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Notes / Quotes from this week’s Hatcher press conference:

  • “Some of the younger guys had some big eyes in the season-opener, and that’s a little bit of a problem because obviously we’re going into a much bigger venue this weekend. “
  • “This Louisville team is much better than the one we played several years ago. That was coach Strong’s first year, and he did a great job of building that program up. Now they’re being coached by, in my mind, one of the best coaches there is in college football, bar none. You can say what you want to say, he’s one of the best, there’s no doubt about it.”
  • “I knew we already had our work cut out for us before I saw them play Monday night. They didn’t go into triple overtime or get into a big fight like I’d hoped they would and have half their team suspended. We just have to go up there and play the best football we can play, and be a better team than we were last Thursday.”
  • “I don’t think a lot of people understand how much of a jump it is playing a team like this. They’ve got 85 scholarships to our 63. You look at their No. 94 who’s a defensive end slash outside linebacker, and he’s bigger than everybody on our team. Their running back is 240-pounds and ran for 143 yards against Miami, and Miami’s pretty good.”
  • “We’ve just got to try and contain them, not let them get a big play early, and then hope that they make some errors. That’s what you have to hope for in a game like this.”
  • “We’re going to keep rotating three running backs for at least the next couple of games. Whoever has the best week of practice is going to be the guy who gets the first carry on Saturday. All of them played well against Union.”
  • “Maybe Louisville will be a little tired after a short week or maybe they’ll be a little down emotionally after such a big game. You never know. That’s the reason you go play the games every week.”

The two teams met in 2011, in a close 21-9 win by the Cardinals. Louisville enters the game off a 31-13 victory over Miami on Monday


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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

EAST

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

WEST

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


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