Knoxville TN – The Tennessee Lady Vols travel to Baton Rouge on Thursday night to play LSU which is coached by former Tennessee player and assistant coach, Nikki Caldwell. The game has special meaning to Tennessee head coach, Holly Warlick.
While the two coaches battled last season for the SEC Tournament championship in Nashville, which Tennessee won 70-58, Warlick and Caldwell join forces in the offseason to help others through their Champions For A Cause Foundation.
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Columbia Mo – Kamiko Williams had a big first half and five Lady Vols scored in double figures, but No. 9/10 Tennessee could not overcome Missouri’s sharp shooting in a 80-63 loss to the Tigers on Sunday at Mizzou Arena.
Tennessee (17-5, 8-1 SEC) suffered its first conference loss of the season and committed 18 turnovers. Missouri (15-8, 4-5 SEC) used a second-half surge to cap a strong day of shooting and earn its first-ever win against the Lady Vols.
The Tigers shot 52.7 percent (29-of-55) from the field, 45.8 percent (11-of-24) from 3-point range and 84.6 percent (11-of-13) from the line while dishing out 23 assists to UT’s six. The Lady Vols shot 41.8 percent (23-of-55) and struggled from long distance (5-of-14) and at the charity stripe (12-of-20). «Read the rest of this article»
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Titans (0-0) open their preseason schedule this week, traveling to Seattle to face the Seahawks (0-0) at CenturyLink Field (capacity 67,000). Kickoff is scheduled for 9 p.m. CDT on Saturday, Aug. 11.
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The Titans begin their second preseason under head coach Mike Munchak, now in his 31st season with the franchise. Last year, Munchak led the Titans to a second-place finish in the AFC South with a 9-7 record. They finished a game behind the 10-6 division champion Houston Texans and narrowly missed out on a Wild Card playoff berth.
The game will be televised regionally on the Titans Preseason TV Network, including flagship WKRN-Channel 2 in Nashville. Cory Curtis will handle play-by-play duties, while former Titans running back Eddie George and former Titans linebacker Keith Bulluck will provide analysis. Dawn Davenport will report from the sidelines. A full listing of preseason affiliates is available on page 2 of this release.
The Titans Radio Network, including Nashville flagship 104.5 The Zone, will broadcast the game across the Mid-South with the “Voice of the Titans” Mike Keith, color commentator Frank Wycheck, sideline reporter Cody Allison and gameday host Larry Stone.
CLOSE TIES TO SEATTLE
The Titans have several front office members and players with close ties to Washington and the Seahawks, including quarterbacks Matt Hasselbeck and Jake Locker. Hasselbeck spent 10 years with the Seahawks (2001-10) prior to joining the Titans in 2011. During his time in Seattle, he guided the Seahawks to six playoff appearances and became the club’s all-time leader in most passing categories, including passing yards (29,434), attempts (4,250) and completions (2,559).
Locker enjoyed a storied career at the University of Washington from 2005 through 2010. A native of Ferndale, Wash., he played an integral role in turning the program around and into a unit that won a bowl game in Locker’s final appearance. Locker ranks second all-time in Washington history with 7,639 career passing yards, 1,148 attempts, 619 completions, 53 touchdown passes and 9,578 combined yards.
Two additional projected starters for the Titans have played significant portions of their careers with the Seahawks: left guard Steve Hutchinson (2001-05) and safety Jordan Babineaux (2004-10). Defensive coordinator Jerry Gray also spent a season (2010) in Seattle prior to coming to Tennessee.
Tennessee’s front office is led by Mike Reinfeldt, who was promoted to senior executive vice president/chief operating officer this offseason after a five-year stint as general manager. He previously spent a total of seven seasons with the Seahawks as senior vice president (1999-03) and vice president of football operations (2005-06).
Within player personnel, three former Seahawks executives play key roles with the Titans. Ruston Webster, now general manager for the Titans, was Seattle’s vice president of player personnel from 2006-09. Lake Dawson was a pro personnel assistant (2001-04) and assistant director of pro personnel (2005-06) before coming to Tennessee, where he is now vice president of player personnel. Finally, Titans scout Tim Ruskell served as president of football operations and general manager at Seattle from 2005 to 2009.
The Seahawks, who finished 7-9 in 2011, are led by head coach Pete Carroll. This is Carroll’s third preseason with the club since leaving his former post as head coach at the University of Southern California.
During the offseason, Seattle acquired quarterback Matt Flynn as an unrestricted free agent from the Green Bay Packers. The former LSU standout played his first four seasons in Green Bay as a back-up to Aaron Rodgers. He is competing this preseason with incumbent starting quarterback Tarvaris Jackson and rookie signal caller Russell Wilson.
At running back, the Seahawks have Marshawn Lynch, who ranked seventh in the NFL in rushing last season with 1,204 yards.
On defense, the Seahawks field an acclaimed young secondary that includes cornerbacks Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner, as well as safeties Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas. Browner, Chancellor and Thomas were named to the Pro Bowl last season.
The Bowl Championship Series is expected to be replaced by a seeded, four-team playoff chosen by a committee at the end of the 2013 season.
Sometimes you have to settle and life proves that you don’t always get want you want.
With that said, college football made a big step with the announcement that its expected to employ a seeded four-team playoff model when the current and generally hated BCS ends after the 2014 season.
The announcement came Wednesday night that the anticipated playoff would include the bowl system and that a host city would bid for the championship game.
The most intriguing is that the four teams would be selected by a committee and that being a conference champion is not a requirement.
Realistically, Division I Bowl Division Football should have at least a seeded eight-team playoff — my preference is a 16-team model, and let’s not forget the FCS level has a 20-team playoff and could go to 24 in 2013 — that awards the SEC, ACC, Big 12, Pac 12, Big East and Big 10 champions automatic bids with two wildcards.
To me that makes everyone happy. And if you’re not high on the Big East anymore, you could go to three wildcards. Problem solved!
With a 16-team playoff, you could give AQs to all 11 conference champions and then have five wildcards. Are we having fun yet?
You could still have bowls played around whatever model you chose, the regular season would still mean something.
But going with four teams is OK. Just not great.
And here’s why, this year I think everyone would agree with LSU and Alabama. But the Oklahoma State, Stanford, Oregon and Boise State all would be fine and fair possibilities for the other two spots.
In 2010, it would have been worse with the final regular season AP Poll top seven of No. 1. Auburn (13-0), No. 2. Oregon (12-0), No. 3 TCU (12-0), No. 4 Wisconsin (11-1), No. 5 Stanford (11-1), No. 6 Ohio State (11-1), No. 7 Michigan State (11-1).
So with eight there really would never be an undeserving team that would get left out and certainly not with 16. Ok, yes there could always be some argument over the field, because like with the Men’s Basketball 68-team bracket there are always a few teams that could go either way. But most years it’s easy to figure out the best eight teams in football and again the 16-team model is great because it gives the little guy a chance like in basketball, baseball and virtually every other sport that’s sponsored by the NCAA with a tournament/playoffs.
So if anything at least college football is moving into the 21 Century in selecting a champion. through a playoff. I don’t think the BCS got it wrong too often, but to me the best thing about college sports are the postseason tournaments.
And by the way, imagine how much money there could be had through a television contract. Can someone say cha-ching!