Murray State leaves OVC for Missouri Valley July 1 |


MURRAY, Ky. (AP) – Murray State will become the 11th member of the Missouri Valley Conference on July 1.

University officials announced Friday that the board of trustees has accepted an invitation from the Missouri Valley conference and will be leaving the Ohio Valley conference.

The MVC does not include football or the gun, so Murray State is working to join the Missouri Valley Football Conference in the sport. Murray State’s rifle program, which is sixth in the country, will continue to participate in the Ohio Valley Conference.

Murray State is the second OVC program to announce plans to join the Missouri Valley Conference on July 1. Belmont announced on September 28 that the Bruins had accepted their invitation to join the league.

Austin Peay announced on September 17 that he was leaving the OVC on July 1 for ASUN. Eastern Kentucky and the state of Jacksonville both left the OVC for ASUN earlier this year, and the OVC sued the two schools in August, claiming that each school had not paid a fee. release of $ 1 million.

The Ohio Valley Conference added the University of Little Rock on July 1 and entered into a football programming agreement with the Southland Conference starting in 2022. OVC Commissioner Beth DeBauche , said in a statement that the league is in talks with universities about joining the conference.


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