Austin Peay State University Athletics and Murray State University have battled in one of the greatest rivalries in collegiate athletics for over 70 years. So to richen the rivalry, Heritage Bank, APSU and Murray State Athletics have developed a season-long, multi-sport competition between the two Ohio Valley Conference teams.
During the season, APSU and MSU will face off in 14 different sports. In eight of the sports, football, volleyball, women’s soccer, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, baseball, softball and women’s tennis, points will be awarded based on each head-to-head regular season competition between the teams. In the remaining six sports, men’s and women’s golf and cross country and women’s indoor and outdoor track and field, points will be awarded to the team with the better finish in the OVC Championship for that sport.
“We are excited about this new series with Murray State and Heritage Bank,” Austin Peay Athletics Director Ryan Ivey said. “This series dates back many years and has provided both fan bases many exciting contests, so creating a formal rivalry series seemed like a logical next step. This will only add fuel to the fire for all of us.”
Points will also be available to each team in community service projects and a week of giving. There are a total of 67 points available, representing the 67 miles separating the two institutions. A traveling trophy will be presented to the winning institution.
“We’re excited about getting involved with this celebration of Austin Peay in our community,” Keith Bennett, Heritage Bank Market President of Montgomery County, said. “Heritage Bank is and always has been a community bank. This is one of those ways we can showcase our support of the many institutions in our area that serve our citizens in such an outstanding way.”