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1. Grizzlies’ Rookies Ivan Rabb, Kobi Simmons Getting On-The-Job Training -

Back in late January, the San Antonio Spurs dropped by FedExForum to give the Grizzlies a 108-85 butt-kicking. But for one young Grizzlies rookie, there was associated value. Because if you’re paying attention, a loss like that is less a trip to the woodshed and more real-time tutoring with a little embarrassment added in so you don’t forget.

2. Memphis Football Hires New WRs Coach -

University of Memphis coach Mike Norvell has added Desmond Lindsey to his staff to coach the Tigers’ wide receivers.

3. Digest -

Memphis Toys R Us

To Remain Open

A representative with Toys R Us has confirmed to The Daily News that the retailer’s Memphis location, at 7676 Polo Ground Blvd., won’t close after all.

4. Memphis Football Hires New WRs Coach -

University of Memphis coach Mike Norvell has added Desmond Lindsey to his staff to coach the Tigers’ wide receivers.

5. Rookie Recognizes It’s About More Than Recognition -

First, you have to love the name of the event: the 2018 Rising Stars Challenge. And that the Memphis Grizzlies will be represented at the NBA All-Star weekend in Los Angeles.

Rookie forward Dillon Brooks, a native of Ontario, Canada, will play for the World team against the United States on Feb. 16. Among the other players chosen for the game that features rookies and sophomores: Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, Utah’s Donovan Mitchell, Boston’s Jayson Tatum, the Lakers’ Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma, and Chicago’s Lauri Markkanen.

6. Tigers’ Parks and Brewton Works in Progress -

At Eastern Florida State, guard Kareem Brewton Jr. had a lot of freedom last season. He used it to average 19.9 points per game and hand out 159 assists on his way to being named a First-Team All-American by the National Junior College Athletic Association.

7. Tigers’ Parks and Brewton Works in Progress -

At Eastern Florida State, guard Kareem Brewton Jr. had a lot of freedom last season. He used it to average 19.9 points per game and hand out 159 assists on his way to being named a First-Team All-American by the National Junior College Athletic Association.

8. Tigers’ Parks and Brewton Works in Progress -

At Eastern Florida State, guard Kareem Brewton Jr. had a lot of freedom last season. He used it to average 19.9 points per game and hand out 159 assists on his way to being named a First-Team All-American by the National Junior College Athletic Association.

9. Sports Notebook: Z-Bo returns, Memphis FB adds four, Jeremiah Martin hurt in loss -

After the Grizzlies decided not to bring back Zach Randolph for this season, one thing was sure: When he returned to FedExForum in another uniform he would get a rousing reception.

The fans did not disappoint as Randolph came back with the Sacramento Kings last Friday night. They gave Z-Bo a standing ovation, the Grizzlies offered up a well-done video tribute, and Randolph hugged everybody from Marc Gasol and Mike Conley to arena workers.

10. SPORTS NOTEBOOK -

After the Grizzlies decided not to bring back Zach Randolph for this season, one thing was sure: When he returned to FedExForum in another uniform he would get a rousing reception.

The fans did not disappoint as Randolph came back with the Sacramento Kings last Friday night. They gave Z-Bo a standing ovation, the Grizzlies offered up a well-done video tribute, and Randolph hugged everybody from Marc Gasol and Mike Conley to arena workers.

11. Pruitt’s SEC-Heavy Staff a Recruiting Coup -

It was early December, 2012, and Butch Jones stood in front of a podium after being named Tennessee’s 24th football coach.

“I can assure you,” Jones said at his introductory press conference. “We will put together the best football staff in the country. Not just in the Southeastern Conference, but the entire country.”

12. Mariota Finds His Swagger, Giving Titans Fans Hope for 2nd-Round Playoff Win -

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.

13. Winning Still Feels Good, Even If ‘Tanking’ is More Productive -

The big man sat at his locker with a somber look on his face. He spoke just above a whisper.

He had scored 29 points on the night, 14 in the fourth quarter when he had hit all four threes he took. He didn’t have much to say about that.

14. OU Guard Young an Intriguing Lottery Prospect; Tigers Win; Conley Vows Return -

Do you have Trae Young fever? Does just considering the possibility of the freshman Oklahoma Sooners point guard in a Grizzlies uniform inspire a rapid heartbeat, cause you to break out in a sweat, and dream of a massive turnaround as soon as next season?

15. 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.

16. Memphis Experts See Economic Growth Building Off 2017 Into 2018 -

With resolutions made and the new year now, another annual exercise rises to the forefront – predictions on what Memphis and its economy can expect in 2018.

If 2017 taught us anything, it’s that there’s so much we won’t be able to even remotely see coming, from Memphis bidding to become the potential home for Amazon’s second headquarters to action finally being taken on the Confederate monuments in city parks and so much more.

17. 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.

18. So Close ... Tigers Fall 21-20 in AutoZone Liberty Bowl -

The last drive and the last hope ended with record-setting Memphis Tigers quarterback Riley Ferguson flinging a fourth-and-10 pass toward wideout Phil Mayhue on the sideline. They didn’t connect.

19. So Close ... Tigers Fall 21-20 in AutoZone Liberty Bowl -

The last drive and the last hope ended with record-setting Memphis Tigers quarterback Riley Ferguson flinging a fourth-and-10 pass toward wideout Phil Mayhue on the sideline. They didn’t connect.

On a day when Iowa State tied the AutoZone Liberty Bowl record with six sacks in a 21-20 victory, Ferguson’s final pass came under duress.

20. Worth the Wait -

A true college football fan’s pain is personal because losing extracts a cost. Food doesn’t taste as good. Sleep doesn’t come as easily. The hurt goes to depths that not everyone can understand.

21. His Way: Tubby Smith Figured Out Who He Was Long Ago and He’s Not Changing -

When his visitor was about to leave, Orlando Tubby Smith had one more story. About a time his father had given him an assignment on the family farm in Maryland. 

Tubby was one of 17 children. He had older siblings and younger siblings. He also, at age 12 or 13, already had a sense for what it was to lead and manage.

22. Rising Programs -

Iowa State plays in college football mecca as a Power 5 member, albeit in the Big 12. The University of Memphis lives in the non-Power 5 outer ring that is the American Athletic Conference. The Cyclones (7-5) play a tougher league schedule. That’s just true. And they pulled two big-time upsets by beating Oklahoma, which is in the College Football Playoffs, and then-No. 4 TCU.

23. ISU Defense a Challenge; Tigers Snag 13 Early Signings for 2018 -

Iowa State may or may not be the best defensive team the University of Memphis has faced this season. But whatever designation you put on the Tigers’ opponent in Saturday’s Dec. 30 AutoZone Liberty Bowl, Memphis coach Mike Norvell knows this:

24. 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.

25. Nothing ‘Exotic’ About Titans’ Running Game -

The Tennessee Titans will tell you that their success is built around the run game. Don’t buy it. “Exotic smashmouth” has become a mere shell of its former self.

Under Mike Mularkey, the Titans proudly proclaimed that everything in the offense would revolve around the running game. That strategy worked last season when the Titans ran the football effectively with DeMarco Murray leading the AFC in rushing, Derrick Henry putting in solid work as his backup and the offensive line earning accolades as one of the best in the league.

26. Iowa State Must Stay True to Selves to Beat Tough Memphis Offense -

At this late date in the college football season, deception may come on an individual play – a quarterback’s deft sleight of hand on play-action or a linebacker feigning blitz only to drop back into coverage.

27. Former AD Dickey has Confidence in Fulmer, Pruitt -

Doug Dickey lived and breathed some of Tennessee’s football glory days, and he would like nothing better than to see those days return.

Dickey, 85, retired and living in Jacksonville, Florida, still loves Tennessee football. He coached the Vols to the Litkenhous national championship in 1967 when the Vols finished 9-2. USC, 9-1, was declared the national champs in the AP, Coaches, FWAA and NFF polls.

28. ‘Ugly’ Titans Offense Can No Longer Be Ignored -

It had been festering for weeks, but the Tennessee Titans seemed to push the matter aside as they were squeezing out close wins against the NFL’s third-easiest schedule.

“Winning ugly” is how it was seen through rose-colored glasses, with an 8-4 record as exhibit 1.

29. Strong Season Sets Recruiting Table for Tigers -

The Tigers’ Dec. 30 date with Iowa State in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl isn’t far off. But closing in even faster is college football’s new early signing period from Dec. 20-22 for high school seniors headed to a Division I school.

30. Grizzlies Not Just Losing Games, But Respect -

Another horrific loss, another long counseling session at Marc Gasol’s locker with Gasol simultaneously playing the parts of frustrated team psychologist and exasperated patient.

This time, he talked more than 12 minutes. At the end of it, after he had tried to explain to us and to himself how the Grizzlies had just lost by 25 points to a mediocre Miami Heat team, the media masses walked away.

31. Grizzlies Stop Losing Streak at 11, But Victories Remain Elusive -

Perhaps Tom Thibodeau saw it coming. His young Minnesota Timberwolves, though not short on talent, do not yet consistently devote themselves to defense. They were playing for a second straight night and they were on the road at FedExForum.

32. Rivals Manning, Spurrier Enter College Hall of Fame Together -

NEW YORK (AP) – After the class picture of the latest Hall of Fame inductees was taken, Peyton Manning made his way over to Steve Spurrier for another handshake and some chit-chat before heading off in opposite directions to do media interviews.

33. Grizz Break Streak; Norvell’s Status Uncertain -

How do you celebrate the end of an 11-game losing streak? If you’re Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol, you speak from the heart. And the gut.

After the Grizzlies beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 95-92 Monday night at FedExForum, Gasol did an interview with the team’s sideline TV reporter. Gasol dropped in the usual stuff about “guys need to get used to having a little more confidence with the ball in their hands and get used to playing together,” and then out of sheer joy and relief he added, “Overall, we won, so (screw) it.”

34. Titans Must Find, Fix What’s Ailing Mariota -

One of the biggest questions on everyone’s mind regarding the Tennessee Titans is what is wrong with Marcus Mariota?

After a breakout season in 2016, one in which he threw 26 touchdown passes and just nine interceptions, Mariota has endured a stunning reversal in Year 3. Through 10 games played – he missed one with a hamstring injury – Mariota has just nine touchdown passes and has tossed a career-high 12 interceptions, including an alarmingly high six in the past two games.

35. Much at Stake in Memphis-UCF Rematch -

For a game that happened two months ago, UCF’s 40-13 victory over the Memphis Tigers has had incredible staying power. But there are logical reasons for that, too.

It’s the only loss Memphis (10-1) suffered all year. The Tigers took out two Top-25 teams (at the time the games were played) in UCLA and Navy. Yet they were not really competitive against UCF, which is undefeated at 11-0 heading into the American Athletic Conference championship game on Saturday, Dec. 2, at 11 a.m. at Spectrum Stadium in Orlando (ABC-TV).

36. Tigers Defense Has Persevered Through Adversity This Season -

The numbers don’t tell the story. A glance at the American Athletic Conference team statistics show a University of Memphis defense that ranks in the bottom half of the 12-team league in practically every category, from scoring defense (seventh, 32.6 points per game) to total defense (eighth, 452.3 yards per game). The Tigers have allowed 43 touchdowns (4.3 per game) and struggled stopping opponents on third down and in the red zone.

37. Hall Joins Arc Mid-South As a Case Manager -

De’Borah Hall recently joined The Arc Mid-South as a case manager, bringing with her nearly 15 years of experience in human resources. In her new role, Hall visits The Arc’s clients, who have intellectual and developmental disabilities, in their homes to determine if the organization’s direct support professionals are providing appropriate services, such as bathing, feeding and light housekeeping. The visits also help her evaluate staff members and determine if additional training or disciplinary measures are needed.

38. Fired Coach Helped Rescue UT Program That Had Hit Bottom -

After the fact, Butch Jones’ shortcomings are there for all to see.

He could recruit talented players but he couldn’t develop them. His hiring of assistant coaches was haphazard. He choked in late-game situations. He blurted out half-baked comments at press conferences. His interpersonal relationships were strained. He talked tough but had a thin skin.

39. Tigers Can Clinch AAC West Saturday at Home vs. SMU -

Good things were expected. Great things were considered possible. In the preseason, anticipation was high for Mike Norvell’s second University of Memphis football team.

40. Upset at Missouri Vital to Bowl Hopes for Tennessee Vols -

Tennessee’s football program remains in limbo as the Vols pursue bowl eligibility under fifth-year coach Butch Jones.

Jones is hanging onto his job as the Vols (4-5, 0-5 SEC) play their final three games of the season, starting with Saturday night’s 7:30 ET game (SEC Network) against Missouri (4-5, 1-4 SEC) in Columbia.

41. Byard Adding ‘Smart’ to Instinctual Game -

With five interceptions in two games, it’s tough not to notice what a second-year safety is doing for the Tennessee Titans.

But as flashy as the results have been for Kevin Byard, perhaps the reason why the former Middle Tennessee star is finding success can be found in another play – one in which the Titans defense was in total disarray.

42. Bench Power -

Through games of Nov. 7, the Memphis Grizzlies were 7-4. You probably knew that. You recall the thrill of taking down the reigning NBA champion Golden State Warriors at FedExForum and beating the much-hyped Houston Rockets twice – on the road and at home.

43. Josh Pastner Under NCAA Microscope -

Former University of Memphis basketball coach Josh Pastner has been accused of being complicit in extra benefits provided to at least two Georgia Tech players and to former Tiger player Markel Crawford.

44. Real Titans Had Better Stand Up, Stay Up -

Back in the day, where was a TV game show called “To Tell the Truth.” On this game show, there was one person who had forged a unique accomplishment and two imposters also claiming to be this person. At the end of the show, the panel would vote, and then the real person of accomplishment would reveal themselves by standing up.

45. After Hot Start, Grizzlies Show Cracks In Foundation -

As calculated decisions go, it seemed like a good one. Probably, it was a smart decision despite the unhappy result.

With the Grizzlies wrapping up a homestand, coach David Fizdale determined the last game against the Orlando Magic was an opportune time to get point guard Mike Conley and his sore Achilles a little extra rest before starting a five-game road trip.

46. Tigers Eager to Prove the Skeptics Wrong -

The question was pretty direct: “Jimario, what do you think is the biggest question facing this team?”

Said Jimario Rivers, even more to the point: “Probably, how many games we’ll win.”

47. The Good (Youth), Bad (Injuries) & Ugly (12-9 Win at Cleveland) -

As the Tennessee Titans head into their bye week, they use this time to self-evaluate the first seven games of the season.

So, we are here to help them delve into what went right, what went wrong and what was just plain awful through the first seven games of the 2017 season.

48. ‘Trey’s Company’ Captures Spirit of the Summer of ‘82 -

For years I’ve sat next to Frank Murtaugh in the press box at University of Memphis football games at the Liberty Bowl. For a long time, there was a lot of head shaking and muttering during those games because, well, it’s actually hard to watch bad football and write about it.

49. Grizzlies Run Past Golden State, 111-101 -

When it was done, when the Memphis Grizzlies had defeated the reigning NBA champion Golden State Warriors 111-101 Saturday night at FedExForum, and Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant had been ejected, there was a lot of explaining to do.

50. Ferguson, Taylor Rally No. 25 Memphis Past Houston, 42-38 -

HOUSTON (AP) — Down 17 in the second half on the road, there was no panic in No. 25 Memphis.

The Tigers kept their focus and finished with a victory.

Riley Ferguson threw for 471 yards and had a 21-yard TD pass with 1:28 left, Patrick Taylor rushed for a career-high four touchdowns and Memphis rallied to beat Houston 42-38 on Thursday night.

51. Succop One of Best-Ever Pickups for Titans -

The art of kicking a football is often taken for granted.

It’s a little bit like driving in that good driving is rarely noticed, unless maybe it’s done by NASCAR drivers. Bad driving always brings unwanted attention.

52. Dillon Brooks Injects Hope, Excitement into Grizzlies’ Season -

The rookie admitted there was at least a moment of concern. Dillon Brooks would score 19 points with five rebounds, four steals, mostly look like he had been playing in the NBA for about 10 years, and his team would win on opening night.

53. Roster Moves Show Grizzlies Know They Can’t Put Tomorrow Ahead of Today -

From the time training camp opened this year, forward Jarell Martin was considered likely to be left on the outside looking in when the Grizzlies made their final roster cuts. Martin was a first-round selection in the 2015 NBA Draft, but speculation was he would be competing with young Deyonta Davis, a second-round pick in 2016, for the last roster slot on the front line. And because Davis was just 20 and considered raw but with much potential, Martin would lose out.

54. Tigers Top No. 24 Navy to get Back in AAC West Race -

By reputation, Navy was the more efficient team. The team that didn’t make many mistakes and didn’t commit many penalties.

That was a main reason that Navy was undefeated and the No. 24 team in the country when the Midshipmen lined up against the University of Memphis Saturday, Oct. 14, at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.

55. Turning The Page -

The Memphis Grizzlies still cling to their old grit-and-grind identity – at least for marketing purposes and perhaps a subconscious need for comfort and security. But they also decided now was the time they had to initiate transformative change.

56. Core Two: Fizdale Expects and Needs Gasol and Conley to Lead -

For all of the uncertainty surrounding the Grizzlies as they wind down the preseason – from a still-diminished Chandler Parsons possibly being relegated to backup power forward to ongoing roster spot battles – coach David Fizdale is sure of this much:

57. Tigers Could Face New Wrinkle In Navy’s Always-Challenging Offense -

Like a lot of teams, the University of Memphis has had trouble coping with Navy’s triple-option offense. The Midshipmen beat Justin Fuente’s Tigers two years ago with it and last year did the same to Mike Norvell’s first Memphis team.

58. Warriors to Win NBA Title Again, NBA GM Survey Says -

Marc Gasol is the third-best center in the NBA, Mike Conley the fourth-best leader, and former Grizzlies defensive stopper Tony Allen is still tough, but no longer the toughest guy in the league.

59. Hiring Larry Scott As Offensive Coordinator Big Mistake For Jones -

If/when Butch Jones is fired at Tennessee, a number of reasons will be cited. Among them:

• A 41-0 no-show at home against Georgia

• A combined 3-11 record against rivals Alabama, Florida and Georgia

60. Life of a Quarterback -

Senior Austin Allen watched his older brother Brandon live the highs and the lows of the thrill ride that is being a starting quarterback for Arkansas in the SEC.

61. After 40-13 Loss at UCF, Memphis Tigers Embrace a Put-up or Shut-up Mentality -

Had the University of Memphis football team gone into Orlando last Saturday and defeated UCF, the Tigers would have been 4-0 and likely moved into the Top 25. In fact UCF (3-0) did slide into the 25th spot in the Associated Press poll after giving Memphis a 40-13 beatdown.

62. Titans Rookie Delivers Fun in Politically Charged Times -

Want to add some fun to your NFL experience? I give you Titans rookie cornerback and punt returner Adoree’ Jackson, who quite honestly is just a kid having fun playing football.

He’s the antidote to the hand-wringing of NFL players vs. Trump-said-what? tweets.

63. Henry Better Than Murray ... For the Moment -

Some Titans fans have been eager for a running back controversy ever since the Tennessee Titans chose Derrick Henry in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

64. Beat LA? With 48 points, Memphis finds a way -

First, let’s make sure that history doesn’t get what happened Saturday at the Liberty Bowl twisted.

Yes, the University of Memphis Tigers’ 48-45 victory over No. 25 UCLA and quarterback Josh “Chosen” Rosen will be classified as an upset – at least a mild one, at least nationally.

65. Beat LA? With 48 points, Memphis finds a way -

First, let’s make sure that history doesn’t get what happened Saturday at the Liberty Bowl twisted.

Yes, the University of Memphis Tigers’ 48-45 victory over No. 25 UCLA and quarterback Josh “Chosen” Rosen will be classified as an upset – at least a mild one, at least nationally.

66. Life After Tony Allen? A Lot More Boring Than Life With Tony Allen -

Tony Allen at his best was the best. Or as he loved to remind us all with a gesture and a shout: FIRST-TEAM ALL-DEFENSE!

But God love him, he was never easy.

No player, just like no person, is always at his best. We know this. We all have our highs and lows. Thing is, most of us spend much of life in that vast middle ground of our own, personal, averageness.

67. UCLA’s Prolific QB Rosen Will Test Tigers D -

In Week 1, UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen rallied his team from 34 points down to defeat Texas A&M 45-44. It was the second-largest comeback win in FBS history.

Last week in the Bruins’ 56-23 victory over Hawaii, Rosen hit on 22 of 25 passes for 359 yards and five touchdowns. Excluding a one-play drive before halftime, UCLA scored on its first seven offensive possessions.

68. Titans Begin Season With Questions At Wide Receiver -

For most of their two decades in Tennessee, the wide receiver position has been a glaring hole for the Titans.

Other than the years when Derrick Mason and Drew Bennett were among Steve McNair’s primary targets, and an occasional quality free agent signing like Nate Washington, there have been many swings and misses when it comes to the Titans and the wide receiver position.

69. Tigers Deliver Victory in Wind and Rain -

Tigers kick returner Tony Pollard let the ball settle into his hands. Do not take that part for granted. This was at the start of the second half Thursday night at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. And not to say there was a lot of water, but at one point the Cajun Navy probably could have sailed areas of the stadium concourse.

70. Vols, Jackets Each Eager to Make Statement -

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).

71. Will Grizzlies Have A Leg to Stand On? -

David Fizdale was eloquent as he again stated the city of Memphis should remove its Confederate statues. Chris Wallace appeared to have lost weight, an executive expression that this team will be ready for training camp in a few weeks.

72. Memphis Hustle to Debut Nov. 4, Have 23 Home Games -

The Grizzlies’ minor league team, the Memphis Hustle, will begin play in the NBA G League on Nov. 4 and have 23 home games.

The season starts with a weekend back-to-back, Nov. 4 and 5 to tip-off action at Landers Center in Southaven. The Hustle will make its franchise debut on Saturday, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. against the Sioux Falls Skyforce, before returning to action the following night against the Salt Lake City Stars at 5 p.m.

73. Massachusetts Hospital Worker Claims Record Lottery Jackpot -

BRAINTREE, Mass. (AP) – A 53-year-old Massachusetts hospital worker stepped forward Thursday to claim the biggest undivided lottery jackpot in U.S. history – a $758.7 million Powerball prize – after breaking the news to her employer the way the rest of us only dream of: "I called and told them I will not be coming back."

74. Memphis O-Line Works Without Glory So Teammates Can Shine -

All those points, all those plays. Riley Ferguson’s record-setting passing. Anthony Miller’s record-setting receiving.

75. Prolific Memphis Offense From 2016 Could Be Even Better in 2017 -

Wide receiver Anthony Miller is holding a football, says he just picked it up in the equipment room. Which is a little surprising because the usual way a football gets in Miller’s hands is for quarterback Riley Ferguson to throw it to him.

76. New Tiger Guard Kareem Brewton all about Slashing and Scoring -

Growing up, guard Kareem Brewton remembers watching the University of Memphis play via a small television in his kitchen. Well, actually, he doesn’t recall much about John Calipari’s team – that those Tigers could play lockdown defense was news to him – but he remembered how dazzled he was by Derrick Rose.

77. New Tiger Guard Kareem Brewton all about Slashing and Scoring -

Growing up, guard Kareem Brewton remembers watching the University of Memphis play via a small television in his kitchen. Well, actually, he doesn’t recall much about John Calipari’s team – that those Tigers could play lockdown defense was news to him – but he remembered how dazzled he was by Derrick Rose.

78. Redbirds Revitalization: Fun at the Old Ballpark and the Winning is Easy -

Bottom of the seventh inning and another night at AutoZone Park is unfolding the way so many have this season. The Memphis Redbirds have a nice lead. Their starting pitcher has been putting up zeros and the team has been banging out timely hits and playing crisp defense.

79. Vols Roster Gets Little Respect from SEC Media -

It was no surprise last week when Tennessee’s football team was picked to finish third by the media in the East Division at 2017 SEC Media Days.

Almost every national publication is picking the Vols third in the East behind Georgia and Florida, although not necessarily in that order.

80. Paying Fulmer $100K A Deal for UT Athletics -

What does Phillip Fulmer’s hiring as special adviser to University of Tennessee president Joe DiPietro have to do with Vols football coach Butch Jones?

81. Grizzlies Grabbed Accomplished College Players in NBA Draft -

When last week’s NBA Draft tipped off, the Grizzlies were outsiders with no picks. It didn’t stay that way. General manager Chris Wallace had indicated weeks earlier the Grizzlies would approach this draft as if they had picks, adding, “You don’t know what opportunities will come your way in the 11th hour.”

82. Not a Very Good Year for UT Athletics -

It hasn’t been the greatest of years for Tennessee sports. From football to basketball to baseball, and several sports in between, the Vols – for the most part – fell short in 2016-17.

83. Titans Draft About More Than Physical Skills -

It’s easy to look at the Tennessee Titans’ 2017 draft and conclude general manager Jon Robinson drafted for need.

After all, he took two wide receivers, a tight end and a cornerback among his first four picks. And all of those players will have better-than-average opportunities to earn early playing time.

84. 7 Takeaways as Grizzlies Transition to Off-Season -

The Grizzlies’ Game 6 loss to the San Antonio Spurs in their first-round playoff series ended their 2016-2017 season. Less than 24 hours later at FedExForum, first-year coach David Fizdale and players met with the media to recap the season that was and to look ahead.

85. Grizzlies Even Series with Spurs in Game 4 OT Victory -

It’s a series now. Check that, it’s more than a series.

It’s a gunfight minus the spoons. It’s the No. 7 seed Memphis Grizzlies having a real chance to take out the No. 2 San Antonio Spurs and the NBA’s preeminent coach and a cold-blooded superstar that almost single-handedly broke Bluff City hearts.

86. Grizzlies Beat Spurs 105-94 in Game 3 -

The tone had been set three nights earlier in San Antonio. First-year coach David Fizdale had watched his team not just get beat by the San Antonio Spurs, but in his view disrespected by the officials.

87. Fizdale’s Rant Echoes Before Game 3 vs. Spurs -

As expected, the NBA reacted to Memphis Grizzlies coach David Fizdale’s press conference critique of its officials by handing out a $30,000 fine. Fizdale spared no opinion after the Game 2 first-round playoff series loss in San Antonio, detailing a free-throw disparity that had Kawhi Leonard shooting 19 free throws to the 15 takes by all of the Grizzlies.

88. Fizdale Blasts Officiating After Game 2 Loss to Spurs -

The NBA no doubt will be taking some money from Memphis Grizzlies head coach David Fizdale in the form of a fine for his comments Monday, April 17, following the 96-82 loss at San Antonio in Game 2 of this playoff series.

89. Grizzlies Limp Into Closing of Regular Season -

For a brief and blessed time the Grizzlies’ injury reports were vacant. This was back before Chandler Parsons’ season ended with yet another knee issue, before Marc Gasol’s left foot strain, JaMychal Green’s sore left shoulder and Andrew Harrison’s gimpy right ankle.

90. Last Word: A New Chapter, The Kissell Dome and The New Bartlett High School -

Booksellers of Laurelwood is set to return in most of the same location with a smaller footprint and new owners. John Vergos of the Rendezvous and a former Memphis City Council member is among the investors bringing back the East Memphis institution that closed in February. No word on whether the new group will keep the name or go with a new name.

91. Grizzlies Reeling as They Begin Two-Game Homestand -

When the Grizzlies play the Indiana Pacers Wednesday night, March 29, at FedExForum it will be the first of their last eight games in the regular season. When they tip off just after 7 p.m., they will do so carrying a four-game losing streak and having lost nine of their last 13 games.

92. Last Word: Veep Visit, Women and Baseball and Civil Rights Cold Cases -

Game time at FedExForum for the NCAA South semifinals and Vice President Mike Pence is expected to be here to cheer on the Butler Bulldogs. The Butler mascot – a live bulldog – was already in town Thursday making the rounds. I think March Madness requires that all involved up their mascot game if they get this far. So UCLA, we expect to see a live bear roaming Beale Street. You might be able to work a deal with the zoo on this. But if there’s a cost split make sure you nail down those percentages.

93. Vols Need a Good Spring With So Many No. 1 Players Gone -

Butch Jones is about to embark on his most crucial of five seasons as Tennessee’s football coach, and it begins with spring practices starting Tuesday, March 21.

Jones is coming off back-to-back 9-4 seasons capped by bowl wins, but has fallen short of the SEC East Division title both years. He was the preseason favorite to win the East in 2016, and the previous year had a team with potential to win the division.

94. Football Staff Shakeups Rarely Save Coaching Jobs, History Has Shown -

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.

95. Memphis a ‘Football School’ In Fuente-Norvell Era -

The first time Darrell Dickey was an assistant coach at the University of Memphis, way back in 1986, current head coach Mike Norvell was 5 years old.

So it is not an exaggeration to say that it has taken a lifetime for Tiger football to get where it is today. 

96. Next Season’s Memphis Tigers Defense Begins Building Up Now -

If spring football practice is about looking ahead – and it is – then the off-season that precedes it is about looking back. University of Memphis defensive coordinator Chris Ball watched every defensive snap from the 2016 season – 1,025 plays from an 8-5 season.

97. Atlanta Developer Files $200 Million Germantown Mixed-Use Plan -

Atlanta developers have filed an outline plan with Germantown leaders for a $200 million mixed-use town village development on the 32-acre “Arthur tract” west of the Saddle Creek South retail center.

98. Late in the Season, Grizzlies Still Seeking Consistency, Chemistry -

Players and coach David Fizdale have had some, well, interesting things to say in the wake of that dreadful 122-109 loss to the NBA-worst Brooklyn Nets. But this isn’t about one game, one lineup change or even one quote from Fizdale that at times has been taken out of context.

99. The Week Ahead: March 7-13 -

Happy Monday, Memphis! Get your taste buds ready: Both Memphis Black Restaurant Week and the inaugural Vintage901 festival are taking place in the coming days. We’ve got details on those, plus plenty of other fun activities and entertainment to check out in The Week Ahead… 

100. Titans Still Rebuilding After Years of Bad Draft Picks -

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.