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Practices can officially get underway next Friday, but one OVC program has already suffered a minor setback. According to WPSD Local 6, Murray State senior forward Jonathan Fairell is recovering from a torn hip muscle he hurt last month in a pick-up basketball game.

Murray State head coach Steve Prohm told the televisions station that he hopes Fairell will be able to fully participate when practice officially starts. The Racers first practice will be on October 8th.

More details from the TV Station:

Fairell tore the obturator externus muscle in his hip — it’s one of the muscles that is responsible for helping turn the leg outward. Surgery was not an option to help him recover from the tear. The muscle is so deep in the hip, doctors would have had to cut other muscles just to repair the initial tear. Instead, Fairell needed to simply rest and let the muscle heal. He has begun light workouts within the last week, including running and jumping.

Murray State is widely expected to be the West Division favorites, if not the outright conference favorites in the year ahead. Fairell started all 34 games last season for Murray, after making the jump from the JUCO ranks, averaging 6.8 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. If Fairell can’t go when the Racers open the season November 14th at home against Houston, the Racers will have to rely on Terron Gilmore inside, or potentially more likely, run a four-guard lineup with just Jarvis Williams at forward.

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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