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UT Martin adds another recruit, as they seek to fill quite a lot of open roster slots. One final college basketball opening with potential OVC ramifications could be filled by the end of the week. And Murray State’s banner celebration is…odd

Daily 3 1UT Martin has added another to their ever-growing recruiting class, this time picking up a 6-foot nine, 280-pound center in Arkeem Joseph. Joseph averaged 15.8 minutes a game last year, scoring over eight points and pulling down four rebounds a contest. Back in high school, his height helped him average nearly 18 points, and 14 rebounds a night during his senior season.

It appears UT Martin might not be as far over their scholarship limit as first thought. The Skyhawks are losing six graduates, and lost Terence Smith to transfer, meaning their cupboard was rather bare when new head coach Heath Schroyer took over the program.

The JUCO transfer has two years of eligibility for the Skyhawks.

Daily 3 2If your team has a highly sought after coach, there’s good news: Only four Division I head coaching jobs remain open. After Missouri filled their opening yesterday with Kim Anderson, only Southern Miss, Maine, Copping State, and Florida A&M have vacancies. Of the four, only one is a step up from most Ohio Valley Conference programs.

Two reports over the last few days both agree on one thing: Southern Miss athletic director Bill McGillis has been remarkably quiet. The Hattiesburg American says it’s been widely speculated that Eastern Kentucky head coach Jeff Neubauer, and Morehead State head coach Sean Woods are either being considered, or have expressed interest in the Southern Miss job, but neither appear to be the frontrunner. That’s a position reportely held by Stephen F. Austin head coach Brad Underwood.

According to the Sun Herald, the process is expected to come to a close by the middle of the week. Once that job fills, it’s hard to see an opening that would be attractive for any remaining coaches in the conference.

Daily 3 3Murray State held their end of season banquet last night, and chose that occasion to hang their Tournament championship banner. Often, championship banners are hung during one of the first home games of the following season, in front of an entire home crowd, but the Racers instead chose a mostly closed banquet. Based on the photo from the event, you’ll also not find it near their numerous conference championship banners. What does that mean? We’ll let you draw your own conclusion.

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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