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By: David Boclair
Posted: Tuesday, November 24, 2015 - 13:51

Even the players on Vanderbilt’s defense are not sure who gets to rush the quarterback from one play to the next.

Imagine how difficult it must be for those opposing quarterbacks and offensive linemen to figure it out.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Tuesday, November 24, 2015 - 07:31

Steve Scarsone will return as Nashville Sounds manager in 2016 but his staff will be different.

It will be Scarsone’s fourth straight season as manager for the Oakland A’s Class AAA affiliate. The Sounds’ affiliation with Oakland began in 2015.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Tuesday, November 24, 2015 - 07:09

Call it the Curse of James Neal.

In their most recent home game, last Tuesday against Anaheim, Neal scored a goal he probably should not have. His shot from the neutral zone (68 feet away) handcuffed goalie Frederik Anderson and ended up in the back of the net.

The Predators got one more goal that night, the game-winner from rookie Miikka Salomaki 13 minutes later, but nothing since.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Tuesday, November 24, 2015 - 06:50

It was anything but a half-hearted effort, which meant that none of Vanderbilt’s players had to be on the floor for much more than half the game.

The Commodores scored 30 of the first 35 points and opened the Maui Jim Maui Invitational with a 92-55 rout of St. John’s on Monday.

That big early lead allowed coach Kevin Stallings to substitute early and often, which should pay dividends in the next couple days. The eight teams in the event will play three games in as many days.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Monday, November 23, 2015 - 13:23

Kendall Wright has not enjoyed his time warming the bench.

The Tennessee Titans fourth-year wide receiver would much rather be “a spark.”

He figures he will get his chance Sunday when the Titans host the Oakland Raiders (noon, CBS). After three weeks out of action with a knee injury he is optimistic about the possibility to get back in the lineup.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Monday, November 23, 2015 - 12:40

The Tennessee Titans already have used five different offensive line combinations this season.

Anyone ready for number six?

Interim coach Mike Mularkey said that coaches decided to use the extra preparation time afforded by the fact that they played last Thursday to look at possible alterations up front.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Monday, November 23, 2015 - 10:40

No one figured it would last forever.

The University of Tennessee’s defense wanted to extend its longest shutout streak in more than a decade a bit longer than the fourth quarter of Saturday’s 19-8 victory over Missouri.

Once it ended, though, the players quickly got to work on another. Missouri got the ball twice more after it scored and managed 48 yards on 11 plays.

By: J.R. Lind
Posted: Monday, November 23, 2015 - 09:17

Five stories to read today...

From Sports Illustrated: "'Dab on them folks;' A brief history of the Dab dance in sports"

Cam Newton (famously?) did the dab during the Panthers win over the Titans. What is the dab? Where did the dab come from? Extra Mustard unravels the mystery.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Monday, November 23, 2015 - 06:52

The Tennessee Titans can say it all they want. That doesn’t make it true.

They are not in the playoff race even if they are in the NFL’s worst division.

“We’re in no means of looking at this as it’s over, by any means,” interim coach Mike Mularkey said Friday. “Not in this division it’s not over. We have two wins, the first place team has four wins, and there are six games to go. So by no means are we thinking about altering the course.”

By: David Boclair
Posted: Monday, November 23, 2015 - 06:26

One bad play did not define the effort of Vanderbilt’s defense but it did undermine any chance the Commodores had to upset Texas A&M on Saturday.

The Aggies spent most of the night kicking field goals. In fact, Taylor Bertolet’s six tied school and conference records for the most in a game. And he missed one.

Vanderbilt also blew one coverage, though, which led to the game’s only touchdown. In a contest in which the Commodores’ two quarterbacks combined for five completions and 23 passing yards, that was way too much to overcome.