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By: Geert De Lombaerde
Posted: Friday, October 2, 2015 - 12:30

Sometimes things just work out as planned.

For example, the Tennessee Titans had a clear idea of what they wanted to happen when they re-signed outside linebacker Derrick Morgan and added free agent Brian Orakpo to play the other outside linebacker spot.

“We felt like Derrick was doing a nice job and if we had another guy to kind of help take the pressure off of him it would maybe help both of them,” coach Ken Whisenhunt said Monday. “So far, that seems to be working.”

By: Geert De Lombaerde
Posted: Friday, October 2, 2015 - 12:26

The most recent installments of the on-again, off-again series between Vanderbilt and Middle Tennessee State changed the nature of the regional rivalry.

The Blue Raiders’ victories in the last three matchups (2001, 2002 and 2005) make the intrigue of Saturday’s game at Floyd Stadium in Murfreesboro (6 p.m., CBS Sports Network) less an opportunity for them to show what they can do against an SEC opponent than it is a chance for the Commodores to show they won’t screw it up.

This is the first of four straight years in which these teams will play, which means it’s Vanderbilt’s chance to restore a sense of normalcy to the proceedings.

By: Geert De Lombaerde
Posted: Friday, October 2, 2015 - 10:54

IndyCar driver Josef Newgarden and his CFH Racing team on Thursday made official that the Hendersonville native will again drive the No. 67 car in 2016. This summer, there was a good bit of chatter about the four-year veteran jumping to another team — including the powerhouse Ganassi and Penske squads — but that pretty quickly fizzled out.

By: Geert De Lombaerde
Posted: Friday, October 2, 2015 - 10:30

It won’t be a sprint to the finish.

With their bye coming after just three games, the Tennessee Titans have a long way to go to complete their 2015 schedule.

But even at 1-2, they have come a long way from where they were a year ago. They have identified their quarterback of the future, addressed personnel mistakes that had plagued them for the last couple seasons and went toe-to-toe with the team to beat in the AFC South. Let's take stock.

By: J.R. Lind
Posted: Friday, October 2, 2015 - 09:13

Five stories to read today...


From The Tennessean: "Johnny 'Red' Floyd: MTSU legend, Vandy lost treasure"

The man for whom the stadium in Murfreesboro is named was also a top performer at Vandy in the days before silly things like "recruiting rules" and "limited eligibility." In fact, he was on those great "point-a-minute" teams on West End. But Middle gets to claim him. Adam Sparks goes deep into the archives to report this one, and found this gem from an old MTSU yearbook:

“Athletics at Teachers College lay at the bottom of the heap. The flowers had already wilted in the vase. The murky depths beckoned. What manner of man (Floyd) was this who stepped forward, picked the groveling invalid from out the debris-strewn waste, grew and perpetuated a lusty bloom and dropped an ironclad lid on the Stygian shadows below? Was this an Horatio Alger hero embodied in the flesh?”

By: David Boclair
Posted: Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 23:14

Remember when most people thought it would take some time for Marcus Mariota to successfully make the transition to the NFL?

Well ‘some time’ turned out to be a short time. Maybe even no time.

No rookie is off to a better start than the Tennessee Titans’ rookie quarterback, who was named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month on Thursday.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 22:56

The Nashville Predators’ roster continued to get smaller Thursday.

Veteran forward Cody Bass, who has spent the majority of his career in the American Hockey League, once again is headed to that league.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 22:34

Darshawn McClellan will start his career as a college basketball coach the same place he began as a player.

That’s not to say he hasn’t gotten around a bit.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 14:30

Two areas of the University of Tennessee’s athletics complex will be named this weekend in honor of Doug Dickey, the long-time coach and administrator at the school.

The Doug Dickey Hall of Fame Plaza will be adjacent to a residence hall currently under construction on Lake Loudoun Boulevard and the Doug Dickey Hall of Champions, in the north hallway of the Thompson-Neyland Center, will be dedicated Friday afternoon.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 14:18

The Toronto Blue Jays want David Price on the mound when the playoffs start.

So they ended his regular season a little bit early.

The former Vanderbilt All-American was scheduled to start Thursday against the Baltimore Orioles but the Blue Jays, who already have clinched the American League East title, decided to give him an extended rest prior to the postseason.