By: David Boclair
Posted: Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 11:44

Damian Jones is a tall order in the minds of Southeastern Conference basketball coaches.

Vanderbilt’s leader in points and rebounds in 2014-15 already has said he plans to declare for the NBA draft following this season. Until then, though, he presents a matchup problem in a league where the majority of best players – at last as the coaches see it – are in the backcourt.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 11:40

Semantics have been important to Eric Berry in his return from Hodgkin lymphoma, which cut short his 2014 season but ultimately did not derail his NFL career.

This week, ESPN.com’s NFL Nation reporters named Kansas City Chiefs safety and former University of Tennessee star the mid-season Comeback Player of the Year.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 07:04

Taylor Lewan’s term as a Tennessee Titans captain was a short one.

Interim coach Mike Mularkey confirmed Wednesday that he replaced the 2014 first-round pick on the team’s leadership group with veteran running back Dexter McCluster, who filled that role during Sunday’s victory at New Orleans.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 06:53

In a season where Brent Stockstill is breaking numerous Middle Tennessee State school records, no one is more proud of him than his head coach, Rick Stockstill, except maybe his father, Rick Stockstill.

“I try to make it as business as usual,” Rick Stockstill said this week. “Yes, I'm proud of him. As a father, I'm proud of him. As a coach, I'm dang proud of him.

By: J.R. Lind
Posted: Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 06:45

Via a very detailed letter with more requirements than the NFL's roughing-the-pass rule, the Federal Aviation Administration has approved a request by the Titans to record practice at St. Thomas Sports Park via drone, determining, among other things, that recording the practice is "in the public interest," which makes one wonder if John S.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 13:27

Kyle Phillips proved a quick study in his first season of college football.

Unfortunately for the former Hillsboro High School star that season came to an early end.

University of Tennessee coach Butch Jones announced Wednesday that Phillips, a 6-foot-4, 259-pound defensive end, would miss the rest of the season due to a shoulder injury that requires surgery.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 12:58

When asked, Mike Mularkey has been careful to be respectful of former Tennessee Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt.

His actions, though, speak to a man who has some distinctly different ideas in how this team should be run.

Mularkey, the interim coach, sent a clear message Wednesday that he believes he and the rest of the coaching staff can protect quarterback Marcus Mariota with adjustments in personnel and scheme.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 12:18

Marcus Mariota’s second AFC Offensive Player of the Week award is not a first for the Tennessee Titans.

It is the first in some time, though.

The NFL on Wednesday named the rookie quarterback’s performance Sunday at New Orleans the conference’s best in Week 9. He threw for 371 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions in a 34-28 overtime win over the Saints in his first game back from a knee injury.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 11:37

Not so fast.

That’s the best way to put it.

Chris Johnson might not have the eye-popping speed he showed during most of his six seasons with the Tennessee Titans. Then again, those who were quick to decide that his days as a productive NFL running back were over – and that was a highly popular opinion for a time – were wrong.

Now with the Arizona Cardinals he has a chance to do something unprecedented.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 00:02

It’s not often that Pekka Rinne allows more than five goals in a game.

More often than not, when he does, it means a bad night for the Nashville Predators.

Tuesday was the exception on both counts. The three-time Vezina Trophy finalist allowed five goals on 26 shots (two on three in the second period) yet the Predators rallied for a 7-5 victory over the Ottawa Senators at Bridgestone Arena.