Austin Peay leaving Ohio Valley to join ASUN

Austin Peay is departing its longtime home in the Ohio Valley Conference and joining the ASUN Conference.The move is effective July 1 and ends Austin Peay’s 59-year association with the Ohio Valley.”Today is the next step down the path to greatness, and we are closer than ever to achieving the status we covet — to be the most complete athletics department in our league,” Governors athletic director Gerald Harrison said in a news release on Friday. “And now, that league will be the ASUN.”The ASUN will offer football for the first time during the 2022 season and will have six members. That will qualify the conference for an automatic berth in the FCS playoffs.The other current football members of the conference are Central Arkansas, Eastern Kentucky, Jacksonville State, Kennesaw State and North Alabama. Eastern Kentucky and Jacksonville State also departed the Ohio Valley.The ASUN also has seven members who compete in other sports — Bellarmine, Florida Gulf Coast, Jacksonville, Liberty, Lipscomb, North Florida and Stetson.