Vols Fulmer Stepping Down

by: Reggie Walker 

   After 150 wins, 15 bowl appearances, and one national title, the end has finally arrived for Phillip Fulmer and the Tennessee Vols football program.   Early Monday in Knoxville, Fulmer decided to step aside at the end of the season, and not return next year. This announcement followed a 27-6 beat down at the hands of heated rival Steve Spurrier and his South Carolina Gamecocks. The loss dropped the Vols to 3-6 on the season.   Fulmer could receive up to 6 million dollars from the university in order to buy out the remainder of his contract.   Fulmer coached Tennessee for 17 seasons.


Lambuth Eagles Crack Top 25

by: Reggie Walker

    After watching his team get off to an 0-2 start, head coach Hugh Freeze knew he had a job ahead of him, getting back to .500.
  Well after a four game winning streak by the Lambuth Eagles, it seems the only job you can associate with coach Freeze is "good" job, and other NAIA coaches have started to take notice.
For the first time since 2003, the L.U. Eagles are ranked in the top 25, coming in at No. 25.   Coach Freeze commented that, "We are really excited to be in the top 25. We feel it puts us in a position to control our own destiny."   Two of the wins during the four game streak, have come against top 25 ranked teams.


Mr. Football Finalists Announced

Here are the names and schools of Memphis-area players who were named finalists for the Tennessee Titans Mr. Football Awards, to be held December 1, 2008 in Murfreesboro, TN:

D2-A Lineman: Ron Gant, FACS. Will Rickard, Harding Academy.

D2-AA Lineman: Austin Long, Briarcrest.

1A Back: James King, Manassas.

3A Back: Demario Carter, Sheffield.

5A Back: Tausean Holmes, Millington.

D2-A Back: Marlon Brown, Harding Academy. Ryan Dubois, SBEC.

D2-AA Back: Barry Brunetti, MUS.


5th Quarter Team of the Week: McKenzie Rebels

 

by: Jonathan Huskey
 
        
Last year the McKenzie Rebels made the program's first ever trip to the BlueCross Bowl in Murfreesboro, thanks in large part to a potent offense led by Mr. Football finalist quarterback Derek Carr.   This year, a state title is still the goal, but the look on the field is much different. Gone is Carr--and most every other skill player from last year's team.   But the expectations do not decrease. "We just told them what was expected of them," said head coach Wade Comer, speaking of players pushed into key roles. "They were excited for the opportunity to get to play."     There are only six seniors on the team, but they do their part to head the team in the right direction.
"During the summer we had to call some of the younger kids, because they weren't used to working everyday," said senior defensive end Caleb Purham.

The Rebels are 7-1 on the season, and take on Lake County on the road this Friday



Grizzlies Have 3 On All-Star Ballot

Story courtesy of WMC-TV Memphis


  3 Memphis Grizzlies are on the Just Released NBA All-Star Ballot.They are, the expected, Rudy Gay,The unexpected Mike Conley.And, the Fabulous O.J. Mayo.
If you weren't too sure about Memphis General Manager Chris Wallace' Move to try to acquire a future Super Star by trading Mike Miller and 5th pick Kevin Love to Minnesota...then the show Mayo is putting on lately has got to change your mind.
In the Grizzlies last 4-games, all on the road, Mayo scored 21, 28, 31, and 33-points respectively..
He's the First Rookie since LeBron James in 2003 to have back to back 30 point games..
He hit 11 in a Row, and 19-points in the 4th quarter last night to lead the Grizz to a near Comeback victory at Phoenix.
Mayo is shooting 50% from the floor, 52% from 3..
For his part, Mayo is modest about his success.
Mayo says everybody is capable of getting it done in the offense the Grizzlies run.
  He says the team pushes Defense first and foremost, and that the turnovers and deflections it creates helps lead to the offensive production. It all starts with defense.
  Mayo and the Grizzlies host the New York Knicks Wednesday night at FedExForum.