By: David Boclair

Phillip Fulmer has found a way to distract himself.

The former University of Tennessee player and long-time football coach probably won’t ever distance himself from that program.

Posted: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 11:49
By: David Boclair

Call it a Napoleon complex. Call it short man syndrome. Call it little man disease.

Whatever you call it, it’s real. Confirmation and definitions of it exist from the upper crust of academia all the way to the urban dictionary.

This definition comes the latter: “An angry male of below average height who feels it necessary to act out in an attempt to gain respect and recognition from others and compensate for his abnormally short stature.”

Playing in the NFL at 5-foot-10, Kendall Wright is decidedly a candidate. Among the 90 players on the Tennessee Titans training camp roster only three (Dexter McCluster, Leon Washington and Waymon James) are shorter. Even one of the kickers has three inches on him.

Posted: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 05:15
By: David Boclair

There is no such thing as wasted time to Butch Jones.

The second-year University of Tennessee coach has placed a great emphasis on, and created real enthusiasm for the future with his first two recruiting efforts. His 2014 signing class was widely rated as one of the top five in the nation.

He makes the most of the present and rarely lets a moment go to waste. The tireless 46-year-old appears relentlessly throughout the state and region to spread his message of hard work and emphasis on the process.

Tuesday, for example, he was in Nashville to speak at a downtown luncheon hosted by the Nashville Sports Council. It was there that he spoke in depth about the past, which he considers an essential aspect of the program now and in the future.

Posted: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 05:10
By: David Boclair

Phillip Tanner had to wait for his next opportunity to make it in the NFL.

It came Tuesday when the Indianapolis Colts signed the former Middle Tennessee State running back, who first caught on in 2011 as an undrafted free agent with Dallas.

Posted: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 15:14
By: David Boclair

Golden Tate started his first training camp with the Detroit Lions right on time.

He wasn’t so sure he’d make it.

The 25-year-old wide receiver and one-time star at Pope John Paul II High School missed time during the offseason and was on the physically unable to perform list with a shoulder injury before the Lions returned him to the active roster Monday, their first day on the field.

Posted: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 14:49
By: David Boclair

Steve Hoffman has worked with a lot of young kickers during his 25 seasons in the NFL, and his primary message to all of them has been the same.

“I’ve always told them that pressure only exists if you think you can’t do something,” he said.

Yet even Hoffman acknowledges that it is what Maikon Bonani and Travis Coons can do that puts the most heat on them this training camp and the preseason. With the release of veteran Rob Bironas during the offseason, Bonani and Coons know that they actually can be the Tennessee Titans kicker if they perform well enough over the next month.

Posted: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 14:28
By: J.R. Lind

TMZ is reporting that Nashville-based TNA Wrestling has been informed by Spike TV that its premiere show, Impact, will not be renewed when its contract is up in October.

A Spike spokesman told Post Sports "we don't comment on ongoing negotiations," which at least insinuates that it's not necessarily a done deal (or that it's a deal not ready for public consumption). TNA did not return a request for comment.

Posted: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 06:58
By: David Boclair

Jurrell Casey likes what he sees in Taylor Lewan.

The veteran defensive lineman is well aware, though, that the Tennessee Titans’ first-round draft pick has not seen it all. Far from it, in fact.

So Casey looks for opportunities to show the rookie a little something.

Posted: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 05:10
By: David Boclair

Rocky Top was heard in the Rocky Mountains on Monday.

Apparently, the Denver Broncos play music while players stretch prior to training camp workouts. In order to maintain some variety and add a personal touch, a different player selects the music for each stretch.

It was quarterback Peyton Manning’s turn and the former University of Tennessee star included the school’s oh-so familiar fight song in his choices.

Posted: Monday, July 28, 2014 - 15:04
By: David Boclair

James Franklin did not exactly write the book on how to make a perfect exit when he left Vanderbilt earlier this year to become head coach at Penn State.

The man who guided the Commodores to three straight bowl games (they won two) and a pair of nine-win seasons did read up on the subject, though.

Posted: Monday, July 28, 2014 - 14:43