OVC announces EKU leaving conference

OVC releases statement announcing EKU’s and JSU’s intent to leave the conference

In a statement released by Ohio Valley Conference Commissioner Beth DeBauche, the OVC announced this morning Eastern Kentucky University and Jacksonville State University have officially notified the conference they are leaving the OVC.

“Eastern Kentucky University informed us in writing, and Jacksonville State University has verbally informed us of their intention to leave the Ohio Valley Conference,” DeBauche said. “By its very nature, conference membership is dynamic as institutional priorities and areas of focus change. We respect that evolution and value the fact both institutions will always be a valued part of our illustrious past. We wish them well and plan to follow our rules to ensure a smooth transition process.”

The announcement comes before EKU’s and the ASUN’s 11 am announcement today where it is expected that EKU along with JSU will joining the ASUN conference.

“Over our 73-year history, the OVC has had an outstanding record of membership stability, which provides us with a solid foundation upon which to embrace the future,” DeBauche said further. “As the nation’s eighth-oldest Division I conference, we take pride in our deep history, our respectful but spirited regional rivalries, the elite athletes and coaches who have called the OVC home, the collegial and cooperative relationships between our Athletic Directors and our Presidents, and our collective commitment to remaining true to our values and mission.

“It is now time for the OVC to look forward. As we evaluate expansion opportunities, our ten outstanding members remain committed to one another and to the student-athletes we serve. We are a strong conference that will continue to grow and thrive in the years ahead.”