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Middle Tennessee expects strong second season in Conference USA

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- This time last year at Conference USA Football Media Day, Middle Tennessee football coach Rick Stockstill had a good idea of what was coming. After leaving the Sun Belt Conference after a dozen seasons, the Blue Raiders expected an upgrade in competition, a higher level of regional and national exposure and a pervasive notion of having to prove they belonged....
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Fantasy Fox: Updated QB-starter rankings, 1-32

Here are my updated fantasy rankings for the season's presumed starting quarterbacks (1-32) ... as training camps open en masse this week: 1-8 1. Peyton Manning, Broncos 2. Drew Brees, Saints 3. Aaron Rodgers, Packers 4. Matthew Stafford, Lions 5. Robert Griffin III, Redskins 6. Andy Dalton, Bengals 7. Matt Ryan, Falcons 8. Cam Newton, Panthers QUICK HITTERS 1. The odds of...
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Senior-laden Tennessee State primed for OVC title run

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Breakthrough is one way to describe Tennessee State football in 2013. The Tigers made the Football Championship Series (formerly Division I-AA) playoffs for the first time since 1999. They also won a postseason game for the first time since 1986, captured the Historically Black Colleges and Universities national championship and finished second in the Ohio Valley...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Fantasy Fox: Top 100 fantasy playmakers, Vol. II

Here's our 2.0 version of the Top 100 Fantasy Playmakers For 2014 -- a countdown that intentionally minimizes the fantasy impact of kickers and defense/special teams. For now. (We'll worry about those groups in August.) 1-25 1. RB Jamaal Charles, Chiefs 2. RB LeSean McCoy, Eagles 3. QB Peyton Manning, Broncos 4. RB Adrian Peterson, Vikings 5. RB Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks...
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Fantasy Fox: Two-start pitchers for fantasy Week 17

The following 42 pitchers are slated for two starts during Week No. 17 of the fantasy baseball season (July 21- 27): Top 10 Picks Chris Sale, White Sox (vs. Royals, @ Twins) Adam Wainwright, Cardinals (vs. Rays, @ Cubs) Julio Teheran, Braves (vs. Marlins, vs. Padres) Scott Kazmir, Athletics (vs. Astros, @ Rangers) Cliff Lee, Phillies (vs. Giants, vs. Diamondbacks) Tom Koehler, Marlins...
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College playoff committee must invoke common sense with rankings

ATLANTA -- In the coming weeks, FOX Sports South will offer an onslaught of football features, the happy result of information collected at the recently completed SEC Media Days (July 14-17 in Hoover, Ala.). But today, we're going to focus on a hot-button issue that resurfaced when Bill Hancock, the executive director of the new College Football Playoff, addressed the media with...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Tennessee's success contingent on new offensive line

HOOVER, Ala. -- Tennessee junior center Mack Crowder has heard it aplenty. All five starters from Tennessee's offensive line last season are now on NFL rosters. The group combined for 177 starts over the past few years for the Volunteers, including taking 92 percent of snaps last season. What once was considered a team strength has changed to major concern, especially considering...
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Star-laden Rebels embracing 'window' talk of winning SEC West

HOOVER, Ala. -- Hugh Freeze's daughter, Regan, might disagree with the following rhetorical question, but it still begs asking: Why can't Ole Miss win the SEC West this season? After all, the club is riding reasonably high from an 8-5 campaign that included tent-pole victories over Texas, LSU and Georgia Tech (bowl game) and returning nearly every major contributor to...
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'Bama carries preseason team, individual voting with SEC media

HOOVER, Ala. -- The SEC announced its individual and team choices for preseason media awards on Thursday, with representatives from Alabama, Auburn, South Carolina and Georgia receiving the lion's share of accolades. And to no one's surprise, the Crimson Tide were tabbed as the clear favorite to win the SEC West title and subsequent conference championship. For divisional...
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Five storylines to ponder for Day 4 of SEC Media Days

HOOVER, Ala. -- Here are five things to ponder for Day 4 of SEC Media Days, as this four-day festival of over-the-top media banter and cautious coaching quips winds down with Georgia, Ole Miss, Kentucky and Alabama taking center stage. 1. It'll be interesting to see if Alabama coach Nick Saban embraces the 'history repeating' angle of questions from the media In 2008...
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Vanderbilt coach Mason leaving QB battle wide open

HOOVER, Ala. -- Vanderbilt football coach Derek Mason will not only avoid announcing a starting quarterback until the season opener, but he's also labeling it a six-player race. That declaration came from the first-year Commodores coach during SEC Media Days when asked who would replace graduated starter Austyn Carta-Samuels. But whomever it is among six candidates, it will be...
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Aggies' Ogbuehi could be NFL's next big prospect from 'O-Line U'

HOOVER, Ala. -- Score one for the continually evolving realm of nutrition. At 6-foot-5 and 300 pounds, Texas A&M left tackle Cedric Ogbuehi may be the most svelte man to block out the sun you'll ever see. And when viewing the senior lineman sitting in a chair -- while propped up on a makeshift stage -- it's still hard to imagine him stifling the progress of a mammoth...
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Tennessee's A.J. Johnson setting sights on successful final year

HOOVER, Ala. -- Among all the reasons, there was one singular notion that pushed Tennessee linebacker A.J. Johnson to return for a senior season in Knoxville. "I came (to Tennessee) to be a winner and win," said Johnson, a consensus preseason All-American who toyed with the idea of entering the NFL Draft last May. "And I've got more one more season to do that....
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Spurrier entertains SEC media with Saban, Clemson, Davy Crockett talk

HOOVER, Ala. -- South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier brought his proverbial A-game to SEC Media Days on Tuesday, offering a wide-range of quick-on-his-feet quips and colorful stories to the large contingent of SEC journalists. Here's a sampling of Spurrier hightlights from his morning session in the so-called Big Room of the Hyatt-Wynfrey hotel: On the excitement level of...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Derek Mason quickly putting his stamp on Vanderbilt program

HOOVER, Ala. -- It didn't take long for Vanderbilt football players to figure the difference between new coach Derek Mason and the previous coach, James Franklin. "I have heard a lot of times that Coach Franklin was considered a walking headline. He loves the cameras. He loves the media. He loves to be in the center of attention," Commodores sophomore defensive lineman...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Veteran Carter expects to make Finals push with Grizzlies

MEMPHIS -- Has Vince Carter gone from Vinsanity to insanity? The newest Memphis Grizzly was introduced at a Monday press conference, and he wasted no time making his wishes known. "They're playoff ready and I'm able to come in hopefully and get us over the hump," Carter said. "That's the goal: go as far as possible and hopefully to hold up that O'Brien...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Slive: SEC taking the lead on reshaping college sports in 21st century

HOOVER, Ala. -- Mike Slive has always been a patient man, whether running one of the most powerful and lucrative entities in sports ... or simply waiting for the darkness to pass before holding court at a large media gathering.   On Monday, the commissioner opened the SEC Media Days without a lot of pomp and circumstance -- minus the wait for the lights to return at the Hyatt-Wynfrey...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Five storylines to ponder for Day 1 of SEC Media Days

Here are five potential storylines to monitor for Day 1 of the SEC Media Days, as the conference trumpets podium visits from SEC Commissioner Mike Slive, three head coaches (Auburn's Gus Malzahn, Florida's Will Muschamp, Vanderbilt's Derek Mason) and the launch of the SEC Network. 1. The ever-expanding legion of SEC journalists and broadcasters will have to dig for major...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Smartphone-friendly cheat sheet for SEC Media Days

Here's an all-encompassing, iPhone-friendly cheat sheet of FOX Sports South's SEC-related materials -- replete with columns, rankings, podcasts, videos detailing the nation's premier conference in college football -- as we bask in the glow of SEC Media Days (July 14-17) at Hoover, Ala.: Please keep checking this page thoughout Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday...
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Grizzlies boost perimeter look with Vince Carter signing

The Memphis Grizzlies bolstered their perimeter game with a household name on Saturday, signing Vince Carter to a multiyear deal. The former star of the Raptors, Nets, Magic, Suns and Mavericks (most recently) comes to Memphis as one of the NBA's all-time leaders in three-pointers made (7th overall), three-pointers attempted (8th), field goals attempted (20th), points (25th)...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Preds draftee Fiala has big future, regardless of 2014-15 destination

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- At just 17 years old, Kevin Fiala sure has a lot of folks trying to figure out his future, both immediate and long term. The 11th overall pick of the Nashville Predators in last month's NHL draft already carries a heap of expectations that his offensive prowess can be realized sooner then later. Raising that ante is the hiring of new coach Peter Laviolette...
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Ex-Titans coach Munchak enjoying role with once-hated Steelers

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Soon after being the first-round draft pick of the then-Houston Oilers, circa 1982, Mike Munchak started trying to figure ways to beat the Steelers. The standout offensive lineman carried that burning desire to beat the Steelers all the way through a 12-year career that eventually garnered inclusion in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. It didn't change while...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Fantasy Fox: Searching for the next unsung breakout receiver

While writing for Sports Illustrated in 2009, I astutely predicted that Vikings wideout Sidney Rice -- coming off a 15-catch debacle in 2008 -- would amass 1,150 receiving yards and seven TDs with Sage (Freaking) Rosenfels as his starting quarterback. Of course, that was before Brett Favre officially entered the purple picture and helped Rice tally 83 catches for 1,312 yards and...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

NFL season preview: Tennessee Titans

FOX Sports Tennessee previews the upcoming NFL season with an in-depth look at the Tennessee Titans, who are looking to break back into the playoff picture for the time since 2008: 2013: 7-9, 2nd in AFC South Head coach: Ken Whisenhunt Key departures: RB Chris Johnson, CB Alterraun Verner, OT David Stewart, PK Rob Bironas, WR Kenny Britt Key arrivals: LB Wesley Woodyard, OT Michael...
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Titans' Pollard getting into business spirit with tray invention

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Titans strong safety Bernard Pollard has been called a lot of things during his eight-year NFL career. But inventor isn't one that quickly comes to mind. Team leader? Sure, Pollard landed last year with the Titans via free agency with a vengeance, immediately taking a strong vocal role with the overall group. He also backed it up by leading the club in tackles...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss
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