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1. Solid Foundation
- Thursday, September 6, 2018
While sitting at his desk, Fred Jones needs only to take a quick look up and to his right to see the strides made by him and his Southern Heritage Classic. But what does the 70-year-old Jones see when he looks up at the hopeful guy in his early 40s staring back from a newspaper photo accompanying a story prior to the inaugural game in 1990?
2. League of Change
- Saturday, July 28, 2018
The South has its advantages. First-year Mississippi State coach Joe Moorhead, whose previous head coaching job was at Fordham University in the Bronx, knows this to be true. “Everything being wrapped in bacon, that’s pretty good,” said Moorhead, who had a successful two-year run as Penn State’s offensive coordinator before coming to the SEC, where it is not a stretch to say everything is wrapped in the legacy of Nick Saban.
3. Grizzlies’ TV Voice Pete Pranica Loving his Dream Job
- Friday, July 13, 2018
As the tip-off of another Memphis Grizzlies game nears, television play-by-play announcer Pete Pranica will tell viewers on FOX Sports Southeast, “We have three officials, and they have been assigned by the NBA …”
4. McCormick: No Evidence of Any Scandal
- Thursday, June 28, 2018
Mercurial Republican Rep. Gerald McCormick went from kicking ass to kicking back. Only three days after saying his now-former Democratic opponent, David Jones, would realize how little he has in common with District 26 in Chattanooga “when he gets his ass beat in November,” McCormick abruptly announced he would not seek re-election this year and would be leaving the House effective Oct. 1.
5. Jones Finds New Way to ‘Give My All’ to UT
- Friday, June 22, 2018
They walked around the mall in a zombie-like trance, still trying to process what they’d just been told.
Nearly 15 years of blood, sweat and tears on the football field was put to end in just five minutes. Jack Jones and his parents had traveled to Dallas last October seeking a solution for Jones’ recurring neck and shoulder issues.
6. Hardaway and Tigers Get Two More Signees
- Wednesday, April 18, 2018
University of Memphis coach Penny Hardaway has added two more players to his roster. Shooting guard Antwann Jones signed with the Tigers after being released from his national letter of intent with Texas A&M. Isaiah Maurice signed after playing one season at Kansas State and one season at South Plains junior college.
7. Fed Set to Raise Rates As Powell Gives 1st News Conference
- Tuesday, March 20, 2018
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve's first meeting under Jerome Powell's leadership will likely end Wednesday with an announcement that the Fed will resume its modest interest rate hikes.
8. Signing Class Disappointing, But Groundwork Laid
- Friday, February 16, 2018
Tennessee football fans are hoping for a better National Signing Day in 2019. This year’s was a relative dud.
New coach Jeremy Pruitt, hired on Dec. 7, signed six players on Feb. 7 but whiffed on several high-profile recruits he and his staff were pursuing. He had signed 14 players during the first-ever early signing period Dec. 20-22.
9. Taking Stock: Titans’ Top Needs for 2018
- Friday, February 9, 2018
With the Super Bowl in the books and another NFL season come and gone, it will soon be time to prepare for the 2018 season.
For the Tennessee Titans, that means trying to fill in the remaining pieces of the puzzle to take another step toward reaching the big game.
10. Mariota Finds His Swagger, Giving Titans Fans Hope for 2nd-Round Playoff Win
- Friday, January 12, 2018
About a month ago, following a Dec. 10 loss at Arizona, Marcus Mariota showed a seldom-seen side of his personality.
Clearly dejected, he seemed flustered and distraught while answering questions in his post-game press conference, even answering that he was “pissed off” about his performance when asked why he seemed more bothered than usual following the Titans’ 12-7 loss to the struggling Cardinals.
11. Pruitt Makes Most of Early Signing Date
- Friday, January 5, 2018
Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt could have done a lot worse during the Dec. 20-22 early signing period, the first-ever for high school recruits in college football.
It was a recruiting whirlwind for Pruitt, named UT’s coach Dec. 7 while still serving as Alabama’s defensive coordinator.
12. Memphis Sound at 60
- Saturday, December 23, 2017
As Stax Records and Royal Studios both wrap up a year of celebrating their 60th anniversary, The Memphis News looks back at the creators and purveyors of the Memphis sound and its significance, both in its heyday and today.
13. Amid the Tumult, a Vol Legacy Finally Gets His Call
- Friday, December 22, 2017
Jacob Warren got one of the best phone calls of his life a couple of weeks ago. The senior tight end at Farragut High School was relieved to hear what new Tennessee football coach Jeremy Pruitt told him.
14. Tennessee’s Hot Seat Finds a New Office
- Friday, December 1, 2017
Tennessee football isn’t what it used to be. Nor is the attraction of being UT’s football coach.
It became more and more apparent this week as first-year UT athletics director John Currie tried to hire his first football coach as an AD.
15. Hillsboro’s Phillips Playing for Bragging Rights
- Thursday, November 23, 2017
Tennessee’s football team and interim head coach Brady Hoke will try to avoid a historically bad season Saturday.
If the Vols (4-7, 0-7 SEC) lose to Vanderbilt (4-7, 0-7), it would be the first team in program history to lose eight games and go winless in the conference. Kickoff is 3 p.m. CST at Neyland Stadium (TV: SEC Network).
16. Last Word: T.A. Talks Memphis, EDGE Debate and Politics, Lots of Politics
- Thursday, October 19, 2017
Grizz season opener at the Forum Wednesday is a win over NOLA 103 – 91. And Tony Allen’s Grizz jersey is retired. The day before, Allen wrote a piece for The Players’ Tribune on the Memphis experience and it is just about the best thing that will happen to you all day. He just walks right off the court and into the soul of this place.
17. Week Ahead: Oct. 9-15
- Monday, October 9, 2017
Hey, Memphis! The real NBA and college basketball seasons creep closer with teasing events this week and the schedule of fun things to do is highlighted by the second annual Memphis Food & Wine Festival Saturday evening. Here’s toasting to a great week.
18. For Fizdale, Conley, Speaking Out Is Part of The Job Now
- Friday, September 29, 2017
This conversation? No, they didn’t imagine it. Grizzlies coach David Fizdale and point guard Mike Conley did not enter the NBA thinking they would someday be talking about national protests, a president that shoots from the lip, or Confederate statues in Memphis.
19. Old-School Con
- Wednesday, September 13, 2017
After a disappointing turnout last year, the 2017 Memphis Comic Expo nearly didn’t happen. But last year, a little before Christmas, Donald Juengling’s father passed away. Richard Juengling had been a big fan of his son’s efforts to stage a creator-oriented comic convention in Memphis.
20. ‘Divisive Symbols’: Mississippi Case Offers Hope for Forrest Bust Removal
- Thursday, September 7, 2017
State Sen. Lee Harris is encouraged by the U.S. Supreme Court’s request for the state of Mississippi to respond to a lawsuit seeking to remove the Confederate battle flag from its state flag.
21. Vols, Jackets Each Eager to Make Statement
- Friday, September 1, 2017
Enough of the talk. Enough of the speculation. Let’s play some football.
Tennessee starts its fifth season of the Butch Jones coaching era on Monday night against Georgia Tech at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. Kickoff is 8 p.m. (TV: ESPN).
22. Wolf, Offense Look To Prove Predictions Wrong
- Friday, August 18, 2017
It’s championship or bust for Tennessee senior tight end Ethan Wolf.
Bowl victories are nice. So are nine-win seasons. But Wolf wants a lot more in his final season with the Vols.
“Our goal here at Tennessee every single year is to win a championship, and that’s going to remain the goal,” Wolf says. “Yeah, there may have been a little bit of excitement the first year, maybe the second year winning the bowl game. It’s always exciting, but that’s the bare minimum right now.”
23. ‘Cheeseburger Buddies’ Make Nice for TV
- Friday, July 14, 2017
Tennessee coach Butch Jones passed his first test of the 2017 football season Monday. He made it through SEC Media Days.
There were no new catch phrases, although Jones did allude to the team’s “D.A.T.” (Details, Accountability, Toughness) motto. But nothing close to “champions of life” or “five-star hearts.”
24. Bielema Sees Progress on Targeting Rule; Open Door at Tennessee for Fulmer
- Wednesday, July 12, 2017
HOOVER, ALA. – Arkansas coach Bret Bielema understands as well as anyone that football and the risk of severe injury can’t be separated. Running back Rawleigh Williams gained more than 1,300 yards last year. But he suffered a second neck injury in this year’s spring game and decided, after consulting with doctors, to retire from the game.
25. Sports Notebook: Grizz Moves Bring Tyreke Evans Back to Memphis
- Monday, July 10, 2017
The Memphis Grizzlies continued changing their roster for the upcoming season by agreeing to a one-year contract with free agent guard Tyreke Evans.
Evans, according to ESPN, will make $3.3 million on the one-year deal. Evans, 27, played one year for the University of Memphis and then was the fourth overall pick in the 2009 draft by the Sacramento Kings.
26. Tubby Smith, Barrett Jones, Former MLB All-Stars Joined FESJC Pro-Am June 5
- Wednesday, June 7, 2017
The 60th FedEx St. Jude Classic teed off on Monday, June 5, with the Danny Thomas Pro-Am at TPC Southwind.
It is the continuation of a tradition. Back in 1960, the Memphis Open Golf Tournament presented Thomas with a check for $600. It was seed money that went toward the opening of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
27. How Did Vols Not Win More With This Talent?
- Friday, May 5, 2017
One check of the 2017 NFL Draft shows why Tennessee was the favorite to win the SEC East Division last fall.
UT had six players drafted in the first four rounds, the most for the program since 2002, breaking a two-year drought with no players. The six Vols drafted tied for the most since 2010 and 2007. Eight Vols were drafted in 2003 and 10 drafted in 2002.
28. ‘Good Locker Room’ Doesn’t Happen by Accident
- Friday, April 21, 2017
The first time I heard the term “good locker room” in relation to an NFL team, I figured it had something to do with TVs, air conditioning and nearby shower accommodations.
As usual, I was wrong.
29. Reflecting on 2017 Class, Looking Ahead to 2018
- Friday, March 24, 2017
Recruiting is the lifeblood of a college football program, and the cycle never ends.
As UT’s recruiting grind continues and spring practices opened this week, I caught up with Ryan Callahan of 247Sports to talk about the 2017 class. Callahan covers UT recruiting, and here’s what he has to say about the 2017 class, which consists of 22 three-star recruits, four four-stars and one five-star (offensive lineman Trey Smith of University School of Jackson), according to 247Sports’ composite rankings.
30. Football Staff Shakeups Rarely Save Coaching Jobs, History Has Shown
- Friday, March 17, 2017
Phillip Fulmer was notorious during his glory years as Tennessee’s football coach for maintaining staff stability.
Some of his assistant coaches were mediocre recruiters. So, what? Fulmer figured he could take up the slack. It was more important to him that the staff have year-to-year continuity.
31. What a Strange Twist of Events in Hiring of Currie
- Friday, March 10, 2017
John Currie is the new athletics director at the University of Tennessee. Has it sunk in yet? Currie, previously the athletic director at Kansas State, was introduced last week by new UT chancellor Beverly Davenport during a ceremony featuring fans, boosters, coaches and, of course, former Tennessee and NFL quarterback Peyton Manning.
32. New AD Bad News for Struggling Vol Coaches
- Friday, March 10, 2017
The hiring of John Currie as the University of Tennessee’s athletics director conveys a number of messages. One of them: Butch Jones is officially on the clock.
Based on Currie’s history at UT, as well as his eight-year track record as Kansas State’s athletics director, it’s safe to say he isn’t afraid to pull the trigger when it comes to coaches – for better or worse.
33. New Vols AD Currie Says His Tennessee Experience Should Help
- Wednesday, March 8, 2017
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – New Tennessee athletic director John Currie has some shopping to do.
34. SEC Ready to Tee Up Media Days; UT’s AD Raises the Bar
- Monday, March 6, 2017
It’s almost time to kick off the 2017 college football season. And by that we mean that SEC Media Days should again be flagged for encroachment on summer.
The conference has not yet jumped in front of the Fourth of July, but SEC Media Days in Hoover, Alabama, continues to move ever closer to summer’s signature date.
35. Titans Still Rebuilding After Years of Bad Draft Picks
- Friday, March 3, 2017
When wide receiver Kendall Wright was a healthy scratch for the Titans’ final game of the season, it further underscored why this franchise is still struggling to gain altitude in the NFL.
36. Methodist North Taps New CEO
- Monday, February 13, 2017
In hindsight, it’s no surprise Florence Jones decided to pursue a career in health care more than four decades ago. A lot about the profession, of course, was different back then. But Jones – tapped in recent days as the new CEO at Methodist North Hospital after serving as chief nursing officer and interim CEO there – had the same motivation then as she does today.
37. Robinson’s Success Warrants Any Title He Wants
- Friday, January 13, 2017
In the immediate aftermath of the Tennessee Titans’ turnaround season, Jon Robinson’s title was expanded to executive vice president and general manager.
38. Final Goodbye: Roll Call of Some of Those Who Died in 2016
- Monday, January 2, 2017
Death claimed transcendent political figures in 2016, including Cuba's revolutionary leader and Thailand's longtime king, but also took away royals of a different sort: kings of pop music, from Prince and David Bowie to George Michael.
39. The Alamo? No, Vols Rally Around Loss to Vandy
- Friday, December 23, 2016
Tennessee’s football team can’t afford to get too merry when it goes into Christmas break this weekend. Not with the way it finished the 2016 regular season, and not with a chance for some redemption.
40. Dobbs’ Change of Heart a Great Gift to Vol Fans
- Friday, December 23, 2016
In the spirit of the holiday season, Joshua Dobbs is the gift that keeps on giving. Despite all the disappointments of 2016 for Tennessee football, it would be a mistake not to appreciate Dobbs for what he is: a scholar, an athlete, a leader, a role model and a winner.
41. Memphis Football Bigger Than One Coach Or QB
- Friday, December 16, 2016
As we count down to the University of Memphis playing in the Tuesday, Dec. 20, Boca Raton Bowl, I find myself recalling what athletics director Tom Bowen said when pressed about why Arizona State offensive coordinator Mike Norvell was the Tigers’ choice for head coach.
42. Long Offseason Ahead for Jones
- Friday, December 16, 2016
Tennessee football coach Butch Jones has plenty of winning to do next year. For starters, UT (8-4, 4-4 SEC) needs to win the Dec. 30 Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl in Nashville against Nebraska (9-3, 6-3 Big Ten).
43. Last Word: Fires In the East, Corker at Trump Tower and The Toll of the Cure
- Tuesday, November 29, 2016
As our week here began very windy and very rainy with clouds all day Monday, there was a different kind of overcast day unfolding in East Tennessee. And by the time of this post the National Guard was patrolling parts of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge where wildfires had forced evacuations of both towns – all of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, according to the city manager of Pigeon Forge.
44. Johnson’s Impact on Titans Locker Room Will Outlive Tenure
- Friday, November 4, 2016
Outside of his game-winning touchdown catch that capped a comeback in Detroit, Andre Johnson didn’t do much on the stat sheet for the Tennessee Titans.
45. Could This Be the Year the Crimson Tide Rolls Out With a Loss at Tennessee?
- Friday, October 14, 2016
Tennessee defensive end LaTroy Lewis was raised in Akron, Ohio, and recalls a special Saturday of football each fall when he was a youth: Ohio State vs. Michigan.
“That’s what I was taught my whole life,” Lewis says, “and then I got down here in the South, and it was kind of like: ‘Is there any other game beside Tennessee and Alabama?’”
46. Tennessee Vols Doing What the Rest Of the Country Can’t: Come Back Big
- Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Suppose Tennessee’s 5-0 start to the college football season (2-0 in SEC play) included only last Saturday’s impossible comeback victory over Georgia on the Joshua Dobbs Hail Mary pass on the game’s last play? That would be incredible enough, wouldn’t it?
47. Photographer Steber Captures Fading Legends on Blues Highway
- Saturday, September 10, 2016
Bill Steber stood at the crossroads in the Mississippi Delta and made a deal with the devil that would allow him to not only master his photographic skills but become one of the most respected documentarians of Mississippi Delta blues. And kind of make a living (or at least fashion his life) while he’s at it.
48. Once QB Country, SEC Now Has Only A Few Proven Players at the Position
- Friday, August 26, 2016
At SEC Media Days this summer in Hoover, Ala., the 14 head coaches brought along more starting offensive linemen (5) than starting quarterbacks (3). Such is the state of the most high profile position in the Southeastern Conference at the beginning of the 2016 college football season.
49. Vols Offensive Line Rushing Into Much-Anticipated Season
- Friday, August 19, 2016
Jalen Hurd knows right where he stands among Tennessee’s running backs of the past and wants to be No. 1 in career rushing yards at the end of the 2016 season.
The junior from Hendersonville Beech High School needs 892 yards to surpass Travis Henry as UT’s career rushing leader.
50. Rule Change Has Coaches Debating How Often to Retweet
- Friday, August 12, 2016
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A new NCAA rule change is catching some recruits by surprise while causing coaches to debate how much time they should spend on social media.
Under the change that took effect last week, athletic department staff members are allowed to retweet or show their approval of social media posts made by recruits. The policy change has been nicknamed "Click, Don't Type" because coaches still aren't allowed to add any sort of comment to a recruit's post.
51. Dobbs’ Health is Priority No. 1 on Road to Being No. 1
- Saturday, July 23, 2016
Tennessee’s football team had nine players earn All-SEC preseason honors and got the nod as favorite to win the East Division as SEC Media Days concluded last week in Hoover, Alabama.
All signs point to the Vols making a return to the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta for the first time since 2007, with their two biggest games are at Neyland Stadium this year against Florida on Sept. 24 and Alabama on Oct. 15.
52. Leadership Allowed Durham Sleaze To Fester for Too Long
- Thursday, July 21, 2016
The Tennessee attorney general’s sexual harassment investigation of Republican Rep. Jeremy Durham dragged halfway through the summer. Now we know why.
53. Federated PI, Signal 88 CEO Recovers From 'Devastating' Setback
- Saturday, April 23, 2016
Business was good and getting better. This was 2010 and Huston Akins steadily had grown his private investigative and security operation. But his contract with Kroger was the cornerstone.
The account with Kroger covered 19 stores. His plain clothes officers, dispatched at various intervals, would troll for shoplifters. But in February of 2010, Akins found his business at risk.
54. QB Paxton Lynch Passes Pro Day Test, But Questions Remain
- Thursday, April 7, 2016
In the immediate aftermath of Paxton Lynch’s pro day at the University of Memphis, it sort of felt like the postgame following a season-opening victory over a lesser non-conference opponent.
Good, satisfying in the moment, and hopeful for the future. But not necessarily an accurate predictor of what is to come.
55. Up-Tempo Offense Will Need ‘Nasty’ O-Line
- Wednesday, March 23, 2016
If all goes well, the attention probably will be on the quarterback – an open competition at the moment – and the receivers and the running backs. That’s just how football works.
But ultimately the success of the University of Memphis offense next season will be about much more than the fast guys and the guy who gets the ball to them. First-year head coach Mike Norvell was offensive coordinator at Arizona State and he has brought with him Chip Long, who will serve as Norvell’s offensive coordinator, and who worked with Norvell from 2012 through 2015.
56. Callahan Breaks Down UT’s 'Pretty Impressive' Recruiting Class
- Saturday, February 20, 2016
Tennessee football coach Butch Jones keeps his pulse on recruiting year-around, along with his SEC counterparts and other FBS coaches.
Chasing recruits is an endless cycle, the lifeblood of championship football teams.
57. Confident Serrano Playing for Future at UT
- Saturday, February 6, 2016
Tennessee baseball coach Dave Serrano wasn’t setting the bar too high when he met with the media for his 2016 preseason press conference.
Serrano made that mistake before the 2015 season with talk of reaching an NCAA regional and perhaps Omaha, Nebraska, site of the College World Series.
58. Council's New Crop
- Saturday, December 19, 2015
They ran in the considerable shadow of the most competitive Memphis mayoral race in a generation. The new Memphis City Council that takes office with Mayor-elect Jim Strickland in January isn’t necessarily a generational shift. It doesn’t signify a wholesale ousting by the electorate, either.
59. Even Without Wins, Mularkey Has Refreshing Attitude
- Saturday, December 5, 2015
Credit Mike Mularkey with one thing, if nothing else.He has approached his interim stint as the Tennessee Titans head coach with a high degree of honesty and a bit of a straightforward approach to the job.
60. The Sporting Life of David Climer
- Saturday, November 21, 2015
I’m blaming Rudy Kalis. As the years passed in a long career as a sports writer, I always swore I’d never be the oldest guy at the press conference. As long as Rudy was in the house as sports anchor for WSMV-TV, I was safe. Then he got a morning gig at Channel 4.
61. Won’t be the same without the head ball coach
- Saturday, November 7, 2015
I miss Steve Spurrier.
It won’t be the same without Spurrier coaching South Carolina when Tennessee (4-4, 2-3 SEC) plays host to the Gamecocks (3-5, 1-5) on Saturday.
It wasn’t the same this week without Spurrier throwing a jab or two at UT leading up to the game.
62. Success Looks Like Five-Game Win Streak For Vols
- Saturday, October 31, 2015
Leaves are changing colors, a chill is in the fall air and Tennessee’s football schedule is getting softer.
Happens every year.
We’ve all heard by now how Tennessee is the best 3-4 team in college football. Now is the time to prove it.
63. Shelby County Election Commission Changes Preparations Following Tabulation Issues
- Tuesday, October 27, 2015
The 2015 Memphis elections are in the books as the Shelby County Election Commission certified the results Friday, Oct. 28.
But the commission has resolved to test tabulation computer programming earlier, starting with the Nov. 19 city council runoff elections.
64. Three Games In, How Much Better are Titans?
- Saturday, October 3, 2015
At some point, the Tennessee Titans have to grow up.
After blowing an opportunity to take the early lead in the AFC South by letting it slip away against the Indianapolis Colts last Sunday, the Titans now head into their bye week on a downturn with two consecutive losses.
65. Ole Miss, Alabama Face Rematch
- Thursday, September 17, 2015
A year ago, Ole Miss put up 13 fourth-quarter points to rally and defeat Alabama 23-17 at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford. The victory wasn’t secure until 37 seconds were left in the game and Senquez Golson intercepted a Blake Sims pass in the end zone with an acrobatic catch that required an official’s review to be ruled valid.
66. Memphis Tigers Face Formidable Foe in Bowling Green
- Wednesday, September 16, 2015
When the University of Memphis plays at Bowling Green Saturday, Sept. 18, the game will feature something that any number of SEC games could not: two well-established quarterbacks.
Not since the Tigers had running back DeAngelo Williams lining up in their backfield have they had an offensive player that demands as much as attention as redshirt junior quarterback Paxton Lynch.
67. College Football Notebook: No More Dress Rehearsals for Memphis Tigers
- Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Last week, the University of Memphis football team finished training camp with simulated end-of-week preparation, culminating with a video test Friday night and a mock game Saturday, Aug. 29, at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.
68. Despite Personnel Losses, UT’s Defense Should Be Much-Improved
- Saturday, August 29, 2015
John Jancek begins his third season as Tennessee’s defensive coordinator under head coach Butch Jones, and thanks to two solid recruiting classes should have his best defense with the Vols.
UT is bigger and faster on the defensive side than the previous two seasons, when the Vols showed improvement from the 2012 season by shaving more than 100 yards and 11 points per game allowed.
69. Grizzlies Rookies Jarell Martin, Andrew Harrison Have Much to Prove
- Thursday, July 2, 2015
The bottom-line question about Memphis Grizzlies rookies Jarell Martin and Andrew Harrison is the same as after every other NBA Draft: What does the team really have in these guys?
70. Grizzlies Draft LSU’s Jarell Martin, Kentucky’s Andrew Harrison
- Friday, June 26, 2015
The Memphis Grizzlies needed more shooting and may have found at least some of it in two off-Broadway draft day trades. But with the 25th overall pick in the first round Thursday night, June 25, the Grizzlies went a different direction and chose 6-foot-9, 235-pound forward Jarell Martin from LSU.
71. Injuries Slow Development of Vols Defensive Players
- Saturday, April 11, 2015
Tennessee football fans might want to look past the defensive lineup for the Orange & White Spring Game. It will bear little resemblance to the unit that will start the 2015 season opener against Bowling Green on Sept. 5 at Nashville’s LP Field.
72. Vols’ Dobbs Embraces the Role of ‘CEO Quarterback’
- Saturday, April 4, 2015
Joshua Dobbs enters his junior season as Tennessee’s undisputed No. 1 quarterback and team leader, the player most responsible for the Vols’ relevance again in SEC football.
73. Teammate’s Death Looms Over UT’s Tennis Season
- Saturday, March 14, 2015
Tennessee senior Mikelis Libietis sits on the bench before a match on Court 1 at Goodfriend Indoor Tennis Center and is reminded of one of his greatest losses.
Not a tennis match.
Court 1 is named “Sean Karl Court” in memory of Brentwood’s Sean Karl, former University of Tennessee tennis player who died Nov. 16, 2014 of cancer. He was 20.
74. Blues Birthplace
- Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Every day, Tunica, Miss., was missing an opportunity. Worst of all, that opportunity was passing by on the Blues Highway, also known as U.S. 61.
“You come out of Memphis and Beale and Graceland, and those interested in the genre of the blues were coming south and going to Clarksdale,” said Webster Franklin, president and CEO of the Tunica Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Before the museum, people would just drive right by. Now, those folks will make the museum their first stop in Mississippi.”
75. Vols’ Jones Continues to Impress With Recruiting Skills
- Saturday, February 7, 2015
KNOXVILLE – National signing day is in the books, and Tennessee football coach Butch Jones and his staff can relax and savor another top-tier recruiting class.
Oops. Wait a minute. No time off for Jones and his assistants when it comes to recruiting. They’re already busy putting together the 2016 class, and looking at recruits for future classes.
76. Key Interest Rate Falls as Investors Seek Safety
- Thursday, January 15, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) – A barometer of Wall Street's anxiety flashed red on Wednesday, when traders rushed to the safety of U.S. government bonds.
The surge in demand for Treasurys knocked a key interest rate to its lowest level since May 2013.
77. OK, It’s a Great House! Can We Please See It?
- Saturday, January 10, 2015
In Nashville real estate circles, it is difficult to say goodbye to 2014. We loved that 2014 and she was wonderful.
Missing her already, we hope she returns in 2015. But for the current trend to continue, Nashville is going to need some inventory.
78. Vols Take Plenty of Momentum Into Offseason
- Saturday, January 10, 2015
KNOXVILLE – There’s nothing like going into the offseason on a high note. The Vols will be riding the momentum from the resounding 45-28 victory against Iowa in the Jan. 2 TaxSlayer Bowl through the end of recruiting season, winter workouts, spring practices and into the summer months.
79. Vol Players See TaxSlayer Win as a Big Step for Program
- Saturday, December 27, 2014
KNOXVILLE – Christmas break has come and gone for the University of Tennessee’s football team. Now it’s back to business.
The Vols return to campus for practice Saturday and, after a Sunday practice, fly to Jacksonville for the Jan. 2 game against Iowa in the TaxSlayer Bowl, formerly the Gator Bowl.
80. Vols’ Barnett Faces Nation’s Best in Iowa’s Scherff
- Saturday, December 20, 2014
KNOXVILLE – Derek Barnett is spending most of the Christmas holidays away from his Nashville home, and he wouldn’t have it any other way.
81. Dobbs the Latest in Line of Dual-Threat UT Quarterbacks
- Saturday, November 29, 2014
If the University of Tennessee’s football team gains bowl eligibility with a victory Saturday at Vanderbilt, it can look back to a quarterback change Oct. 25 against Alabama as a pivotal point in the season.
82. Stonewall Jackson's Little Slice of Heaven in Brentwood
- Saturday, November 22, 2014
“Everybody has to meet his Waterloo,” sings honky-tonk hero Stonewall Jackson in his breakthrough No. 1 hit back in 1959.
Of course, that line, the entire song really, means everybody must meet his or her fate someday.
83. Why are Tennesseans So Afraid of an Income Tax?
- Saturday, November 1, 2014
The odds of an income tax becoming a reality in Tennessee – one of the nation’s lowest-taxed states – are slim to none.
And, yet there is an amendment on the Nov. 4 ballot that would change Tennessee’s constitution by giving the Legislature authority to prohibit passage of an income tax or payroll tax in the state.
84. Once and Again
- Friday, October 3, 2014
I REMEMBER THIS SONG. Last week, I wrote about passing institutions – a couple of examples of places and people that won’t come our way again. I said the past can inform the future, but we can’t go back to some other time.
85. Prep Coaches, Players Sold on Jones the Recruiter
- Saturday, September 20, 2014
Nothing surprises Murfreesboro Blackman High School football coach Philip Shadowens when it comes to college recruiting.
Shadowens has seen it all – including the flurry of activity created by Blackman senior quarterback and safety Jauan Jennings, rated the No. 18 athlete in the nation by Rivals.com.
86. Jones’ Wide Net Gathers Old Friends, Top Prospects
- Saturday, September 20, 2014
Butch Jones was sitting in the office of Knoxville’s South-Doyle High School athletic director and football coach Clark Duncan during a visit to see recruit Jocquez Bruce last winter.
87. Which Titans Team Will Show Up at Cincinnati?
- Saturday, September 20, 2014
You only get one chance to make a first impression, as the old saying goes.
Such was the case Sunday at LP Field when the home fans got their first real look at Ken Whisenhunt’s first edition of the Tennessee Titans.
88. High-Flying Vols Can’t Overlook Arkansas State
- Saturday, September 6, 2014
KNOXVILLE – You had to be hiding under a rock not to hear the buzz this week about the University of Tennessee’s football team.
One person not reveling in the Vols’ 38-7 season opening victory over Utah State on Sunday night was UT coach Butch Jones.
89. Wade: College Football Returns With Passion
- Friday, August 29, 2014
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.”
90. Finding Life Influencers
- Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Coaches such as Alabama’s Nick Saban get paid millions to lead and win championships, so it’s only natural that Saban would say something like this:
“We are not interested in the possibilities of defeat; they do not exist.”
91. SEC’s New Quarterbacks Ready to Prove Themselves
- Friday, August 22, 2014
They are the SEC quarterbacks left behind. The quarterbacking gods, with names like Manziel, McCarron, Mettenberger and Murray – what is it about M’s? – have ascended to a higher place: playing on Sundays in the NFL.
92. ‘Sudden Change’ Means Little Job Security at University of Tennessee
- Friday, August 1, 2014
KNOXVILLE — Don’t look for University of Tennessee football coach Butch Jones to play favorites when fall training camp begins Friday, Aug. 1.
Jones is all about open competition. Every practice. Every session. Every minute.
93. Jones, Volunteers Still Face Steep Climb Up Rocky Top
- Friday, July 18, 2014
HOOVER, Ala. – It’s Tennessee against the world. Don’t believe that? Just ask second-year coach Butch Jones.
Last season’s “brick-by-brick” theme has been replaced by the “power of one,” as in one team against all odds. Given the power/opportunity of the microphone and a large contingent of reporters at SEC Media Days, Jones used his pulpit to say, without exactly saying it, please don’t expect too much too soon.
94. Heisley’s Legacy: Believing in Memphis
- Friday, May 2, 2014
It is said that the famous have their lives summed up in the first paragraph of their public obituary.
The first sentence from a recent obit in The New York Times read: “Michael Heisley, the billionaire financier, who bought the N.B.A.’s floundering Vancouver Grizzlies in April 2000 and soon moved them to Memphis, where he revitalized the franchise, died on Saturday in Illinois. He was 77.”
95. Jones Grows Into Legislative Career
- Thursday, April 17, 2014
Some people are born into politics; others grow into a political career. For Tennessee Rep. Sherry Jones, it was a little bit of both.
96. ‘Champion of Working Man’ Rep. Turner Set to Retire
- Wednesday, March 19, 2014
State Rep. and Nashville Democrat Mike Turner is retiring from the General Assembly and considering a run for mayor.
97. Nichols’ Rookie Award Comes With Accolades
- Friday, March 14, 2014
First, there was the debate. Would Briarcrest star Austin Nichols really stay home and play for the Memphis Tigers? Or would outside offers, including ones from Duke, Kansas and North Carolina, be too good to pass up?
98. This week in Memphis history: December 13-19
- Saturday, December 14, 2013
2010: In The Memphis News cover story on new leadership at The Regional Medical Center at Memphis, MED president and CEO Reginald Coopwood said, “It was somewhat daunting in that, ‘Am I the closer, the guy who’s coming in to close the organization down, or is there an opportunity?’”
99. In Due Time, Lynch Will Shine as Tigers QB
- Friday, September 13, 2013
To understand the potential impact of redshirt freshman quarterback Paxton Lynch, you have to do two things up front: forget his numbers (for a while) and look at the numbers produced by other Tiger quarterbacks.
100. Mean Streets
- Saturday, August 31, 2013
Alabama’s Nick Saban can walk anywhere he wants in the Southeastern Conference – college football’s roughest neighborhood – and no one can lay a finger on him.
His teams have won the national championship in three of the last four years. Overall, SEC teams have won the title seven consecutive years and the league is a dream destination for head coaches – until it turns into a grinding, weekly nightmare.