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Final Scores: Memphis Tigers – 63 vs Central Florida – 62

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February 9, 2011

Final Score: Memphis Tigers – 63 vs Central Florida – 62

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February 10, 2011 Posted by | Coaches, Commercial Appeal, Commerical Appeal, Interviews, Josh Pastner, Memphis Tigers, Memphis Tigers Football, NCAA Basketball, NCAA Sports, Other Media, Scores, Will Barton | Leave a comment

Pierre Henderson Niles Opens Up About Career At Memphis In An Open Letter To Fans: From MemphisRoar.com

There is a new (new to me) authority in town when it comes to everything University of Memphis Tigers. For the past couple of weeks, via twitter and their very impressive website www.MemphisRoar.com, I have been able to keep up with all the happenings surrounding the legitimate University of Memphis athletic programs (basketball). From injury updates to game previews, from recruiting news to very exclusive content like the above mentioned, www.MemphisRoar.com is now the place to go if you want to know the real deal surrounding the University of Memphis and its athletics.

Attached below is an open letter written by former University of Memphis forward Pierre Henderson – Niles that was provided exclusively to www.MemphisRoar.com. Knowing “P”, I have some doubt that he penned this open letter himself (thats an opinion before someone pegs it as hating), but never the less it shows a side of the often troubled basketball player from the City of Memphis that few rarely if ever saw during his playing days at Ridgeway High School and the University of Memphis. Allow this to serve as just a little preview of what fans can expect from the website/ fan forum. Enjoy

What’s up Tigers fans? This is Pierre Henderson-Niles, and I have to get this off my chest. Coming out of high school I always knew I wanted to be a Tiger and stay home. I wanted to play for Coach Cal because I used to go to the practices and loved what I saw, and he made me feel comfortable.

My freshmen year, I hurt my knee and it kind of set me back. I really didn’t get to have a great college career liked I planned. I really didn’t play too much the first two years I was there, but my last two I played a lot more. I only wish I had my body in better shape when Derrick Rose was there. I would probably be in the league with him the way he makes his teammates better, but I’m not. LOL, oh well.

After he left, Tyreke Evans came in, and I got to play with another great guard but didn’t do what I had to do. I got tired of that, so I got with our strength coach, Richard Hogans, the following summer and he stayed on me like I was his son – getting me better and getting my body right, and I did just that.



I came out my senior year with Josh Pastner and showed flashes of what I could do. Playing for Josh and Cal was totally different. Cal was the coach who was going to get on your butt and yell at all times. LOL. With Josh, he was so much different. He didn’t curse, scream or none of that. He was a very laid back coach that really cared about you as a person. Not saying Cal didn’t care about his players, but Josh was so different with it.

We could go talk to coach about anything personal. At the end of the season, I think I may have done that too much. I was having off-the-court problems along with on-the-court problems, as well as trying to graduate. It all came around the same time and me and coach didn’t see eye to eye on things. So, I felt the best thing for me was to leave the team, which I really regret.

I still went to the games and supported my teammates, but it was really hard being there and not playing. Josh and I got everything squared away and there aren’t any problems between the two of us. He wanted me to stay in school and graduate and that’s what I did. So after all the ups and downs, I really appreciated Coach for staying on me.

Well I’m going to wrap it up. I just wanted to share that with the fans and get it off my chest. I’m over in Japan now playing and it’s ok. It’s just so much different than home, but I’m enjoying myself. I hope everyone forgives me. I still bleed blue. Also y’all can follow me on twitter @phn101. Go Tigers!

You can make it better if you want-

Pierre

November 15, 2010 Posted by | Coaches, Commerical Appeal, Jason Smith, John Calipari, Josh Pastner, Memphis Tigers, Memphis Tigers Football, NCAA Basketball, NCAA Football, NCAA Sports, Other Media, Twitter | 1 Comment

BCS Director Bill Hancock Visits The Dan Patrick Show Tuesday November 9, 2010

Known for never letting anyone come on his show without answering the questions that the guest  probably want to avoid, BCS Director Bill Hancock visited the Dan Patrick Show on Tuesday morning and things were no different. Dan grilled Bill to the point of momentary silence as he questioned Mr. Hancock on the BCS, their policies, their results, opportunity for change, and potential flaws in their system. By the looks of things Mr. Hancock and his BCS counterparts have somewhat of an issue on their hands. Currently the BCS has 4 teams in their top 4 with perfect records (Oregon 9-0, Auburn 10-0, TCU 10-0, Boise State 8-0), if all 4 teams win out, 2 will be left on the outside of the 2010 National Championship Game fighting for 3rd and 4th place. For years now this has caused much public out cry and criticism but for the first time skeptics are getting the justice system involved, challenging the Bowl Championship Series from a legal point of view and whether or not they are handling business according to the letter of the law. If any of these lawsuits hold up change will take some time but according to statements made by Mr. Hancock during his interview he does not fear the outcome of the suits or any other legal action that could potentially come the way of the BCS. Click here to hear Bill Hancock’s interview on the Dan Patrick’s Show.

Click Here To Hear Audio From Bill   Hancocks November 9th Interview On The Dan Patrick Show (Click Here)

November 10, 2010 Posted by | Alabama Crimson Tide, AP Poll, BCS, Bobby Bowden, Bowl Championship Series, Dan Mullen, Dan Patrick Show, Derek Dooley, Duke, Florida State Football, Interviews, John Calipari, Josh Pastner, Lane Kiffin, Larry Porter, Memphis Tigers Football, Mississippi State, NCAA Football, Nick Saban, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Other Media, Pac 10, PlayoffPac.com, SEC Football, Tennessee Vols, Uncategorized, University of Georgia, USC | Leave a comment

Josh Luchs, Subject Of Sports Illustrated’s Tell All Cover Story “Confessions Of An Agent” To Visit The Chris Vernon Show Today AT 4:25PM – Podcast Attached

 

Just In Case You Missed Chris Vernon’s Interview With Josh Luchs (click here for link to podcast)

Not often do sports stories that will shake up all phases of the sports business see the light of day. In my lifetime alone I can probably count the ones that I remember on my right hand. Reggie Bush is ruled ineligible by the NCAA, MLB players testify on Capital Hill, Mike Vick is sent to Federal Prison, and “The Brawl At The Palace In Detroit” are the ones that come to mind. Sports Illustrated’s newest cover story, which will be released in their October 18th issue, has the potential to trump all of the above and possibly anything you can think of as well.

The Subject Of Sports Illustrated's October 18, 2010 Cover Story "Confessions Of An Agent" Josh Luchs Will Visit The Chris Vernon Show Today, October 12, At 4:25PM. Listen In Live On 730AM (Memphis) or Online

Former NFL agent Josh Luchs sits down with SI writer George Dohrmamn and spills the beans, literally. Sharing in-depth accounts of his 20+ years as an agent, which includes tales of how he got into the business, experiences he had over his career, and even his own admission to wrong doing according to NCAA/ NFLPA rules and guidelines in regards to providing extra benefits to student athletes (paying college players).

Well before Mr. Luchs’ story is released in print (it can be viewed online now – click here) he has decided to visit The Chris Vernon Show and talked about his story, his experience, reactions he is receiving from the interview, and what he hopes comes from his ‘tell all”. Luchs will visit the show at 4:25PM (CST – Memphis) and can be heard on our station 730 Fox Sports (730AM – Memphis) or Online (click here for link).

Confessions Of An Agent” by Josh Luchs As Told To George Dohrmamn of Sports Illustrated and www.SI.com (click here for link)

Can’t Make It To A Radio, Listen To 730 Fox Sports Online (click here for link)

Just In Case You Missed Chris Vernon’s Interview With Josh Luchs (click here for link to podcast)

October 12, 2010 Posted by | Alabama Crimson Tide, Bobby Bowden, Chris Vernon Show, Coaches, Dan Mullen, Derek Dooley, Duke, Florida State Football, High School, High School Football, High School Recruiting, Interviews, John Calipari, Josh Pastner, Lane Kiffin, Larry Porter, Memphis Tigers Football, Mississippi State, NCAA Football, NCAA Sports, NFL, Nick Saban, Off The Field, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Other Media, Pac 10, Pittsburgh Panthers, Prep Sports, SEC Football, Tennessee Vols, Uncategorized, University of Georgia, USC | Leave a comment

New AP Poll Released: Boise State Gets Jumped By Oregon For Number 3 In College Football Rankings

Oregon University Has Leap Frogged Boise State To Take Control Of The Number 3 Spot On The Associated Press' College Football Poll

 

Everyone has been waiting for it to happen since the release of the 2010 College Football Pre-Season Poll but leading up to this past weekend Boise State held strong to their number 3 ranking on the list. They did everything required of them beating out 2 ranked opponents (Virginia Tech and Oregon State) early in the season and remaining unbeaten heading into their WAC Conference schedule, but on Sunday evening the expected happened and the Broncos were leap frogged by early Pac-10 leader Oregon, trading spots with the Ducks, leaving the Broncos at number 4. Both won on in a convincing manner Saturday but what has bitten BSU in the rear end in years past is doing the same thing once again. Unfortunately things only look to get worse for Boise State as most teams will begin to settle into their conference schedules for the next couple weeks. Tough opponents week in and week out for schools that are apart of Bowl Championship Series Conferences will only causes mass confusion as media members and coaches try to decide where to rank teams while being fair to the big schools and small ones alike.

Other changes to this weeks AP Top 25 include powerhouses Texas, USC, and Penn State falling from the rankings after all 3 suffered conference losses this weekend. This brings an end to Texas’ 162 week stay in the Top 25 rankings. The last time they were unranked at any point during the season was October 15, 2000. Also falling from the Top 25 was North Carolina State, who lost to unranked Virginia Tech 41 – 30 Saturday. With 4 teams dropping out of the Top 25, 4 new teams were inserted to take their place. Florida State makes a triumphant returns to the Top 25 while 3 others; Missouri, Oklahoma State, and Air Force join the top programs for the first time in 2010.

I can almost guarantee that this is not the last time that the rankings will change as we make our way through the 2010 college football season. Most college football commentators and spectators alike have come to the conclusion that  there is really only one legit favorite, being Alabama, while #2 and so on is a toss-up between a couple different programs.

Check out this weeks AP Top 25 Poll (Week #5 – October 3 – October 10, 2010) (Below)

The Associated Press Top 25 Poll

Updated: Monday October 04, 2010 01:31 AM
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Rank Team Record Votes Previous
1 Alabama (58) 5-0 1,497 1
2 Ohio State (1) 5-0 1,401 2
3 Oregon 5-0 1,379 4
4 Boise State (1) 4-0 1,341 3
5 TCU 5-0 1,250 5
6 Oklahoma 5-0 1,183 8
7 Nebraska 4-0 1,172 6
8 Auburn 5-0 1,045 10
9 Arizona 4-0 898 14
10 Utah 4-0 860 13
11 Arkansas 3-1 825 15
12 LSU 5-0 819 12
13 Miami (FL) 3-1 769 16
14 Florida 4-1 681 7
15 Iowa 4-1 670 17
16 Stanford 4-1 663 9
17 Michigan State 5-0 607 24
18 Michigan 5-0 555 19
19 South Carolina 3-1 450 20
20 Wisconsin 4-1 316 11
21 Nevada 5-0 286 25
22 Oklahoma State 4-0 173 NR
23 Florida State 4-1 162 NR
24 Missouri 4-0 99 NR
25 Air Force 4-1 94 NR
Others Receiving Votes: West Virginia83, Kansas State69, USC52, Texas33, Northwestern25, Oregon State12, Baylor10, Virginia Tech8, UCLA8, North Carolina State4, Penn State1

Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/ncaa/polls/ap/#ixzz11PMnBCDY

October 4, 2010 Posted by | Alabama Crimson Tide, AP Poll, Bobby Bowden, Coaches, Conference Re-alignment, Dan Mullen, Derek Dooley, Duke, Florida State Football, Lane Kiffin, Larry Porter, Memphis Tigers Football, Mississippi State, NCAA Football, NCAA Sports, NFL, Nick Saban, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Other Media, Pac 10, Pittsburgh Panthers, Scores, SEC Football, Tennessee Vols, University of Georgia, USC | Leave a comment

If You Could Only Watch One Game This Weekend (NFL or College) Which Would It Be?

The Florida Gators and Alabama Crimson Tide will match-up this weekend in 1 of 2 games featuring 2 Top 10 opponents. The game can be seen on CBS Saturday October 2, 2010 at 7:00PM (Central)

Once again we have a weekend packed full of great professional and college football match-ups that will surely have an impact on how the rest of the season turns out in both sports. A handful of Top 25 conference match-ups in the college ranks in addition to  some old rivalries being renewed for the 2010 season in the NFL. Hopefully none of you are forced to only chose one game to watch over the next 2 days, but if you had to which one would it be?

October 1, 2010 Posted by | Alabama Crimson Tide, Chad Ocho Cinco, Cincinnati Bengals, Coaches, Darelle Revis, Donovan McNabb, Duke, Florida State Football, Interviews, Marcus Allen, Memphis Tigers Football, Mike Vick, Mississippi State, NCAA Football, New York Jets, NFL, Nick Saban, Oakland Raiders, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Other Media, Pac 10, Philadelphia Eagles, Reggie Bush, SEC Football, Tennessee Vols, Uncategorized, University of Georgia, Washington Redskins | Leave a comment

Larry Porter Era With The Memphis Tigers Gets Off To A False Start

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There is not much to say about this. The Larry Porter Era in Memphis Tiger Football got off to a bad start, okay that’s a bit of an understatement, it got off to a really bad start. They got beat in every area on the field, they got beat at every position, they made bad decisions as a team, and they were never able to really do anything positive throughout the game because of costly mistakes. So where do you go from here? Just scrap it. Watch the film once (if at all), address everything once, and begin to prepare for your next game. There is not much you can take from a 49 – 7 loss except that things need to be done differently and it needs to be done now. I have all the confidence in the world that Coach Porter has already acknowledged that but unfortunately he will have to convince his players to be of the same mindset. Next week offers another tough opponent with Memphis opening up Conference USA play on the road against East Carolina. Yikessssss. Godspeed to Coach Porter and the Tiger team.

September 4, 2010 Posted by | Coaches, Commerical Appeal, Larry Porter, Memphis Tigers Football, Mississippi State, NCAA Football, NCAA Sports, Scores, SEC Football | Leave a comment

Ole Miss Falls To Jacksonville State In Double Overtime

I know Ole Miss’ athletic director is wishing he would have kept that annual opening weekend game with Memphis on the schedule. Fellow state school Mississippi State dropped Larry Porter and the Tigers 49 – 7 during their opening game today while the Rebels feel to Jacksonville State 49 – 48 in Double Overtime in Oxford.

Jacksonville State, a first year Division 1-A school, won the game  Continue reading

September 4, 2010 Posted by | Coaches, Commerical Appeal, Memphis Tigers Football, Mississippi State, NCAA Football, NCAA Sports, Ole Miss, Scores, SEC Football | Leave a comment

Mississippi State Head Football Coach Dan Mullen Visits The Chris Vernon Show

Dan Mullen Visited Us On The Chris Vernon Show Monday August 30 As They Begin Practice In Preparation For Their Opening Weekends Game Against The University Of Memphis

Mississippi State Head Football Coach Dan Mullen visited The Chris Vernon Show today as The Bulldogs begin practice for their first game of the season against the University of Memphis. Coach Mullen chatted with Verno about SEC Football, how he felt heading into his first game as a head coach, previewed his team for the upcoming season, Mississippi State’s tough schedule, Saturday’s game vs: the University of Memphis, and some other non football topics. Coach Mullen showed a lighter side to his personality, which is rare seeing that it is so close to the start of the football season. Audio of Coach Mullen’s interview can be heard below .

Click Here To Hear Audio From Coach Dan Mullen’s August 30th Interview On The Chris Vernon Show (Click Here)

August 30, 2010 Posted by | Audio Links, Chris Vernon Show, Coaches, Dan Mullen, Interviews, Memphis Tigers Football, Mississippi State, NCAA Football, NCAA Sports, SEC Football | 1 Comment

Cannon Smith Named Starting Quarterback For University of Memphis

Cannon Smith, Son of FedEx CEO Fred Smith, Has Been Named The Starting Quarterback For The University of Memphis This Saturday vs: Mississippi State

File this under things that make you say hummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm……………. During his first weekly luncheon, new University of Memphis Head Coach Larry Porter, named Cannon Smith the starting quarterback for Saturday’s game against Mississippi State. No big deal if Cannon were just another quarterback who had competed throughout the off-season for a chance to play, which very well might have been the case, but fortunately or unfortunately Cannon just happens to be the son of FedEx CEO Fred Smith, who is a huge donor to the University of Memphis and the leading voice behind Memphis’ push to get into a better conference.

Cannon a 23 year old Red Shirt Sophomore who is originally from Memphis will be making the first start of his college career on Saturday. Though he played during his 1 year stint at the University of Miami in 2008, he never was the signal caller to begin the game. Porter said of the decision”We sat back and evaluated the quarterbacks based on three things: decision-making, being able to manage the offense, and productivity. And, when you look at the two, Ryan and Cannon, are very similar in terms of their production. They both bring a different style. Overall, I’m very happy with their growth as quarterbacks. So, I look forward to those guys being in position to lead this team.”

Thus far Coach Porter has shown to be nothing but a man of integrity so I have to honestly believe that this was a decision based off of “on the field play”.

Saturday’s game in Starkville vs: Mississippi State will show whether or not Porter and his staff have made the right decision.  The game can be heard on 730 Fox Sports (730 AM – Memphis, Tennessee), coverage beginning at 4:00PM (CST).

August 30, 2010 Posted by | Cannon Smith, Coaches, Conference Re-alignment, Fred Smith, Larry Porter, Memphis Tigers Football, Mississippi State, NCAA Football, NCAA Sports, SEC Football | Leave a comment