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Daily 3 1When teams play in these summer exhibition series, coaches always tell me the practice is more beneficial than the games. I can’t imagine this being any more than true that it is this year for Morehead State. In their three games in the Bahamas, the Eagles won by 46, 46 again, and last night, 57 points.

So, essentially, Morehead State played three Division III level teams in the Bahamas. (I don’t care how good you think the Eagles are going to be next year — they’re not 46 points better than the worst team in the OVC.)

Again, the games aren’t all that important – it’s one reason you don’t see any game recaps for these summer exhibition games up. But part of me wonders if Morehead State wouldn’t have been better served playing…well…anywhere else this summer, against some teams that could at least challenge the Eagles offense.

EKU, on the other hand, is 1-2 in Australia, and needed overtime for their only win. The added bonus for the Colonels — they have more tape to watch when practice begins for real in October.

Daily 3 2

My opinion on autonomy struck a nerve with some OVC fans, who are convinced the OVC is doomed, I say. DOOMED! I’m not changing my opinion, and now I have some backup from Morehead State’s Director of Athletics Brian Hutchinson. Talking to the Morehead News, Hutchinson said:

Let’s say the University of Cincinnati wants Jeff Ruby steakhouse dinner every night for their team in preseason, that’s what they will do. If they do that, why does Morehead State care? Let them spend it that way and that is where we were getting stuck before.”

It all goes back to what I was saying — Morehead State and the rest of the OVC aren’t competing against the Power 5 conferences. Giving them autonomy keeps Division I together. It keeps the NCAA basketball tournament together. That’s the big picture of all of this — autonomy was happening. There was no stopping it. At least, the way it’s being handled, everyone is still together. When that changes, that’s when it’s time to worry.

Daily 3 3I know it’s football season, but there’s no news coming out of training camps right now. Thankfully, we have the pros. You may remember in Friday’s Daily 3, I pointed out an article showing former Murray State wideout Marcus Harris was making waves with the New York Giants.

Turns out, he’s not the only Racer making an NFL splash this preseason.

Walter Powell, a sixth round pick of the Arizona Cardinals, is turning heads with his speed. Being a late round pick, he’s far from guaranteed a roster spot with the Cardinals, but it appears he’s off to a good start. The Cardinals initial depth chart showed Powell on the third-team offense. He’s also listed as a backup on the kickoff return team.

The first step for all the OVC rookies – make the final roster cut. Those start ramping up next week.

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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