History of the Colonels
The Eastern Kentucky Colonels are the intercollegiate athletic teams of Eastern Kentucky University (EKU), located in Richmond, Kentucky, in intercollegiate sports as a member of the NCAA Division I ranks, primarily competing in the ASUN Conference since the 2021–22 academic year; while its football team competes in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) until the ASUN launches its football league, most likely in the 2022 fall season. The Colonels previously competed in the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) from 1948–49 to 2020–21.
College Sports Established
Eastern Kentucky University
1973 - Present / NCAA Division I
1948 - 1973 / University Division of the NCAA
2021 - Present / ASUN Conference
1948 - 2021 / Ohio Valley Conference
Colonels - In the 1920's, Eastern students who wished to be known as something other than "The Maroons" voted for the Leopard as the school mascot.
In 1963, President Robert Martin established the Colonel as the mascot. The original Colonel design was by Louisville Courier-Journal editorial cartoonist Hugh Haynie.
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