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Last year, it was Murray State’s head coach, Billy Kennedy heading to Texas A&M late in the coaching carousel, leaving the Racers scrambling for a coach during the heart of the spring recruiting season.

This year, it’s Morehead State. On Saturday, Donnie Tyndall agreed to take over the Golden Eagles, agreeing to a 4-year deal according to He’ll be officially introduced today. Tyndall is taking over a program that was 25-9 last year, and coming off an NCAA tournament appearance.

This shouldn’t be unexpected, if it’s not a bit later than expected. Many people around the program expected Tyndall to leave his alma mater after last season, and taking Kenneth Faried and the Eagles to the 3rd round of the NCAA tournament.

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So, what’s next for the OVC’s Eagles? Offically, they say “a national search for Tyndall’s replacement will begin immediately.” Unlike the Racers, it doesn’t look like Morehead State will promote from within, (no assistant has been with the program more than 2 seasons, unlike Steve Prohm‘s 5) making this search somewhat difficult given how late the job is coming open.

The program’s recent success should help the search progress substanially, although there might be some minor concern the team peaked a season ago. But with the entire OVC on the rise with the success of the Racers, and the addition of Belmont, this is a great opening for an experienced low-major head coach, or even a high-major assistant.

No matter who they find, there’s no doubt that they’ll take over a program in a much better position than when Tyndall took it over.

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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