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TTU Senior Knocks Bucket List Out of the Park

Coach Matt Bragga has some serious braggin’ rights these days. The Golden Eagles were the 2013 OVC baseball champs, Coach Bragga was the 2013 OVC Coach of the Year, and now, first baseman Zach Stephens has become the conference’s all-time career leader in both home runs and RBIs. We recently had a phone call with … [Read More...]


Former TSU Player Named NBA D-League Rookie of the Year

Robert Covington, a Houston Rockets rookie and former TSU star, won the NBA D-League’s Rookie of the Year award after averaging 23.2 points and 9.2 rebounds while on assignment with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. A vote by the league’s 17 head coaches determined the recipient of the award. According to the NBA D-League’s website, the award [Read More...]


Bringing the Suit to Life

Behind every college mascot’s fuzzy exterior lives a spirited student, and in the case of Belmont’s Bruiser the Bruin, J.T. Faircloth is the man behind the mask. Well, at least half of the time. Although it is a little known fact outside of the Belmont community, there are actually two students who take turns playing [Read More...]


Conference CFO Talks Money on Tax Day

Happy Tax Day! In the spirit of money, numbers and arithmetic, we talked with the OVC’s Chief Financial Officer Diane Vaughan about her long stint as the conference’s financial manager. Diane has been with the conference since 1992, and has seen huge growth in many areas of the conference during her 22-year tenure. Thanks for [Read More...]


A Rockette in the Making?

During the OVC Basketball Tournament in Nashville, OVCExtra sat down with Addison Eskins, a sophomore dance team member from Jacksonville State University from Sharpsburg, Georgia. Keep up with Addison on Twitter @TapDiva2012. I love being a fan of JSU because: I bleed red and black and I get to show off my pride for my [Read More...]

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TSU’s ‘Aristocrat of Bands’ Wows at Women’s Final Four

It’s no surprise to many in the OVC and middle Tennessee that Tennessee State University has one of the most entertaining marching bands in the area, but the TSU students got the chance to wow thousands of Final Four attendees. The “Aristocrat of Bands” performed during halftime of the Connecticut and Standford semifinal game on [Read More...]

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Former TTU Player Gets Close To Women’s Final Four Action

Kellie Cook and her Tennessee Tech University teammates never made it to the NCAA Women’s Final Four but she was able to get up close to the festivities in Nashville earlier this week. Cook, 22, played guard for the Golden Eagles and twice came within reach of the NCAA tournament. So she grabbed at the chance [Read More...]

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Final Four Inspires Young Girls As They Watch The Best In The Country

As fans and families filled the seats of Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena the younger basketball fans looked around in awe of the arena decked out in Final Four signs and banners. Cousins and future basketball stars Kiera, 9, and Lexi, 11, were all smiles watching the Maryland Terrapins take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. “It’s [Read More...]

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Six Years in the Making: NCAA Women’s Final Four

During the women’s championship game at the OVC Tournament last month, OVCExtra sat down with several members of the board of directors for Nashville Local Organizing Committee (NLOC) – the official host entity for the NCAA Women’s Final Four – to discuss the planning process and what this event means to Nashville and women’s sports [Read More...]


Morehead State Alumna Gives Back in More Ways Than One

For Dallas Sammons, Morehead State University is more than just an employer or alma mater. In truth, MSU is the common thread that strings together Sammons’s entire adulthood. Sammons earned her bachelor’s degree in music education in 1975, then went on to earn her master’s in adult and higher education in 1979. Although her academic career [Read More...]


OVC Commissioner Beth DeBauche’s Favorite Final Four Locations

After years of working in intercollegiate athletics, I have been fortunate to attend a number of NCAA tournaments in a variety of different cities. It is always a fantastic event and wonderful to see the great display of skill and talent by our fine student athletes. The event is also a nice way for friends [Read More...]