Tigers take defeat No. 6 in ‘getting better’ stride

TIgers-UCF-1 kHomecoming was the backdrop as the University of Memphis Tigers squared off against Central Florida with the intent of stealing a victory from the favored Knights.

UCF, however, was not in a giving mood, ultimately asserting dominance en route to a 35-17 victory that made the homecoming festivities leading up to the game the highlight of the annual celebration.


Rhodes out at Southwest after legal woes

Benjamin Rhodes' run as Southwest Tennessee Community College's head men's basketball coach turned out to be a short one.

A guilty plea this week (Oct. 18) in federal court has led to Rhodes' firing as coach and his removal from the Athletic Director's position.


Not quite midnight, but plenty of ‘Madness’ for Tigers

Memphis Madness-1DJWith it being right in the middle of college football season, it might be hard for many schools and their fan bases to start looking forward to the upcoming basketball season. For the True Blue Nation of the University of Memphis, basketball season can't get here soon enough.

The fans made that abundantly clear this past Friday (Oct. 12), as they packed the FedExForum for Memphis Madness. And even though this event is nothing more than a large scale pep rally, it gave many their first glimpse at the potential of Memphis' mens basketball team.


Lady Tigers revving up with new faces

Memphis Madness-3ladyFor University of Memphis women's basketball coach Melissa McFerrin, keying in on talent will be important for the upcoming basketball season.

"We have eight new faces on our roster and six returners," McFerrin said on Friday night after Memphis Madness at FedExForum.

More than half of the 15,000 Tiger basketball fans were in the building when doors opened at 5:30 p.m. to watch the women's basketball team practice.


Work, work, work yields Grizz win over Hawks

Rudy-GayFor Grizzlies head coach Lionel Hollins, it's important to set the tone for the upcoming season early.

"There is a purpose to everything that we do and the purpose here is to lay a foundation of our identity, how we're going to do things offensively and how we're going to do things defensively," said Hollins. "So it's important that they (the players) understand that."


Tough times test can-do spirit of gridiron Tigers

After a loss on the road last weekend (Oct. 13), the Tigers returned to Memphis with their fifth loss of the season. East Carolina proved to be too much for the hometown team to handle.

With the final score 41 to 7, it is easy see this was a one-sided affair. ECU has proven to be one of the better teams in the conference this year and it isn't very shocking that they defeated Memphis. Yet, the game did get ugly fast and Memphis just had an overall bad outing.


Grizzlies preseason is underway

Grizzlies-Mike-ConleyMemphis' eight-game, preseason run is in full swing. The emphasis goes on preseason, and just for the record, the Grizz were one up and one down after the first two games – a win against Real Madrid last Saturday (Oct. 6) and a loss to the Chicago Bulls the following Tuesday.

Game one at the FedExForum offered a glimpse of how well the Grizzlies' core starting five can play together. With the starters in most of the game, Memphis defeated Real Madrid 105-93.


Tigers ‘get job done’ for number one

Tigers-Tevin JonesFor the University of Memphis Tigers, Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium has been home soggy home in 2012. The first two home games were played in rainy conditions, and if you combine that with the losses, the word gloomy just about covers the first third of the season.

So it was no surprise that rain set in for Memphis' conference opener against the Rice Owls this past Saturday (Oct. 6). The conditions were much the same.


Grizz vibe positive at Media Day glimpse

GrizzMediaDay-Zach RandolphTeamwork makes the dream work.

Many of us have heard that saying before, even if we're not exactly sure where or when. It reflects optimism – something that the revamped Memphis Grizzlies team has a goodly amount of headed into the new season.

On Monday (Oct. 1), the Grizzlies held their 11th Media Day at the FedExForum downtown. A full roster of players walked into the media room. Yes, each with an optimistic attitude.


Coach Benjamin Rhodes charts his course at Southwest

Over at Southwest Tennessee Community College, new men's head basketball coach Benjamin Rhodes is determined to work hard, and he's not putting any energy on trying to replace the legend that preceded him.

Monday (Oct. 1) marked the official start of practice for the 2012-13 basketball season at Southwest. Rhodes has taken over as coach and athletic director following the departure of the venerable Verties Sails Jr.


Tigers bye-week ready for Rice

To put it gently, the 2012-13 campaign has gotten off to a rocky start for the University of Memphis. Although the Tigers have showed some promise and competed closely in their first four games, Memphis has yet to record a victory.

Luckily for the Tigers, their bye week couldn't have come at a better time – the week before conference play.


A memorable day with the ‘Coldwater Comet’

coldwatermississippiCOLDWATER, Miss. – There is only one "Coldwater Comet" and Trell Kimmons is that man. The 500-plus family, friends and well-wishers who recently turned out for the Trell Kimmons' Day Parade and Celebration had no trouble recognizing him.

The parade and celebration – held on the John Hankerson Memorial Track Field – was a homecoming for the Olympic Silver Medalist, who had returned home just two days earlier.


Mounting losses give Tiger fans the ‘shakes’

The University of Memphis Tigers football team traveled to North Carolina this past weekend (Sept. 22.) to face the Duke Blue Devils. The Tigers lost 38-14.

This probably didn't surprise many in the True Blue Nation, but it might have left them shaking their heads. The Tigers have now dropped to 0-4 on the season.