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.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 19:48

Holly Warlick has signed a one-year contract extension that includes a raise in “the $100,000 range” and one additional year in charge of the University of Tennessee women’s basketball program.

The Knoxville News Sentinel confirmed the deal Thursday with a university spokesperson, who added that the pact still requires final approval from university administration, which likely will be next week.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 14:56

Ed Temple did things at Tennessee State University that no other women’s track and field coach had.

So it makes sense that he occasionally questioned whether there was anything more he actually could accomplish, particularly when it came to Olympic success.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 14:39

Marcus Mariota showed in college that he is fleet of foot.

In limited NFL action (preseason action at that) he has made it clear he is willing to stand his ground.

Through the first two weeks of the preseason the second overall pick in the 2015 draft has the worst rushing stats (minus-5 yards on two carries) among rookie quarterbacks that have run at least once.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 13:51

Pig Howard, the University of Tennessee’s leading receiver in 2014, has been suspended for the 2015 opener.

Coach Butch Jones announced the punishment Thursday, nine days before the Volunteers face Bowling Green at Nissan Stadium, and indicated that it could have been worse.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 06:58

Beginning this season Nashville Predators’ ticket holders won’t have to hold an actual ticket to get into games.

The NHL franchise announced Wednesday a digital ticket option for fans, regardless of whether they purchase seats as part of a season-ticket package or on a single-game basis.  The entire process from purchase to arena entrance now can be done with an app.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Wednesday, August 26, 2015 - 21:58

It’s not that Jauan Jennings doesn’t think he can play quarterback.

It’s that the former Blackman High School star, now a freshman at the University of Tennessee wanted to play right away. That was not going to happen.

So with the start of preseason camp he switched to wide receiver and the early results have been promising.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Wednesday, August 26, 2015 - 21:39

It’s not likely that Middle Tennessee State ever will be a member of the Southeastern Conference.

That does not mean the school can’t give its football program and its fans a taste of what it’s like to play in the country’s preeminent conference.