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Beer to Be Sold At Select EKU Football Games

Aug 21, 2015

Beer will be sold for the first time this season at select home Eastern Kentucky University football games. School officials say the decision to do so came after lengthy consideration. 

EKU Football Begins Preseason Camp

Aug 4, 2015

Eastern Kentucky University’s football team reports to campus Tuesday and will have its first preseason practice on Wednesday.

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One of Kentucky's best known bourbon makers is teaming up with one of the highest profile horse racing events in the country to raise money for charity.  The first of three charity events will occur the day before this fall's much anticipated Breeders Cup at Keeneland.

EKU Places Second in Preseason Football Poll

Jul 17, 2015

Eastern Kentucky University’s football Colonels have been tabbed to finish second in the upcoming Ohio Valley Conference race.  The ranking is certainly partly based on a returning EKU runner.

EKU Continues Effort to Move to Higher Athletic Division

Jun 25, 2015

Eastern Kentucky University officials have plans to move into a higher athletic division. EKU Board of Regents Chair Craig Turner says the goal is to move up to the Football Bowl Series. He says whether or not it happens this year is not the issue.  "I think the message is that we're elevating our athletic program, our expectations are higher and we assume we'll also have better results,” says Turner. “The more branding we can do for the university, this is just one of the other mechanisms to keep the university in the forefront." 

Wade Payne — Herald-Leader

The director of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association expects horse racing trainers to take note of Bob Baffert's winning strategy. 

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The home of beep baseball is officially open and active this Memorial Day weekend. A one-of-a-kind playing field was dedicated Friday in Frankfort.  Beep baseball is a way of giving visually-impaired players more opportunities on the field. The modified game features a sound-emitting ball and buzzing bases. 

Lasix Free Racing Debated Within Equine Industry

Apr 29, 2015
Stu Johnson / WEKU News

    It's not likely to get much attention this week leading up to Derby, but there's a pending rule change that could someday transform the landscape of the horse racing industry. The new rule is not tied directly to training, purses, or gambling but it is a long debated issue.

Certain sights and sounds at the track are well-known and expected. But what many outside of the industry probably do not know is that about four hours before post time, most horses are administered a commonly used drug called Lasix.

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Equine competitors from around the world meet this weekend for the 37th time at the Kentucky Horse Park.  A record number of horses are registered for a record amount of prize money at the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event.

Western Suspends its Swimming and Diving Programs

Apr 14, 2015

WKU is suspending its Swimming and Diving program for five years, effective immediately. The university informed the team members and coaching staff of the decision Tuesday morning.

The move comes after investigations by the Bowling Green Police Department and university uncovered evidence of violations of WKU’s Student Code of Conduct, Discrimination and Harassment Policy, and Title IX Sexual Misconduct/Assault Policy.

New EKU Basketball Coach Says Up-Tempo is His Style of Play

Apr 9, 2015
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Eastern Kentucky University's men's basketball coach says a 'family' approach is what he's bringing to his new job.  Dan McHale says he'll be fully engrained on campus and in the Richmond community.

New Head EKU Basketball Coach to Be Introduced Thursday

Apr 8, 2015
EKU Athletics

Eastern Kentucky University's new men's basketball coach has a wide range of Kentucky-related experience. 

Dan McHale will be formally introduced tomorrow Thursday morning on the Richmond campus.

Dan McHale comes to EKU to head up the men's basketball team from Minnesota where's he's been an assistant to Richard Pitino.  The New Jersey native got his first coaching start as a staff assistant to University of Louisville Coach Rick Pitino.  He also served as a student manager at UK for four seasons.

March Madness Can Bring On Unhealthy Stress

Apr 6, 2015

March Madness may come to an end with the crowning of NC AA champions in men's and women's basketball, but the stress along the way can be significant for coaches, players, and even fans.  Georgetown College Associate Professor of Sociology Eric Carter says, usually, that stress is not lasting.  He cites the case of his wife, who, like University of Kentucky fans, felt the sting of a loss to Wisconsin.  "She's a die hard Arizona basketball fan," said Carter.  "I mean she was completely destroyed after Wisconsin beat them.  I mean, so much so, that she couldn't even function that night.  Bu


Eastern Kentucky University is beginning the search for a new coach to head the men's basketball program.  Jeff Neubauer is leaving to take over as head coach at Fordham University.

Neubauer Leaves EKU to Take Head Coaching Job at Fordham

Mar 30, 2015

Eastern Kentucky University's men's basketball coach is taking a new job at Fordham University.  Jeff Neubauer exits EKU as the second winningest coach in the school’s history.

Neubauer came to the Richmond school in 2005 and in his second season guided the Colonels to an OVC crown and NC double A birth.  EKU returned to the Big Dance in 2014, losing in an opening round game to Kansas.  The 80 wins over the last four years at Eastern are the most ever during that period of time in school history.

Former University of Kentucky Athlete Named to Head EKU Athletics

Mar 28, 2015

Eastern Kentucky University's new athletics director says raising money for all sports at the Richmond school is a priority.  EKU has named Steve Lochmueller to head Colonel athletics.

98th Kentucky High School Basketball Tourney Tips Off

Mar 18, 2015
Stu Johnson / WEKU News

Thousands of basketball fans are converging on downtown Lexington this week for the annual high school state tournament. It might be a brand new experience, or a lifelong experience for attendees.

President Barack Obama is predicting that Kentucky will remain undefeated and take home the title in the NCAA Tournament.

Eastern-Morehead Rivalry Renewed This Weekend

Jan 30, 2015

As the college basketball season moves into February, the conference schedule beginning to heat up. E-K-U, Morehead, and Murray are all battling for a spot in March’s OVC tournament.

EKU Athletic Director Steps Down

Jan 8, 2015

Eastern Kentucky University Director of Athletics Mark Sandy is stepping down from his current post to take a similar position at Ball State University.

A family spokesman for Muhammad Ali says the boxing great has been released from a hospital after recovering from a severe urinary tract infection.

EKU Wins on Last Second Shot at Coppin State

Dec 30, 2014

The Eastern Kentucky University Colonels got a last second win Tuesday.  The winning basket came from an EKU junior playing in his hometown.  Back in Baltimore, Colonel guard Denzel Richardson hit a three pointer with less than a second to lift EKU to a 66-63 win over Coppin State.  Eastern’s Corey Walden tied his career best with a game high 33 points.  As the clock wound down, Walden was under the basket, but couldn’t get a shot off.  So, he found Richardson in the corner for the game winner.  EKU moves to seven and five on the year.  The Colonels return home this Saturday for the final

EKU Takes to the Court Monday After Historic Win at Miami

Dec 22, 2014

Coming off one of their biggest wins in team history, Eastern Kentucky University takes to the court Monday night, again in Florida. 

The EKU men's team handed 18th ranked University of Miami a 28 point loss Friday night.  It was their first win over a top 25 team in more than a half century.  In 1959, the Colonels defeated number seven North Carolina State by two points.  Tonight Eastern will go up against Florida Atlantic in Boca Rotan.  Tip-off is set for 7pm.  

New Bill Would Enhance Safety for Fast Pitch Softball Players

Dec 15, 2014

Members of the 2015 Kentucky General Assembly will be asked to toughen safety standards for girl's high school fast pitch softball.  The proposed measure would require the pitcher, plus players at first and third base to wear protective masks. 

UK Ally Oops Its Way Over EKU

Dec 8, 2014
Courtesy of Julia Johnson

A substantially undersized Eastern Kentucky University Colonel team fought valiantly Sunday night, but it wasn't enough to keep up with number one Kentucky.  UK beat EKU 82-49 before a full house at Rupp Arena.  After the game, Eastern Coach Jeff Neubauer  gave high praise for UK's defensive effort.  "Our team, I told them, they were just guarded by the best defensive team in the modern era of college basketball. And I'm not exaggerating a little bit when I say that," said Neubauer.


Eastern Kentucky University heads into Rupp Arena Sunday night for an appointment with No. 1 ranked Kentucky.  EKU's head coach says his team's style won't change for the highly anticipated matchup.

EKU Host Opening Round Game in FBS Playoffs

Nov 27, 2014

The Eastern Kentucky University football Colonels will go after their first playoff victory in 20 years Saturday.  EKU plays host to Indiana State at Roy Kidd Stadium.  Eastern comes into the Football Championship Series playoff game at nine and three while Indiana State finished the regular season seven and five.

Eastern Kentucky University administrators are considering whether to allow beer sales at some school athletic events. The request comes from EKU's student government association. SGA President Kyle Nicholas says he envisions a designated courtyard site within the football stadium for beer sales. "Right now, there's a lot of people who stay at the tailgate during the game.  They don't make their way into the stadium.  They either stay out there or they leave to go home or go out to a bar.  So, this is something to just bring people in," said Nicholas.

EKU Opens Season Play This Week

Nov 2, 2014
Stu Johnson / WEKU News

The Eastern Kentucky University basketball Colonels hit the hardwood Friday night for their first contest of the season. EKU enters this season as the defending Ohio Valley Conference Champion.

Keeneland’s September Yearling Sales Underway

Sep 8, 2014

While many horse racing fans eagerly await early October for Keeneland's fall meet, horse sellers and buyers will stay busy for the next two weeks.  The annual September yearling sales event gets underway Monday.