MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE BLUE RAIDERS NEWS

Lady Vols open season with road win over MTSU

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- The calendar might say early November, but there was a feel of March stirring here Friday night at Murphy Center. In the season opener for both teams, the fourth-ranked and eight-time national champion Tennessee Lady Vols came calling on Middle Tennessee State, a mid-major stalwart, NCAA Tournament regular and preseason favorite to win Conference USA in its...
Via Fox Sports Tennessee
November 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Middle Tenn loses 67-57 to No. 4 Tennessee women

The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders had fourth-ranked Tennessee right where they wanted them at halftime for a second straight season. This time, they went cold in the second half and let the Lady Vols slip away with a victory again. Ebony Rowe scored 21 points and grabbed 16 rebounds as Middle Tennessee blew a 12-point halftime lead Friday night in losing the season opener to Tennessee...
Via AP on Fox
November 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Middle Tennessee State's band scolded by ref (Video)

Now here's something you never see in college football: a referee had to stop a game to tell the band to stop playing. Middle Tennessee State's "Blue Raider" band was given a slap on the wrist for playing "Seven Nation Army" while Marshall's offense was lined up for a 3rd and 3 and their QB was calling signals during the second quarter of Thursday...
Via Holdout Sports
October 26, 2013  |  Discuss

College football referee tells band to shut up during game (VIDEO)

During the middle of the Marshall-Middle Tennessee State game Thursday night, play is stopped while the referee threatens the MTSU band with a noise violation and tells them to quit playing. The Band of Blue had the last tuba toot though, after MTSU scored on the final play to win a 51-49 shootout .
Via The Other Paper
October 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Countdown to kickoff: Middle Tennessee State

ECU travels outside the state of North Carolina for the first time this season when they face new C-USA member Middle Tennessee State.
Via eastcarolina.scout.com
October 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Game day grades: BYU vs. MTSU

In the first ever meeting between the Cougars and the Blue Raiders, BYU came away with a 37-10 victory. While the defense played well, there are still a lot of improvements that need to be made on both sides of the ball. Although the Cougars came away with a victory, the overall performance by the offense and special teams wasn't satisfying.
Via byu.scout.com
September 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders vs. BYU Cougars: Odds, Point Spread, Over/Under and tv info

Source: George Frey/Getty Images North America The Tennessee Blue Raiders will travel to play against the BYU Cougars on Friday night. While Middle Tennessee (3-1) is the team with the winning record they enter LaVell Edwards Stadium as a big underdog to play BYU. (1-2) Coverage of Friday’s game between Mid Tennessee and BYU will air on ESPNU beginning at 9:00 pm et. (7:00 pm MT...
Via Tireball.com
September 27, 2013  |  Discuss

UNC Football: The Recap… Middle Tennessee State

Pic by Tar Heel Graphics (check them out on Facebook or Web Site) Before we start thinking and/or believing that North Carolina (1-1) defeating Middle Tennesse State (1-1) 40 to 20 is the beginning of a good season, let’s me say this… many things need to be fixed for that to happen. There were plenty of errors on both sides of the ball, heck, there was an error before the game...
Via isportsweb.com
September 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Middle Tennessee defeats Western Carolina 45-24

William Pratcher rushed for two touchdowns and 71 yards and Middle Tennessee won its first game as a Conference USA member by defeating Western Carolina 45-24 Thursday night. Jordan Parker ran for a 65-yard touchdown on the first play from scrimmage, sparking the Blue Raiders to 28 unanswered points before Richard Sigmon kicked a 21-yard field goal for Western Carolina in the second...
Via Fox Sports
August 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Photo: Middle Tennessee State unveils new white helmet with American flag logo

The Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders have unveiled new helmets that feature an American Flag pattern within the team's logo.
Via Gamedayr
August 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Former Marine Steven Rhodes granted NCAA eligibilty

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. Steven Rhodes knew the news had to be good when Middle Tennessee State University president Sidney McPhee and athletic director Chris Massaro showed up during Mondays football practice. It was the plight of Rhodes, a former Marine and Blue Raiders walk-on, and his attempt at gaining eligibility this season that had caused a national whirlwind since his story...
Via Fox Sports Tennessee
August 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Video: Marine Steven Rhodes Speaks About Winning NCAA Appeal To Play This Year

Earlier this afternoon, the NCAA made one of its better PR moves in recent years by granting Middle Tennessee State’s Steven Rhodes full and immediate eligibility to play college football. Rhodes’ situation had been a hot topic this past weekend after the organization originally considered marine intramural sports that he’d played to violate NCAA rules. Rhodes gave an emotional...
Via College Spun
August 19, 2013  |  Discuss

NCAA Reverses course: Marine Veteran can play football

The wordmark and logo for Middle Tennessee State University. This logo has replaced Image:Mtsu old logo.jpg. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) A bunch of bumbling buffoons, this is a clown show, there is no excuse for this... The person at the NCAA that made this decision should be fired immediately and sent home in disgrace. I am for veterans rights and he served his country with honor...
Via Goon's World
August 19, 2013  |  Discuss

NCAA bans Marine from playing football because he competed in military recreational league

A Middle Tennessee State freshman who completed five years of active service in the Marines this summer is appealing an NCAA rule which prevents him from playing this season because he competed in a recreational league in the military. The rule essentially says student-athletes who do not enroll in college within a year of graduating high school will be charged one year of collegiate...
Via The Other Paper
August 18, 2013  |  Discuss

NCAA rule benches former Marine

The NCAA always seems to find ways to damage its reputation in the eyes of the public, and it seems to have found a new low with its most recent ruling. Steven Rhodes just finished a five-year commitment to the Marines, and this summer the 24-year-old approached Middle Tennessee State about playing football for the Blue Raiders. MTSU coach Rick Stockstill brought Rhodes (6-foot...
Via Fox Sports
August 18, 2013  |  Discuss

NCAA Keeping Former Marine Steven Rhodes From Playing for Middle Tennessee State

The NCAA may have reached a new low — if that’s even possible. After serving five years in the Marines, Steven Rhodes enrolled at Middle Tennessee State University and walked onto the MTSU football team.  The 24-year-old freshman made the team, playing both tight end and defensive end during the preseason. But now, with the Blue Raiders’ first game a little over a week away...
Via NESN.com
August 18, 2013  |  Discuss

NCAA Forces Marine to Redshirt for 2013 College Football Season

This is just plain wrong. The geniuses that run the NCAA have ruled a freshman defensive end for Middle Tennessee State, Steven Rhodes, ineligible for the coming season, but not for any of the usual reasons. There were no impermissible benefits,  questionable recruiting activity, or horrendous grades involved. He just happened to play in an intramural league while serving our...
Via FatManWriting
August 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Despite past success, MTSU out to quell doubters in 2013

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- Not getting a bowl game invitation last season still sits in the collective craw of Middle Tennessee State University football players, coaches and fans alike. After all, the Blue Raiders won eight games, including an impressive victory at ACC Coastal Division winner Georgia Tech, and finished second in the two-bowl bid Sun Belt Conference. But they still didn...
Via Fox Sports Tennessee
August 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Middle Tennessee sacrificed a lot in jump to C-USA

MURFEESBORO, Tenn. Everybody associated with Middle Tennessee athletics knew what stood in the way of early membership in long-coveted Conference USA. Included in that group were 20 Blue Raiders senior football players, whose class had played integral roles in the team becoming bowl-eligible three of the last four seasons. Sure, the Blue Raiders had already been approved for C...
Via Fox Sports Tennessee
July 31, 2013  |  Discuss

MTSU DT Arrested For Choking GF Until She Bought Him Weed; Teammates Videotaped

J.D. Jones isn’t a small man, so the thought of him choking a woman is scary. The fact his teammates would videotape such a thing is deplorable. If all of this is true, everyone needs to be thrown under the jail. Middle Tennessee State University football player J.D. Jones is accused of choking his former girlfriend while teammates videotaped and narrated the incident, according...
Via BlackSportsOnline
July 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Police: MTSU player choked woman

Middle Tennessee police say they have video of a Blue Raiders football player choking his girlfriend last November while two teammates watched and did nothing. Ronni Cantrell, 19, of Knoxville met with university police on Friday, and they released a report Monday saying they have a copy of a videotape showing the woman pleading with defensive tackle J.D. Jones to stop choking her...
Via AP on Fox
July 22, 2013  |  Discuss

MTS suspends 3 football players

Middle Tennessee State suspended three football players Saturday after they were charged with a series of crimes. Coach Rick Stockstill referenced ''charges'' in a statement released by the university, and The Daily News Journal of Murfreesboro said defensive tackle J.D. Jones was charged with two counts of domestic aggravated assault, and cornerback Rodney O'...
Via Fox Sports
July 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Middle Tennessee State at BYU: The Way Too Early . . .

Last season MTSU finished in a three-way tie for 2nd in the Sunbelt Conference after getting beat 45-0 to close the season.  And though they finished 8-4 for the season, they were left out of a bowl game.  How do you feel about that? Carl: Should have been in a bowl game last season.  Why?  Georgia Tech’s why.  MTSU went to Georgia and beat the pants off them by 3 touchdowns...
Via TornBySports
July 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Middle Tennessee State ready to begin life in Conference USA

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - When Middle Tennessee State wanted to elevate its football program to NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision status, the Sun Belt Conference was there. So, after more than a half century of founding membership, the Blue Raiders departed the Ohio Valley Conference in 2000 and flourished in the Sun Belt ever since. But like their long and successful run in the OVC, all...
Via Fox Sports Tennessee
June 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Middle Tennessee State ready to begin life in Conference USA

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - When Middle Tennessee State wanted to elevate its football program to NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision status, the Sun Belt Conference was there. So, after more than a half century of founding membership, the Blue Raiders departed the Ohio Valley Conference in 2000 and flourished in the Sun Belt ever since. But like their long and successful run in the OVC, all...
Via Fox Sports Tennessee
June 26, 2013  |  Discuss
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