Allen Ward

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Murray State University has named Kevin Saal as the new Director of Athletics at an annual salary of $170,000. The Friday morning announcement is the culimulation of a nationwide, eight-month search.

Saal recently served as the executive associate athletic director at the University of Kentucky, where he’s worked since 2007. He previously served as University of Missouri-Kansas City Athletics Department director of operations, and Kansas State University event coordinator for several Big 12 Conference championships.

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A private, Christian university in northern Texas has named the former Murray State University Director of Athletics their new AD. 

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Murray State University Director of Athletics Allen Ward is resigning. His last day is July 27.

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Updated following media conference Tuesday afternoon:

Murray State University's Director of Athletics says the university will focus efforts on making the year ahead with the Ohio Valley Conference "a great one."

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Murray State University is considering opportunities and investments in a new intercollegiate athletic conference. 

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Murray State University will no longer sponsor its men’s tennis program, as part of the school’s response to state budget cuts.

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 Some Murray State University men’s and women’s basketball players will receive a $3,400 stipend this school year to use as they wish.

The NCAA's power conferences passed legislation earlier this year allowing Division I schools to give their student athletes stipends to meet the full cost of attendance, which includes anything the student needs beyond tuition, housing and textbooks.

MSU Athletic Director on NCAA Rules Changes

Aug 7, 2013

Murray State University’s Athletic Director Allen Ward takes a look at NCAA rules changes and steps he's taken to ensure the university's compliance. He also talks about the new season ahead for Murray State on the field and on the court. It's Coach Chris Hatcher's fourth year, and several players who are key to the football team's success this year. He talks about Coach Steve Prohm's recent recruitment and some returning players and putting together a new team. 

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Murray State University expects to complete construction on its new basketball practice facility early next year.  During a donor recognition event and facility tour today Murray State Athletics Director Allen Ward says construction of the facility is expected to be finished by Jan. 1.

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Murray State University basketball player Zaveral “Zay” Jackson isn’t playing in this year’s basketball season. Director of Athletics Allen Ward says he will still attend team activities such as practice and conditioning. Ward will assess Jackson’s behavior at the end of the season to decide if he'll come back to the court next year. Jackson pled guilty earlier this month to attacking two people with his car in the Murray Walmart parking lot in September. His sentencing is scheduled for November 13.