By: David Boclair
Posted: Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 14:20

Vanderbilt’s defensive backfield will benefit from a lot of professional experience.

As part of the restructuring of the staff, which includes head coach Derek Mason’s decision to double as defensive coordinator, Todd Lyght has been hired to coach the cornerbacks.

Lyght, a 12-year NFL veteran, will work closely with safeties coach Brett Maxie, who enjoyed a 13-year NFL career. Maxie was in charge of the entire Commodores’ secondary last season.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 23:55

Prosecutors in the case against two former Vanderbilt football players accused of an on-campus rape won’t have to paint a picture for the jury of what took place early on June 23, 2103. They have videotape and photo evidence.

Assistant district attorney Tom Thurman described some of what is seen on cell phone and security video as part of his opening statement Tuesday, the second day of the trial against Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey. Jury selection was completed, both sides presented opening arguments and the first witnesses testified on the second day of the trial.

Multiple reports referred to the video evidence as “graphic.”

By: David Boclair
Posted: Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 22:52

The Nashville Predators won another game Tuesday. Nothing new there.

Yet they lost the one player they can least afford to be without. Or at least the one player they seemingly can’t afford to be without for any significant amount of time.

So the most compelling questions now are whether or not they will have to be without goalie Pekka Rinne for any significant amount of time and whether they can continue their winning ways without him.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 14:19

Timing is everything.

As far as Barry Trotz is concerned, Nashville Predators general manager David Poile got it right when he finally made the move last spring and decided it was time for the franchise to have a new coach.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 13:48

Jim Schwartz apparently could not see himself running a 3-4 defense.

So he’s looking for another job.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Monday, January 12, 2015 - 12:27

Peyton Manning couldn’t — or wouldn’t — say whether Sunday’s playoff loss to his former team was his last game in the NFL.

“My mindset right now is just disappointment after (this) game,” Manning said after the Denver Broncos fell 24-13 to the Indianapolis Colts in the divisional round. “… So I’m disappointed. I need to process this game and we’ll meet (Monday) and kind of … I need to process this game. So I’m disappointed right now is what I am.”

It was not the first time, however, he was one-and-done in the playoffs. Far from it, in fact.

By: J.R. Lind
Posted: Monday, January 12, 2015 - 09:01

Five stories to read today...

From Grantland: "Ducking the Bucks: Inside the Evolution (and Oregonification) of Urban Meyer's Ohio State Offense"

Something to watch for tonight: the Buckeyes offense has a little Duck in it.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Monday, January 12, 2015 - 06:39

So it turns out the NHL All-Star Game includes a home-ice advantage.

That’s good news for the Nashville Predators next year, when the contest will be played at Bridgestone Arena.

It does nothing for them now, though, when they have the league’s best record, as has been the case since their 3-2 overtime victory over Dallas on Thursday.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Monday, January 12, 2015 - 05:56

Derek Mason knows better than anyone how to slow Oregon’s offense.

Monday he gets to critique Ohio State’s effort to do the same during the first College Football Playoff championship game (7:30 p.m., ESPN).

By: David Boclair
Posted: Monday, January 12, 2015 - 05:40

Things didn’t get any better for Chris Johnson after the Tennessee Titans released him and he signed with the New York Jets.

Rather than revitalize his career, the seventh-year running back had his worst season yet. He finished with 155 carries, 663 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown — all career-lows.

Now things have gotten even worse.