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I’ve been hesitating to do this for a few weeks now, but it’s time that it happened. For my own sanity, there’s going to be some changes here at OVC Ball. I absolutely love what I’m doing, and want to be able to continue doing at, by at my current rate, I’m going to lose it before the season is over if I don’t make things a little easier on myself.

The philosophy behind the changes are simple: fewer, but more meaningful posts. I want this site to be more about the big picture: Stories you aren’t necessarily find on school’s site, or even from newspaper and TV media covering OVC schools.

I’ve gotten so tied down in the First and Final Words in their current format, I don’t actually get to talk about the big stories in the league much, expect in my 3 paragraph previews and recaps. I haven’t even managed to post Power Rankings this week.

What you may not know is that depending on the number of games, it takes upwards of 2 hours sometimes to write each first and final word. That’s 4 hours a day. Between work and sleep, I might have a total of 6 hours free time most days. On game days, I don’t even have that. In my current position, I just don’t have the time to continue things the way they’ve been.

So, what’s changing? The First Word will remain in the morning, but instead of being a game-by-game preview, I’ll look at one big topic, (or maybe a few smaller ones) either about the games that day, or the day before. I’ll also link you to game previews on the school’s sites, so you can still get the game-by-game previews. The Final Word is gone, at least for now. I’ll talk about games in the next morning’s First Word, and link you to the Recaps.

I’m still traveling to games, still writing game stories, and will debate you about meaningless things on Twitter.

And as always, I invite you to write about games, or even write commentaries for the site.

I hope you’ll like the change, and if you don’t, I truly apologize. But it’s a necessary one to make.

Thanks again for reading, not just this post, but the blog in general. I wouldn’t still be doing this if not for you all.


  1. I understand what you are going through. Sometimes it is best just to rest a weekend
OVC Ball
Compiling all OVC non-conference games

2016 Football Standings

OVC Overall
Jacksonville State 7-0 10-2
UT Martin 6-2 7-5
Tennessee Tech 5-3 5-6
Tennessee State 4-3 7-4
Eastern Illinois 4-4 6-5
Murray State 4-4 4-7
SEMO 3-5 3-8
Eastern Kentucky 2-6 3-8
Austin Peay 0-8 0-11

2016-17 Basketball Standings

OVC Overall


Belmont 15-1 23-7
Morehead State 10-6 14-16
Jacksonville State 9-7 20-15
Tennessee State 8-8 17-13
Tennessee Tech 8-8 12-20
Eastern Kentucky 5-11 12-19


UT Martin 10-6 22-13
SEMO 9-7 15-18
Murray State 8-8 16-17
Austin Peay 7-9 11-19
Eastern Illinois 6-10 14-15
SIUE 1-15 6-24