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.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 13:24

Mookie Betts tried to make one man’s day a little better Wednesday.

A short time later he capped the best month of his Major League baseball career with two home runs in the Boston Red Sox’s 9-5, 11-inning victory over the New York Yankees.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 06:47

Vanderbilt’s offense is selfish.

In terms of football, that’s a good thing.

The Commodores rank among the top 20 in the FBS (they’re 18th, to be exact) in time of possession and have had the ball more than their opponents in each of their first four games.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 14:31

The Nashville Predators took a good, long look at Steve Moses on Tuesday.

Now there’s no telling when anyone will see him in a Predators uniform next.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - 22:17

Trent Sherfield has caught enough passes – particularly the last two weeks -- to catch the attention of those who administer one of college football’s top individual honors.

The Vanderbilt sophomore was one of 13 players added to the Biletnikoff Award watch list Tuesday. The original watch list included 50 players.

Middle Tennessee State’s Ed’Marques Batties also was among the additions.