totals
12
12
10
5+1*
11
12
11
10
11
12
106+1
  • = Rifle is technically a men's sport, but men's, women's, and coed teams all compete against each other. All competing OVC schools have coed teams, and Tennessee-Martin has both a women's and a coed team.
  • * = Associate member Columbus State.

Women's varsity sports not sponsored by the Ohio Valley Conference which are played by OVC schools:

School Swimming & Diving Rodeo Rugby Gymnastics Equestrian
Eastern Illinois Summit League
---
Independent
---
---
Murray State
---
NIRA
---
---
---
Southeast Missouri
---
---
---
Independent
---
UT-Martin
---
NIRA
---
---
Independent
  • = Rodeo is sanctioned by the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA), not the NCAA.
  • = Eastern Illinois is one of only 5 schools (2 in Div. I) playing NCAA-sanctioned rugby. The NCAA currently classifies rugby as an "emerging sport" for women, but does not yet organize an official championship. The NCAA has never governed men's rugby.

Conference champions[edit]

Football conference champions[edit]

This is a list of the champions since 2000.[11] For the complete history, see List of Ohio Valley Conference football champions.

Year Regular Season Champion Record FCS Championship Result
2000 Western Kentucky 7–0 Quarterfinals
2001 Eastern Illinois 6–1 First Round
2002 Eastern Illinois
Murray State
5–1 First Round
2003 Jacksonville State 7–1 First Round
2004 Jacksonville State 7–1 First Round
2005 Eastern Illinois 8–0 First Round
2006 UT Martin
Eastern Illinois
6–1
7–1
First Round
2007 Eastern Kentucky 8–0 First Round
2008 Eastern Kentucky 7–1 First Round
2009 Eastern Illinois $ 6–2 First Round
2010 Southeast Missouri State 7–1 First Round
2011 Tennessee Tech $$
Eastern Kentucky
Jacksonville State
6–2
6–2
6–2
First Round
First Round
DNP
2012 Eastern Illinois 6–1 First Round
2013 Eastern Illinois 8–0 Quarterfinals

$ – Jacksonville State (6–1) had the best record in the conference, but was ineligible for the championship due to Academic Progress Rate sanctions.

$$ – Tennessee Tech won the tie-breaker and received the automatic bid to the FCS playoffs.

Basketball[edit]

This is list of the champions since 2000. For the complete men's history, see List of Ohio Valley Conference men's basketball champions.

Year Men's Women's
Regular Season Champion Record Tournament Champion Regular Season Champion Record Tournament Champion
2001–02 Tennessee Tech 15–1 Murray State Tennessee Tech 15-1 Austin Peay
2002–03 Austin Peay
Morehead State
13–3 Austin Peay Eastern Kentucky
Tennessee Tech
13-3 Austin Peay
2003–04 Austin Peay 16–0 Murray State Austin Peay 16-0 Austin Peay
2004–05 Tennessee Tech 12–4 Eastern Kentucky Eastern Kentucky 15-1 Eastern Kentucky
2005–06 Murray State 17–3 Murray State Tennessee Tech 16-4 Southeast Missouri
2006–07 Austin Peay 16–4 Eastern Kentucky Southeast Missouri 16-4 Southeast Missouri
2007–08 Austin Peay 16–4 Austin Peay Tourney Southeast Missouri 17-3 Murray State
2008–09 UT Martin 14–4 Morehead State Tourney Murray State 16-2 Austin Peay
2009–10 Murray State 17–1 Murray State Tourney Eastern Illinois 16-2 Austin Peay
2010–11 Murray State 14–4 Morehead State Tourney Tennessee Tech 15-3 UT Martin
2011–12 Murray State 15–1 Murray State Tourney UT Martin 15-1 UT Martin
2012–13 East: Belmont
West: Murray State
14–2
10-6
Belmont Tourney East: Tennessee Tech
West: Eastern Illinois
12-4
12-4
UT Martin
2013–14 East: Belmont
West: Murray State
14–2
13–3
Eastern Kentucky Tourney East: Belmont
West:UT Martin
10–6
15–1
UT Martin

Baseball[edit]

This is list of the champions since 2000.

Year Regular Season Champion OVC
Record
Season
Record
Tournament Champion OVC
Record
Season
Record
2000 Eastern Kentucky 18–6 30–27 Middle Tennessee 17–6 39–23
2001 Eastern Illinois 19–1 35–20 Tennessee Tech 12–9 33–30
2002 Southeast Missouri 16–5 37–20 Southeast Missouri 16–5 37–20
2003 Austin Peay 14–5–1 27–27–1 Murray State 9–11 25–31
2004 Austin Peay 20–7 35–21 Jacksonville State 16–11 31–29
2005 Jacksonville State 19–8 35–25 Austin Peay 16–11 38–24
2006 Samford 21–6 34–25 Jacksonville State 19–8 35–24
2007 Austin Peay 19–8 40–27 Austin Peay 19–8 40–27
2008 Jacksonville State 23–4 37–21 Eastern Illinois 13–13 27–30
2009 Eastern Illinois # 13–5 31–19 Tennessee Tech 10–11–1 31–24–1
2010 Tennessee Tech 14–6 31–25 Jacksonville State 15–8 32–26
2011 Austin Peay 17–6 34–24 Austin Peay 17–6 34–24
2012 Austin Peay
Eastern Kentucky
19–7 40–24
31–23
Austin Peay 19–7 40–24
2013 Tennessee Tech 24–6 40–17 Austin Peay 22–7 47–15
  • # = 2009 Eastern Illinois lost 1 conference and 4 non-conference games by forfeit for using an ineligible player.

Softball[edit]

This is list of the champions since 2000.

Year Regular Season Champion OVC
Record
Season
Record
Tournament Champion OVC
Record
Season
Record
2000 Middle Tennessee 16–5 39–21 Middle Tennessee 16–5 39–21
2001 Tennessee Tech 17–4 44–20 Tennessee Tech 17–4 44–20
2002 Eastern Kentucky 16–2 37–14 Eastern Kentucky 16–2 37–14
2003 Tennessee Tech 17–3 41–16 Tennessee Tech 17–3 41––16
2004 Eastern Kentucky 22–4 42–17 Eastern Kentucky 22––4 42–17
2005 Jacksonville State 22–4 41–16 Tennessee Tech 16–8 35–28
2006 Tennessee Tech 24–2 50–15 Tennessee Tech 24–2 50–15
2007 Tennessee Tech 20–5 50–19 Tennessee Tech 20–5 50–19
2008 Jacksonville State 22–4 40–16 Jacksonville State 22–4 40–16
2009 Jacksonville State 19–2 43–16 UT Martin 13–10 38–23
2010 UT Martin 22–3 47–11 Jacksonville State 13–6 30–19
2011 Eastern Illinois 26–4 40–12 Jacksonville State 21–9 40–21
2012 UT Martin 23–6 39–22 UT Martin 23–6 39–22
2013 East– Eastern Kentucky
West– Eastern Illinois
19–6
20–3
36–20
36–14
Jacksonville State 11–11 30–27

Facilities[edit]

School Football stadium Capacity Soccer stadium Capacity Basketball arena Capacity Baseball stadium Capacity Softball stadium Capacity
Austin Peay Governors Stadium 10,000 Morgan Brothers
Soccer Field
N/A Dunn Center 9,000 Raymond C. Hand Park 1,000 Cheryl Holt Field N/A
Belmont Non-football school E. S. Rose Park 300 Curb Event Center 5,085 E. S. Rose Park 750 E. S. Rose Park 250
Eastern Illinois O'Brien Stadium 10,000 Lakeside Soccer Field N/A Lantz Arena 5,300 Coaches Stadium
at Monier Field
500 Williams Field 200+
Eastern Kentucky Roy Kidd Stadium 20,000 EKU Soccer Field 600 Alumni Coliseum 6,300 Turkey Hughes Field 500 Gertrude Hood Field N/A
Jacksonville State JSU Stadium 24,000 JSU Soccer Field N/A Pete Mathews Coliseum 5,800 Rudy Abbott Field 1,000 University Field 1,000
Morehead State Jayne Stadium 10,000 Jayne Stadium 10,000 Ellis Johnson Arena 6,500 John "Sonny" Allen Field 1,200 University Field N/A
Murray State Roy Stewart Stadium 16,800 Cutchin Field and
Crisp Soccer Complex
N/A CFSB Center 8,825 Johnny Reagan Field 800 Racer Field N/A
Southeast Missouri State Houck Stadium 11,015 Houck Stadium 11,015 Show Me Center 6,972 Capaha Field 2,000 Southeast
Softball Complex
600
SIU Edwardsville Non-football school Bob Guelker Field
at Ralph Korte Stadium
4,000 Vadalabene Center 4,000 Roy E. Lee Field
at Simmons
Baseball Complex
1,500 Cougar Field 1,000
UT Martin Graham Stadium 8,000 Skyhawk Field 500+ Skyhawk Arena 5,000 Skyhawk Park 500 Bettye Giles
Softball Field
N/A
Tennessee State LP Field 68,000 Non-soccer school Gentry Complex 10,500 Non-baseball school Tiger Field 500
Tennessee Tech Tucker Stadium 16,500 Tech Soccer Field 800 Eblen Center 9,280 Bush Stadium
at Averitt Express
Baseball Complex
1,100 Tech Softball Field 511

References[edit]

External links[edit]