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1. Tubby Smith's Hire Comes With 'Highest Expectations' -

Wearing a University of Memphis lapel pin on his suit jacket, Tubby Smith was introduced on the floor of FedExForum Thursday, April 14, as the 18th head coach in Tigers history.

University president M. David Rudd called it a “historic hire” for the school and said Smith arrived as the “most accomplished coach” to lead the program (take that, John Calipari).

2. Tubby Smith: 'Sky's the Limit' for Memphis Basketball Program -

Wearing a University of Memphis lapel pin on his suit jacket, Tubby Smith was introduced on the floor of FedExForum Thursday, April 14, as the 18th head coach in Tigers history.

University president M. David Rudd called it a “historic hire” for the school and said Smith arrived as the “most accomplished coach” in the program’s history (take that, John Calipari).

3. Memphis Gets Proven Commodity in Tubby Smith -

It started immediately, before the hiring was even official. The audible sighs on sports talk radio, the Twitter whining, and the figurative eye-rolling.

Tubby Smith? Really? That old guy?

If they didn’t call him “old” outright, they inferred it in every way imaginable.

4. Shoot for a Basketball Coaching Star? Memphis Would Have to Pay Big -

Josh Pastner is officially the new head coach at Georgia Tech and the University of Memphis is officially in the coach search business.

5. Georgia Tech Hires Pastner From Memphis to Replace Gregory -

ATLANTA (AP) – Josh Pastner isn't promising a quick fix as Georgia Tech's basketball coach.

6. Tigers' Josh Pastner Going to Ga. Tech Would Mean Fresh Start for All -

The sports business is the expectations business. Always. No exceptions.

Josh Pastner, while taking some heat a couple of seasons ago at the University of Memphis, said he was getting out of the expectations business.

7. Last Word: Pastner's Georgia Tech Post-Season, Who Filed and Greensward Invitations -

Not so fast with the off-season. There is a Memphis post-season after all.

And the Grizz found it Thursday like a light at the end of a long-tunnel where a lot of people slipped and fell and can’t get up.
The light was Houston flaming out at home to Phoenix without the Grizzlies having to make a basket.
It’s all about the math. Stay in school, young people.

8. Don’t Chew With Your Mouth Full -

I am always looking for useful proverbs, adages, mottos, and the like. Especially stuff that can be easily memorized. Like “Don’t chew with your mouth full.” And “I feel a whole lot more like I do now than I did when I got here.”

9. Quotation Anthologist Still Going Strong -

In October 2008 I wrote a couple of columns that, taken together, set forth a quotation and then endeavored to correctly identify the source thereof. That quotation – “I don’t cry over spilt milk, but a fallen scoop of ice cream is enough to ruin my whole day,” attributed to one Terri Guillemets – may be found throughout cyberspace to this day.

10. Rudd + Bowen + Pastner = PR Nightmare at Memphis -

You keep thinking the story can’t get worse, and then it does. What we have here is an ongoing public relations disaster that is the University of Memphis athletic department as it pertains to all matters regarding the men’s basketball program.

11. Pastner To Remain Tigers’ Basketball Coach -

University of Memphis President M. David Rudd and Athletic Director Tom Bowen put a lot of speculation to rest Friday, March 18, when they announced Josh Pastner will remain head coach of the men’s basketball team.

12. The $10.6 Million Question: Fire Josh Pastner or Keep Him? -

The Hall-of-Fame coach was speaking on ESPN Radio’s “Mike & Mike,” his team sitting on the outside looking in on this year’s NCAA Tournament because of his university’s own imposed ban:

13. Pastner Cites Chain of Command in Speculation About Future -

At a season-ending press conference on Monday, March 14, Josh Pastner said he considered himself the University of Memphis men’s basketball coach going forward “unless I’m told differently by my bosses.” And following that university president M. David Rudd released a statement saying a review of the program would be conducted.

14. Memphis Powers That Be Could Still Vote to Keep Pastner -

Delegates are like points. States are like games. Conference titles are like party nominations.

And to win the general election is to win the national championship.

Yeah, sports and politics have a few things in common.

15. Tigers Can Still Draw Fans Needed For Payoff, NCAA Bid Less Likely -

The University of Memphis didn’t have much trouble with UCF, as evidenced by the 73-56 final score.

The paid attendance didn’t have much trouble with the actual attendance (scanned tickets), as evidenced by the 12,492 to 6,374 final score.

16. Doing My Civic Duty -

In October last year – just as I was preparing to teach Kafka’s “The Trial” for about the twelfth time – I received a missive from, of all places, the United States District Court. Guess what, it said (though, this is a paraphrase), you are being called to jury duty. As Yogi would’ve said, “It’s deja vu all over again.”

17. Last Word: Tiger Turmoil, Choosing Hotels and Grasshopper In The Committee Room -

When there is turmoil in the world of University of Memphis sports, it is almost impossible to hide and the turmoil inevitably surfaces toward a much faster end game than the city’s mercurial and lively politics. And then there is the period of mourning and regret -- unless the coach's name is John Calipari.
So consider these events all in the space of an overcast Tuesday afternoon.
University of Memphis cheerleaders in Overton Square and on Highland Avenue, near the campus, waving pompoms and signs urging Memphians on the drive home to support Tigers basketball.
Just before the rush hour, the university’s athletic department put out a statement that may have been intended to quell speculation about the future of Tigers basketball coach Josh Pastner but which was so enigmatic that it probably did just the opposite.
You be the judge:
“We continue to receive inquiries concerning the future of Tiger basketball.
Tom Bowen
, UofM Athletic Director, the athletic senior leadership team and the Office of the President will conduct a post-season review of the men’s basketball program, as is customary with all UofM sports teams.
We urge Tiger Nation to support this team through the end of the basketball season with special attention given to the final three home games at FedExForum.”
And late Tuesday evening, the Memphis Rebounders sent an email appeal urging a strong turnout for the Wednesday UCF game at FedExForum which is also on ESPN.
“If business or family obligations prevent you from attending, please give the tickets to family, friends or me,” wrote Harold Byrd of the Rebounders, “as we have multiple requests from many who can’t afford season tickets.”

18. University of Memphis Notebook: Burrell Rebounds From Suspension, Hearn Sets Record -

No one much enjoyed the Tigers’ 20-point loss to Connecticut last Thursday, Feb. 4, at FedExForum. Senior Trahson Burrell perhaps suffered even more.

Suspended for what University of Memphis coach Josh Pastner has described as an “internal matter,” Burrell sat out the entire game after being left in the locker room for the second half of the game at SMU.

19. Sports Community to Memphis: Acknowledge Our Value -

In sports, it is natural for some – maybe even many – to say what a player, coach, team or even a city can’t do. Memphis knows this well.

There were doubts about the viability of a Downtown minor-league baseball park. But 16 years after AutoZone Park opened at Third Street and Union Avenue, the ballpark is as beautiful as ever – thanks in part to some $6.5 million in upgrades following the team’s purchase by the parent St. Louis Cardinals.

20. Memphis Sports Leaders to Speak on Local Impact -

You will find Memphis sports fans everywhere – including in the Redbirds dugout at AutoZone Park.

“Our players like having the NBA here and FedExForum nearby,” said Memphis Redbirds general manager Craig Unger.

21. Last Word: The Big Fizzle, John Jay Hooker's Exit And "A Great Sports Town" -

Everybody talks about the weather but nobody does anything about it – isn’t that how the saying goes?
In our case, it might be better to say everybody talks about the television weather coverage but nobody does anything about it.
As we all know now, Memphis dodged the “blizzard” warning artfully and passive-aggressively teased by several television stations who shall go un-named here because they know who they are and you do too.
That’s because they spent much of the day of "the blizzard that wasn’t" whining about the reaction from viewers who complained about the hype and then the promos the stations ran the day of the big fizzle.
We didn’t get much in the way of snow in Memphis, but we got a couple of feet of hype.

22. Sports Execs Tackle Teams’ Economic Impact -

Football fans in Charlotte, N.C., have had a fun season watching the NFL’s Carolina Panthers reel in 15 wins, a near perfect season, and secure the top playoff seed in their conference.

And it could turn out to be quite the edge for the Panthers in their quest to reach the Super Bowl.

23. One Tigers Football Era Ends, Another Begins -

As handoffs go, this one was a fumble.

From two great seasons under Justin Fuente to one game under an interim coach – tough spot for retained assistant Darrell Dickey, by the way – and now the ball is to be carried forward by first-time head coach Mike Norvell.

24. Last Word: Highland Row, Late Hit in Birmingham and Hi-Fi -

A happy Day 363 into 364 depending on when you are reading this. Sounds festive doesn't it? But let's not have any party hats or popping corks just yet.

We’ve got the name of the first tenant in the recession-delayed Highland Row development by the University of Memphis.
It’s Char, a steakhouse restaurant that should start taking shape in March.

25. U of M Athletes Again Average 3.0 GPA -

For the 10th consecutive semester, student-athletes at the University of Memphis posted a departmental GPA of at least 3.0, finishing the fall of 2015 with a 3.00 GPA.

Fifteen of the program’s 17 teams posted a team GPA of 3.0 or higher. The Tiger men’s tennis team led all men’s sports with a 3.5 GPA, while women’s soccer led the women’s teams with a 3.74 GPA.

26. U of M Athletes Again Average 3.0 GPA -

For the 10th consecutive semester, student-athletes at the University of Memphis posted a departmental GPA of at least 3.0, finishing the fall of 2015 with a 3.00 GPA.

Fifteen of the program’s 17 teams posted a team GPA of 3.0 or higher. The Tiger men’s tennis team led all men’s sports with a 3.5 GPA, while women’s soccer led the women’s teams with a 3.74 GPA.

27. Editorial: Tommy West’s Prophecy and Tigers Football -

As the University of Memphis football team’s Oct. 17 upset of Ole Miss became apparent with time still on the clock, there was a moment from the prophetic past in the ESPN television broadcast.

The producers of the telecast chose that moment to replay an excerpt from Tommy West’s November 2009 farewell to Tigers football after he was fired as head coach.

28. The Right Fit -

It was the middle of the season and the Tigers were rolling along at 7-0. They had climbed to No. 16 in the national polls and Paxton Lynch was being talked about as potentially the best quarterback in next spring’s NFL Draft.

29. Memphis Tigers Football Hitches Hopes To Young Mike Norvell -

He was Mr. Joe College, the star wide receiver on the football team at Central Arkansas. She was the roommate of a girl on the basketball team that was a friend of his.

Mike Norvell was supposed to take the ballroom dancing class with the basketball player. Didn’t exactly work out that way.

30. Memphis Football Hitches Hopes to Young Mike Norvell -

He was Mr. Joe College, the star wide receiver on the football team at Central Arkansas. She was the roommate of a girl on the basketball team that was a friend of his.

Mike Norvell was supposed to take the ballroom dancing class with the basketball player. Didn’t exactly work out that way.

31. Memphis Football Hitches Hopes to Young Mike Norvell -

He was Mr. Joe College, the star wide receiver on the football team at Central Arkansas. She was the roommate of a girl on the basketball team that was a friend of his.

Mike Norvell was supposed to take the ballroom dancing class with the basketball player. Didn’t exactly work out that way.

32. Memphis Football Hitches Hopes to Young Mike Norvell -

He was Mr. Joe College, the star wide receiver on the football team at Central Arkansas. She was the roommate of a girl on the basketball team that was a friend of his.

Mike Norvell was supposed to take the ballroom dancing class with the basketball player. Didn’t exactly work out that way.

33. Memphis Football Hitches Hopes to Young Mike Norvell -

He was Mr. Joe College, the star wide receiver on the football team at Central Arkansas. She was the roommate of a girl on the basketball team that was a friend of his.

Mike Norvell was supposed to take the ballroom dancing class with the basketball player. Didn’t exactly work out that way.

34. Memphis Football Hitches Hopes to Young Mike Norvell -

He was Mr. Joe College, the star wide receiver on the football team at Central Arkansas. She was the roommate of a girl on the basketball team that was a friend of his.

Mike Norvell was supposed to take the ballroom dancing class with the basketball player. Didn’t exactly work out that way.

35. Norvell Is Tigers' New Football Coach -

When the University of Memphis hired a largely unknown offensive coordinator out of Texas Christian University he was just 35 years old. Only college football insiders knew and appreciated who Justin Fuente was and what he might become.

36. College Football’s Coaching Carousel Is Still Spinning -

In an ideal world, a kid climbs aboard a carousel and it’s all fun and good times. But the reality is, sometimes the experience is dizzying – even nauseating.

And so it goes with the current college football coaching carousel.

37. FedExForum Increases Security Measures for All Events -

The new security measures used at Grizzlies games are being expanded to all events at FedExForum – including concerts, shows and University of Memphis events – the venue announced Thursday, Dec. 3.

38. College Football Notebook: Memphis Coaching Search a Waiting Game -

As this is being written, the University of Memphis coaching search is a game of wait and see. Athletic director Tom Bowen & Co. apparently remain fixed on Missouri defensive coordinator Barry Odom, who served in the same position for three seasons at Memphis before going to Missouri before the 2015 season.

39. Search Underway For New Memphis Football Coach -

Justin Fuente is officially the new football coach at Virginia Tech, and at the University of Memphis the search for his successor has officially begun.

40. 22 Sports Blessings Worth Giving Thanks For -

Counting the blessings and giving sporting thanks for:

• John Calipari not hiring Keelon Lawson.

• Women who don’t like football but still let their men watch football on Thanksgiving. Y’all get it.

41. U of M Extends Contract of AD Tom Bowen -

Tom Bowen, director of athletics at the University of Memphis, has received a two-year contract extension that runs through at least June 2019.

Bowen was hired as athletic director in 2012. Athletics is nearing completion of its $40 million “Time to Shine” capital campaign to improve practice and training facilities for the football and men’s basketball programs.

42. U of M Outlines Parking For Ole Miss Game -

With parking gates around Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium opening at 5 a.m. for the Saturday, Oct. 17, game vs. Ole Miss, university officials are hoping fans will take the hint and arrive early for the nationally televised game that kicks off at 11 a.m.

43. With Both Teams Ranked, Ole Miss-Memphis Matchup is High-Stakes Game -

Not only did University of Memphis athletics director Tom Bowen lead the charge to hand out doughnuts to Tigers students waiting in line for Ole Miss game tickets, he offered them the opportunity to buy extra tickets so as to expand the student section at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.

44. U of M Extends Contract Of AD Tom Bowen -

Tom Bowen, director of athletics at the University of Memphis, has received a two-year contract extension that runs through at least June 2019.

Bowen was hired as athletic director in 2012. Athletics is nearing completion of its $40 million “Time to Shine” capital campaign to improve practice and training facilities for the football and men’s basketball programs.

45. ‘Deflategate’ Ruling Bounces Commish -

Court’s in recess and there goes the judge! In New England, the Patriots again start the season as the Tom Brady Bunch. In New York, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has crow for breakfast. Case closed!

46. New Deputy Memphis AD Mark Alnutt Has Power Five Aspirations -

Looking back, Mark Alnutt always was an inside guy.

As a kid, this wasn’t by choice. His asthma was so bad that flare-ups would have him spending several days in hospital oxygen tents.

Not until he was in the sixth grade, when inhalers were readily available, did Alnutt get to play little league football.

47. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? John Calipari! -

[UPDATE: University of Memphis president David Rudd issued a statement on Twitter late Thursday afternoon stating the university "will not be recognizing Coach Calipari." Read his statement here.]

48. University of Memphis Knows Time to Shine Is Now -

First, there was a video because in 2015 there must always be a video.

Before University of Memphis Athletics director Tom Bowen and president M. David Rudd took their turns at the lectern to talk about the public phase of a $40 million capital campaign for athletic facilities, all heads turned toward a screen.

49. University of Memphis Secures $24 Million for Athletic Facilities Upgrades -

At a Wednesday, Aug. 19, press conference on its campus, the University of Memphis took the next step in its athletic capital campaign in announcing it had 60 percent of the needed funds for new football and men’s basketball practice facilities and that ground will be broken on each this fall.

50. Real Deal -

They were tossing around numbers, trying to guess the win total for the 2015 University of Memphis football season.

In the not-too-distant past, the two Highland Hundred members and longtime season-ticket holders might have been able to add their guesses together and still come up short of the six victories needed for their favorite team to be bowl-eligible.

51. Memphis Tigers’ Young Alumni Ticket Program Returns for Football, Basketball -

The University of Memphis wants to keep recent alumni involved and engaged in football and men’s basketball.

To that end, the athletic department has announced the continuation of a free football season tickets promotion for first-year graduates and has added a new discount ticket program for anyone who graduated from the university in the last four years.

52. Nichols’ Exit a Sign of Where Tigers Basketball is Now -

University of Memphis Basketball Past is strong and vibrant.

We saw evidence last month when a couple of former players hastily threw together an alumni game and it sold out, Elma Roane Fieldhouse packed for a no-count exhibition as Penny Hardaway turned back the clock and Chris Crawford rained 3-pointers.

53. Memphis Athletic Director Wants to Talk to Nichols About Transfer Request -

Memphis athletic director Tom Bowen would “welcome the opportunity to speak with” forward Austin Nichols, who is seeking to transfer.

54. University of Memphis Hires Southeast Missouri Athletic Director -

The University of Memphis has named Mark Alnutt, athletic director at Southeast Missouri State, as its new deputy director of athletics.

Alnutt replaces Wren Baker, who left several weeks ago for a position in the athletics department at the University of Missouri.

55. Wren Baker Leaving Memphis for Missouri Athletics Job -

Deputy athletics director Wren Baker is leaving the University of Memphis.

Baker, who shaped the athletics department’s external operations and played a significant role in U of M setting records for total private financial support to the department during two-plus years in the position, has accepted a similar job at the University of Missouri.

56. Wren Baker Leaving Memphis For Athletics Job at Missouri -

Deputy athletics director Wren Baker is leaving the University of Memphis.

Baker, who shaped the athletics department’s external operations and played a significant role in U of M setting records for total private financial support to the department during two-plus years in the position, has accepted a similar job at the University of Missouri.

57. U of M Hoops Looking Less Than Stable -

So Josh Pastner is transferring to Arizona State, Tom Bowen to Cal, and Nick King and Pookie Powell to points unknown.

58. Running Pony, Sullivan Branding Win Regional Emmy Awards for Tigers Football -

Memphis creative groups Running Pony and Sullivan Branding have won second straight regional Emmy awards for work they produced for the University of Memphis Tigers football team.

The two companies’ “Watercooler Guys” ads for Memphis Football from the 2013 season garnered the entities Emmy awards for a second year for the campaign.

59. Tigers’ Season: Inconsistent Play, Lukewarm Support -

It has become a nightly ritual at University of Memphis home games. When a member of the stats crew walks down press row holding a sheet of paper displaying the “announced attendance,” members of the Fourth Estate roll their eyes and shake their heads.

60. Tigers Penalize 12 Players For Miami Beach Bowl Fight -

The University of Memphis has completed its internal review of the on-field fight that followed the Tigers’ Miami Beach Bowl win against Brigham Young University last month.

The University of Memphis, in cooperation with American Athletic Conference Commissioner Mike Aresco, has determined and apportioned penalties for 12 members of the football program who participated in the altercation. Additionally, player representatives from Memphis and BYU will participate in a conference call where formal apologies will be issued on behalf of both schools.

61. Tigers Penalize Players for Miami Beach Bowl Fight -

The University of Memphis has completed its internal review of the on-field fight that followed the Tigers’ Miami Beach Bowl win against Brigham Young University last month.

The University of Memphis, in cooperation with American Athletic Conference Commissioner Mike Aresco, has determined and apportioned penalties for 12 members of the football program who participated in the altercation. Additionally, player representatives from Memphis and BYU will participate in a conference call where formal apologies will be issued on behalf of both schools.

62. This Year: Accomplished -

Late in what already was an improbable and wondrous season, University of Memphis linebacker Charles Harris was talking about the contrast between life before Justin Fuente became the Tigers’ head coach and life after Fuente became head coach.

63. Memphis, Fuente Agree on Extension -

University of Memphis officials announced Thursday they have reached an agreement on a contract extension with football coach Justin Fuente.

In his third year at Memphis, Fuente led the Tigers to a 9-3 record and a share of the American Athletic Conference Championship – their first league title in more than 40 years. He was the unanimous choice for American Athletic Conference Coach of the Year and a finalist for the Eddie Robinson National Coach of the Year award.

64. Tigers Moving Quickly on Fuente Contract -

The slogan before the University of Memphis football season started was “Wait Til This Year.”

Now, after third-year coach Justin Fuente has led the Tigers to a 9-3 record and at least a share of the American Athletic Conference title, the school’s administration is taking a similar attitude toward Fuente’s contract. They’re not waiting.

65. Bowl-Eligible Tigers Look for More This Season -

It was just another score on the bottom-of-the-TV-screen scrawl: Memphis 16, Temple 13.

For most of the country, that’s all it was. If it came with any history, it was only the immediate history of Jake Elliott kicking the game-winning field goal. Or of the Tigers getting their sixth win, which knowledgeable college football fans understand is the magic number: six wins equals a bowl game.

66. It’s Art -

“But is it __?” This clue is used in dozens of crossword puzzles. The answer is ART. At Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, tucked away in the Northwest Arkansas hills, the question’s answer is “You’d better believe it!” My heart sings to know that Crystal Bridges, open now since Nov. 11, 2011, is a major world player in its field.

67. Halloween Festivities Part of Tigers Football -

The University of Memphis athletics department is hosting activities for trick-or-treaters of all ages prior to the Tigers’ Homecoming game vs. Tulsa Friday, Oct. 31.

Memphis is promoting trick-or-treating on Tiger Lane from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., a concert with rocker Bret Michaels at 5 p.m., a costume contest with Pouncer at 6 p.m. and a pre-game pep rally at 6:15 p.m.

68. Memphis Sports Legend Bramlett Passes Away -

John “Bull” Bramlett, who starred for the University of Memphis in football and baseball, and played in the NFL, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 23. He was 73.

John Bramlett was a great football and baseball player for the University of Memphis, and we are deeply saddened by his passing,” Tom Bowen, director of athletics at the University of Memphis, said in a statement. “John made a lasting impression in all that he did both on the football field and in his work and ministry. God bless his family.”

69. Memphis Two-Sport Legend John Bramlett Passes Away -

John “Bull” Bramlett, who starred for the University of Memphis in football and baseball, and played in the NFL, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 23. He was 73.

John Bramlett was a great football and baseball player for the University of Memphis, and we are deeply saddened by his passing,” Tom Bowen, Director of Athletics at the University of Memphis, said in a statement. “John made a lasting impression in all that he did both on the football field and in his work and ministry. God bless his family.”

70. Tigers Hope to ‘Grind’ Win Against MTSU -

It’s a big game. Big enough that the University of Memphis got the Grizzlies’ Tony Allen – “The Grindfather” – to do a short video urging fans to come out for the football game this Saturday, Sept. 20, against the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders.

71. Road Show -

In about a week the Grizzlies’ Quincy Pondexter will deliver the ceremonial first pitch before a St. Louis Cardinals game at Busch Stadium.

If his throw is bad enough, the Grizzlies actually might get more exposure because it’ll make ESPN’s SportsCenter and get shown again and again.

72. Wade: College Football Returns With Passion -

First off, I don’t believe everything that Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper says.

“Coach Lane Kiffin is a great coach and a great person to be around,” Cooper said of the Crimson Tide’s new offensive coordinator. “Coach is a likable guy.”

73. Slogan Sets Bar High for Tigers -

Senior running back Brandon Hayes knows the Tigers were “close” in a lot of games last season, even though the final result was a 3-9 record.

74. Tigers Athletics Voice Ray Mullins Dies at 66 -

Ray Mullins, the public address voice of many University of Memphis athletic teams and the “Mighty Sound of the South,” died on Saturday, Aug. 9. Mullins was 66.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Ray’s family,” Memphis athletic director Tom Bowen said in a statement. “Ray was a remarkable man and a great announcer for many athletics teams and the band. Ray will be dearly missed by all.”

75. Former Tigers Head Man Finds Simpler Life at MTSU -

In nine years as the head coach, Tommy West provided the University of Memphis with much of its football lore: five bowls – there have only been seven – and 49 wins (third-most all time).

76. Tigers Athletics Voice Ray Mullins Dies at 66 -

Ray Mullins, the public address voice of many University of Memphis athletic teams and the “Mighty Sound of the South,” died on Saturday, Aug. 9. Mullins was 66.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Ray’s family,” Memphis athletic director Tom Bowen said in a statement. “Ray was a remarkable man and a great announcer for many athletics teams and the band. Ray will be dearly missed by all.”

77. Tigers Athletics Announcer Ray Mullins Dies at 66 -

Ray Mullins, the public address voice of many University of Memphis athletic teams and the “Mighty Sound of the South,” died on Saturday, Aug. 9. Mullins was 66.

78. Memphis Athletics Director Named to NCAA Council -

University of Memphis athletics director Tom Bowen has been appointed to the NCAA Division I Leadership Council.

79. Memphis Athletics Director Named to NCAA Council -

University of Memphis athletics director Tom Bowen has been appointed to the NCAA Division I Leadership Council.

80. U of M Athletics Director Appointed to NCAA Council -

University of Memphis athletics director Tom Bowen has been appointed to the NCAA Division I Leadership Council.

81. Tigers’ Woodson Involved in Fight -

Dominic Woodson’s troubles continue.

The sophomore forward on the University of Memphis basketball team was involved in an altercation with a Tigers football player on Monday; the two players were arguing over a female, a source told The Daily News.

82. Tigers’ Woodson Involved in Fight -

Dominic Woodson’s troubles continue.

The sophomore forward on the University of Memphis basketball team was involved in an altercation with a Tigers football player on Monday; the two players were arguing over a female, a source told The Daily News.

83. Tigers’ Woodson Involved in Fight With Football Player -

Dominic Woodson’s troubles continue.

The sophomore forward on the University of Memphis basketball team was involved in an altercation with a Tigers football player on Monday; the two players were arguing over a female, a source told The Daily News.

84. 1973 Tiger Basketball Team to Reunite -

Forty-one years after the 1973 then-Memphis State men’s basketball team reached the NCAA championship game, members of the team will reunite in Memphis and will be honored at halftime during the Tigers’ Feb. 8 game against Gonzaga at FedExForum.

85. 1973 Tiger Basketball Team to Reunite -

Forty-one years after the 1973 University of Memphis men’s basketball team reached the NCAA championship game, members of the team will reunite in Memphis and will be honored at halftime during the Tigers’ Feb. 8 game against Gonzaga at FedExForum.

86. Faith and Football -

The four men had parked themselves in lawn chairs under a tent outside Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium on a Saturday with no Tigers football game. Yes, there was Fan Fest and soon enough a “mock game” would begin inside the stadium as Tiger players ran around in helmets, jerseys and shorts.

87. NCAA Clears Michael Dixon to Play for Tigers -

Notifications from the NCAA tend toward the bad news, but on Wednesday, Sept. 4, University of Memphis coach Josh Pastner and guard Michael Dixon got good news: He has been cleared to play for the Tigers this season.

88. American Athletic Conference Puts First Men's Tournament in Memphis -

The new American Athletic Conference will hold its first men’s basketball tournament at the FedExForum in Memphis next March.

The tournament will be held March 12-15 with all games televised by ESPN’s networks and the championship game on ESPN.

89. American Athletic Conference Puts First Men's Tournament in Memphis -

The new American Athletic Conference will hold its first men’s basketball tournament at the FedExForum in Memphis next March.

The tournament will be held March 12-15 with all games televised by ESPN’s networks and the championship game on ESPN.

90. Hugs All Around After Tigers Season -

Only Josh Pastner could utter the word “Lamborghini” on the occasion of his contract extension and a pay raise that likely pushed his annual salary north of $2 million and come across as grateful, gleeful and humble.

91. Wonderstone Worth Wait -

Since writing about magician David Kwong last November, I’ve been waiting for “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” to come out. David’s listed as one of the film’s two magic consultants at IMDB, though I saw three names in the film’s credits. I enjoyed the film on the day it was released, and now I’m watching the reviews roll in on Rotten Tomatoes.

92. Johnson’s Breakout Game Sparks Resounding Victory -

Any metaphorical picture of the Tigers’ Geron Johnson requires that he hold a basketball in one hand and baggage in the other.

He can never just be another college basketball player. Too much history, too much talent, too much potential to change the fortunes of this University of Memphis season.

93. A Sports Writer’s Lament Over Losing -

I’ve closed my home office to University of Memphis athletics director Tom Bowen, coach Josh Pastner, and the entire Tiger basketball team.

Had to do it. I went to the Bahamas for the Sportswriters Battle 4 Atlantis. Lost my first write-off to some spunky kid from the Commonwealth of Virginia. He pressed me and pretty soon I was trapped in a corner, desperately trying to keep him from stealing my thesaurus.

94. Endocrinologist Detti Joins UT Medical Group -

Reproductive endocrinologist Dr. Laura Detti has joined the Germantown office of UT Medical Group Inc., where she specializes in male and female infertility. Detti provides genetic diagnosis and counseling; management of conditions such as polycystic ovarian syndrome, recurrent miscarriages and premature menopause; and pre- and post-cancer care for fertility issues.

95. Events -

Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, Aug. 22, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Better Business Bureau, 3693 Tyndale Ave. Cynthia Thompson of HR Professionals of Greater Memphis will speak. Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.biz.

96. Chronicle Article Brings to Light Academic Concerns at U of M -

Dasmine Cathey is better known now than he ever was as a player on the University of Memphis football team.

Cathey’s on-again, off-again pursuit of passing grades and academic eligibility at the university is told in “The Education of Dasmine Cathey,” an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education by reporter Brad Wolverton.

97. Bowen: Cracking The U of M’s Combination -

If new University of Memphis athletic director Tom Bowen were a player, we would be debating his “upside.”

98. Some Court Testimonies Kick the Bucket -

Death is a topic that inevitably comes up in court. We cannot hide from it. We just have to take it as we find it. Today’s column will feature four items of sworn testimony where death played a role.

99. Baseball Players: Chew on This -

“Senators urge baseball players to chew on smokeless tobacco ban,” the headline read “Chew.” Get it? I mean don’t get it. Don’t use tobacco, please. Smokeless or the other kind. From a health perspective, it’s not worth it.

100. National Parking, Part 1 -

West Yellowstone, Mont. This hamlet of 1,000 residents is said to have 4,000 motel rooms. But I don’t have time to count. There’s a park to be explored.

It’s our first trip to the world’s oldest national park (established 1872), a rectangular tract of some 3,500 square miles that, at first blush, appears to be wholly in Wyoming. However, small chunks of it are in Montana and Idaho.