Originally written on Fox Sports Tennessee  |  Last updated 11/20/14
NASHVILLE From his Curb Event Center office, Rick Byrd has a bird's-eye view of the goings-on in the hip neighborhood that starts Belmont Boulevard. Photos and plaques and things of personal importance line the walls and dot the desk. Here and there are this and that from country music star Vince Gill, a huge Belmont men's basketball supporter and Byrd confidante and golfing buddy. Just down the tree-lined and stately boulevard from Belmont University, where Byrd is men's basketball coach, nestles Lipscomb University. The "Battle of the Boulevard" between the schools over the years as NAIA college basketball powers, and later as NCAA Division I converts, are of local legend and an insider's tip then and now from those who know the sport nationally. Back then, Byrd was the rising coaching star; now-legendary Don Meyer was still holding court at Lipscomb, both on and off it. They would borrow nearby Vanderbilt's Memorial Gym every once and a while and sell it out. Lots of folks st...
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