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Donnie Tyndall to make his pro wrestling debut tonight in Knoxville

Donnie Tyndall to make his pro wrestling debut tonight in Knoxville

Posted on 13 June 2015 by Allen


Former UT men’s head basketball coach Donnie Tyndall will make his pro wrestling debut tonight in Knoxville. The former Vols coach will manage new Heavenly Bodies in their match against the Bullet Club at the Global Force Wrestling event at Smokies Park.

Tyndall was fired in March after it was determined he and his staff committed several NCAA violations while he was at Southern Miss. If the Heavenly Bodies cheat tonight under Tyndall’s leadership it’s not likely he will be punished.

Global Force Wrestling is owned by former WCW champ Jeff Jarrett. Jarrett is a native of Hendersonville, TN who wrestled for WCW, WWE, TNA, and several other promotions before starting up GFW last year. The promotion is currently touring minor league stadiums before going to Las Vegas for their first set of TV tapings in late July.

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SEMO tops Skyhakws, 16-5

SEMO tops Skyhakws, 16-5

Posted on 20 March 2015 by Allen


The University of Tennessee at Martin baseball team fell behind early and could not recover this afternoon, dropping a 16-5 decision at Southeast Missouri.

UT Martin (4-14, 2-5 Ohio Valley Conference) trailed 8-0 after three innings of play before chipping away with two runs in the top of the fourth. However, the Redhawks (11-9, 5-2 OVC) ended the game with eight unanswered runs.

Nick Gavello had a pair of hits and scored a run for the Skyhawks, while Taylor Douglas also added two hits. Matt Hirsch had a pair of RBI’s and Mike Murphy also tallied a hit for UT Martin.

On the mound, Daniel Shaw (0-2) was credited with the loss after starting the game and pitching 2.1 innings. He was followed by four Skyhawk relievers who combined to allow six hits over 5.2 innings of work.

Southeast Missouri scored three runs in the bottom of the first but it appeared that UT Martin may immediately answer back in the second. Murphy (single), Gavello (single) and Hirsch (walk) all reached with two outs to load the bases but would later be stranded.

The Redhawks added two more runs in the second inning and three runs in the third before the Skyhawks got on the scoreboard. Hirsch came up with a clutch two-run single up the middle to plate Murphy (reached on fielder’s choice) and Gavello (reached on double), making the score 8-2.

However, Southeast Missouri was able to score on run in the fourth before Gary Price shut down the Redhawks in the fifth inning. Southeast Missouri tacked on five runs in the sixth but Dillon Symon kept the Redhawks off the scoreboard by retiring the side in order in the seventh. Southeast Missouri then scored twice in the eighth to conclude the game’s scoring.

Game 2 of this three-game set is scheduled for Saturday, March 21 at 2 p.m. Carter Smith (1-2, 0.35 ERA) will likely get the starting nod on the mound for UT Martin while Joey Lucchesi (2-0, 7.02 ERA) is listed as Southeast Missouri’s probable starting pitcher.

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Cumberland wins at the buzzer

Cumberland wins at the buzzer

Posted on 27 February 2015 by Allen

Brittany Lawson Cumberland

Shantanique Tolbert’s putback off an air-ball just before the final buzzer provided the winning points in Cumberland’s 50-48 victory over Lindsey Wilson in women’s basketball action Thursday night at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.

The Bulldogs (15-11, 8-6 Mid-South) shot just 34 percent from the field in the contest, including 2-for-15 from 3-point range, but Tolbert, who played just nine minutes into the contest and was in the game because Brittany Lawson fouled out with 3:36 remaining, caught the Chelsey Hall air-ball and made a layup just before the final horn sounded for the winning points.

The Bulldogs called timeout with 14.7 seconds remaining and the game tied at 48. Jalita Fason tried to drive but was cut off and passed out to Hall, who did get into the lane but her left-handed shot from about 12 feet fell short. All of the Lindsey Wilson (21-8, 9-5) defenders went toward Hall, leaving Tolbert all alone for the final basket.

Tolbert’s offensive rebound with 2:09 remaining led to a foul and the junior knocked down both ends of the 1-and-1, giving CU a 48-46 advantage. Chanel Roberts, who scored a game-high 22 points for the Blue Raiders, hit a baseline jumper with 1:19 to play, tying the contest for the seventh and final time. The game also had nine lead changes, five in the second half.

Freshman Kaitlin Oliver led the Bulldogs with a season-high 12 points and added seven rebounds while Lawson grabbed 14 boards but scored only six points on 3-of-9 shooting. Fason finished with nine points and five steals but made just 4-of-14 shots and Hall had eight points, five rebounds and four assists but also had a tough time from the field, hitting only 3-for-14. Terra Pryor recorded seven points and seven rebounds as well for Cumberland.

Billie Hearn grabbed a team-best 10 rebounds for the Blue Raiders but Roberts was the only LWC player in double figures.

The two teams started the game ice cold, missing six shots apiece before Johnson’s 3-pointer from the corner with 15:48 left in the opening half finally broke the scoreless game. That also broke the ice in the scoring column for both teams, with the club combining for 17 points over the next four minutes.

The Blue Raiders scored eight straight points in the middle of the period, including a 3-pointer and a long jumper from Bre Elder, for a 17-11 advantage. Hearn had an offensive rebound and putback to make it a six-point lead for LWC again, but Oliver’s putback in the final minute cut the deficit to three at the break.

The Blue Raiders shot 30 percent from the field, which was better than CU, and Hearn had four points and eight rebounds. Oliver scored six points for the Bulldogs and Lawson grabbed 11 boards, six on the offensive glass, but Cumberland was just 9-of-35 from the field.

Hall’s free throw at the 17:27 mark of the second half tied the game at 24, the first of seven ties in the final period. Neither team led by more than four the rest of the contest.

Both squads also missed crucial free throws down the stretch, including two apiece by Fason and Hall and three from Roberts, who was just 6-for-14 at the foul line. Jazmine Smith hit a driving layup for the Bulldogs with 12:30 remaining, but Roberts answered on the other end with a layup plus the foul, knotting the score at 33.

Lindsey Wilson took the biggest lead of the second half with a 9-2 spurt over a three-plus minute stretch, with Johnson knocking down two foul shots and a midrange jumper. Roberts added a bucket and three foul shots, the last one with 4:34 to play for a 44-40 LWC advantage.

Lawson’s turnaround from about eight feet ended the run on the next trip down the floor and a steal and layup by Fason tied the contest again with 3:17 to play. Roberts hit another baseline jumper, but Fason answered with a floater on the baseline as well, knotting the game at 46 with 2:47 to play.

That set-up the final four points from Tolbert, her only points of the contest, and the win.

Cumberland opens play in the Mid-South Conference Championships next Thursday, March 5, in Frankfort, Ky. Tournament seedings and pairings will be announced Sunday after the conclusion of all league games.

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Jones to be inducted to KY Pro Football Hall of Fame

Jones to be inducted to KY Pro Football Hall of Fame

Posted on 01 February 2015 by Allen


Former Eastern Kentucky University football player Aaron Jones is one of four people to be inducted into the Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame on Friday, June 26. The Class of 2015 will be inducted at Louisville’s Brown Theatre.

Jones, a 1987 Division I-AA first team All-American defensive lineman, earned All-Ohio Valley Conference honors in 1985 and 1987. Following the 1987 season, Jones was chosen as the league’s Defensive Player of the Year. The Apopka, Florida native made 40 tackles, 26 assists, and 12 tackles for loss during his senior season.

Following his senior season at EKU, Jones was the Pittsburgh Steelers’ first round pick in the 1988 NFL Draft. Jones played nine years in the NFL, also playing for the New England Patriots and the Miami Dolphins. At the time of his selection, Jones was only the third OVC student-athlete to be picked in the NFL Draft’s first round (EKU Athletics Hall of Famer Wally Chambers and Morehead State’s Phil Simms).

During his professional career, Jones played in 113 contests. He made 20 sacks, including a career-high four with New England in 1994, recovered five fumbles and had one interception.

Jones was inducted into the EKU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2007. He will be the sixth Colonel inducted into the Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame, joining Wally Chambers (2006), Jason Dunn (2006), John Jackson (2009), Yeremiah Bell (2010) and Chad Bratzke (2013).

The three other members of the Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2015 are Doug Buffone, Gil Mains and Jacob Tamme.

The purpose of the Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame is to appropriately honor persons that have brought significant recognition to the state of Kentucky, or have by their unusual successful service achieved significant accomplishment on behalf of their school, or have by a significant act or contribution distinguished themselves as an unusual former National Football League player, coach, referee, owner, management, etc. or have been a significant or unusual supporter of Pro Football. Kentucky is the only state to have its own Pro Football Hall of Fame.

This year marks the 13th anniversary of the Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame. To purchase tickets or for more information on the Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame, please visit .

Last fall, Eastern Kentucky (9-4, 6-2 OVC) reached the FCS playoffs for the third time in seven seasons under head coach Dean Hood and finished second in the Ohio Valley Conference standings. EKU is poised to return eight starters on both offense and defense for 2015. The Colonels kick off their 2015 schedule with a home Thursday night contest against Valparaiso on Sept. 3.

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Morehead tops Lady Colonels 76-58

Morehead tops Lady Colonels 76-58

Posted on 31 January 2015 by Allen


The Eastern Kentucky University women’s basketball team led by four at halftime, but watched as host Morehead State opened the second half on 14-0 on its way to a 76-58 win on Saturday at Ellis T. Johnson Arena.

It is EKU’s (8-11, 3-6 OVC) first loss to Morehead State (10-12, 6-3 OVC) since January 14, 2012.

Eastern limited Morehead State to 30.8 percent (8-of-26) shooting in the first half, as a jumper by junior Shameekia Murray sent the Colonels into the locker room at halftime up by four, 33-29.

The second half, however, was a different story. Morehead State exploded out of the locker room on a 14-0 run and took a double-digit lead, 43-33, when Almesha Jones sank a pair of free throws with 14:25 remaining in the game.

EKU got it back to within eight, 49-41, when sophomore Mariah Massengill converted a layup with 10:05 on the clock; however, MSU responded with an 8-0 run that put the game out of reach. The Colonels’ deficit remained in the teens the rest of the way.

Morehead State shot 46 percent (17-of-37) from the field in the second half.

Murray led EKU with 16 points while Massengill tied a career-high with 12 points. Junior Miranda Maples chipped in with 10 points, while junior Jasmine Henshaw grabbed a career-high 12 boards.

Jones paced the Eagles with 26 points and seven assists, while Eriel McKee finished with a double-double (12 points, 16 rebounds).

EKU returns home following a four-game road swing, hosting Tennessee State on Thursday, February 5, at 5:30 p.m.

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MTSU Women Remains Atop C-USA

MTSU Women Remains Atop C-USA

Posted on 30 January 2015 by Allen

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Four players in double figures and a dominant all-around performance by senior Cheyenne Parker helped propel the Middle Tennessee (13-5, 7-1 C-USA) to a convincing 73-53 victory over UTSA at Murphy Center Thursday.

Middle Tennessee won its fourth straight and tasted victory for the ninth time in 10 games. The Blue Raiders also improved to 78-7 in January games under Head Coach Rick Insell, including 7-1 this season.

Fresh off of winning the USBWA National Player of the Week, Parker put on a show in front of the 4,605 fans in attendance with 25 points, 17 rebounds (nine offensive) and eight blocked shots. The Queens, N.Y., native shot an efficient 9-of-14 from the field and 7-of-9 from the charity stripe as well. She notched her C-USA leading ninth double-double of the season.

Sophomore Olivia Jones also put in a solid performance with 19 points, six boards, dished out four assists and collected three steals, while sophomore China Dow came off the bench to pour in 15 points, grab five off the glass and rack up five steals. Sophomore Ty Petty rounded out the leading scorers with 11 points and four assists.

Defensively, MT held UTSA (9-11, 4-4) to 32.8 percent shooting from the field and forced the Roadrunners into 21 miscues.

A pair of long runs by both teams set the tone for the first half as the Blue Raiders pieced together an impressive 17-0 run over a span 4:41 to go up 24-8.

Parker finished, and started the run with a pair of layups as she and Jones combined for 13 of the 17 points, while Dow chipped in with four points. MT forced UTSA into seven turnovers during the run and a 5:29 scoring drought.

The Blue Raiders went into the locker room with a 30-23 lead despite UTSA climbing back into single digits following a 15-6 output over the final 10:14 of the first stanza.

The duo of Jones and Parker kept MT afloat with 24 of the team’s next 30 points on 10-for-21 shooting from the field. Parker dominated the paint as she collected nine boards and swatted four shots to go along with 12 points, while MT scored 18 of its 30 points in the paint during a span that allowed the Blue Raiders to take complete control.

UTSA would cut the lead to just four, 32-28 in the opening minutes of the second half after a 5-2 spurt. MT responded with a 10-4 run thanks to Petty spearheading the run with seven points that put MT ahead, 42-32. The Blue Raiders cruised the rest of the way as the lead stretched to 23, 73-50, before sealing the win.

MT will look for the Texas sweep when the Blue Raiders square off against UTEP inside the Murphy Center at 11 a.m.

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Skyhawks dominate Eastern Illinois 81-51

Skyhawks dominate Eastern Illinois 81-51

Posted on 30 January 2015 by Allen


The University of Tennessee at Martin men’s basketball team never trailed and saw two players tally double-doubles in a convincing 81-51 victory over Ohio Valley Conference rival Eastern Illinois at the Kathleen and Tom Elam Center.

With the win, the Skyhawks improve to 13-7 overall with a 5-2 league mark, taking over sole possession of second place in the OVC West division. This marks the third time in UT Martin program history that the team has started 5-2 in OVC play and first time since the 1999-2000 campaign.

Tonight’s win also marks the first 30-plus point conference victory for UT Martin since the Skyhawks defeated Southeast Missouri by a 92-62 margin on Feb. 20, 1997.

“Eastern Illinois is a very good team and is really well-coached,” Skyhawk head coach Heath Schroyer said. “They had a tough night and we played really well. I thought our guys really executed the game plan and were fortunate to make some shots. We’re playing pretty well but this team still has a ceiling and can get better.”

Twymond Howard accumulated a game-high 22 points – one point shy of his career-high total – and grabbed 11 rebounds for his third double-double of the season for UT Martin. Howard became just the fifth Skyhawk in the last eight years to make at least 10 free throws in a game without a miss (10-for-10). Marshun Newell also tallied his third double-double of the season with 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Skyhawks, who shot a season-high 60.9 percent (28-for-46) against the OVC’s top team in fewest points allowed and defensive field goal percentage.

The Skyhawks also placed Alex Anderson in double figures in the scoring column, as he tied his career-high with 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting, including four 3-pointers in five attempts. Deville Smith added 12 points and a game-high six assists for UT Martin, who nearly doubled up the Panthers on the glass (37 to 19).

Eastern Illinois (12-9, 6-3 OVC) was led by Trae Anderson’s 14 points while Dylan Chatman added 12 points for the Panthers, who were playing without leading scorer and rebounder Chris Olivier.

UT Martin jumped out to an early lead, as a Howard jumper, a Smith three-pointer and a hawking defense provided the Skyhawks with a 5-0 lead three minutes into the game.

Newell’s second trifecta of the game kept UT Martin’s advantage at five points (17-12) at the 11:48 mark of the first half. The Panthers then tallied five points in a row to even the score at 17-all before an extended run swayed the lead back in favor of the Skyhawks.

Anderson keyed the 11-0 run for UT Martin, nailing a trio of three-pointers over a span of four possessions to make the score 28-17. Eastern Illinois would answer with a bucket on its ensuing trip down the floor but the Skyhawks would pad their lead with a 15-3 run to close out the first half, taking a 43-22 lead in the process.

Smith (12 points) and Howard (10) reached double-figures in the scoring column in the first half for UT Martin, who shot 65.4 percent from the floor – the Skyhawks’ best percentage in a half under Schroyer. Eastern Illinois was led by Anderson’s eight points but the Panthers were limited to 32 percent shooting in the first 20 minutes.

Howard sank a short jumper to begin the scoring in the second half, extending UT Martin’s lead out to 45-22. In fact, Howard accounted for 12 of the Skyhawks’ first 14 points of the second half.

After a Reggie Smith three-pointer at the 11:30 mark cut UT Martin’s lead down to 16 points, the Skyhawks unreeled an 18-2 run to essentially put the game away with a 71-39 lead with 5:30 left to play.

A three-pointer by Richard Lee from the left wing at the 2:05 mark gave UT Martin an 81-47 lead – its biggest lead of the night – on the way to the big win.

The Skyhawks now face a quick turnaround, as they make the short drive to OVC West rival Murray State on Saturday, Jan. 31. Tipoff from the CFSB Center is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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Jimbo Fisher raves about Jameis Winston in 2015 Rose Bowl Postgame Press Conference

Posted on 01 January 2015 by Allen


After getting thumped in the 2015 Rose Bowl by Oregon Florida State head football coach Jimbo Fisher spoke highly of his QB Jameis Winston in the postgame press conference. Winston threw for 348 yards with one TD and one interception. The biggest play in the game came when Winston fumbled on a crucial fourth down in the third quarter. It was recovered by Oregon and the Ducks never looked back.

It’s no big story that Fisher would defense Winston. He’s done it all year.

Winston will likely leave FSU and enter the NFL Draft where he is thought to be a first round pick.

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Breaking down Jacksonville State at EKU

Breaking down Jacksonville State at EKU

Posted on 05 November 2014 by Allen


#4 Jacksonville State Gamecocks (7-1, 5-0 OVC) at #15 Eastern Kentucky Colonels (8-1, 5-1 OVC)
Saturday, Nov. 8 • 12:00 p.m. CT
Roy Kidd Stadium (20,000) • Richmond, Ky.
TV: OVC Digital Network
Series Record: Eastern Kentucky leads 6-5
Last Meeting: Jacksonville State won 68-10 (11/9/13)
Jacksonville State Last Week: W, 56-0 vs. Austin Peay
Eastern Kentucky Last Week: W, 56-42 at Tennessee State

GAME NOTES: One of the best rivalries in the OVC will take place for the 12th time in Richmond on Saturday. Despite how good both teams have been over the last decade (EKU has won 70 and JSU 69 Conference games since 2003), this year marks just the second meeting between the schools when both schools are ranked in the Top 25 at the same time (2012 was the other). Since Jacksonville State joined the OVC in 2003, the teams are nearly even with EKU holding a 6-5 advantage in the all-time series. After winning three in a row from 2010-12 (and scoring 49, 52 and 51 points in those victories), EKU lost 68-10 at Jacksonville State a season ago. In that game Jacksonville State racked up 503 yards of total offense as Eli Jenkins rushed for 120 yards and three touchdowns and DaMarcus James and Troymaine Pope added two scores apiece. The Colonels were limited to just 111 yards on the ground with Jared Sanders leading the way the 45 yards. The JSU defense recovered three fumbles, had an interception and sacked the EKU quarterbacks five times. This year’s matchup features the top two rushing attacks in the OVC, as Jacksonville State ranks fifth nationally in that category (284.3 yards/game) and Eastern Kentucky is eighth (249.6 yards/game). The teams are also 15th and 16th nationally in scoring (JSU is averaging 37.5 points/game while EKU is averaging 37.4).

SCOUTING JACKSONVILLE STATE: Jacksonville State rolled to a 56-0 victory over Austin Peay last week to win its seventh game in a row, which is tied for the fourth-longest active streak nationally. The Gamecocks offense has been clicking recently, outscoring its last two opponents 105-3. During its seven-game winning streak the program has rolled up twice as many yards as its opponents and is averaging 41.9 points/game and 545.3 yards/game of total offense. Included in that is three games with 600 or more yards of total offense including a school record 655 yards of total offense against the Governors; the team also recorded its first defensive shutout since the 2010 season against Austin Peay. Entering this week Jax State has scored a touchdown in nine-straight quarters. In addition to its national ranking in rushing Jacksonville State also ranks third in third down conversion defense (25.2%), sixth in total offense (507.6 yards/game) and 14th in rushing defense (110.0 yards/game).

Senior Max Holcombe is scheduled to make his 46th consecutive start on Saturday which will establish a new JSU career record. Saturday’s game is the third against a nationally-ranked FCS opponent for the Gamecocks.

SCOUTING EASTERN KENTUCKY: Eastern Kentucky, one of just five teams in the FCS with eight or more wins, scored a season-high 56 points against Tennessee State on Saturday; the Tigers had entered the game first in the OVC and 10th nationally in scoring defense (17.6 points/game). Quarterback Jared McClain rushed for a career-high 139 yards and two touchdowns and passed for 70 yards and a score in the win. Dy’Shawn Mobley added 139 rushing yards and three scores to reach the 1,000-yard mark on the season; Mobley currently ranks sixth nationally in rushing touchdowns (14), ninth in total rushing yards (1,061) and 13th in rushing yards/game (117.9).

Sophomore Devin Borders picked up a fumble off an offensive play and ran 33 yards for a touchdown and also blocked his Division I leading fifth kick of the season (Borders also blocked five kicks last year to lead all Division I players).

The win was the fifth on the road this season, making EKU one of just two teams in the FCS with five road wins; it is the most road victories for the team since 1990. As a team EKU is first nationally in turnovers gained (27), second in fumbles recovered (13), blocked kicks (7) and blocked punts (3), fifth in passes intercepted (14) and seventh in kickoff returns (24.97 yards/game) and red zone defense (65.7%).

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Titans Picks: Week 7 vs Redskins

Titans Picks: Week 7 vs Redskins

Posted on 19 October 2014 by Allen


This is a tough one. The Titans played tough against a basement team last week and barely won, almost justifying my favoring the jags. Oh well. On to the pick.

The Redskins have been hot and cold so far this season. They’re in a tough division, and their team is better than their record suggests. Cousins, meanwhile throws pick after pick, only having one decent game since taking over for RG3.

The Titans have a weak offense, Whitehurst had the second lowest QBR last week. Besides that, the Titans have a poor turnover margin overall.

Although Cousins might throw a pick or two, I see the Redskins playing tough D and pulling out the win at home.

Redskins 21 Titans 17

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EKU’s Lloyd honored by OVC

EKU’s Lloyd honored by OVC

Posted on 13 October 2014 by Allen


For the second time this season, placekicker Andrew Lloyd was named the adidas OVC Specialist of the Week following his performance in the Eastern Kentucky University football team’s dramatic 36-33 overtime win against Eastern Illinois Saturday night.

Lloyd made both of his field goal attempts, including the game-winner in overtime, as No. 16 Eastern Kentucky came from behind to top Eastern Illinois and remain undefeated (6-0). Lloyd connected from 24 yards in the second quarter and 29-yards out in overtime to give the Colonels the victory. The senior hailing from Winchester, Virginia, is now 8-of-9 on field goal attempts this season and has made 14 of his last 15 attempts dating back to last fall.

For the season, Lloyd leads the Colonels in scoring (48 points), has been perfect on PATs (24-of-24) and has tallied 21 touchbacks on 37 kickoffs.

The other OVC weekly award winners were Murray State quarterback KD (Offensive), Jacksonville State defensive back Jermaine Hough (Defensive) and Eastern Illinois quarterback Jalen Whitlow (Newcomer).

Eastern Kentucky, one of just five remaining unbeaten teams at the FCS level, travels to Tennessee Tech this Saturday, Oct. 18. Game time is set for 8 p.m. ET.

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Vandy announces home and home with Northern Illinois

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Vandy announces home and home with Northern Illinois

Posted on 25 September 2014 by Allen


Vanderbilt announced a football series with Northern Illinois in 2019 and 2022. The Huskies will come to Nashville on Sept. 27, 2019. The Dores will return the favor and head to Northern Illinois on Sept. 17, 2022.

According to NIU Associate Vice-President and Director of Athletics Sean T. Frazier;

“This is a series that all Huskie fans can get excited about,” Frazier said. “With the addition of Vanderbilt in 2022, NIU fans will see teams from the SEC, the Big Ten, the ACC and the Pac-12, as well as the American and Mountain West, in Huskie Stadium beginning as soon as next season. I’m happy with what we’ve been able to do with the football schedule, but I’m not satisfied. It is a work in progress and the job is never complete as far as I’m concerned.”

Vanderbilt and Northern Illinois have had some fun games in the past. The Commodore lead the series 3-0 but had a scare in 1999 when the Huskies dominated the Dores until late in the 4th quarter when Jimmy Williams returned a punt for a touchdown to give Vandy the win. Northern Illinois had led by 25 until Greg Zolman came alive in the second half. Former Titan receiver Justin McCareins had two touchdowns for the Huskies.

In addition to Northern Illinois Vandy will also host LSU from the SEC West in 2019. The Dores will play their regular SEC East foes, (South Carolina, Kentucky, Georgia, Tennessee, Missouri, and Florida) in addition to their permanent SEC West rival Ole Miss. No other games are known just yet.

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Bama tops Florida 42-21

Bama tops Florida 42-21

Posted on 21 September 2014 by Allen


University of Alabama quarterback Blake Sims threw for 445 yards and four touchdowns, including 10 passes for 201 yards and two scores to receiver Amari Cooper, to lead the No. 2/3 Crimson Tide (4-0 overall; 1-0 in the Southeastern Conference) to a 42-21 win over Florida (2-1; 1-1) Saturday afternoon at Bryant-Denny Stadium. In front of a sellout crowd of 101,821, Alabama overcame several miscues to rack up a methodical yet impressive victory in its Southeastern Conference opener.

Sims completed 23 of 33 passes on the afternoon and his 445 yards through the air ranks second on the Alabama single-game passing yards list behind Scott Hunter’s 484-yard performance against Auburn in 1969. Sims passed for 335 yards and three scores in the first half, including an 87-yard touchdown pass on the Tide’s first offensive play. The first-half yardage ranks second in Alabama history for passing yards in a half behind Greg McElroy’s 339-yard first half outing against Auburn in 2010.

Cooper continued his incredible start to the season with 10 catches for 201 yards and three touchdowns, including a 79-yard catch that erased an early 14-7 deficit, on the way to his school-record sixth consecutive outing of 100 or more receiving yards. The Alabama offense eclipsed the 500-yard mark for the fifth consecutive game, racking up 645 total yards (449 passing, 196 rushing) and surpassed 600 yards for the second time this season. Derrick Henry rushed for 111 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries.

In addition to converting 12 of 16 third downs into first downs, Alabama averaged 7.4 yards per play on 87 snaps, racking up a huge advantage in time of possession (39:16 to 20:44) over the overworked Gator defense. Meanwhile, the Tide defense held the Gators to 200 total yards in the game (107 rushing, 93 passing) and just 2 of 13 conversions on third downs. Alabama won despite losing four turnovers (three fumbles, one interception) in the game.

The Alabama defense held Florida to 200 total yards and was led by linebacker Reggie Ragland’s eight tackles. Linebacker Trey DePriest had seven tackles and a fumble recovery while safety Landon Collins had five tackles, intercepted a pass and broke up two passes. The Tide harried Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel into a 9-for-28 passing performance for 93 yards with two interceptions and two touchdowns.

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Skyhawks Baseball begin Fall Practice

Skyhawks Baseball begin Fall Practice

Posted on 18 September 2014 by Allen


A little over three months after Rick Robinson was introduced as the 10th head baseball coach in University of Tennessee at Martin history, the Skyhawks held their first official practice of the fall last week.

UT Martin returns 19 players (nine position players, 10 pitchers) from last season’s squad. A half-dozen Skyhawk position players started in at least 26 of the team’s 51 games in 2014 while the UT Martin pitching staff returns four hurlers who combined to log 29 starts last season.

Meanwhile, 12 newcomers joined the Skyhawks for fall practice, as seven juniors and five freshmen will make their UT Martin debuts in the spring.

“We had all been looking forward to starting practice since June,” said Robinson, who took over the reins of the Skyhawk baseball program on June 3 after boasting a 699-281 record in 17 years as a collegiate head coach. “It was hard this summer just looking at a roster of names. Now I can put a name with their ability level. The objective of our recruiting this summer was to find depth at each position which forces the players to compete for playing time. The players have been very receptive to all the changes and are working very hard on and off the field to transform us into a quality program in every aspect.”

The team will hold intersquad scrimmages at 7 p.m. on every Thursday from Sept. 18 through Oct. 16. A “Parents Weekend” fall game will take place on Saturday, Oct. 4 at 2 p.m. while Scout Day will occur on Monday, Oct. 20 at 6 p.m.

In addition to those dates, Robinson has brought a new tradition to UT Martin, as the Skyhawks will play an intersquad 100-inning game on Tuesday, Nov. 4. The game – which serves as a fundraiser – is played 10 innings at a time and usually runs about four hours in length.

“The 100-inning game has always been an important part of past teams’ fundraising efforts,” Robinson said. “It also gives the players an opportunity to coach themselves and to compete in a more relaxed setting.”

UT Martin will also hold a best-of-three World Series during the final week of team practice to wrap up its fall practice schedule.

The Skyhawks officially open the Rick Robinson Era on Feb. 13-15 when they take part in a four-game, three-day tournament hosted by Jackson State University in Jackson, Miss.

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