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The Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) is a college athletic conference which operates in the midwestern and southeastern United Statesmarker. 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 11 members, 9 of which (as of the 2008 season) compete in football in the conference.

Historically, OVC was a pioneer in racial desegregation. During times of racial segregation, league member Morehead State became one of the first non-traditionally black mid-southern institutions to accept a black student. In 1958, Marshall Banks received athletically-related aid at Morehead, which signed a second black athlete, Howard Murphy, a year later. In 1961, Murphy earned all-conference recognition as a halfback in football. With racial barriers broken, the rest of the institutions in the league began to provide educational and athletic opportunities to African-Americans.

Today, the OVC is unique among NCAA Division I conferences in that it includes one historically black university, Tennessee State Universitymarker, in a conference that otherwise consists of non-traditionally black institutions. Of the other HBCUs in NCAA Division I, all but two are members of the MEAC or SWAC, conferences made up entirely of HBCUs. The other two HBCUs in Division I are not currently affiliated with any conference, but one (North Carolina Central Universitymarker) is scheduled to join the MEAC in 2010, and the other (Savannah State Universitymarker) has applied to join that conference.

In the wake of Title IX, the OVC established women's championships in the sports of basketball, tennis and track in 1977, with cross country and volleyball added over the next four years. Those sports were initially governed by the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women, but were continued when the NCAA became the governing body in 1982.

Member schools

Institution Location

(Population)
Founded Affiliation Enrollment Year Joined Nickname
Ohio Valley Conference
Austin Peay State Universitymarker
|  
(119,250) | 1927 || Public || 9,192 || 1962 | Governors and Lady Govs
Eastern Illinois Universitymarker
|  
(21,039) | 1895 || Public || 11,651 || 1996 | Panthers
Eastern Kentucky Universitymarker
|  
(30,008) | 1874 || Public || 16,183 || 1948 | Colonels and Lady Colonels
Jacksonville State Universitymarker
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(8,404) | 1883 || Public || 9,481 || 2003 | Gamecocks
Morehead State Universitymarker
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(5,914) | 1922 || Public || 9,509 || 1948 | Eagles
Murray State Universitymarker
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(16,557) | 1922 || Public || 10,156 || 1948 | Racers
Southeast Missouri State Universitymarker
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(37,525) | 1873 || Public || 9,615 || 1991 | Redhawks
Southern Illinois University Edwardsvillemarker
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(24,047) | 1957 || Public || 13,398 || 2008 | Cougars
Tennessee State Universitymarker
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(619,626) | 1912|| Public || 10,450 || 1986 | Tigers and Lady Tigersmarker
Tennessee Technological Universitymarker
|  
(27,648) | 1912 || Public || 9,217 || 1949 | Golden Eagles
University of Tennessee at Martinmarker
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(10,515) | 1901 || Public || 5,810 || 1992 | Skyhawks


  • SIU Edwardsville is a full member but will not play a conference schedule until 2010-2011.


Locations of current Ohio Valley Conference full member institutions.


Former members



Sports offered

The Ohio Valley Conference currently offers 17 sports, 8 for men and 9 for women.


Conference Champions

Football conference champions

Season Champion Record
1948 Murray State 3–1–0
1949 Evansville 3–1–1
1950 Murray State 5–0–1
1951 Murray State 5–1–0
1952 Tennessee Tech 4–1–0
Western Kentucky 4–1–0
1953 Tennessee Tech 5–0–0
1954 Eastern Kentucky 5–0–0
1955 Tennessee Tech 5–0–0
1956 Middle Tennessee State 5–0–0
1957 Middle Tennessee State 5–0–0
1958 Middle Tennessee State 5–1–0
Tennessee Tech 5–1–0
1959 Middle Tennessee State 5–0–1
Tennessee Tech 5–0–1
1960 Tennessee Tech 6–0–0
1961 Tennessee Tech 6–0–0
1962 East Tennessee State 4–2–0
1963 Western Kentucky 7–0–0
1964 Middle Tennessee State 6–1–0
1965 Middle Tennessee State 7–0–0
1966 Morehead State 6–1–0
1967 Eastern Kentucky 5–0–2
1968 Eastern Kentucky 7–0–0
1969 East Tennessee State 6–0–1
1970 Western Kentucky 5–1–1
1971 Western Kentucky 5–2–0
1972 Tennessee Tech 7–0–0
1973 Western Kentucky 7–0–0
1974 Eastern Kentucky 6–1–0
1975 Tennessee Tech 6–1–0
Western Kentucky 6–1–0
1976 Eastern Kentucky 6–1–0
1977 Austin Peay State 6–1–0
1978 Western Kentucky 6–0–0
1979 Murray State 6–0–0
1980 Western Kentucky 6–1–0
1981 Eastern Kentucky 8–0–0
1982 Eastern Kentucky 7–0–0
1983 Eastern Kentucky 6–1–0
1984 Eastern Kentucky 6–1–0
1985 Middle Tennessee State 7–0–0
1986 Murray State 5–2–0
1987 Eastern Kentucky 5–1–0
Youngstown State 5–1–0
1988 Eastern Kentucky 6–0–0
1989 Middle Tennessee State 6–0–0
1990 Eastern Kentucky 5–1–0
Middle Tennessee State 5–1–0
1991 Eastern Kentucky 7–0–0
1992 Middle Tennessee State 8–0–0
1993 Eastern Kentucky 8–0–0
1994 Eastern Kentucky 8–0–0
1995 Murray State 8–0–0
1996 Murray State 8–0–0
1997 Eastern Kentucky 7–0–0
1998 Tennessee State 6–1
1999 Tennessee State 7–0
2000 Western Kentucky 7–0
2001 Eastern Illinois 6–1
2002 Eastern Illinois 5–1
Murray State 5–1
2003 Jacksonville State 7–1
2004 Jacksonville State 7–1
2005 Eastern Illinois 8–0
2006 UT Martin 6–1
Eastern Illinois 7–1
2007 Eastern Kentucky 8–0
2008 Eastern Kentucky 7–1
2009 Eastern Illinois 6–2


Men's basketball

This is a partial list of the last 10 champions. For the complete history, see List of Ohio Valley Conference men's basketball champions.

Year Regular Season Champion Record Tournament Champion
1999–2000 Southeast Missouri State
Murray State
14–4 Southeast Missouri State
2000–01 Tennessee Tech 13–3 Eastern Illinois
2001–02 Tennesse Tech 15–1 Murray State
2002–03 Austin Peay
Morehead State
13-3 Austin Peay
2003–04 Austin Peay 16–0 Murray State
2004–05 Tennessee Tech 12–4 Eastern Kentucky
2005–06 Murray State 17-3 Murray State
2006–07 Austin Peay 16–4 Eastern Kentucky
2007–08 Austin Peay 16–4 Austin Peay Tournament
2008–09 UT Martin 14-4 Morehead State Tournament


Conference facilities

School Football stadium Basketball arena Baseball stadium
Name Capacity Name Capacity Name Capacity
Austin Peay Governors Stadiummarker 10,000 Dunn Centermarker 9,000 Raymond C. Hand Park 1,000
Eastern Illinois O'Brien Stadiummarker 10,000 Lantz Arenamarker 5,300 Coaches Stadium 500
Eastern Kentucky Roy Kidd Stadiummarker 20,000 Alumni Coliseummarker 6,300 Turkey Hughes Field N/A
Jacksonville State Paul Snow Stadiummarker 15,000 Pete Mathews Coliseummarker 5,800 Rudy Abbott Field 1,000
Morehead State Jayne Stadiummarker 10,000 Ellis Johnson Arenamarker 6,500 John "Sonny" Allen Field 1,200
Murray State Roy Stewart Stadiummarker 16,800 Regional Special Events Centermarker 8,602 Johnny Reagan Field N/A
Southeast Missouri State Houck Stadiummarker 11,015 Show Me Centermarker 6,972 Capaha Park N/A
SIU-Edwardsville Non-Football School N/A Vadalabene Center 4,000 SimmonsCooper Complex N/A
UT Martin Graham Stadiummarker 8,000 Skyhawk Arenamarker 7,000 Skyhawk Baseball Field 1,000
Tennessee State LP Fieldmarker 68,000 Gentry Complexmarker 10,500 Non-Baseball School N/A
Tennessee Tech Tucker Stadiummarker 16,500 Eblen Centermarker 10,152 Bush Stadium 1,500


Notes

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 competed in the Pioneer League for the 2001–2005 seasons, then became an independent for the 2006 season, and returned to OVC football competition in 2007.

External links



References

  1. Ohio Valley Conference History - OVCSports.com—Official Web Site of the Ohio Valley Conference
  2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_Kentucky_University#Athletics



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