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OVC launches fun, new fan-focused blog at OVCextra.com


Social Media-Savvy, Fan-Focused Blog Highlights OVC Student-Athletes, Unsung Heroes, Off The Field Interests

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. -- Ohio Valley Conference commissioner Beth DeBauche announced Tuesday the launch of a new fan-focused blog, www.ovcextra.com
, which features compelling, offbeat, and social media-sourced content from around the league.

Fans, students, student-athletes, coaches, alumni and others associated with the OVC and its 12 member schools will be featured on the blog, and are invited to contribute content to it.

At its launch, the blog
features content such as:

·  Belmont men’s basketball coach (and avid golfer) Rick Byrd offering his list of his 10
all-time favorite golf courses.
·  Q&A with TSU “Aristocrat of Bands” drum major Phillip Brown
  discussing his love of the band and the Tigers
·  Jacksonville State team trainer Jim Skidmore
on his 40-year career in the business
·  Eastern Kentucky’s nationally recognized, high-concept football ‘intro video

·  Links to national media coverage of OVC student-athletes
·  Streaming OVC Instagram and Twitter feeds

Each blog post includes social media ‘share’ functionality, allowing readers to share their favorite posts with their Twitter and Facebook followers. The blog is the latest innovation from the conference, which launched its OVC Digital Network
  last year. The OVC Digital Network provides free, live, high-definition streaming video of OVC athletic contests from a variety of sports, and can be found at www.ovcdigitalnetwork.com.

“We see the OVCextra blog as the latest example of our forward-thinking efforts to engage our passionate fans and provide them unique content,” DeBauche said. “I hope everyone with an interest in the OVC will check out the blog and share their comments and  content ideas. The whole idea is to have fun with it, to create content that can be shared through social media, and in turn raise the profile of our conference.”

DeBauche said that fans are encouraged to submit photos, video or other content ideas to the blog, and can do so through a “submit” button found on the blog’s home page.

For more information, contact: Kyle Schwartz, Ohio Valley Conference Assistant Commissioner for Media Relations, (615) 690-6685, kschwartz@ovc.org

About the OVC
The Ohio Valley Conference is in its seventh decade of competition, making it the eighth oldest Division I athletic conference. The OVC is comprised of 12 schools that represent five states. Member institutions include Austin Peay State University, Belmont University, Eastern Illinois University, Eastern Kentucky University, Jacksonville State University, Morehead State University, Murray State University, Southeast Missouri State University, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Tennessee State University, Tennessee Technological University and the University of Tennessee at Martin. For more information, please visit www.OVCSports.com