MSL Exclusive: Big Brother’s Frank Eudy in studio interview

Big Brother 14 houseguest Frank Eudy joined Kevin Cerrito and Marcus Hunter in studio on MSL to talk  about his time on BB14, why he voted for Ian to win, his current relationship status with Ashley, winning America’s Favorite, the Team Frank t-shirts, and much more.

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Kevin Cerrito and Marcus Hunter host MemphiSport Live (MSL) on Sports 56 & 87.7 FM every Saturday from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. MSL was voted 3rd Best Sports Radio Show in the 2010 & 2011 Memphis Flyer Best of Memphis poll.

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AUDIO: Greg Akers says Memphians should not be fans of the Titans

TV/film critic and Oscarologist Greg Akers joined Kevin Cerrito and Marcus Hunter on MSL for his regular Last Saturday of the Month segment, followed by a special edition of Talking Football with a Celebrity where Akers explains why he thinks no one in Memphis should root for the Titans.

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MSL Interview: Mike Conley previews 2012-13 Grizzlies season

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Memphis Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley joined Kevin Cerrito and Marcus Hunter to talk about his his relationship with Josh Selby and Tony Wroten Jr, the upcoming 2012-13 season,  the 4th Annual Bowl-n-Bash, video games, and more.

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Who will be the next head football coach at Arkansas?

April 1, 2012 is a day that all Razorbacks fans want to forget because on that day their quest for a SEC Championship was ruined.  Bobby Petrino’s scandal, and subsequent dismissal from the university, left a gapping void that interim coach John L. Smith has been unable to fill so far this year.  Arkansas has gone from BCS Title contender to maybe managing to get bowl eligible in a matter of three weeks.  The Razorbacks have lost three straight games including a 52-0 home loss to SEC West rival Alabama.  Even if Arkansas can turn things around it is highly doubtful that Coach Smith will return as head coach next year.  So, who should Arkansas hire as their next head coach?  Maybe Arkansas will steal Mike Smith from the Falcons the way they stole Petrino.  Or maybe they go out there and hire Jody Sears, the interim coach at Weber State.  While these are two unlikely candidates, there are several strong coaches that Arkansas should seriously consider hiring, and here is a short list of possible future Razorbacks coaches.

Phillip Fulmer
It was rumored that Coach Fulmer would be the next head coach at Arkansas after Petrino was fired.  Sadly for Razorbacks fans it was just a rumor, but maybe the two sides can work something out in time for next year.  Fulmer spent 17 years at the University of Tennessee and is one of the most accomplished coaches in SEC history.  He has two SEC titles, five SEC Championship game appearances, and a SEC record of 92-34.  His teams almost always finished the year nationally ranked (ranked in the AP top 25 13 of his 17 years) and he also has a National Championship.  Hiring a coach with the accomplishments and accolades of Fulmer would ensure the Razorbacks stay nationally relevant, and help them as far as recruiting is concerned.

Skip Holtz
Son of former Arkansas head coach Lou Holtz, Skip Holtz was another name rumored to be in the mix for the head coaching job at Arkansas when Petrino was let go of.  Holtz is familiar with the area spending his middle and high school days in Fayetteville while his dad was the head coach of the Razorbacks.   Hiring Holtz would certainly rejuvenate the Razorbacks fan base and he is more than capable of getting Arkansas back to where it was when Petrino was coaching.  However, there is some cause for concern with Holtz.  While he does have 12 years of head coaching experience and a record of 87-64, he is struggling at South Florida going 4-11 in Big East play in his three year tenure at the school.

Kirby Smart
The one bad thing during Petrino’s tenure at Arkansas (other than the motorcycle accident) was the defense. Arkansas put up some spectacular offensive numbers during his tenure, but their defense was mediocre at best.  As the old saying goes “Offense wins games, but defense wins championships,” and right now there is not a better defensive mind in college football than Kirby Smart.  He has spent the last six seasons at Alabama learning (and winning) under Coach Nick Saban.  In his four years as the Crimson Tides defensive coordinator, his defenses have finished in the top five nationally in total defense and scoring defense three times.  Also, he is the 2009 Broyles Award winner for best coordinator in the nation.  Hiring somebody with knowledge about how the Alabama program works is another plus for Smart, especially since Arkansas is 0-5 against the Saban led Crimson Tide.

Mark Stoops
If Kirby Smart is the best defensive mind in college football, Mark Stoops is not too far behind.  Stoops has nine years of defensive coordinator experience, and he has spent the past three seasons at Florida State, transforming the ‘Noles defense into one of the nation’s best.  The Seminoles finished last year ranked fourth in the nation in total defense and first in the nation in rushing defense.  So far this year the Seminoles are the second best team in the nation in total defense, a credit to Stoops’ coaching ability.  While Stoops does not have any head coaching experience, it would be a mistake for Arkansas to not consider hiring a coach with the resume that he has.

Todd Berry
Few Arkansas fans knew who Todd Berry was before this season started, but they all know who he is now.  His Louisiana-Monroe squad upset the Razorbacks three weeks ago and started this Arkansas free fall.  Coach Berry is in his third year as the Warhawks head coach and has a record of 10-17 while there.  He has ten years of coaching experience at smaller schools (Illinois State, Army, and UL Monroe) amassing a woeful 39-77 career record, but do not let the record discourage you.  His team’s performance so far this year has been eye opening and he will garner significant attention this off season.   Last year the Warhawks finished eighth in the nation in rushing defense and 21st in total defense, an impressive feat considering the disparity in facilities and talent UL Monroe has when compared to bigger FBS schools. All Berry needs is an opportunity to coach at a school with the resources Arkansas has and he will be able to win games.

Bobby Petrino
Good luck with that one.

CJ Hurt covers college football for MemphiSport.  Follow him @churtj09 for live tweets from different college football games throughout the Mid-South.

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VIDEO: Jerry Lawler planning return to WWE at October 16 show in Memphis

Jerry “The King” Lawler was on Memphis morning show Live at 9 today to promote his first public appearance since his heart attack. During the interview, The King announced he plans to return to WWE at the October 16 “Smackdown!” taping in Memphis.

Lawler will commentate on matches tonight at the Mid-South Fair wrestling event featuring Sid Vicious.

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Game Preview: Titans travel to Houston to face Texans

The Tennessee Titans and the Houston Texans will play the first of their two divisional games this weekend at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas. Coming in off one of the most exciting games in the franchise’s history, the 1-2 Titans  are looking to continue the winning streak.

The Titans have plenty to cheer about after the win over the Lions. The Titans face the Texans this weekend. Photo by Terry Davis

The Texans enter the game with a 3-0 for the first time in the franchise’s 10 year history.  The offense and defense for the Texans are the only team that are  ranked in the top ten.  The Texans offense is ranked 7th in the NFL with 395 yards per game and the defense is 2nd in the NFL only allowing 296 yards a game.

The defense of the Texans is led by JJ Watt the second year defensive lineman out of the University of Wisconsin.  Watt has earned the nickname of “JJ Swat” because of all of the passing he has been deflecting at the line of scrimmage.  Watt has already matched the total number of sacks he had last season of 5.5 in only three games this season.  The defense for the Titans has allowed over 30 points in every game this season.

Jake Locker the second year quarterback for the Titans had his best game as a pro and got his first win throwing for 378 yards and 2 touchdowns against the Lions.  Locker also leads the Titans in rushing with 79 yards.  Chris Johnson the former league leading rusher has not gotten on track this season.

The Titans and Texans split the series last season.  Each team won last year’s games on the road.  The Titans were originally based in Houston before relocating to Nashville.  The Titans lead the series   14-7 and are 3-7 at Reliant Stadium.

Arian Foster is the all-time leading rusher for the Texans with 3,391 yards.  Matt Schuab has been very consistent at quarterback this season and is not showing any effects of his season ending ankle injury from last season.  Schuab has thrown for 751 yards this season.  Locker has more passing yards with 781.  Locker has 4 touchdowns passes on the year and 2 interceptions.  Schaub has 5 touchdown passes and only 1 interception for the season.

Unlike last week’s OT classic, this week’s Titans game will air on Memphis television.

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Week 4 TAM Football Rankings: Mississippi State remains the best TAM team

For the second week in a row Mississippi State remains the unanimous No. 1 team in the TAM rankings.  They beat up on another Sun Belt team last week to remain undefeated, and have a bye week to prepare for a struggling Kentucky squad. Tennessee and Ole Miss remain two and three respectively thanks to both of them beating up on weak opponents.  However, both teams will be tested on the road this week as Tennessee plays No. 5 Georgia while Ole Miss takes on No. 1 Alabama.  The wheels continue to fall off the Razorback bandwagon this week, after yet another disappointing performance led to another loss forArkansas.  It is no surprise that the team that benefits the most in the rankings from the recent struggles at Arkansas is ArkansasState.  The Red Wolves jumped the Razorbacks in the polls this week and are now the best TAM team in Arkansas.  Vanderbilt was hammered by Georgia last week, and look to rebound against a Missouri team that is still seeking their first SEC win of the year.  MTSU is coming off of a bye week and travels to Georgia Tech for this week’s match up.  The last two TAM teams in this week’s rankings are Southern Mississippi and Memphis, both of which are still looking for their first win of the year.

 

The Mid-South is full of fans with allegiances to different area college football programs. Which FBS program in the three states surrounding the Memphis area is the best? To help end some arguments and start others, every week MemphiSport ranks all the college football teams in Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi. We call it the TAM Rankings.

 

1. Mississippi State (4-0): Last week No. 1
Last Game:
W 30-10 vs. South Alabama @ Davis Wade Stadium
Next Game:  vs. Kentucky @ Commonwealth Stadium
Best Win: 28-10 vs. Auburn @ Davis Wade Stadium
Worst Loss:  N/A
Wins Against TAMs Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAMs Teams: N/A

2.  Tennessee (3-1): Last week No. 2
Last Game:  
W 47-26 Akron @ Neyland Stadium
Next Game: 
vs.  Georgia @ Sanford Stadium
Best Win: 35-21 vs. North Carolina State @ Georgia Dome
Worst Loss: 
L 37-20 Florida @ Neyland Stadium
Wins Against TAMs Teams:
N/A
Losses Against TAMs Teams: N/A

3.  Ole Miss (3-1): Last week No. 3
Last Game:
W 39-0 Tulane @ Superdome
Next Game: vs. Alabama @ Bryant-Denny Stadium
Best Win:  39-0 Tulane @ Superdome
Worst Loss:  L 66-31 Texas @ Vaught-Hemmingway Stadium
Wins Against TAMs Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAMs Teams: N/A

4.  Arkansas State (2-2): Last week No. 6
Last Game: 
W 56-0 vs. Alcorn State @ Liberty Bank Stadium
Next Game:  vs. Western Kentucky @ Liberty Bank Stadium
Best Win:  33-28 vs. Memphis @ Liberty Bank  Stadium
Worst Loss:  57-34 vs. Oregon @ Autzen Stadium
Wins Against TAMs Teams: 1 (Memphis)
Losses Against TAMs Teams: N/A

T5. Vanderbilt (1-3): Last week No. 5
Last Game: 
L 48-3 Georgia @ Sanford Stadium
Next Game:  
vs. Missouri @ Faurot Field
Best Win:  W 58-0 Presbyterian @ Vanderbilt Stadium
Worst Loss: 48-3 Georgia @ Sanford Stadium
Wins Against TAMs Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAMs Teams: N/A

T5. Arkansas (1-3): Last week No. 4
Last Game:
L 35-26 vs. Rutgers @ Razorback Stadium
Next Game:  vs. Texas A&M @ Kyle Field
Best Win:  49-24 vs. Jacksonville State @ Little Rock Arkansas
Worst Loss:  52-0 vs. Alabama @ Razorback Stadium
Wins Against TAMs Teams:
N/A
Losses Against TAMs Teams: N/A

7.  MTSU (2-1): Last week No. 6
Last Game: 
W 48-30 Memphis @ Liberty Bowl
Next Game:  vs. Georgia Tech @ Bobby Dodd Stadium
Best Win: 48-30 Memphis @ Liberty Bowl
Worst Loss:  27-21 vs. McNeese State @ Floyd Stadium
Wins Against TAMs Teams: 1 (Memphis)
Losses Against TAMs Teams: N/A

8.  Southern Mississippi (0-3):  Last week No. 8
Last Game: 
L 42-17 vs. Western Kentucky @ Smith Stadium
Next Game: Louisville @ M.M. Roberts Stadium
Best Win:  N/A
Worst Loss:  42-17 vs. Western Kentucky @ Smith Stadium
Wins Against TAMs Teams:
N/A
Losses Against TAMs Teams: N/A

9.  Memphis (0-4): Last week No. 9
Last Game:
L 38-14 Duke @ Wallace Wade Stadium
Next Game:  vs. Rice @ Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Best Win: N/A
Worst Loss:  20-17 vs. UT-Martin @ Liberty Bowl
Wins Against TAMs Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAMs Teams:  2 (Arkansas State and MTSU)

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NFL Picks Week 4: September 27 – October 1

Every week, MemphiSport Titans reporter Terry Davis makes his picks for the slate of NFL games.Here are his selections for Week 4.

Last Week’s record: 6-10
Year-to-date record: 27-21

     Team and Location                      Line                Who will win

Cleveland at Baltimore

-12

Ravens will win 28-10

New England at Buffalo

+4

Pats will win 24-17

 

Minnesota at Detroit

-5

Lions will win 24-21

 

Carolina at Atlanta

-7

Falcons will win 28-14

 

San Francisco at N Y Jets

+5

Niners will win 24-17

 

San Diego at Kansas City

-1

Chargers will win 27-14

 

Tennessee at Houston

-12

Texans will win 34-21

 

Seattle at St. Louis

+2.5

Seattle will win 17-14

 

Miami at Arizona

-6.5

Cardinals will win 24-21

 

Oakland at Denver

-6.5

Denver will win 21-21

 

Cincinnati at Jacksonville

+2.5

Bengals will win 14-10

 

New Orleans at Green Bay

-7.5

Green Bay will win 28-24

 

Washington at Tampa Bay

-3

Tampa will win 28-27

 

NY Giants at Philadelphia

-1.5

Giants will win 24-21

 

Chicago at Dallas

-3.5

Cowboys will win 17-14

 

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Titans will return to Memphis TV on Sunday

A week after Fox chose not to show the Tennessee Titans in the Memphis market, CBS affiliate WREG News Channel 3 will broadcast this Sunday’s noon game between the Titans and the undefeated Texans.

Fox 13 in Memphis will air Carolina at Atlanta and New Orleans at Green Bay as part of a doubleheader.

Last week, Mid-South area Titans fans were shown the low-scoring Dallas Cowboys game instead of the wild OT battle between the Titans and the Lions.

The Cowboys play the Bears this week on ESPN’s Monday Night Football.

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Game Preview: Keys to Ole Miss vs. Alabama

It is not every week you get a chance to play the No. 1 ranked team in the nation, when given that chance you must play a perfect game.  The Ole Miss Rebels travel to Alabama to play the Crimson Tide.  No one outside of Oxford is giving the Rebels a chance of winning this game.  However, the Rebels believe that they can compete with any team in the country.  This attitude comes from the teachings of the coaching staff.  Ole Miss is 0-8 against the No. 1 ranked teams in their history.  The Tide enters the game as the clear favorite to be playing in the National Championship game in January. Alabama is led by TJ Yeldon and TJ Lacy on the ground and A J McCarron is the quarterback.  The Tide has a balanced running and passing attack.  The reigning National champs are averaging 204 yards on the ground and 221 passing yards per game.  The Tide has only allowed 249 total rushing yards this season.  The Rebels lead the SEC in rushing yards per game with 259 yards.

Bo Wallace will lead Ole Miss against No. 1 Ranked Alabama. Photo by Justin Ford

1) Stay mistake free.  The Rebels one again faces a team that they don’t match the depth and size with in Alabama.  To counter this disadvantage, Ole Miss must play mistake free football.  The Rebels must avoid turnover and execute each play the way they were taught or this game can get out of hand quickly.

2) Disguise defensive coverage.  The Rebels do not have depth or size on defense and will have to keep the Tide off balance by trying to confuse them keep plays in front of them.  They can’t allow the Tide receivers to get behind them or allow runners to get into the open field because of their speed.

3) The best defense is offense.  The Rebels will have to control the ball and keep their defense off of the field.  Bo Wallace will have to make good decisions on when to throw and when to run.  Jeff Scott has been playing well this season and needs to have his best game.

4) Size does matter.  The Rebels will be outsized on the offensive and defensive lines, and will have to use their quickness to contend with the Tide.  Donte Moncrief will have to have another great game and catch all balls that are targeted for him.

5) Keeping a cool head.  In only their 2nd road game of the season, this will be the most hostile crowd that the Rebels have faced this year.  The first road game was at Tulane, but the Rebel fans outnumber the Green Wave fans.  Alabama fans will be loud and will make it hard for the Rebels to operate on offense.  If the Rebs do get behind early they must maintain their composer and not panic.

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