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NBA lockout steered Walton to his future

NBA lockout steered Walton to his future

“The Lakers had a tough start, but they’ll turn it around. They’ll get on a winning streak. Luke is a great coach and they have the best player in the world, LeBron.” --- Josh Pastner, Oct, 24 at ACC media day By Tom Shanahan Luke Walton’s coaching career is attached to Steve...

Pirates improving but without wins to show

Pirates improving but without wins to show

By Tom Shanahan, CorrespondentGREENVILLE -- East Carolina can point to statistical and intangible improvements, but the Pirates continue to come up short in categories that matters most: the win-loss columns.ECU (2-6, 0-5 AAC East) lost its fourth straight, falling 59-41 to...

Holton Ahlers takes command of offense

Holton Ahlers takes command of offense

By Tom Shanahan, CorrespondentGREENVILLE -- Holton Ahlers delved deep into the playbook during the bye week then practiced Tuesday in preparation for Memphis. East Carolina coach Scottie Montgomery likes what he has seen.“We had a good day at quarterback,” he said of the true...

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...