Why Memphis basketball’s Penny Hardaway is becoming a member of NFL gamers in superstar recreation at Tennessee State

Soccer gamers who imagine they might’ve additionally performed basketball, basketball gamers who imagine they nonetheless have recreation and others who simply need to have a superb time will likely be a part of the inaugural Deserve To Win All Star Celeb Basketball Sport at Tennessee State’s Gentry Middle.

The June 25 recreation with a 1 p.m. tipoff advantages the TSU males’s basketball program and is being organized by coach Penny Collins, who assembled a star-studded group of gamers and remains to be including to it.

“There are some NFL gamers in our city who imagine they might have performed within the NBA and we will give them the probability to point out what they’ll do on the courtroom,” Collins mentioned. “And there is loads of nice basketball gamers right here that we will placed on a extremely good recreation.”

Collins’ most up-to-date dedication got here from Memphis Tigers basketball coach Penny Hardaway.

The response was nice; everyone’s excited concerning the alternative to assist HBCUs and our basketball program,” Collins mentioned.

The record consists of present NFL gamers Jauan Jennings, a San Francisco 49ers vast receiver who performed at Tennessee; Ke’Shawn Vaughn, a Tampa Bay working again who performed at Vanderbilt; Jacob Phillips, a Cleveland Browns linebacker who performed at LSU; Shaq Mason, an offensive lineman not too long ago traded from New England to Tampa Bay; and former Tennessee Titans tight finish MyCole Pruitt.

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, a cornerback from TSU who spent 12 seasons within the NFL, can be enjoying together with Lachavious Simmons, a TSU offensive lineman who spent a part of the 2021 season with the Chicago Bears, and Chris Rowland, a TSU vast receiver with the USFL’s Michigan Panthers.

The gamers who’ve NBA ties are Jordan Bone, a former Tennessee Vol who spent the 2019-20 season with the Detroit Pistons and 2020-21 with the Orlando Magic; Ian Clark, a former Belmont participant who spent eight seasons within the NBA with 5 completely different groups;  Alex Poythress, a former Kentucky standout who performed for the Philadelphia 76ers (2016-17), Indiana Pacers (2017-18) and Atlanta Hawks (2018-19); and Dontae Jones, a Mississippi State star who performed for the Boston Celtics in 1997-98.

A.J. Merriweather, a former East Tennessee State star who performed with the Harlem Globetrotters, can be signed up together with former TSU gamers Pat Miller and Christian Mekowulu.

Decide Rachel Bell, Bishop Joseph Walker III from Mt. Zion Baptist Church and Nashville rapper Starlito are additionally enjoying.

Collins plans to have 10 gamers on every staff and can announce extra as he receives commitments.

Former Tennessee Vols standout Grant Williams, now with the Boston Celtics, will not play however will likely be in attendance together with former Vol Admiral Schofield, now with the Orlando Magic. Legendary TSU participant Ted “Hound” McClain, who spent eight seasons within the NBA, and former TSU star Rob Covington, who simply completed his ninth season within the NBA, additionally will likely be in attendance.

Common admission is $10 and courtside seats are $100. Name the TSU ticket workplace at 615-963-7627.

Former Gallatin star transferring to TSU

Zool Kueth

Former Gallatin basketball star Zool Kueth is becoming a member of Tennessee State.

The 6-foot-7 ahead spent the final two seasons at Northern Illinois after transferring from Pratt Group (Kansas) School.

Kueth performed in 48 video games and began in 14. He averaged 3.8 factors and 1.8 rebounds and had 14 blocks final season.

Adong Makuoi, who began in 25 video games final season for Northern Illinois, can be transferring to TSU. He’s a 6-9 graduate scholar who averaged 5.8 factors and three.3 rebounds.

Kellie Harper talking at native teaching discussion board

Tennessee ladies’s basketball coach Kellie Harper will likely be one of many featured audio system on the annual Coach Discussion board on July 14 at Rocketown on 4th Avenue South.

Harper simply wrapped up her third season with the Girl Vols. She is 63-27 total and 30-15 within the SEC.

Different audio system embrace Alabama softball coach Pat Murphy, creator Josh Shipps and former NFL assistant coach Daron Ok. Roberts, founding director of the Middle for Sports activities Management and Innovation on the College of Texas.

Register at nashvillecoachingcoalition.com.

Kris Freeman is MTSU’s new soccer public handle announcer

Kris Freeman

Kris Freeman

Kris Freeman has added one other public handle gig.

Freeman, who already handles the PA for Vanderbilt’s males’s and ladies’s basketball and lacrosse together with the TSSAA basketball championships, may also name MTSU soccer video games.

He changed Larry Tolbert who retired after 52 seasons.

Freeman obtained his begin asserting video games at White Home Excessive College the place he was a instructor.

He began with Vanderbilt basketball in 2015 and added lacrosse after that.

Hawkins wins state open; Cobb and Corridor tie for second

Brad Hawkins, the golf coach at Walters State, won the Tennessee State Golf Open Thursday at Council Fire in Chattanooga.

Brad Hawkins, the golf coach at Walters State, received the Tennessee State Golf Open Thursday at Council Fireplace in Chattanooga.

Brad Hawkins from Knoxville received the 73rd annual Tennessee State Open Golf Match Thursday at Council Fireplace in Chattanooga by capturing a 12-under par 204.

Hawkins, the golf coach at Walters State, birded the par-5 No. 18 gap within the ultimate spherical to safe the win.

He shot 71-66-67 and earned earned $9,000.

Alex Cobb and Jake Corridor completed a stroke behind and have been the low amateurs. Cobb, a former Brentwood Academy golfer who’s now a senior at Chattanooga, shot 70-69-66. Corridor, a junior on the UT golf staff, shot 70-68-67.

Joshua Bevell from Nashville, Gavin Clements from Franklin and Austin Lancaster from Hendersonville tied for fourth at 207.

The whole outcomes are at bit.ly/3zzJhfz.

Vandy golfer wins Phil Mickelson award

May 30, 2022; Scottsdale, Arizona, USA; Gordon Sargent of Vanderbilt wins the NCAA DI Mens Golf Championship at Grayhawk Golf Club - Raptor Course. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-Arizona Republic

Might 30, 2022; Scottsdale, Arizona, USA; Gordon Sargent of Vanderbilt wins the NCAA DI Mens Golf Championship at Grayhawk Golf Membership – Raptor Course. Obligatory Credit score: Rob Schumacher-Arizona Republic

Vanderbilt golfer Gordon Sargent, who received the NCAA particular person nationwide championship Might 31, acquired the 2022 NCAA Division I Phil Mickelson Excellent Freshman Award.

The Birmingham, Alabama, native is the primary Vanderbilt golfer to win the consideration.

Sargent grew to become simply the ninth freshman to win a nationwide championship and simply the second Commodore to win a person nationwide title in any sport.

He was named a PING First-Group All-American, a Haskins Award finalist, All-SEC first staff and the SEC Freshman of the Yr.

Sargent completed the season with a 70.03 stroke common and went 2-3 in match play contests.

Denman returns to MTSU as assistant coach

Payne Denman

Payne Denman

Former MTSU golfer Payne Denman has joined the Blue Raiders teaching employees.

Denman performed at MTSU from 2012-15 after transferring from Florida. His profession scoring common of 74.04 was 2.21 strokes above par, the Twelfth-best mark at school historical past.

Denham performed at DeKalb County in highschool and was The Tennessean 2008 Midstate Participant of the Yr.

Ex-Girl Vol employed at IUPUI

Kortney Dunbar

Kortney Dunbar

Former Tennessee Girl Vol Kortney Dunbar as joined the employees at IUPUI.

She spent final season at Arizona the place she was the director of recruiting.

Earlier than that Dunbar spent two seasons as a graduate assistant at Vanderbilt.

The Edwardsville, Illinois native performed at Tennessee from 2014-18.

She led UT in 3-point subject objective share (25-of-75 .333) as a sophomore. She scored a season-high 13 factors, made thee 3-pointers and grabbed 9 rebounds in a recreation towards TSU as a junior.

Harrington is Austin Peay’s new tight ends coach

Evan Harrington

Evan Harrington

Evan Harrington has joined the Austin Peay soccer teaching employees as tight ends coach.

Harrington spent final season because the tight ends coach at North Carolina Central.

From 2019-21, Harrington labored for the NFL’s Washington Commanders as an offensive assistant and assistant director of participant engagement.

Harrington performed linebacker at School of the Canyons and Colorado after which performed fullback for the Edmonton Eskimos within the Canadian Soccer League.

Additionally, Austin Peay added Stephen F. Austin for a home-and-home sequence throughout the 2024 and 2025 soccer seasons.

The Governors will journey to Nacogdoches, Texas on Aug. 31, 2024 for the season opener. Stephen F. Austin will play at Austin Peay on Sept. 20, 2025.

Grand Ole Opry returning to Music Metropolis Grand Prix

The Grand Ole Opry will likely be a part of the Huge Machine Music Metropolis Grand Prix IndyCar race once more this 12 months.

There will likely be a 90-minute efficiency on Aug. 7 by the Grand Ole Opry present on the principle stage outdoors of Nissan Stadium.

The lineup for the present, titled Grand Ole Prix, will characteristic a number of performers and be introduced within the coming weeks. Final 12 months’s efficiency featured The Oak Ridge Boys, Callista Clark, Danielle Bradbery, Riley Inexperienced and Justin Moore.

Tim McGraw was not too long ago introduced because the headline performer for the pre-race live performance on Aug. 6. Brothers Osborne may also carry out on Aug. 6.

Volunteers wanted for Southern Regional Soccer Championships

The Tennessee State Soccer Affiliation wants volunteers to assist with the 2022 U.S. Youth Soccer Southern Regional Championships.

The championships are June 24-30 at Richard Siegel Soccer Complicated and Jordan Farms in Murfreesboro and Rotary Soccer Park in Smyrna.

About 250 groups with boys ages 13-19 will compete.

Volunteers are wanted to function subject marshals, in hospitality, site visitors management, and hydration.  Volunteers needs to be at the very least highschool age.

Enroll at https://bit.ly/3xqqr8Y.

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