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1. Football Practice Facility at Memphis Moving Forward -

The University of Memphis Athletics Department has released updated information on the football facility project, to be built on the Park Avenue campus. Turner Construction Co. has been named general contractor, and the initial construction meeting has been held to discuss timeline, budget and details of the project.

2. Last Word: The Snow Split, Amazon Post-Mortem and Intermodal Comeback -

A split verdict on Snow Day 4. Some school systems and colleges and universities are out again Friday, others are not and still others are opening later in the day. Shelby County Schools, which is out, says it has 13 extra days built into its schedule for just such an event or events – that is 13 days extra beyond the 180 days the state requires as the bare minimum for a school year.

3. Grizzlies Sign Myke Henry, Cut Vince Hunter -

The Memphis Grizzlies signed guard/forward Myke Henry to a two-way contract and waived forward Vince Hunter, who had been on a two-way contract.

Henry played each of the last two seasons with the Oklahoma City Thunder’s NBA G League affiliate, the Oklahoma City Blue. He has appeared in 26 games (one start) for the Blue this season and averaged 15.9 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.88 steals while shooting 53.0 percent from the field, 36.5 percent from three-point range and 73.9 percent from the free throw line.

4. Another Memphis Football Assistant Moving On -

David Johnson, who had been wide receivers coach at the University of Memphis the past two seasons, has left for another coaching opportunity. Multiple media reports say Johnson is about to be hired at the University of Tennessee.

5. Grizzlies’ Pranica Named TN Sportscaster of the Year -

Memphis Grizzlies television play-by-play announcer Pete Pranica of FOX Sports Southeast was voted the 2017 Tennessee State Sportscaster of the Year, the National Sports Media Association has announced.

6. Grizzlies Down Knicks Behind Evans’ Double-Double -

Tyreke Evans continued his strong play, scoring 23 points and handing out 10 assists as the Memphis Grizzlies defeated the New York Knicks 105-99 Wednesday night, Jan. 17, at FedExForum.

The Grizzlies (15-28) have won two straight and six of their last 11 games.

7. Tigers Winning, Could Use Better Recruits to Coach Up -

Right after Christmas I sat down with Tubby Smith in his office for a lengthy Q & A, which you can still find here (http://bit.ly/2DLJbCk). At one point in our conversation I asked Tubby about “coaching guys up,” if that was maybe the part of the job he enjoyed most.

8. Last Word: Snow Week, Liberal Arts and Their Critics and Tunica Casinos -

Snow Day 3 as this becomes a snow week for many of us. Granted one of those days was a federal holiday in which the temperature was above freezing and the sun was out. During the second consecutive snow day Wednesday for Shelby County Schools students, Candous Brown, a teacher at Raleigh Egypt High School held class anyway via Facebook.

9. Grizzlies’ Pranica Honored As Tenn. Sportscaster of the Year -

Memphis Grizzlies television play-by-play announcer Pete Pranica of FOX Sports Southeast was voted the 2017 Tennessee State Sportscaster of the Year, the National Sports Media Association has announced.

10. Grizzlies Sign Myke Henry, Cut Vince Hunter -

The Memphis Grizzlies signed guard/forward Myke Henry to a two-way contract and waived forward Vince Hunter, who had been on a two-way contract.

Henry played each of the last two seasons with the Oklahoma City Thunder’s NBA G League affiliate, the Oklahoma City Blue. He has appeared in 26 games (one start) for the Blue this season and averaged 15.9 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.88 steals while shooting 53.0 percent from the field, 36.5 percent from three-point range and 73.9 percent from the free throw line.

11. Another Memphis Football Assistant Moving On -

David Johnson, who had been wide receivers coach at the University of Memphis the past two seasons, has left for another coaching opportunity. Multiple media reports say Johnson is about to be hired at the University of Tennessee.

12. Tigers Finish in Top 25 Of Main College Football Polls -

The University of Memphis checked in at No. 24 in the final Amway Coaches Poll and at No. 25 in the last Associated Press Poll.

The Tigers went 10-3 on the season but lost their last game to Iowa State in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl. They won the West Division of the American Athletic Conference, then lost in double overtime to Central Florida in the AAC title game.

13. Explore Bike Share Hires Engagement Director -

Sara Studdard is the newest staff member at nonprofit Explore Bike Share. Studdard had been serving as Explore Bike Share’s project manager for three years at DCA, a creative communications consulting firm and driver of Memphis’ bike share effort.

14. U.S. News: 5 U of M Online Programs Among the Best -

The University of Memphis has five online academic programs ranked in the Top 150 in the country by U.S. News & World Report, including nursing, which is ranked 15th nationally after climbing 86 spots in the rankings.

15. U.S. News: U of M Online Programs Among Best -

The University of Memphis has five online academic programs ranked in the Top 150 in the country by U.S. News & World Report, including nursing, which is ranked 15th nationally after climbing 86 spots in the rankings.

16. MLK50 Weekend, Martin’s Mindset, NFL Mock Draft -

The MLK50 events around Monday’s Grizzlies-Lakers game will include NBA commissioner Adam Silver and NBA Players Association executive director Michele Roberts touring the National Civil Rights Museum and joining players Mike Conley and Brooks Lopez and retired WNBA star Swin Cash in a discussion: “MLK50: Where do we go from here?”

17. Explore Bike Share Hires Engagement Director -

Sara Studdard is the newest staff member at nonprofit Explore Bike Share. Studdard had been serving as Explore Bike Share’s project manager for three years at DCA, a creative communications consulting firm and driver of Memphis’ bike share effort.

18. Tigers Finish in Top 25 Of Main College Football Polls -

The University of Memphis checked in at No. 24 in the final Amway Coaches Poll and at No. 25 in the last Associated Press Poll.

The Tigers went 10-3 on the season but lost their last game to Iowa State in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl. They won the West Division of the American Athletic Conference, then lost in double overtime to Central Florida in the AAC title game.

19. Tigers DB Carter Chosen For Another All-America Honor -

University of Memphis defensive back TJ Carter has been named to the Football Writers Association of America Freshman All-America team, marking Carter’s third selection to a freshman All-America team this season.

20. Last Word: Tax Reform Pay Raises, Minority Business Kinks and Elvis at 83 -

A busy but ultimately slow weekend on the Confederate monuments front as a total of fewer than 100 opponents of the removal of the city’s two most visible monuments actively protested Saturday either on the interstate loop or in the “protest area” by Health Sciences Park.

21. Grizzlies to Hold Annual Gospel Night on March 2 -

The Memphis Grizzlies will celebrate their annual Gospel Night on Friday, March 2, with a special performance from Grammy Award-nominated artist Travis Greene following the Grizzlies’ matchup against the Denver Nuggets.

22. Last Word: Saturday In The Parks, The Citizen and Kroger Backlash -

No protest or march permits applied for at City Hall as of Thursday morning in anticipation of a Saturday Confederate monuments protest, according to city chief legal officer Bruce McMullen at Thursday’s taping of “Behind The Headlines.” Our discussion included lots about the city’s move toward taking down the monuments Dec. 20 and what could happen next. Also, McMullen tells us there were some other nonprofits that talked with the city about Health Sciences and Memphis Parks before Memphis Greenspace. The show airs Friday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 8:30 a.m. on WKNO TV.

23. Tigers Coach Norvell Adjusts Football Staff -

Three new coaches are joining Mike Norvell’s staff at the University of Memphis.

Keith Patterson and TJ Rushing will immediately fill the spots recently vacated by Dan Lanning and Marcus Woodson. In addition, Will Hall will join the coaching staff as associate head coach and tight ends coach when the new NCAA rule allowing a 10th assistant coach goes into effect Jan. 9.

24. Tigers Drop Second Straight Conference Road Game -

The University of Memphis has opened American Athletic Conference play with consecutive defeats after losing 65-56 at UCF on Wednesday, Jan. 3.

Memphis (9-6, 0-2) has now lost three straight games overall, dating back to a home loss to LSU.

25. Tigers Drop Second Straight Conference Road Game -

The University of Memphis has opened American Athletic Conference play with consecutive defeats after losing 65-56 at UCF on Wednesday, Jan. 3.

Memphis (9-6, 0-2) has now lost three straight games overall, dating back to a home loss to LSU.

26. College Football Playoff Imperfect, But Entertains -

Go ahead, make the case. Central Florida went undefeated, was clearly the class of the Group of 5.

Went into Atlanta and beat Auburn in the Peach Bowl 34-27.

And Auburn, playing at home, beat both teams that are in the Jan. 8 national championship game – Georgia (in the regular season, not in the SEC championship game) and Alabama.

27. Tigers Coach Norvell Adjusts Football Staff -

Three new coaches are joining Mike Norvell’s staff at the University of Memphis.

Keith Patterson and TJ Rushing will immediately fill the spots recently vacated by Dan Lanning and Marcus Woodson. In addition, Will Hall will join the coaching staff as associate head coach and tight ends coach when the new NCAA rule allowing a 10th assistant coach goes into effect Jan. 9.

28. Memphis Football to Add Assistant, May Lose Others -

University of Memphis football coach Mike Norvell’s staff likely will be undergoing some changes. Football Scoop reported Norvell will hire Will Hall, a former offensive coordinator at Louisiana-Lafayette and a former head coach at West Alabama, a Division II school.

29. City, County Governments on Different Paths -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and the city council members are half way through their four-year terms of office with the new year.

30. Last Word: Liberty Bowl Sell-Out Prep, Beale's Year and Tubby Talks -

The AutoZone Liberty Bowl is a sell out as of Thursday. And while your thoughts may turn to the sight of a full stadium at the Fairgrounds, at least some of you who are going are thinking about what traffic will be like in the area. Here is the parking and shuttle game plan at the outset and a day in advance. The Liberty Bowl Parade on Beale is at 3 p.m. Friday followed by a pep rally in the entertainment district and all are welcome.

31. Cardinals Caravan Coming Jan. 12 -

The annual Cardinals Caravan will stop at AutoZone Park on Friday, Jan. 12, at 6:30 p.m. The St. Louis Cardinals and Memphis Redbirds have yet to announce the current and former Cardinals players that will be attendance.

32. Memphis Baseball Senior On AAC Preseason Team -

University of Memphis senior outfielder Tyler Webb has been named to the Preseason American Athletic Conference team. The all-conference teams were released in conjunction with the league’s preseason poll; Memphis was picked to finish seventh in 2018.

33. Grizz Unveil MLK50 Uniform Design -

The Memphis Grizzlies have unveiled their 2017-18 MLK50 City Edition Nike uniform on grizzlies.com.

The MLK50 City Edition uniform is set to debut on the court at the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration game Jan. 15 vs. the Los Angeles Lakers at FedExForum.

34. AutoZone Liberty Bowl Featuring Tigers Sells Out -

The AutoZone Liberty Bowl game on Saturday, Dec. 30, between the University of Memphis and Iowa State is a hard sellout, bowl representatives announced on Thursday.

Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium seats 57,266 and this is the second hard sellout in three years for the bowl game, which is in its 59th year.

35. AutoZone Liberty Bowl Featuring Tigers Sells Out -

The AutoZone Liberty Bowl game on Saturday, Dec. 30, between the University of Memphis and Iowa State is a hard sellout, bowl representatives announced on Thursday.

Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium seats 57,266 and this is the second hard sellout in three years for the bowl game, which is in its 59th year.

36. Last Word: Liberty Bowl Weather, Tn Juvenile Justice Report and Atomic Tiki -

Liberty Bowl field painted? Check. Crowds starting to check in – no pun intended? Check. Escorts on motorcycles with plenty of flashing lights to get from one “emergency” event to another? Check. And, of course, the formal reminder to eat no one’s dessert but your own during the Peabody luncheon? Check.

37. Grizzlies Unveil MLK50 Uniform Design -

The Memphis Grizzlies have unveiled their 2017-18 MLK50 City Edition Nike uniform on grizzlies.com.

The MLK50 City Edition uniform is set to debut on the court at the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration game Jan. 15 vs. the Los Angeles Lakers at FedExForum.

38. Last Word: Falling Through Cracks, Germantown's Moratorium and Iowa's Defense -

The dean of the college of medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center talks about the death of his son a decade ago. That, he tells Michael Waddell in this powerful story, has been a driving force in his search for a way to bridge the gaps between treating substance abuse and treating the mental illness that can also be at play along with addiction. Dr. David Stern is proposing a new pilot program whose goal is to bridge the gaps and save lives.

39. Memphis Baseball Senior On AAC Preseason Team -

University of Memphis senior outfielder Tyler Webb has been named to the Preseason American Athletic Conference team. The all-conference teams were released in conjunction with the league’s preseason poll; Memphis was picked to finish seventh in 2018.

40. Cardinals Caravan Coming To Memphis Jan. 12 -

The annual Cardinals Caravan will stop at AutoZone Park on Friday, Jan. 12, at 6:30 p.m.

The St. Louis Cardinals and Memphis Redbirds have yet to announce the current and former Cardinals players that will be attendance.

41. Last Word: The Day After, Frayser Bauhaus and Gasol & Fizdale -

Less than 24 hours after the Forrest statue in Health Sciences Park was taken down and away, Memphians were taking selfies with what’s left of the very considerable base in the background. And this is only going to become more prevalent when the weather improves and you will probably see folks out there who have some very different views on the removal of the statues.

42. Cordova HS Coach to Join U of M Football Staff -

University of Memphis head coach Mike Norvell has filled an assistant coach opening on his staff with the hiring of Anthony Jones Jr., who spent the last five seasons as head football coach at Cordova High School.

43. Tigers WR Miller Adds Another All-America Award -

University of Memphis senior wide receiver Anthony Miller added to his list of accolades with a first-team All-America nod from the American Football Coaches Association.

44. Grizzlies’ Conley Out Until Sometime in 2018 -

The Memphis Grizzlies’ latest medical update indicates point guard Mike Conley is not close to returning to the lineup.

45. Forrest Down -

It’s hard to know where the equestrian statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest is when there aren’t lights on it.

That was the case Wednesday, Dec. 20, as the spotlights normally illuminating the likeness of the Confederate general, slave trader and Ku Klux Klan grand wizard were doused.

46. Tigers Hang On to Defeat Siena 70-66 at FedExForum -

Jeremiah Martin and Kyvon Davenport each scored 16 points as the University of Memphis improved to 8-3 on the season with a 70-66 victory over Siena on Wednesday, Dec. 20, at FedExForum.

The Tigers won without forward Jimario Rivers, who sat out after suffering a concussion in the loss to Louisville Saturday at Madison Square Garden.

47. Mismatch: Fizdale and Gasol Should Have Worked, But Didn’t -

There’s no way to prove this, but I believe it: if David Fizdale and Marc Gasol never had been part of the same team, they would have respected each other from afar.

They might have even wondered about working together and wished for it.

48. Last Word: The Take Down, Wamp Stumps For Revolution and The Mock NBA Draft -

“It was a dark and stormy night…” I actually considered using that line in what was a busy Wednesday evening around this town. The city council has an exceedingly rare extended council session from a Tuesday recessed session and at the last minute drops in a substitute ordinance on Confederate monuments. I’m listening to all of this at my desk over the city’s completely inadequate website system or whatever you call it that doesn’t involve profanity.

49. Grizzlies’ Conley Out Until Sometime in 2018 -

The Memphis Grizzlies’ latest medical update indicates point guard Mike Conley is not close to returning to the lineup.

50. Tigers WR Miller Adds Another All-America Award -

University of Memphis senior wide receiver Anthony Miller added to his list of accolades with a first-team All-America nod from the American Football Coaches Association. Miller was also named the winner of the Paul Warfield Award, awarded by the Touchdown Club of Columbus to college football’s top receiver. The award, named for Pro Football Hall of Famer Paul Warfield, is presented annually by the Touchdown Club of Columbus. Previous winners of the award include Amari Cooper, Calvin Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald and Randy Moss.

51. Cordova HS Coach to Join U of M Football Staff -

University of Memphis head coach Mike Norvell has filled an assistant coach opening on his staff with the hiring of Anthony Jones Jr., who spent the last five seasons as head football coach at Cordova High School.

52. Memphis Sells Out Its Liberty Bowl Allotment -

The University of Memphis announced Friday, Dec. 8, it has sold out of all of its AutoZone Liberty Bowl tickets. The Tigers quickly sold out of the original allotment of 8,300 tickets and has now sold the remaining tickets it was able to secure from the bowl. In total, the University of Memphis sold more than 15,000 tickets to the game.

53. Memphis Football Players Receive All-America Honors -

Three University of Memphis football players have picked up various All-America recognition, including senior wide receiver Anthony Miller being named a first team All-America honoree by the Associated Press, and earning second team honors from the Football Writers Association of America.

54. Offensive Coordinator At U of M Going to Texas A&M -

Darrell Dickey has resigned from the University of Memphis to become the offensive coordinator at Texas A&M. Dickey has spent nine seasons at Memphis, and spent the last six on Justin Fuente’s and Mike Norvell’s staffs.

55. Tigers DB Carter Named All-American Freshman -

For the second year in a row, the University of Memphis football team has a player on the USA Today Freshman All-American team, as defensive back T.J. Carter was named to the team. Kick returner Tony Pollard, who was named a Walter Camp and FWAA first-team All-America honoree earlier this week, was named a Freshman All-American by USA Today last season.

56. Campus School to Hold Info Meeting, Registration -

The University of Memphis Campus School will hold an informational meeting for prospective parents Jan. 12, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Michael D. Rose Theatre on the U of M campus. The meeting will offer information on the school, enrollment procedures, a school tour and Q&A session for parents interested in enrolling their children for the 2018-2019 school year.

57. Tigers DB Carter Named All-American Freshman -

For the second year in a row, the University of Memphis football team has a player on the USA Today Freshman All-American team, as defensive back T.J. Carter was named to the team. Kick returner Tony Pollard, who was named a Walter Camp and FWAA first-team All-America honoree earlier this week, was named a Freshman All-American by USA Today last season.

58. Last Word: Grizz Troubles Deepen, Germantown Kroger Enigma and The Strikers -

Tigers over Great Danes Tuesday at the Forum 67 – 58. The Grizz are in Washington Wednesday to play the Wizards and some of the attention around the Grizz is shifting away from what happens on the court. What would you call the place that the Grizz are at this mile marker past Grit & Grind? It is more than a losing streak, says Don Wade in his Press Box column.

59. Memphis Football Players Receive All-America Honors -

Three University of Memphis football players have picked up various All-America recognition, including senior wide receiver Anthony Miller being named a first team All-America honoree by the Associated Press, and earning second team honors from the Football Writers Association of America.

60. Tigers Offensive Coordinator Going to Texas A&M -

Darrell Dickey has resigned from the University of Memphis to become the offensive coordinator at Texas A&M. Dickey has spent nine seasons at Memphis, and spent the last six on Justin Fuente’s and Mike Norvell’s staffs.

61. Former Grizzlies Player Greg Buckner Returns as Assistant Coach -

The Memphis Grizzlies have added former player Greg Buckner as an assistant coach on interim head coach J.B. Bickerstaff’s staff. Buckner played for the Grizz during the 2008-09 season.

62. Last Word: Haslam and Cohen on Tax Reform, More than Food and Charles McNutt -

For some of you this is not the week before the week before Christmas. It is Star Wars week, as the latest sequel in the sci-fi series begins its run in theaters across the country. Along those lines, there is a social media slide show of 1970s images of George Lucas telling the story of what an uphill climb the original Star Wars was – the making and the distribution. And around Planet Memphis, the premiere certainly wasn’t that big a deal. There was an advance screening at the old Memphian theater – now the Circuit Playhouse – that didn’t draw a whole lot of attention.

63. Tigers’ Miller, Pollard Recognized by Sports Illustrated -

University of Memphis senior wide receiver Anthony Miller and sophomore kick returner Tony Pollard were named second team All-America honorees by Sports Illustrated. It is the first All-America honor for Miller and the third for Pollard, who was named a FWAA and USA Today Freshman All-American last season.

64. Memphis Sells Out of its Liberty Bowl Ticket Allotment -

The University of Memphis announced Friday, Dec. 8, it has sold out of all of its AutoZone Lib-erty Bowl tickets. The Tigers quickly sold out of the original allotment of 8,300 tickets and has now sold the remaining tickets it was able to secure from the bowl. In total, the University of Memphis sold more than 15,000 tickets to the game.

65. Last Word: Bredesen's Return, Ford's Exit and Otis Redding 50 Years On -

Former Tennessee Gov. and Nashville mayor Phil Bredesen formally entered the 2018 race for the U.S. Senate Thursday via a YouTube video. AP on Bredesen’s entry and his background. Republican partisans are already assuming Bredesen is the Democratic nominee and Democratic partisans are already assuming U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn is the Republican nominee. And the expectation of such a match up automatically went on the list of midterm races that those on both sides and pundits inbetween will be watching to get a read on national trends.

66. Redbirds’ Clapp is Minor League Manager of Year -

Memphis Redbirds manager Stubby Clapp has been named the Baseball America Minor League Manager of the Year, joining a group of skippers to earn the award that includes Buck Showalter, Terry Francona, Grady Little, and Ryne Sandberg, among others, dating back to 1989.

67. Grizzlies Owner Pera Faces Decision on Buy/Sell Clause -

A buy-sell provision in the agreement between Memphis Grizzlies controlling owner Robert Pera and minority owners Steve Kaplan and Daniel Straus was exercised last week, according to a report from The Athletic.

68. Memphis Football Coach Gets Leadership Forum Nod -

University of Memphis quarterbacks and tight ends coach Kenny Dillingham has been selected to the American Football Coaches Association’s 35 Under 35 Coaches Leadership Institute that will take place Jan. 7 at the 2018 AFCA Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.

69. U of M Expands Toy Drive This Holiday Season -

The University of Memphis athletics department has announced that the annual Tiger Toy Drive will be expanded to include partnerships with the city of Memphis, CW30 and iHeart Radio.

The partnership with Mayor Jim Strickland and the city of Memphis has been a long-standing effort to provide toys for those in need in the Memphis area. However, this year, the Tigers welcome two community leaders to help in the drive: CW30 and iHeart Radio.

70. Latest SEC Football Rankings: 1. Sexton. 2. Saban. -

Fourteen schools play football in the SEC. Six of them, or 42.9 percent, now have a different man coaching their football team than they had at the start of the season.

That’s a lot of turnover. It suggests coaching in the SEC is often a battle against personal extinction.

71. U of M Expands Toy Drive This Holiday Season -

The University of Memphis athletics department has announced that the annual Tiger Toy Drive will be expanded to include partnerships with the city of Memphis, CW30 and iHeart Radio.

The partnership with Mayor Jim Strickland and the city of Memphis has been a long-standing effort to provide toys for those in need in the Memphis area. However, this year, the Tigers welcome two community leaders to help in the drive: CW30 and iHeart Radio.

72. Memphis, Norvell Agree To New Five-Year Deal -

Not only does it appear Mike Norvell will be on the sideline to coach the University of Memphis in the Dec. 30 AutoZone Liberty Bowl, it looks like he will be staying on afterward.

73. RCV Goes To Ballot, Term-Limit Change May Join It -

Memphis City Council members gave final approval Tuesday, Dec. 5, to a November 2018 referendum that would repeal the use of ranked-choice voting (RCV) in some city council races starting with 2019 city elections.

74. Last Word: Norvell's New Contract, Grade-Changing Culture and Buying Gibson -

So the Grizz snap the losing streak Monday with a win over the Timberwolves. They try to start a winning streak Wednesday against the Knicks. Elsewhere, so much for a holiday lull. It was cold outside but many a keyboard around this place was warm enough Tuesday afternoon with both the anticipated and the unanticipated. And then there were those items that fall somewhere inbetween. Could happen but will it be today? In many of those cases, the answer was yes.

75. Memphis Football Asst. Coach Chosen for Leadership Forum -

University of Memphis quarterbacks and tight ends coach Kenny Dillingham has been selected to the American Football Coaches Association’s 35 Under 35 Coaches Leadership Institute that will take place Jan. 7 at the 2018 AFCA Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.

76. County Commission Renews Opioid Legal Skirmish with County Administration -

Shelby County Commissioners voted Monday, Dec. 4, to hire another attorney to represent it in an ongoing legal battle with county mayor Mark Luttrell over opioid litigation. And the commission approved a resolution declaring opioid abuse a “public nuisance” as an opening to legal depositions of opioid manufacturers and distributors.

77. Last Word: Grizz Ownership Moves, Confederate Deadline and Medical Family Tree -

As many of us were focused on Tigers football and the journey to Orlando last week, there was word that either both or one of the two minority owners of the Grizz had exercised a buy-sell provision in the NBA team’s unique ownership agreement. And what could be a fight for control of the team’s ownership is underway. The sports website The Athletic broke the story last Thursday. Here it is. It also talks about the timing of this coming with the controversial sacking of David Fizdale, an interim coach at the helm of a changing team and lead owner Robert Pera’s lack of visibility in all things Grizz around the city.

78. Redbirds’ Clapp Named Minor League Manager of Year -

Memphis Redbirds manager Stubby Clapp has been named the Baseball America Minor League Manager of the Year, joining a group of skippers to earn the award that includes Buck Showalter, Terry Francona, Grady Little, and Ryne Sandberg, among others, dating back to 1989.

79. Grizzlies Owner Pera Has Decision to Make on Buy/Sell Clause -

A buy-sell provision in the agreement between Memphis Grizzlies controlling owner Robert Pera and minority owners Steve Kaplan and Daniel Straus was exercised last week, according to a report from The Athletic.

80. FedEx Reportedly Looking To Move PGA Event -

John Feinstein, author of “A Good Walk Spoiled” and the host of a PGA Tour radio show by the same name, was perhaps playing spoiler when he said on his radio show that FedEx wants to bring one of the four annual World Golf Championships to Memphis.

81. Nine Tigers Take AAC All-League Honors -

The University of Memphis football team placed nine players on the American Athletic Conference all-league teams and two Tigers claimed individual awards.

Redshirt sophomore Tony Pollard was named the conference's Special Teams Player of the Year for the second-consecutive season, marking the fifth straight season a Tiger has grabbed AAC Special Teams Player of the Year honors.

82. Last Word: Lake District Recycling, The New First and The AAC 'Glass Ceiling' -

The U.S. Senate vote on a tax reform plan is now set for 10 a.m. our time Friday morning following more debate in D.C. that began Thursday as the trigger provision to raise tax rates if economic growth from the proposed tax cuts doesn't materialize was ruled out of order by the Senate parliamentarian. This was the provision on which the support of U.S. Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee hinged. And Corker is leading a group of deficit hawks whose block of votes is considered crucial in what happens to a proposal that was being reshaped as midnight approached. Here's Politico with comments from Corker as of late Thursday

83. Nine Memphis Tigers Take AAC All-League Honors -

The University of Memphis football team placed nine players on the American Athletic Conference all-league teams and two Tigers claimed individual awards.

Redshirt sophomore Tony Pollard was named the conference’s Special Teams Player of the Year for the second-consecutive season, marking the fifth straight season a Tiger has grabbed AAC Special Teams Player of the Year honors.

84. Grizzlies Drop Ninth Straight, Conley Out 2-3 More Weeks -

The Memphis Grizzlies’ first game after the firing of coach David Fizdale brought the same result as the previous eight: a loss, this time 104-95 at San Antonio on Wednesday, Nov. 29.

Center Marc Gasol, who was in the middle of the Fizdale firestorm because the coach was dismissed less than 24 hours after Gasol had been benched for the fourth quarter vs. Brooklyn and then voiced his displeasure, scored 10 points with seven assists and six rebounds vs. the Spurs. Gasol (3,732) also passed Zach Randolph as the franchise’s all-time leader in made field goals.

85. For AAC Football Teams And Coaches Glass Ceiling is Real -

Recently, UCF coach Scott Frost was talking about what a great job he has, and why he came to Central Florida in the first place. High on the list was all the talent in the state of Florida. And Orlando, he said, is a great place to live.

86. College Football Playoff Rankings Undergo Shuffle -

Clemson (11-1) is at the top of the College Football Playoff rankings and Auburn (10-2) is now No. 2 after a decisive victory over Alabama in the Iron Bowl.

Oklahoma (11-1) holds down the third spot, with Wisconsin (12-0) fourth. The top four teams after next weekend will get into the College Football Playoff.

87. FedEx Reportedly Looking To Move PGA Event -

John Feinstein, author of “A Good Walk Spoiled” and the host of a PGA Tour radio show by the same name, was perhaps playing spoiler when he said on his radio show that FedEx wants to bring one of the four annual World Golf Championships to Memphis.

88. Last Word: Change at the Top, Real Estate Action on Bellevue and Produce History -

Welcome back to the work week and however much this is a grind, you are probably having a better work week than David Fizdale who suddenly got the ax from the Grizz front office Monday afternoon. This was not altogether unexpected following a vocal post-game dissent from Marc Gasol after Big Spain came out of what wound up being a Sunday loss to Brooklyn in the fourth quarter – the latest in a string of losses after a strong start to the season by the Grizz.

89. Grizzlies’ Firing of David Fizdale Stamps This as Marc Gasol’s Team -

Maybe it would have happened anyway. Rumors were rampant on Saturday that Grizzlies coach David Fizdale was coaching for his job, that an eighth straight loss to Brooklyn on Sunday could mean the end.

90. Tigers DB Hall Named To CoSIDA District Team -

University of Memphis sophomore Austin Hall has been named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team and will now appear on the CoSIDA Academic All-America ballot.

91. Memphis Baseball Releases 2018 Schedule -

The University of Memphis baseball team will open its 2018 schedule with a weekend home series at FedExPark vs. Western Kentucky on Feb. 16-18. In total, the Tigers will have 31 home games.

Memphis will play three games at AutoZone Park next season. The first will be March 27 vs. the Arkansas Razorbacks. The Tigers also will play games there vs. Ole Miss and Mississippi State.

92. Trinity Sports Honored By Baseball Digest -

Baseball Digest has selected Trinity Sports Holdings, the majority stakeholder in the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds and the short-season Class A Williamsport (Pennsylvania) Crosscutters, as its 2017 Organization of the Year following successful seasons by both teams.

93. Trio of Tigers Honored For Recent Play -

Senior University of Memphis quarterback Riley Ferguson was one of eight quarterbacks named a Manning Award Star of the Week and senior wide receiver Anthony Miller accepted his invitation to the Senior Bowl. The 2018 Reese’s Senior Bowl will be played Jan. 27 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama.

94. Tigers Defeat UNO 63-52, Rivers Scores 18 Points -

Forward Jimario Rivers scored a career-high 18 points and the University of Memphis led wire-to-wire in a 63-52 win over New Orleans Tuesday at FedExForum.

The Tigers are 2-1 and next play Northern Kentucky at 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 25, at FedExForum.

95. Tigers Defeat UNO 63-52, Rivers Scores 18 Points -

Forward Jimario Rivers scored a career-high 18 points and the University of Memphis led wire-to-wire in a 63-52 win over New Orleans Tuesday at FedExForum.

The Tigers are 2-1 and next play Northern Kentucky at 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 25, at FedExForum.

96. Pro Soccer in Memphis Is a Kick Worth Taking -

Just over a week ago, more than 14,000 fans spilled out of the stands at Louisville Slugger Field. Not to celebrate a baseball championship, nor to rush the stage at a rock concert.

No, they swarmed the “pitch” to revel in Louisville City FC’s 1-0 victory to become United Soccer League (USL) champions.

97. Trio of Tigers Honored for Recent Play -

Senior University of Memphis quarterback Riley Ferguson was one of eight quarterbacks named a Manning Award Star of the Week and senior wide receiver Anthony Miller accepted his invitation to the Senior Bowl. The 2018 Reese’s Senior Bowl will be played Jan. 27 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama.

98. Tigers DB Hall Named To CoSIDA District Team -

University of Memphis sophomore Austin Hall has been named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team and will now appear on the CoSIDA Academic All-America ballot. Hall, who is a junior in the classroom, carries a 3.45 GPA in criminal justice and is the Tigers’ leading tackler with 66 total tackles.

99. Memphis Baseball Releases 2018 Schedule -

The University of Memphis baseball team will open its 2018 schedule with a weekend home series at FedExPark vs. Western Kentucky on Feb. 16-18. In total, the Tigers will have 31 home games.

Memphis will play three games at AutoZone Park next season. The first will be March 27 vs. the Arkansas Razorbacks. The Tigers also will play games there vs. Ole Miss and Mississippi State.

100. Trinity Sports Honored By Baseball Digest -

Baseball Digest has selected Trinity Sports Holdings, the majority stakeholder in the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds and the short-season Class A Williamsport (Pennsylvania) Crosscutters, as its 2017 Organization of the Year following successful seasons by both teams.