NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Famed New York Yankees catcher Yogi Berra once proclaimed, "Baseball is 90 percent mental. The other half is physical."
New Vanderbilt football coach Derek Mason hopes his team has a much better grasp of math, and digested all the changes from spring practice heading into preseason drills.
"To me, the way the game is played is 90 percent mental...
Here are my updated rankings for the Top 75 Wide Recievers in standard-scoring leagues, heading into Hall of Fame weekend:
For the purposes of this exercise, let's assume, for now, that Cleveland's Josh Gordon (the NFL's leading receiver last year) and Jacksonville's Justin Blackmon (48 targets over four games in 2013) are given year-long drug suspensions by the NFL...
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Once standoffish, Robert Pera is now the boss of the Memphis Grizzlies.
"Chris Wallace is the general manger. He is going to make the final decisions," Pera said. "But things have to run by me for approval."
In a matter of months, Pera has gone from invisible to more than hands-on.
The 36-year-old billionaire and third-year...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Titans have replaced the featured running back system of departed Chris Johnson with a stable of versatile backs.
"Multiple, do a lot of things," said Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt after Thursday's training camp session, when asked his ideal requirements for rushers.
Better yet, the Titans have multiple running backs capable of doing a variety...
Here are my updated rankings for the top 70 running backs in standard-scoring leagues ... heading into Hall of Fame weekend:
1. Jamaal Charles, Chiefs
2. LeSean McCoy, Eagles
3. Adrian Peterson, Vikings
4. Matt Forte, Bears
5. Eddie Lacy, Packers
6. Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks
7. Doug Martin, Buccaneers
8. Le'Veon Bell, Steelers
9. C.J. Spiller, Bills
10. Zac Stacy, Rams
Here's a dry run of draft expectations when holding the No. 12 slot in 12-team leagues (standard scoring). As our guide, we'll specifically work off an ESPN mock draft from July 25 (16 rounds).
Every mock draft represents an opportunity for experimentation. This one involves waiting until Round 7 -- at the very least -- before landing a top-shelf quarterback.
For what it...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Before he started building something new with Tennessee football, Butch Jones figured how to only embrace the past ... and make it work for him and the program.
That was the message the second-year coach professed from the first day he took over the Volunteers. He reiterated it again earlier Tuesday, before speaking to an estimated 500 faithful at an annual kickoff...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. â The first time the paths of Tennessee Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt and wide receiver Nate Washington crossed, they were sporting the black and gold of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
It was 2005, and Whisenhunt was offensive coordinator in Pittsburgh, while Washington was an undrafted rookie who bounced between the regular roster and practice squad. A year later,...
The following 41 pitchers are slated for two starts during Week No. 18 of the fantasy baseball season (July 28-Aug. 3).
It should be noted that Atlanta's Ervin Santana will draw a pair of starts against the same team this week (San Diego) -- an incredibly rare feat for Monday-to-Sunday fantasy leagues:
Top 10 Picks
Cole Hamels, Phillies (@ Mets, @ Nationals)
Yu Darvish, Rangers...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee Titans rookie offensive lineman Taylor Lewan doesn't know where he stands on the depth chart. He doesn't even know what position he'll play once the regular season arrives.
That's just fine by him.
It is common practice for NFL teams to forego publishing a depth chart denoting starters and backups at the start of training camp.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Titans report Friday and hit the field Saturday morning for the first training camp under new coach Ken Whisenhunt.
Six years have elapsed since the Titans last made the playoffs, and another 11 since winning a postseason game. It's a far cry from the stretch that began with the 1999 season -- the franchise's first in its new downtown stadium after...
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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....
Here are my updated fantasy rankings for the season's presumed starting quarterbacks (1-32) ... as training camps open en masse this week:
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
1. The odds of...
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...
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. RB Jamaal Charles, Chiefs
2. RB LeSean McCoy, Eagles
3. QB Peyton Manning, Broncos
4. RB Adrian Peterson, Vikings
5. RB Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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.
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
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...
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...