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[Update 5/7]

Starting June 8th, I’ll be moving from Paducah, Kentucky to Buffalo, New York. I’ve agreed to be the morning executive news producer at WKBW, which means I’ll be far, far away from OVC country. It also means I’ll be back on a morning shift — which means my evenings will be free.

I still haven’t decided the full fate of this site, but I’ve narrowed it to three options:

  1. End OVC Ball in it’s entirety.
  2. Run a *lite” version. (Keep twitter/facebook, but end the site. Post occasional articles in a place to be determined)
  3. Just run the site from Buffalo. Sure, I won’t be at many games (read: none) — but that’s where the OVC Digital Network comes in.

I’m leaning more towards options 2/3 at the moment — I’ve put four-plus years into this site, and I’d hate to see it go away. But I’d also be much like the ESPN games where they don’t bother to actually send commentators — and often, you can notice something is a *bit* off.

Either option I choose will have an impact on starting the ridiculously early previews — which might not be so ridiculously early this year. I’ve got a lot to get done in the next month to make this move happen.

That’s where we stand, as of today. I can’t say when I’ll make a decision for sure — it might not happen until I’ve been in Buffalo a few weeks. But I wanted to provide everyone an update.

Thanks again to all our readers.


[Original Post]

*tap* *tap* Is this thing on? *tap*

So, it’s been three weeks since I’ve last posted. Three weeks in which one-third of the conference hired new coaches, players have graduated, left for the NBA draft, transferred, others signed. It’s been busy.

…and I’ve been quiet.

Every year, usually later in the summer, I ponder the future of OVC Ball. This site, fueled mostly by endless amounts of caffeine and early mornings, is something I’ve enjoyed immensely over it’s four-plus year history. I enjoy the games, the twitter snark, and all the people I’ve met solely because of this site. I even have a fun camaraderie with some of the coaches, even though I still don’t fully understand why they put so much stock (or…any, for that matter) in what I have to say. But it’s a lot of work. It takes the vast majority of my free time, which is becoming more limited as the years have passed.

This year, though, that pondering has come much earlier.

Without going into too much specifics, I’m at a bit of a crossroads in my professional (read: non-sports writing) career, and I don’t fully know where that will lead me over the next six months. It may keep me right here. It could lead me far away. If the former happens, I’d love nothing more than to continue this site.

If it’s the latter — then what’s already a lofty challenge of keeping this site updated and current becomes much loftier, if not impossible. Without knowing what’s in store — it’s hard to say what the future of this site is right now. It may last another month. It may last another year. It may last even longer.

I didn’t really intend on taking this current three-week vacation, but it’s been necessary as I explore my options. For now, I’m going to take the rest of April off. In May, barring an immediate massive change, I’ll begin our summer tradition of the ridiculously early 2015-16 previews. We’ll discuss all the coach changes, player changes, and what could be the most wide open conference race we’ve seen in recent memory.

I also want to thank everyone for their support — even those who are sometimes less than supportive. I never imagined when I started this site I would have this kind, or any, following, much less still be up and running after four seasons.

Here’s to the future, whatever it may hold.


Oh, why did I choose that picture? It was one of the first I ever took when I first purchased a camera for OVC Ball. It’s been my computer desktop photo ever since, and remains one of my favorites. Here’s the full photo below:



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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