By: David Boclair
Posted: Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 22:00

It wasn’t exactly classic bulletin board material.

However, Vanderbilt’s Derek Mason and Ole Miss’ Hugh Freeze each claimed during SEC football media days, which concluded Thursday, that his team benefited more from the fact that their Sept. 6 meeting — the SEC opener for both teams — will be played at LP Field.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 15:34

An Ann Arbor (Mich.) District Court judge ordered Taylor Lewan to return to court Oct. 27 for a jury trial in the alleged assault case against him.

That is a Monday and the start of the Tennessee Titans’ bye week.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 11:01

It is an opponent Vanderbilt knows it can beat.

The 41-24 romp in last season’s BBVA Compass Bowl proved that.

Houston does not satisfy the SEC’s mandate that all members play at least one non-conference football game against a team from the ACC, Big 12, Pac-12 or Big Ten. Its presence, however, certainly improves the quality of the Commodores’ 2015 schedule compared to what this year’s non-conference lineup offers.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 10:14

Sonny Gray is an experienced stage performer.

The former Vanderbilt ace starred in Smyrna High School’s production of High School Musical during his senior year there, after all.

Even with all that seasoning, the current Major League pitcher – he leads the first-place Oakland A’s in wins – proved in a recent MLB Fan Cave video that he can’t quite make it in New York. Not as a comedian. Not as a magician. Not as a singer, although he unabashedly belts out a Taylor Swift song or two while standing in a fountain.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 09:46

We’ll save you from having to count them yourself.

The preseason All-SEC football team, as selected by media in attendance at this week’s media days in Hoover, Ala. and released Thursday morning includes 78 players – a first, second and third team on offense, defense and special teams.

Not one is from Vanderbilt. Zero. Zilch. Nada.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 09:07

Cuonzo Martin was not the only one who felt it was time for him to leave the University of Tennessee.

His players felt the same way.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 21:41

Butch Jones pointed out Tuesday that, like every other college football team, change is the norm from one season to the next.

It is the degree to which this year’s Volunteers will differ from last year’s that make them different, the second-year coach contended during his appearance at SEC football media days.

By: J.R. Lind
Posted: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 13:06

All through the offseason, the Nashville Predators have been linked as trade partners with the Philadelphia Flyers, the latter sending the former Vinny Lecavalier to play center on a top line now featuring talented winger James Neal.

The teams have been unable to work out a deal, likely hemmed up by the Predators not wanting to pay a contract that owes the 34-year-old $16.5 million over the next four seasons.

Today, the Predators added two centers who will cost them far, far less.

At 10:37 a.m., the team announced it had signed a one-year, $1.05 million deal for former Coyote Mike Ribeiro, bought out by Arizona, with the team's GM citing "behavioral issues" from the 34-year-old. At 11:20 a.m., the team announced a one-year, $1 million deal for 31-year old Derek Roy, most recently of the St. Louis Blues.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 12:51

Apparently, Mike Fisher’s injury is worse than the Nashville Predators initially thought or at least have let on.

That’s the clear conclusion to be drawn following Tuesday’s dip into the free-agent bargain bin that resulted in one-year deals for veteran centers Mike Ribeiro and Derek Roy. Ribeiro, 34, signed for $1.05 million. Roy, 31, signed for $1 million.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 11:46

It was fewer than three weeks ago that Phoenix Coyotes general manager Don Maloney cited “behavioral issues” as the reason he and his team bought out the remaining three years of Mike Ribeiro’s contract.