Murray State joins MVFC beginning in 2023

Murray State’s MVFC debut will have to wait until the 2023 Fall season. Instead, the Racers will enter their last season in the OVC. (Photo Courtesy of Murray State Athletics)

By Jake Fogal

BLOOMINGTON – The Missouri Valley Football Conference (MVFC) established Murray State as the 12th member of it’s conference on Monday.

“With Murray State becoming the 12th Missouri Valley Football Conference member, we have stabilized and strengthened FCS football in the Midwest and cemented the MVFC’s position as the premier FCS football conference in the nation,” said MVFC Commissioner Patty Viverito.

“This course of action makes good sense for our conference, our member institutions, our fans and most importantly our student-athletes.  With this move, we will turn long-standing traditional games with neighboring schools into conference rivalries and open the way for equally satisfying new rivalries throughout the league.”

Murray State football heads into it’s 98th season in the fall of 2022. The Racers own an all-time record of 498-454-36.

The Racers have won eight Ohio Valley Conference championships and have made six trips to the FCS playoffs. Individually, Murray State has produced 14 OVC Players of the Year, 45 All-Americans and 20 NFL Draft picks.

Murray State’s MVFC debut will have to wait until the 2023 Fall season. Instead, the Racers will enter their last season in the OVC.

Jake Fogal can be reached at jacob.fogal@Cumulus.com.

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