Members of the Eastern Kentucky University football team will report to campus on Friday and have their first preseason practice on Saturday at 9:45 a.m.

The Colonels will hold 14 practices over a 16-day period.

All practices are scheduled to be held at Roy Kidd Stadium and are open to the public.

Those who attend are asked to sit in the stadium seats.

Scrimmages are scheduled for Saturday, August 10 and Saturday, August 17.

EKU is ranked 24th in the Preseason HERO Sports top 25 and 25th in the Lindy's Sports Preseason Top 25.

Eastern Kentucky ended the 2018 season with four straight wins and were in the conversation for a playoff spot.

The Colonels finished 7-4 overall and third in the OVC with a 5-2 mark.

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OVC adds beach volleyball as championship sport

The Ohio Valley Conference announced the addition of beach volleyball as the conference's 19th-sponsored sport.

Eastern Kentucky University added beach volleyball as a varsity sport in 2018-19 and completed its first season of competition this past spring.

Beach volleyball will begin its first year as an OVC sponsored sport in 2019-20.

Five OVC institutions currently field beach volleyball teams: Austin Peay, Eastern Kentucky, Jacksonville State, Morehead State and UT Martin.

In addition, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga has accepted an invitation to join the Conference an affiliate member in beach volleyball, giving the OVC six beach volleyball programs.

The OVC's inaugural beach volleyball season will debut in the spring of 2020.

A six-team conference tournament also will take place at a date and site to be determined.

"Given the enthusiasm building around the sport of beach volleyball, we are excited to take this step and give our student-athletes a home in their primary conference," said OVC Commissioner Beth DeBauche.

The sport of beach volleyball, which made its debut in 2012 as an NCAA emerging sport, had 75 teams competing nationally at the conclusion of last season.

Currently four other core Division I conferences sponsor beach volleyball as a championship sport: the Atlantic Sun, Big West, Pac-12 and West Coast Conferences.

The beach volleyball season begins in February with the 2020 Beach Volleyball National Championship being held May 1-3 in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

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