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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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'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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Early Thursday morning, six to eight horses worked over the new dirt surface. Conversion of the main track from a synthetic polytrack surface to dirt began May 19th. At first glance, Keeneland's new track looks very much like the old one. Spokeswoman Amy Gregory says the new track features a unique draining system. "We feel that, when there's rain water, it will flow very quickly off the track toward the inside and outside rails and that will carry it away from the track and eliminate a lot of ponding," said Gregory.
University of Kentucky football fans are facing a few challenges off the field before they see the first kicked off this weekend.
UK and city officials have detailed several changes, many which are related to the stadium construction and renovation project. Gates ten and eleven will be closed due to construction, so fans entering through the south side of Commonwealth Stadium will use gates seven, nine, 12, and 14.
Eastern Kentucky University Athletics is seeing a great deal of change around the Richmond campus. Dan McBride is the newly named Senior Associate Athletics Director. McBride says one of his primary duties is to oversee facility improvements. "A big portion of my responsibilities now is gonna be dealing with the expansion at the baseball stadium, the expansion at the softball field, expansion at the football stadium. I oversaw the installation of the new lights and the new floor in the coliseum. The new lights at baseball and softball fields this year," said McBride.