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If there was any doubt about the future of Racers sophomore guard Zay Jackson, after yesterday’s sentencing it’s now very clear: He will remain with the program.

In an interview with WPSD Local 6, Murray State athletic director Allen Ward says the school is behind Jackson.

“Zay’s status hasn’t changed. He has been suspended, and he continues to be suspended, but I want people to understand that Zay’s still a very big part of this program. He made a mistake, he’s taken responsibility for that mistake, he’s been accountable for it, and we’re going to do everything we can to help him through this, and let him know that he has the support of the Murray State program, the campus, the community, the students that have all shown him a lot of support.  He’s got some tough days ahead of him, it hasn’t been easy on him, these last couple of months, not being apart of team activities, but we will continue to work through those times, and we’ll be there for Zay. He’s going to be a very big part of this program, and he will be a part of the team this year.”

Ward added that Jackson didn’t get any special treatment during his sentencing.

As for when Jackson would return to action, Ward wasn’t as clear, saying any punishment from the school after Jackson’s jail time would be handled internally.

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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