NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk says nobody with the Tennessee Titans will ever wear Eddie George’s No. 27 nor the No. 9 of the late Steve McNair again. Strunk announced that the franchise will retire both numbers Sept. 15 at their home opener against the Indianapolis Colts. George and McNair helped the franchise through its difficult relocation from Houston to Tennessee and major contributors during its lone Super Bowl berth.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Taylor Jenkins has talked enough with Memphis’ new front office to feel confident he will be given time to turn around the Grizzlies. He is the team’s fourth head coach since Memphis reached the 2013 Western Conference finals. Jenkins says everyone understands it will take time and that’s why he had no concerns about the team’s recent coaching turnover. Memphis’ executive vice president of basketball operations Zachary Z. Kleiman says the Grizzlies made a long-term commitment to Jenkins.
UNDATED (AP) — The College World Series has an even stronger Southeastern Conference flavor than usual. SEC members Arkansas, Auburn, Mississippi State and Vanderbilt comprise half the eight-team College World Series field. The CWS begins Saturday when Texas Tech faces Michigan and Arkansas meets Florida State at Omaha, Nebraska.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville showcased its “toughness” to qualify for its latest College World Series appearance. The Cardinals had to overcome three elimination games early in the NCAA Tournament to keep its CWS hopes alive. Louisville is heading to its fourth CWS in the last seven years riding a five-game winning streak.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee freshman offensive lineman Melvin McBride is giving up football for medical reasons. He becomes the latest in a series of Tennessee offensive linemen to say they’re leaving the team for medical reasons since the end of last season. The others are Tanner Antonutti, Devante Brooks, Eric Crosby and Chance Hall.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Vanderbilt has added four more graduate transfers to its football roster. The newcomers include former South Alabama offensive lineman Rowan Godwin, former Harvard receiver/kick returner Justice Shelton-Mosley, former Illinois defensive back Cam Watkins and former Marist defensive lineman Eddie Zinn-Turner.