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By: Geert De Lombaerde
Posted: Monday, August 31, 2015 - 09:38

Five stories to read today...

From SI: "Tennessee Titans 2015 season preview"

Don Banks says Titans fans have reason to hope, mainly because of the early impression Marcus Mariota has made. He expects the team to improve noticeably — but still not get a sniff at the playoffs.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Monday, August 31, 2015 - 07:04

The Tennessee Titans made their first cuts Sunday.

They made up their minds on the first 10 players released a few days earlier. That much was clear based on playing time in Friday’s 34-10 defeat at Kansas City.

None of them – virtually all of them were longshots to make it anyway – got much of a chance to prove themselves  in the third preseason contest.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Saturday, August 29, 2015 - 08:09

For the second time this preseason, the Titans fell behind 17-0 at the start of the game. Unlike the opener at Atlanta, when turnovers had a lot to do with the Falcons’ early advantage, it was penalties and missed tackles that undermined the early effort in this one.

The starting offense, which played the entire first half, responded with 10 points before halftime but the second half belonged exclusively to the Kansas City reserves — right up until weather issues led to the game being called with 3:50 to play.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Friday, August 28, 2015 - 13:32

It is a reasonable question.

Why is a statue of legendary Tennessee State women’s track and field coach Ed Temple adjacent to a baseball stadium?

The monument was unveiled Friday morning in a public ceremony and now stands near the right field entrance to First Tennessee Park, the Nashville Sounds stadium that opened earlier this year.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Friday, August 28, 2015 - 13:03

After a disappointing season, changes are expected.

In the case of the Tennessee Titans those changes start with the offensive line. 

Last season the Titans ranked 26th in NFL in rushing offense at 90.4 yards per game. The offensive line also allowed 50 sacks and 94 quarterback hits, which ranked 27th and 24th, respectively.

Needless to say, much offseason attention has been paid to making things better up front.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Friday, August 28, 2015 - 12:48

Michael Roos played early and often for the Tennessee Titans.

Drafted in the second round (41st overall) in 2005, the tackle out of Eastern Washington was an immediate starter who did not miss a game during his first seven seasons and sat out just once in the first nine.

He also played hurt.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Friday, August 28, 2015 - 11:31

Halfway through the preseason the Tennessee Titans remain a tough sell.

Vivid Seats, a secondary ticket outlet, released an analysis this week of current prices for each NFL team on the resale market. The Titans, even with high-profile rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota, are among the most affordable option at home and on the road.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Friday, August 28, 2015 - 11:06

Another chapter in the long running public-private school debate, as it pertains to athletics, will be written next week when the TSSAA legislative council will vote on seven proposed measures at a special meeting.

Among the items up for vote is an altered definition of financial aid and rewritten standards for what is a Division I or a Division II school. Issues pertaining to transfers and the size of coaching staff also are up for a vote.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 21:37

It’s anything but a case of don’t ask, don’t tell.

The question of who will be Vanderbilt’s starting quarterback in 2015 has been asked repeatedly since Patton Robinette announced in March that he decided to give up the game to focus on academics.

Derek Mason said Thursday he has made his choice – and he has told.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 19:55

The Middle Tennessee State men’s basketball team got some much-needed help Thursday.

Following a steady stream of offseason and preseason player departures, coach Kermit Davis announced a pair of additions, although one brings with him some off-court issues. Transfers Jacorey Williams (pictured) and Aldonis Foote are now a part of the program, which was down to 11 scholarship players.