Monday, August 24, 2009

The Most Valuable Memphis Redbird?

Posted By on Mon, Aug 24, 2009 at 9:30 AM

Frank Murtaugh makes the case for Allen Craig.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Kentucky Columnist: Memphis/NCAA Decision "Illogical"

Posted By on Sat, Aug 22, 2009 at 4:31 PM

Lexington Herald-Leader columnist John Clay joins in on the NCAA-bashing.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Sporting News: Memphis Got the Shaft

Posted By on Fri, Aug 21, 2009 at 2:54 PM

Mike DeCourcy of the Sporting News says the University of Memphis was screwed over by the NCAA. What do you think?

Rose Did Not Cooperate and UM Kept the Lid On

Posted By on Fri, Aug 21, 2009 at 10:25 AM

From March of 2008 until March of 2009, Derrick Rose or his attorney declined six requests to respond to questions about the SAT entrance exam that led to his ineligibility and the NCAA punishment this week against the University of Memphis. More ...

Thursday, August 20, 2009

U of M to Appeal NCAA Ruling

Posted By on Thu, Aug 20, 2009 at 6:35 PM

"I am extremely disappointed in the NCAA ruling, and yes, we are going to appeal," University of Memphis Athletic Director R. C. Johnson said at a press conference Thursday.

Meanwhile, the NCAA Final Four and 2008 runner-up banners will continue hanging in FedExForum ... John Branston reports.

The Calipari Era Ends With a Whimper

Tigers to go 0-40 for '07-08?

Posted By on Thu, Aug 20, 2009 at 9:48 AM

Frank Murtaugh takes a look at the fallout from today's probable NCAA sanctions on the University of Memphis.

Tigers to Forfeit 07-08 Season?

Posted By on Thu, Aug 20, 2009 at 8:17 AM

The Commercial Appeal and several online sources are reporting that the NCAA will strip the Memphis Tigers of their NCAA-record 38 wins during the 2007-2008 season.

The NCAA plans an announcement of its decision today at 2:00 p.m. The University of Memphis will hold a subsequent press conference at 3:30 p.m.\at the Mike Rose Theater. It can be viewed on either the University’s website,, or the athletics department website,

The NCAA was investigating whether someone took the SAT exam for Derrick Rose, the Tigers' star guard on its Final Four team, and also looking into allegations of improper use of travel perks.

The Tigers set an NCAA record for victories that season, going 38-2, losing only to Tennessee during the regular season and to Kansas in the championship game. The Associated Press quoted former Tiger coach John Calipari as saying he would be "disappointed" if the NCAA stripped the Tigers' victories. As might be expected, University of Kentucky officials, who hired Calipari as coach this spring, expressed support for their coach and confidence in his non-involvement in the Memphis violations.

If the NCAA strips the U of M of its Final Four appearance, it would be the second such action taken against a Calipari-coached team, leading to a fresh one-liner now making the rounds of the blogosphere: "John Calipari is the only coach ever to have taken his teams to two Final Threes."


-- BV

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

On the Street: Memphis Style

Posted By on Wed, Aug 19, 2009 at 10:20 AM

Mary Cashiola and photographer Justin Fox Burks have found some fresh looks downtown. Check out the latest Style Sessions.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

City Council Approves School Funding

Posted By on Tue, Aug 18, 2009 at 2:38 PM

The City Council's education committee approved the Memphis City Schools' $879 million budget this afternoon. The city's contribution to that figure is $78 million. Mary Cashiola has more.

Bianca Knows Best ...

Posted By on Tue, Aug 18, 2009 at 12:34 PM

... and Helps a Midtown Newbie.

"West Memphis Three" Hearing Delayed

Posted By on Tue, Aug 18, 2009 at 10:27 AM

A hearing in Jonesboro, Arkansas, to determine if Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley will get a retrial, has been delayed until October, when the prosecution will make its case. Baldwin and Misskelley were convicted, along with codefendent Damien Echols, of murdering three West Memphis boys in 1993. The Flyer ran a definitive story on the case in 2006.

Remembering Jim Dickinson

Posted By on Tue, Aug 18, 2009 at 9:25 AM

Music Editor Chris Herrington looks at the life and times -- and significance -- of Jim Dickinson.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Hot Blog Action!

Posted By on Mon, Aug 17, 2009 at 10:32 AM

New stuff in the Flyer blogs: Branston profiles a white boy who could jump; BruceV has a Herenton diagnosis; Akers is mad for Man Men ...

Memphis Athletes of the Decade: Stubby Clapp (#5)

Posted By on Mon, Aug 17, 2009 at 9:29 AM

Frank Murtaugh has put together a list of the top five Memphis athletes of the "oughts." Today: Stubby Clapp.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

"Sputnik, Masked Men, and Midgets"

Posted By on Sun, Aug 16, 2009 at 2:58 PM

Ron Hall's new book, Sputnik, Masked Men, and Midgets: The Early Days of Memphis Wrestling, is one of the best collections of black and white sports photos I've ever seen and a hell of a lot of fun. So says John Branston.
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