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AAC trailing major conferences in NCAA bids

AAC trailing major conferences in NCAA bids

The American Athletic Conference each week pointed to examples of football success to argue for the AAC’s involvement in a Power 6 along with the Big Ten, SEC, ACC, Big 12 and Pac-12.The reasons are debatable, but the conference can make a stronger case of...

Navy controls destiny in AAC West

Navy controls destiny in AAC West

Navy quarterback Will Worth led the No. 24-ranked Midshipmen past Memphis on Saturday, 42-28, with 201 yards rushing and 286 total yards. That was his encore to 115 yards rushing and 191 total yards to beat Houston.If he’s this good, how talented was Tago Smith? ... Click...

Navy faces a tough stretch starting with Memphis

Navy faces a tough stretch starting with Memphis

Navy upset the defending AAC champion Houston two weeks ago at a time when the Cougars were unbeaten and ranked No. 6 in the nation. Houston was the only AAC team to beat Navy a year ago.The Midshipmen are ranked No. 24 by AP and No. 25 by USA Today, marking the first...

Tubby establishing Memphis roots

Tubby establishing Memphis roots

Memphis basketball coach Tubby Smith’s late hire on April 14 has him off to a slow recruiting start. He has only one modest commitment in the Class of 2016 from a two-star guard, Keon Clergeot.But that doesn’t mean the sage coach is failing to find his way around the recruiting...

Conference USA basketball victim of greed

Conference USA basketball victim of greed

A few years ago, ESPN’s 30 for 30 series aired a documentary on the rise and fall of Big East Conference basketball: “Requiem for the Big East.” A similar account could chronicle Conference USA basketball.C-USA may not draw ratings, but the story line reads about the same. The...

Pastner gains new chance at Georgia Tech

Pastner gains new chance at Georgia Tech

Josh Pastner won nearly 70 percent of his games in seven seasons as the Memphis Tigers’ head coach, but that’s not enough when you follow John Calipari.Coach Cal won 76 percent of his contests with a Final Four trip – a 2008 national runner-up finish to Kansas – in nine seasons...

Memphis counting on continuing upswing

Memphis counting on continuing upswing

Up and down. Back and forth is the pendulum history of Memphis football swinging between winning and mostly losing seasons.Not even Memphis-native Cybill Shepherd, one of Hollywood’s leading actresses and beauties from the 1970s and 1980s, was able to alter the inconsistent...

Temple reminds AAC the Owls still in running

Temple reminds AAC the Owls still in running

I’m watching Temple thoroughly handle Memphis while at the same time noticing an ESPN ticker scroll across the bottom of the screen including reports of schools lined up to hire Memphis coach Justin Fuente away from the Tigers.Funny there was no mention of anyone trying to hire...