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Chalmers: I'd love to be back in Memphis

The Grizzlies have a “little upper hand” in Mario Chalmers’ free agency with the hiring of coach David Fizdale, Chalmers said on The Chris Vernon Show on 92.9 FM ESPN Friday afternoon. 

Udrih: Fizdale a great pick

As a former Memphis Grizzly, Beno Udrih knows the quirks of this roster. As a former member of the Miami Heat, Udrih also knows David Fizdale, the Heat assistant who finalized a four-year deal Thursday to become the next coach of the Grizzlies. 

LaserQuest closing doors in Memphis

If you’re a kid who grew up in Memphis the last 20 years, chances are you spent some time at Laser Quest on Poplar and Highland. 

Grizzlies make job offer

After the Humdingers dinner, Frank Vogel-watch, and half a dozen interviews, the Memphis Grizzlies coaching search may well be coming to an end. 

Joerger: No issues in front office

A day after the season ended, Dave Joerger famously said to a collection of reporters at his end-of-season press conference that they wouldn't see him until July 1. 

Grizz search may be nearing end

x Could the Grizzlies’ coaching search be nearing an end? Miami assistant David Fizdale is gaining serious momentum as the next Grizzlies coach, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein. 

Vernon: No surprises when Grizzlies name coach

There probably won’t be any surprises when the Grizzlies announce their next coach. 

Monday Morning Martin: 5/23/16

First off, some personal news: I got engaged this weekend to my lovely Sam. Everything went absolutely perfectly. Some details: I decided to do it at Go Ape at Shelby Farms, which is a fun-but-challenging three-hour obstacle course in the trees. The

Point guard on Memphis' radar

University of Memphis coach Tubby Smith might not be done recruiting for next season just yet. Keon Clergeot, a 6-1 point guard who signed with Smith at Texas Tech last November, received his release on Thursday, he tweeted Thursday afternoon.  

A deep dive into Memphis' roster next year

In a bit of good — if expected — news, University of Memphis forward Dedric Lawson has withdrawn his name from the NBA Draft and will return to school for a sophomore season, according to several reports.  

Borrego picking up steam as Grizz candidate

As the Grizzlies continue to wade through a long list of candidates in their search, San Antonio assistant James Borrego is “picking up steam” after a strong interview, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein.

Getting to know potential next Grizz coach David Fizdale

Miami Heat assistant coach David Fizdale has emerged as a serious candidate for the Grizzlies’ coaching job, as he interviewed for the job yesterday in Memphis.

Calipari getting a 30-for-30

Well, this should be fun. Kentucky and former University of Memphis coach John Calipari will be the subject of an upcoming 30-for-30 documentary on ESPN.

Sporting News grades Smith hire as A-

The dust of the 2016 college basketball coaching carousel has now finally settled, and Mike DeCourcey of the Sporting News went through and ranked each hire this offseason. 

Monday Morning Martin: 5/16

The Grizzlies met with Spurs assistant James Borrego Sunday to discuss their opening, according to The Vertical. 

Kessee commits to Memphis

Tubby Smith has his landed his first recruit in Memphis. 

Analyzing The Supper

Last night, former Grizzlies and Nets coach Lionel Hollins and Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace had dinner at Humdinger’s Restaurant in East Memphis. 

Dodd: Big 12 expanding, BYU out's Dennis Dodd has been all over conference realignment (you should read him here), and he was kind enough to join us on Wednesday morning to talk all manner of Big 12 expansion.

Is Memphis' president making an online Big 12 presentation? (Yes)

Quick, go check out University of Memphis president M. David Rudd’s latest tweets. 

Monday Morning Martin: 5/2/16

Lynch goes 26th to Broncos

Well, Leigh Steinberg was right. Paxton Lynch became the first quarterback in University of Memphis history to be drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday night, going No. 26 overall to the Denver Broncos. 

Steinberg: Confident Lynch is going in first round

The NFL Draft process is a fickle beast. Once upon a time, not too long ago, Paxton Lynch was projected as the No. 2 pick. Now, in some mock drafts, he’s out of the first round completely. 

Fuente: Lynch can handle the responsibility

Before Justin Fuente was hired at Virginia Tech, he turned the University of Memphis from traditional laughing stock to traditional conference contender. 

Three storylines heading into summer

This is an important, if not seminal, summer for the Memphis Grizzlies. They have two healthy players on guaranteed contracts: Tony Allen and Zach Randolph. 

Final: Spurs 96, Grizzlies 87

Tough night for the home team; the Grizzlies gave it their best shot but fell short, 96-87. They’re now down 0-3 in the series. Three thoughts moving forward.

The case against keeping Keelon Lawson as an assistant

All week long on our radio station, we've laid out the case for University of Memphis coach Tubby Smith to keep Keelon Lawson as an assistant coach. 

Unpacking the Lawson situation

Last Tuesday, Dedric Lawson released a lengthy statement expressing his intentions to come back to school for another year and play with his older brother. 

Tubby talks staff, recruiting

University of Memphis coach Tubby Smith threw the first pitch Tuesday night at AutoZone Park before the Ole Miss-Memphis game (high and outside, by the way). Afterward, he addressed the media. Here’s what you need to know. — Smith said

12 for Tubby: All you need to know

Tubby Smith was introduced Thursday afternoon at FedExForum as the 18th basketball coach in the history of the University of Memphis. It was a civic event, as you might expect. 

Thoughts on Tubby Smith

Tubby Smith is all but a done deal as the University of Memphis’ next coach. But it hasn’t been announced yet. So, in the interim, I thought I’d put together my thoughts about him. Tubby Smith isn’t a sizzling name. 

Memphis zeroing in on Tubby Smith

It’s all happening.  Texas Tech coach Tubby Smith is being strongly considered by the University of Memphis for its coach opening, USA Today’s Dan Wolken reported Wednesday afternoon. 

Memphis basketball coaching search: Day 5

Day five of the University of Memphis coaching search has come and gone, and, just like the previous four, we haven’t heard anything official. 

Thoughts and names, names and thoughts

Coaching searches are all about names — some big, some small. In the absence of any substantive news about the University of Memphis’ search, I decided to throw together some notes and thoughts about some names that have been mentioned.

Sunday night Memphis basketball update

So it’s Monday morning and Memphis still needs a basketball coach. Memphis fans have filled up my Twitter inbox, my e-mail inbox, and my PlayStation 4 inbox. (Seriously.) 

If money is right, Memphis may get Marshall

The University of Memphis is now on the lookout for its next basketball coach. Wichita State’s Gregg Marshall is at the tip-top at the wish list for Memphis fans. 

Barring something unforeseen, Pastner leaving for Ga. Tech

University of Memphis fans will get the bailout they’ve dreamed of. Multiple sources told 92.9 FM ESPN that, barring something unforeseen happening, Josh Pastner will be the next coach at Georgia Tech.

NFL universe descends upon Memphis for Lynch

Paxton Lynch was back on the University of Memphis campus Wednesday for his Pro Day, which was carried live on NFL Network. 

Final: Grizzlies 108, Bulls 92

Well, that was a relief. The Grizzlies snapped their six-game losing streak against what must be the most talented-yet-dysfunctional team in the NBA, the Chicago Bulls, Tuesday night inside FedExForum.

Memphis, Virginia might play next season

It’s not new news, but it’s official: The University of Memphis and Austin Nichols may well get a crack against each other next season. 

Monday Morning Martin: 4/4/16

OK, so let’s get this out of the way upfront: I’m a very, very casual wrestling fan nowadays. I yearn for the Attitude Era days.

Kirby-to-WKU report inaccurate

On Sunday, the Coaching Changes Twitter account reported University of Memphis assistant Robert Kirby would follow Rick Stansbury, whom he worked under for 14 years at Mississippi State, to Western Kentucky. 

The Tony Allen name guide to your Memphis Grizzlies

In advance of his fourth annual karaoke event at the Esplanade in Cordova, Tony Allen made an appearance on The Chris Vernon Show Tuesday afternoon. 

Monday Morning Martin: 3/28

Woodson transferring As expected, University of Memphis guard Avery Woodson will graduate and transfer from the school; he announced his intentions officially on his Instagram on Easter.   

Jon Gruden on Memphis mascot: He looks soft

For the record: ESPN’s Jon Gruden is not a friend of the University of Memphis program. 

Memphis further investigating Pastner contract, per CA

Earlier this afternoon, The Commercial Appeal reported that the University of Memphis is investigating a potential conflict of interest as coach Josh Pastner and athletic director Tom Bowen, at one time, shared the same representation. 

Monday thoughts on Memphis basketball

Some Monday afternoon thoughts on Memphis basketball.

Final: Grizzlies 113, Clippers 102

Meet the hoopers. Their names are Zach Randolph and Tony Allen. And those two — especially the former — very well might have saved the Grizzlies season on Saturday night.

Pastner being retained at Memphis

Memphis coach Josh Pastner will return next season, the University of Memphis announced in a statement Friday afternoon. 

Grizzlies drop one at home to the Wolves

The Grizzlies dropped one at home to the Timberwolves, 114-108. I hate to say it, but … get used to it. 

Report: C-USA school will seriously look into hiring Pastner

Texas-San Antonio may seriously look at hiring University of Memphis coach Josh Pastner, according to Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Statesman.

One last chance: Sign up for the Bracket Challenge

The NCAA Tournament starts tonight.

Rudd releases statement on basketball program

University of Memphis President M. David Rudd released a statement Monday addressing the Memphis basketball program publicly for the first time in several months.

Dedric Lawson to test NBA waters, not hire agent

In a move that shouldn’t come as surprising, University of Memphis freshman forward Dedric Lawson will test the NBA waters but not hire an agent, according to Local 24’s Doc Holliday.  

Memphis' season ends

The University of Memphis turned into a pumpkin on Sunday, going down 72-58 to UConn in the American Athletic Conference title game.

Chalmers waived by Grizzlies

The news is unfortunate: Mario Chalmers has a ruptured Achilles tendon and has been waived by the Grizzlies in order to open up a roster spot.  Memphis is not a city that soon forgets. 

Memphis a Top 10 college basketball market

By most accounts, it’s been a dreadful year for the University of Memphis. The Tigers started strong with a close loss to Oklahoma, but have since taken losses from East Carolina, Tulane, and South Florida.

Grizzlies loss sends Cavs reeling

Last night, the Memphis Grizzlies pulled off the unthinkable — going into Cleveland with a grand total of eight players, none of which is featured on the Mt. Grizzmore busts, and beating the fully-healthy Cavaliers.

Tigers prepare for AAC tournament in Orlando

The University of Memphis is in a win-or-die situation this week in Orlando for the American Athletic Conference tournament. If the Tigers don’t win the tournament, their season may well be over. 

Williams: 2010 Jimmy Clausen was better than last year's Manning

As you may have heard, Peyton Manning hung it up Monday after an illustrious 18-year career that included five MVP awards and two Super Bowl wins. 

Former University of Memphis and current

Join the 92.9 Bracket Challenge

It's that time again. Even if the University of Memphis likely won't be participating in it, an NCAA Tournament will still be held later this month and you'll want to fill out a bracket. 

Grizz come back to beat Jazz

With a 94-88 win on Friday against the Jazz, the Grizzlies moved to 7-2 since Marc Gasol went down with a navicular bone fracture. That is insanely impressive. 

Grizz beat Kings

It is written that when the Sacramento Kings and Memphis Grizzlies get together in Memphis, one team must blow a 20-point lead. Last year, it was the Kings; this year, the Grizzlies. A wild and fun night at FedExForum on Wednesday, it was.

Pastner gets commitment from 2017 guard

If Josh Pastner is going to be fired from the University of Memphis, he certainly isn’t recruiting like it.

Monday Morning Martin: 2/29

You’re busy on the weekends. Chances are, you have neither the time nor the inclination to be plugged in outside of business hours. 

Memphis fan hits half-court shot

Ray Robertson is a lucky University of Memphis fan who was chosen to participate in the Ashley Furniture around-the-world promotion on Thursday.

Lakers lose in Kobe's last appearance in Memphis

So this was it. The Kobe Bryant farewell tour made its final stop in Memphis on Wednesday night. It’s a funny dynamic, the whole thing. 

Realistic candidates for the Memphis job, should it open

It seems more likely than not that the University of Memphis is headed for a coaching change next month, and everybody seems to have a list of preferred candidates. 

Gasol officially out for the year

The news is official: Marc Gasol is done for the season.  

Pastner GoFundMe campaign canceled

Just 24 hours after its creation, the GoFundMe campaign to raise Josh Pastner’s buyout was taken down from the website. Created by a Memphis fan named Christian Glazer, the campaign raised nearly $500 before it was removed. 

Monday Morning Martin: 2/22

You’re busy on the weekends. Chances are, you have neither the time nor the inclination to be plugged in outside of business hours. 

A good day for the Grizz

Somehow, the Grizzlies used the 2016 trade deadline to get even nastier. 

Grizzlies deal Jeff Green

Dave Joerger said before the season started that the Grizzlies were going to double-down on nasty. But this nasty?  The Grizzlies pulled off a late stunner at the trade deadline Thursday.

Grizzlies deal Lee to Charlotte

With the trade deadline approaching, the Grizzlies have made their move, it appears.  The Grizzlies will send Courtney Lee to Charlotte as part of a three-team deal with Miami, according to The Vertical. 

Pastner goes at Calkins

As Ice Cube once said: It ain’t over, (expletive). 

Goodwin play inexcusable from a senior

Late in the first half against Tulane, senior forward Shaq Goodwin forced a steal and got a breakaway dunk.  

Hardaway addresses Memphis job

Ever since the Josh Pastner era at the University of Memphis was declared over, there’s been a groundswell of support from local fans for Penny Hardaway to be the next Memphis basketball coach.  

Grizzlies set to pursue Durant

Need a lift, Grizzlies fans? The Grizzlies are going to make a run at free agent-to-be Kevin Durant this summer, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical. 

Gasol breaks foot, out indefinitely

Grizzlies center Marc Gasol suffered a broken foot and is out indefinitely, according to The Commercial Appeal.  

Blunders cost Grizzlies, 112-106

Tough night in more ways than one for the Memphis Grizzlies, who suffered their second straight home loss in overtime to a Western Conference team nipping at their heels. 



Grizz slip in overtime to Mavs

The Grizzlies’ winning streak finally came to an end Saturday night at FedExForum with a 114-110 loss to the Dallas Mavericks. A few thoughts from the night’s proceedings: The Grizzlies really needed this one. 

Memphis falls flat in second half to UConn, 77-57

It’s gotten to the point where I sit down at my computer after University of Memphis games and don’t know what to write. If the Tigers win, no one cares. If the Tigers lose, it feels like piling on. There’s nothing new to say. 

Norvell sends message with first recruiting class

At one point in the day, the 2016 University of Memphis football recruiting class was the highest-ranked in school history. At one point, there was just one non-Power Five team with a better recruiting class: Houston. 

Jack Eaton dies at 86

Jack Eaton, who served as the voice of Memphis athletics for nearly 30 years, passed away Wednesday. He was 86. I was born in 1991, so I never had the pleasure of listening to Eaton call a University of Memphis game. 

Paxton Lynch's stock dropping -- and that's a good thing

Paxton Lynch spent a good part of this college football season as the No. 1 ranked quarterback prospect in this year’s NFL Draft. 

Memphis LB Avery reportedly intends to transfer

University of Memphis junior linebacker Genard Avery, one of the best returning players on defense, told the Ole Miss Rivals affiliate that he intends to transfer to Ole Miss to be closer to his sick mother. 

ESPN's Welsh calls out Memphis fans, media

Tim Welsh is a former college basketball coach who now calls college basketball games for ESPN. Welsh was on assignment for SMU’s 80-68 win against the University of Memphis last night in Dallas. As the first half was winding down, the subject of

Grizzlies blow out Bucks, 103-83

BREAKING: The Grizzlies are capable of putting away a team before the final minute. The Grizzlies got a good and convincing win Thursday night against the Bucks, 103-83.

Pastner holds court

Generally, mid-week press conferences are fairly mundane and formulaic. The coach talks about the last game and the upcoming opponent and almost nothing interesting comes from them. This one was different. 

Thoughts on Penny Hardaway

A day will come — probably sooner than later — when the University of Memphis has to hire a new basketball coach. Under what circumstances? That’s anybody’s guess, at this point. But that day will come. 

Grizzlies edge Magic in overtime, 108-102

Jeff Green’s got two words for you. 1.) As far as NBA existences go, it’s been a pretty miserable one for Jeff Green since he got to Memphis. 

Ranking the worst losses for Memphis basketball

Memphis basketball is not in a good place at the moment. 

Taaffe: Lynch may have stronger arm than Bortles

Charlie Taaffe used to be the offensive coordinator at Central Florida, where he coached current Jacksonville Jaguar Blake Bortles. 

Grizzlies edge Pelicans, 101-99

This particular Grizzlies season has been defined by varying levels of … turbulence, we’ll say. 

Grizzlies top Knicks, 103-95

After months of build-up, Barnes-Fisher (Round 1) is behind us. The Grizzlies took the first bout, 103-95. Although the focus coming into Saturday was exclusively on the Matt Barnes-Derek Fisher feud, the game script played out much differently. 

Chalmers for the win

Once, it was, “Chalmers for the tie!” 

What's next for Memphis?

On Wednesday, those who were holding their breath for a forced Big 12 expansion (ahem, Memphis fans) got some bad news. At the annual NCAA convention in San Antonio, a rule change was passed that allowed the Big 12 — currently at 10 members —

Memphis escapes Temple

Ricky Tarrant took a big gulp, swallowed his blood, and proceeded to sink two free throws with 1.5 seconds remaining to give the University of Memphis a 67-65 win against pesky Temple on Wednesday inside FedExForum.

High marks for Memphis football

There’s nothing people love arguing more about than team grades, and USA Today issued their end-of-season edition on Tuesday for each FBS college football team. For its 9-4 efforts, the University of Memphis received got a B+. 

Grizzlies shock the Celtics

What looked like just another installment of a mediocre Grizzlies season — one wherein they beat bad teams and lose to good ones — turned out to be anything but on Sunday inside FedExForum. The Grizzlies overcame a 21-point first-half defic

Grizzlies hold off Nuggets

Back and forth we’ve gone, all season long. Grit and Grind is dead. Then it’s not. Then it’s dead again. Then it isn’t. At this point, it’s over simplistic and pointless to debate that. 

Grizzlies signing Elliot Williams

In desperate need for another ball-handler on the roster, the Grizzlies are signing former University of Memphis guard Elliot Williams to a 10-day contract, according to Yahoo. 

Paxton Lynch will be a good NFL quarterback

Paxton Lynch will be a good NFL quarterback. That’s what I’d bet on, at least. 

Reggis Ball apologizes to Auburn

The story of the Birmingham Bowl last week wasn’t the game itself, but the aftermath. 

Norvell completes staff

Memphis football coach Mike Norvell announced the completion of his staff on Monday, and there are certain themes to it. 

Arkansas wins Liberty Bowl, 45-23

Bowl season hasn’t featured very many particularly compelling match-ups. Too many games, it feels like, have been blowouts. That trend continued on Saturday in Memphis, as Arkansas took down Kansas State, 45-23, in the 57th annual Liberty Bowl. 

Memphis football enters uncharted territory

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — What began as potentially the best season in University of Memphis football history ended in deflating fashion Wednesday with a 31-10 loss to Auburn in the Birmingham Bowl. 

Tigers fall to Ole Miss

The University of Memphis suffered its third home loss of the season Friday night at the hands of Ole Miss, 85-79. The Tigers are 7-3 on the season with conference play coming up. Several thoughts on the game and the season at large.

Williams arrested

Former University of Memphis star and first-round NBA draft pick Shawne Williams was arrested and charged Thursday night with multiple offenses.

Memphis adds four JUCOs

The University of Memphis added four junior college players on Wednesday. New Memphis coach Mike Norvell announced each addition via Twitter on National Signing Day for junior college. 

Mike Norvell to be paid $1.8 million

Mike Norvell got a hefty raise to come to the University of Memphis. Memphis made the FOIA rounds today and released contract details to the requesting parties. 

Smaller Grizz beat Wiz

A few thoughts on the Grizzlies’ 112-95 win against the Washington Wizards.

Tony Allen: "Grit and grind -- it's fading away"

Another home game, another 20-plus point loss. 

Craft joining basketball team

The University of Memphis basketball team is adding a point guard mid-season — but he won’t exactly be a new face. 

Matt Barnes magic

The Grizzlies have a flair for the dramatic lately. After Jeff Green sent home a game-winning dunk against the Suns in Memphis on Sunday, the Grizzlies found themselves in a one-possession game under 10 seconds against the Pistons Wednesday.  

Darrell Dickey: "Let's go get the best guys"

Darrell Dickey is a veteran football coach, having plugged away since 1986 when he got his first coaching job at Memphis as the tight ends coach. 

Grizzlies suffer worst home defeat since moving to Memphis

The Grizzlies suffered their worst home loss since moving to Memphis at the hands of the Thunder, 125-88. It would’ve been a 40-point loss if not for an unguarded Vince Carter three in the final sequence. 

Memphis football staff coming together

Now that new Memphis coach Mike Norvell has his introductory obligations out of the way, he’s been able to move on to the next phase of his gig: Assembling a staff. 

Big 12 discussing expansion

The Big 12 took a potentially significant step toward expansion Sunday night.

Grizzlies pull off amazing finish

The Grizzlies just pulled off one of the most amazing finishes you’ll see in the NBA this season. Tied with the Suns at 93 with .8 seconds remaining, the Grizzlies had just enough time for a catch-and-shoot. And then they did this.  

Norvell introduced at Memphis

Memphis football coach Mike Norvell was introduced on campus Friday afternoon in front of an assortment of of media members, fans, and school administrators. 

More on Mike Norvell

So Memphis hired 34-year-old Mike Norvell as Justin Fuente’s successor. 

Memphis picks Norvell

Memphis has its next football coach: Arizona State offensive coordinator Mike Norvell. 

Memphis football search: Day 3

Day 3 (officially) of the University of Memphis’ coaching search is in the books. Here’s what I know. 

Update on Memphis and Odom

Here’s the latest on the Memphis football coaching search. Missouri defensive coordinator Barry Odom was in Memphis last night meeting with athletic director Tom Bowen and the University of Memphis administration. 

The latest on the Memphis coaching search

 The University of Memphis needs a football coach. Here’s some of what I’ve heard regarding the search.

The state of Memphis football

The regular season concluded for the University of Memphis tonight with a 63-0 win against SMU. 

Thoughts on Fuente and Virginia Tech

The news came Tuesday morning via Pat Forde: Virginia Tech has its man, and that man is University of Memphis football coach Justin Fuente. Nothing has been announced.

Four thoughts on Fuente and his contract offer

One month ago, the University of Memphis made coach Justin Fuente a contract offer that, at the time, would’ve made him the highest-paid non-Power Five coach in the country, The Commercial Appeal reported Friday afternoon.  

FINAL: Memphis 83, Grambling State 65

In the game that you’ve all been waiting for, the University of Memphis sent back Grambling State, 83-65. In honor of this game being broadcasted on ESPN3, here are three thoughts from the game. 

FINAL: No. 8 Oklahoma 84, Tigers 78

Two games into the season, the University of Memphis faced an enormous test: Buddy Hield and No. 8 Oklahoma. The Tigers fell short by a score of 84-78. Five thoughts: 1.) The tone of this season is already so much different. 

FINAL: Grizzlies 122, Thunder 114.

Well, well, well. Don’t look now, but the Memphis Grizzlies are back to .500. We were at the point in the season where we were grasping for straws, looking for evidence of improvement in 16-point losses.  Enter Mario Chalmers. 

Pastner: Guard play back on track

As part of ESPN’s 24 Hours of College Hoops, No. 8 Oklahoma is playing the University of Memphis tomorrow afternoon at FedExForum. Memphis coach Josh Pastner had a press conference in advance of that game on Monday afternoon.

FINAL: Memphis 67, Southern Miss 49

The first post-game words Josh Pastner spoke this season: “I’ll make this quick so we can go watch the football game.” 

FINAL: Grizzlies 101, Trailblazers 100

Thank God for Zach Randolph.  The Grizzlies defeated the Portland Trailblazers, 101-100, Friday night at FedExForum on a Zach Randolph tip-in with six-tenths of a second remaining. Z-Bo once again saved the day. 

Pastner meets with local media

The University of Memphis tips off its 2015-16 season this Saturday against Southern Miss. 

FINAL: Warriors 100, Grizzlies 84

The Grizzlies suffered their fifth double-digit loss of the season Wednesday in a 100-84 loss to the undefeated Warriors. It was the usual Warriors, with their usual circus shot-making, and the more-usual-than-lately Grizzlies.

Four-star guard announcing tomorrow

National Signing Day was Wednesday, and the University of Memphis was fairly quiet on that front. The Tigers did get a signature from Jimario Rivers, a 6-7 forward from Southwest Community College, but he committed two months ago. 

Grizzlies trade for Chalmers

In hopes of improving their to-this-point sub-par bench play, the Grizzlies have acquired Mario Chalmers (yes, that Mario Chalmers) and James Ennis in exchange for Beno Udrih and 2014 second-round draft pick Jarnell Stokes.

Memphis will support a winner

Attendance at the Liberty Bowl has always been a hot-button issue. At the end of last year, Memphis struggled to draw 40,000, even as the Tigers were in contention for their first ever conference title. 

Fuente: Kids responded well yesterday

During the rise of Memphis football, there have been a few characterizing slogans. 

FINAL: Memphis 107, LeMoyne-Owen 88.

There’s not much to draw from exhibition games (unless the Division I team loses, as we all endured last year).

The guide to Memphis and the playoff

Let’s assume, for the sake of argument, that the University of Memphis is going to finish undefeated. That will mean they’ll have (likely) beaten Temple twice, Navy, and a ranked Houston team. 

Memphis counting on Ole Miss

On ESPN’s college football show “Championship Drive,” ESPN analyst Trevor Matich reiterated what many of us already knew: In order for the University of Memphis to crack the playoff, Ole Miss has to win out.

Memphis's ranking: What they're saying

Personally, I don’t think tonight was the night to be outraged about what ranking the University of Memphis earned in the first College Football Playoff rankings of the year. 

Memphis ranked 13th in first playoff rankings

The University of Memphis entered the first College Football Playoff rankings of the season at No. 13 — making history as the highest-ranked Group of Five member ever. The Tigers are one of 11 unbeaten teams in the Top 25. 

Wetzel: Would be disaster if Memphis not in CFP top six

Now that the University of Memphis is 8-0, there is one burning question: Where will the Tigers come in on Tuesday when the College Football Playoff committee releases its first rankings? 

Grizzlies Game Day: 10/29

If you’re trying to get to 81-1, tonight is a must win. 

Don't call the Tater Tots winner unlucky

The whole universe may think Trey Greene is the unluckiest fan in the world. But he doesn’t feel that way. 

Final: Cavs 106, Grizz 76

“Tough game for the home team.” — Dave Joerger “I think everybody should be really pissed off.” — Marc Gasol “I ain’t got no excuse for you, man. They came in here and flat kicked our behind.”

Grizzlies Game Day: 10/28

Another Memphis Grizzlies season is upon us. We mostly know the product by now; it’s Mike Conley, Tony Allen, Zach Randolph, Marc Gasol and the gang (with a couple new faces) back again for another run at the NBA championship. Even if fam

NBA O/U podcast spectacular

Every year, our own Chris Vernon, Jon Roser, and Eric Hasseltine team up with The Commercial Appeal’s Chris Herrington for their NBA Season Preview Spectacular podcast. 

Thoughts on Memphis' Fanfest.

The University of Memphis basketball program held its watered-down version of Memphis Madness — “Fan Fest” — on Saturday at FedExForum. As you could probably guess, not many people were there.

NBA GMs: Grizz have best center, toughest player

The annual NBA general manager survey, put together by’s John Schumann, was released today, and it obviously has no shortage of Memphis Grizzlies mentions. 

What does yesterday mean?

University of Memphis fans couldn’t wait to spill onto the field yesterday. On one side, a group of fans warned nearby security guards manning the stairs that they were, one way or another, getting on that field. 

VIDEO: Memphis beats Ole Miss

The University of Memphis beat No. 12-ranked Ole Miss, 37-24, on Saturday at the Liberty Bowl. This is the party that ensued on the field immediately afterward.    

Ole Miss-Memphis prediction

We’re about forty minutes from kickoff between Ole Miss and Memphis here at the Liberty Bowl. As of this writing, I’m comfortable saying it will be a 75-25 Memphis/Ole Miss split in terms of crowd numbers. 

Memphis releases motivational video

On the eve of Memphis-Ole Miss, the University of Memphis is going all-out. Memphis coach Justin Fuente released the following motivational video on his Twitter account this morning, which is sure to get you fired up if you’re on the fence.  

Freeze: We have more to lose than gain

Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze joined The Chris Vernon Show on 92.9 FM ESPN Wednesday in advance of the Memphis game this weekend. 

Grizzlies No. 2 in Ultimate Standings (ESPN)

Breaking news: The Grizzlies are a first-class franchise.  They came in at No. 2 (out of 122) in ESPN The Magazine’s Ultimate Standings, which are based almost exclusively on fan experiences. 

Tunsil out vs. Tigers

In order to upset Ole Miss on Saturday, the University of Memphis will need just about every break it can get. The Tigers got one on Monday night. 

Five With Fuente: 10/12

Every Monday, University of Memphis coach Justin Fuente has a media luncheon at the athletic office building. Today’s, of course, was the most populated; it’s Ole Miss week. 

Bowen gets contract extension

University of Memphis athletic director Tom Bowen has signed a two-year contract extension with the school, President M. David Rudd announced Thursday afternoon. 

Kedren Johnson may need season-ending surgery

At his Monday press conference, University of Memphis coach Josh Pastner emphasized the importance of his team staying healthy. Three days later, he was in front of the same cameras talking about an injury to one of his best guards. 

Have we seen the last of BattleBallz?

BattleBallz has quickly become a fan favorite at Grizzlies games. The reason is simple: Two people in a great big bubble run full speed at one another at mid-court. As someone who's participated, it's classic entertainment. 

Report: Barnes attacked Knicks coach Fisher

This isn’t exactly what we had in mind when Matt Barnes signed with the Grizzlies in the offseason. 

Final(ly): Grizzlies 92, Rockets 89

The Grizzlies won a preseason game tonight by the score of 92-89. The best moment came when it ended. Am I being too harsh? Forgive me if I’m a little grumpy.

Pastner: The upside for the team is there

Josh Pastner had a press conference in advance of his team’s real practice this afternoon.

Monday Morning Martin: 10/5/15

Here’s a nice way to start your week: The University of Memphis is 5-0 for the first time since 1961. For just the third time in program history, the Tigers are ranked in the Top 25. 

Walton elevated to interim HC

Golden State coach Steve Kerr is out indefinitely after having back surgery. In his place, Warriors assistant Luke Walton was elevated to interim head coach.  That name sound familiar to you? Of course it does. 

Grizzlies announce promotional schedule

Part of what makes home Grizzlies games great is the great detail and thought that the promotions team puts into the experience. 

The misguided argument against Derrick Rose

It’s a sentence that’s become synonymous with the NBA season: Derrick Rose is hurt again. This time, Rose sustained a fracture in his left orbital bone after catching an elbow in practice. 

Larry Brown doesn't care

Larry Brown simply doesn’t give a damn. SMU was slapped with very stiff NCAA penalties this afternoon as a result of lack of coach control.

Miller to sign with Nuggets

Veteran guard Mike Miller, who was traded to and bought out by Portland this week, will sign with Denver on a veteran-minimum deal as long as he clears waivers tomorrow, a source confirmed to 92.9 FM ESPN.

Grizz usher in new season with Media Day

The Grizzlies held their annual Media Day today at FedExForum, because, incredibly, the NBA  season is upon us. We’re a month away from the home opener against the Cavs and we’re eight days away from the first basketball game being played.

Memphis-Cincinnati gets .4 rating

The numbers are in: ESPN’s broadcast of the Memphis-Cincinnati game Thursday night drew 1.24 million viewers, equating to a .4 rating, according to numbers obtained from ESPN. 

Memphis-Ole Miss may be ABC national game

Memphis and Ole Miss will both be favored in every game leading up to their meeting Oct. 17 in Memphis, which means that in all likelihood both teams will enter the game undefeated. 

FINAL: Memphis 53, Cincinnati 46

How on earth do you encapsulate that game? I really don’t know how words can do it justice. Here’s a shot. Memphis’ 53 points against Cincinnati gives the Tigers 215 through the first four games of the season. It’s the most ever

The guide to Memphis football

Tonight, the University of Memphis is taking on Cincinnati in a clash of American Athletic Conference preseason favorites. And though the outcome of the game is certainly important, tonight has a much bigger meaning. 

Memphis breaking ground on new practice facility Friday

The University of Memphis will break ground on a new, state-of-the-art basketball practice facility this Friday, President M. David Rudd announced on Twitter Wednesday. 

Hollins signs training camp deal with Grizz

The Grizzlies will open up training camp next week at UC Santa Barbara, and they’ll do it with a veteran presence in the post. 

AAC trophy will be in Memphis

If you haven’t already decided that you’re attending Thursday’s game between the University of Memphis and Cincinnati, perhaps a championship trophy will persuade you? 

Tuberville says Kiel will likely play

Though Cincinnati coach Tommy Tuberville has been playing a bit coy with the status of quarterback Gunner Kiel, he said at his weekly press conference Tuesday that there’s a good chance his starter will be able to play against Memphis.

Five with Fuente: 9/21

Every Monday, University of Memphis coach Justin Fuente meets with the media. Every Monday, I’ll take five of the most interesting things he said and post them here. 

Monday Morning Martin: 9/21/15

There’s going to be a theme to today’s edition of Monday Morning Martin: The joy that having a promising quarterback brings. I’m an unabashed Oakland Raiders fan, as you probably know. 

FINAL: Memphis 44, Bowling Green 41

That. Happened. (What happened?!) I don’t know, exactly. Justin Fuente doesn’t, either. But the box score says Memphis beat Bowling Green, 44-41. 

Pastner says he's re-examining program

Earlier this afternoon, University of Memphis coach Josh Pastner went on 92.9 FM ESPN for the first time since the transfer of Austin Nichols. That being the case, there’s obviously a lot to unpack.

CBS: Vandy is best college program in state

So this is some perspective. The good people over at rolled out a feature Wednesday called “The United States of College Basketball.” 

Conley and a new max deal

Since Marc Gasol is signed up with the Grizzlies for the next five years, Grizzlies fans have moved on to worrying about Mike Conley and his pending new deal. 

Babers on Memphis: "They're bigger than us"

Bowling Green coach Dino Babers is, as coaches go, pretty candid. As the University of Memphis prepares to go on the road against the Falcons, Babers had some interesting things to say in his pre-game press conference earlier this week.

EA Sports respects Marc Gasol, Grizzlies

Do players’ video game ratings matter? No. Are they in any way an accurate measure of a player’s skill level or ability? Not really. Thanks to the internet, developers can always adjust them. 

Douglas-Roberts signs with Pelicans

Former University of Memphis guard Chris Douglas-Roberts has signed a training camp deal with the New Orleans Pelicans, Yahoo reported Monday. Douglas-Roberts, a former All-American with the Tigers, most recently played for the Clippers.

Monday Morning Martin: 9/14/15

I want to start this week’s edition of Monday Morning Martin with an apology. From Geoff Calkins.

Enough is enough.

The John Calipari-being-honored-by-Memphis deal is dead. Done. Finito. Not happening.  

Davis: "Memphis is still my No. 1"

Five days after selecting the University of Memphis, 2016 College of Southern Idaho guard Ar’Mond Davis abruptly rescinded his commitment and decided to take the rest of his previously scheduled visits. 

President nixes Calipari dinner

The University of Memphis will not honor former coach John  Calipari after all, school president M. David Rudd announced Wednesday afternoon in a statement. 

Memphis loses Davis

Less than a week after becoming the University of Memphis’ first 2016 commitment, College of Southern Idaho guard Armond Davis announced on Twitter that he was re-opening his recruitment. 

Calipari responds

University of Memphis president M. David Rudd caused a firestorm when he announced on Twitter that former Memphis coach and current Kentucky coach John Calipari would be honored by the school later this year. 

U of M plans to honor Calipari, president says

So this is interesting: University of Memphis president M. David Rudd tweeted Wednesday afternoon that the school will be honoring Kentucky coach John Calipari in Memphis on Dec. 28-29.  

Stephens gets training camp deal with Cavs

University of Memphis alum D.J. Stephens has signed a training camp deal with the Cavaliers, according to multiple reports. 

Memphis gets vote in coaches poll

There was a lot of hubbub on Tuesday afternoon when the coaches and AP polls were released; for the first time ever, the SEC had 10 teams in the AP Top 25. The entire SEC West was represented. 

Monday Morning Martin: 9/7/15

You're busy on the weekends. Chances are, you have neither the time nor the inclination to be plugged in outside of business hours. 

FINAL: Tigers 63, Missouri State 7

Quarterback Paxton Lynch didn’t even make it to halftime — because he was benched. That’s how out of hand the opening game of the season got between the University of Memphis and Missouri State. 

Tigers near 2015 season

As we’re nearing the start of the 2015 season, I think it’s an appropriate time to put one final bow on last season and reflect on how we got to where we are today.

Darrell Dickey Hits the Quan

“The Quan” is the latest dance that’s sweeping America. It goes with a song appropriately titled “Hit the Quan” by Memphis rapper iHeart Memphis.  Mostly, you’ll see videos of teenagers hitting said Quan. 

Your guide to the best Memphis games this season

The University of Memphis 2015-16 basketball schedule was released earlier this week, and while it’s not exactly a gauntlet of sexy non-conference games, there are several potentially compelling matchups littered throughout the schedule. 

Martin suffers fractured foot

Bad news for Grizzlies rookie Jarell Martin: He fractured his left foot in a collision with another player during a workout Wednesday. The No. 25 pick in June’s NBA Draft will undergo surgery tomorrow morning at the Campbell Clinic. 

Two Top 75 players visiting Memphis

What started out as an encouraging offseason ended in potential disaster. 

Memphis basketball schedule released

As Josh Pastner promised, the full University of Memphis basketball schedule was released Tuesday.

People love Memphis State

I’m man enough to admit when I’m wrong. When the Redbirds announced Grit and Grind Night two weeks ago, I got a question: How would Memphis State gear sell, if the University of Memphis ever decided to do it? 

Announcing Tigers Tonight - the football edition.

So, some news: We’re starting “Tigers Tonight,” a pre-game University of Memphis football show on our sister station, 790 AM. 

Monday Morning Martin: 8/31/15

When Tim Beckman was fired by Illinois on Friday, Memphis coach Justin Fuente’s was one of the first names mentioned as his potential replacement. 

Justin Fuente and Illinois: No.

Tim Beckman was fired by Illinois Friday afternoon in the wake of an external review that discovered, among other things, that Beckman deterred injury reporting and pressured players to continue playing despite injuries. 

Henderson signs with Kings

If ever there were a non-playoff NBA team that deserved to be followed around in training camp, it is the 2015-16 Sacramento Kings.  Former Ole Miss gunner and loose cannon Marshall Henderson has signed with the Kings on a training camp deal.

Pastner speaks

 For the first time in five months, University of Memphis coach Josh Pastner addressed the media in a formal press conference Thursday afternoon at the Finch Center. 

Rose being sued

OK, let’s just put a bow on this day in history as one of the worst ever. If the tragedies in Virginia and Louisiana weren’t enough — and they were, for a lifetime — there was a cherry thrown on top Wednesday night.

Fisher ranked No. 81 by Scout

Let’s get this out of the way on the front end: Recruiting rankings don’t really matter. Once you get outside the Top 20 or so, every prospect is essentially a crap shoot. He might be good, he might be mediocre.  

Tigers make list for 4-star PF

There’s no way to forecast what the University of Memphis’ 2016 recruiting class will look like, as of today, especially given how shaky things have been the last year. 

Louisville-Memphis series in doubt

The future of the University of Memphis and Louisville series is in serious doubt, according to Jeff Greer of the Louisville Courier-Journal.    UL source said Monday a Louisville-Memphis series is "not good" for the Cards. 

6-8 Lawson is a highlight reel

Half of the basketball-playing Lawson brothers are already on the University of Memphis campus in K.J. and Dedric Lawson; both will be freshmen this upcoming season.

Monday Morning Martin: 8/24/15

  You’re busy on the weekends. Chances are, you have neither the time nor the inclination to be plugged in outside of business hours.

Jackson thriving in Korea

Former University of Memphis point guard Joe Jackson is now a member of the Goyang Orions, a professional basketball team in the Korean Basketball League. 

VOTE: Best looking Grizz

There is one question raging across the City of Memphis as we speak: Who is the best looking player on the Grizzlies?

The University of Memphis is in good hands.

It’s move-in day over at the University of Memphis, which means hundreds upon hundreds of wide-eyed incoming freshmen are settling into their dorm rooms on campus and officially leaving their parents’ nest. It’s a special time.

White Chocolate is still White Chocolate

Nothing makes the nostalgia rush in quite like Pro-Am highlights of Jason Williams. Williams, who’s pushing 40 now, was a major part of those early Grizzlies teams that a lot of us fell in love with. 

Memphis unveils new public campaign

On Wednesday, the University of Memphis unveiled its public campaign for fundraising for the new athletic facilities on South Campus. 

The scoop on Memphis Madness

The annual University of Memphis Rebounders Club dinner is tonight, and it is at this dinner that we learned, according to Memphis fan Chris Thomas, that there won’t be a Memphis Madness this year for the first time in Josh Pastner’s tenure. 

The Matt Barnes/Rihanna timeline

Let’s recap: Rumors start swirling about Rihanna and new Grizzlies wing Matt Barnes dating. Barnes’ ex-wife, Gloria Govan, is then approached by TMZ and asked about it. She doesn’t shoot it down and even blesses it, so long as she get

Redbirds holding "Grit and Grind Night"

A pretty cool thing is happening at AutoZone Park later this month: On August 31, the Redbirds are holding a “Grit and Grind Night,” a night clearly dedicated to the NBA franchise in town.  The Redbirds will be wearing special Grizz

Monday Morning Martin: 8/17/15

Barnes vs. Rihanna Unlike Yo Gotti, it appears Matt Barnes did not just get himself a Rihanna.

Memphis to detail capital campaign

The University of Memphis announced Friday that it’s holding a press conference next Wednesday detailing its current athletics facility capital campaign. 

Grizzlies win Stunt of the Year

Perhaps the brightest and most exciting moment — from the Grizzlies game ops perspective — came during the Portland series. After a friendship that was fostered over the course of the season, Natch the Bear turned on the Grizzlies mascot, Gr

Grizzlies release full schedule

It’s like Christmas in Memphis, except not really, because the Grizzlies aren’t playing on Christmas Day. 

Bradley headed to Missouri

University of Memphis senior associate athletic director Ryan Bradley has accepted a similar position with Missouri, the school announced Wednesday. 

Grizzlies opening at home vs. Cavs, per Vernon

The 2015-16 NBA schedule will (incredibly) be released tomorrow. There will inevitably be many “82-0” tweets from Grizzlies fans, but we don’t know much beyond that. Except, of course, who the Grizzlies will open the season against.

McCain turning heads in Miami

Former University of Memphis defensive back Bobby McCain made play after play last season for the Tigers. He was a major part of the team’s 10-3 record with his ball-hawking ability and he helped anchor a defense that ranked near the top of college

Tomorrow marks first day of pads for Tigers

We're a few days into University of Memphis football camp, but it hasn't gotten especially real yet; the team hasn't been practicing in full pads. That changes tomorrow. Tomorrow, the Tigers will practice in full pads for the first time this

Monday Morning Martin: 8/10

Memphis gets another QB The great thing about the University of Memphis football program right now is that it’s arguably more stable than it’s ever been at the quarterback position. 

Grizzlies' Adams has surgery

Second-year Grizzlies guard Jordan Adams underwent a minor knee surgery on Friday, according to The Commercial Appeal. 

Burks arrested again

The story of Antonio Burks keeps getting sadder. Burks, the former University of Memphis star, was arrested Wednesday on charges of solicitation of a false offense report and stalking, according to Fox 13.  

Memphis football: Day One observations

OK, I’m back home from the University of Memphis’ first “fall” practice. (Fall is in scare quotes because temperatures suggest it is still the middle of summer, but it’s not called summer practice, now, is it?)  

Tigers not in first Bracketology

It’s never too early to start projecting the NCAA Tournament field — unless, of course, your local school isn’t projected to be in it. 

Fuente: "Success is dangerous"

It’s been a long offseason, but college football is indeed finally upon us. The University of Memphis, coming off its first 10-win season since 1938 last year, will hold its first practice of the summer/fall tomorrow afternoon out at South Campus.

Tigers picked to win AAC's West division

In case you missed it today, the University of Memphis football program was picked to win the West Division in the American Athletic Conference (and second in the conference overall behind Cincinnati). 

Memphis makes cut for Fisher

University of Memphis target Jaylen Fisher released his list of six Tuesday night. It goes as follows: Memphis, Baylor, LSU, Indiana, Arkansas, and UNLV. 

Fisher cutting list

University of Memphis target Jaylen Fisher is set to release his list of five tomorrow. The Tigers are obviously expected to be on it, along with Baylor and some local-area schools. Fisher is ranked No. 54 by and is considered a four-star re

Monday Morning Martin: 8/3

You’re busy on the weekends. Chances are, you have neither the time nor the inclination to be plugged in outside of business hours.

Tigers left out of preseason Top 25

The Amway preseason college football coaches poll was released on Thursday; it included area teams like Tennessee, Ole Miss, and Arkansas. 

Memphis football: Can you feel it?

It’s not hyperbole to say that The University of Memphis’ Miami Beach Bowl win against BYU changed the trajectory of the Tigers football program.

Iowa Energy hire first female assistant

The Iowa Energy, the Memphis Grizzlies' D-League affiliate, have promoted Nicki Gross from video coordinator to assistant coach, making her the first female assistant in D-League history, according to the Des Moines Register. 

Barnes introduced at FedExForum

At long last, the wait is over. Former Los Angeles Clipper Matt Barnes was introduced at FedExForum Tuesday afternoon and will wear No. 22 for the Grizzlies, exponentially more hard-nosed than the last prominent player who wore it before him. 

Clark signs with Warriors

Former Germantown and Belmont star Ian Clark signed with the defending champion Warriors Monday, according to RealGM. Clark, a 6-4 combo guard from Memphis, spent the last two seasons with the Utah Jazz and Denver Nuggets. 

Barnes to be introduced tomorrow

Matt Barnes was acquired by the Grizzlies late last month, the proverbial other shoe when the organization originally traded for Luke Ridnour.  But, other than his appearances on a couple random ESPN shows, we haven’t heard a peep from him.

The latest on Mike Miller

Free agent-to-be Mike Miller is currently working with a list of six teams he will consider: Memphis, Oklahoma City, Houston, Denver, Dallas, and Miami, a source told 92.9 FM ESPN Sunday night.  

Nichols transfers to Virginia

University of Memphis transfer big man Austin Nichols will transfer to Virginia, Nichols told 92.9 FM ESPN Sunday afternoon. Nichols made the decision while on an official visit to the Cavaliers’ campus this weekend. 

The latest on Memphis and the Big 12

It seems like every other day there's a new announcement over at the University of Memphis about facility improvements or improved season-ticket sales or upcoming investments in the school. That's not a coincidence.

Jackson, Thomas sign pro deals

Some University of Memphis basketball-related news today: Former point guard Joe Jackson was drafted in the second round of the Korean Basketball League draft earlier this week and will play next season with the Goyang Orions. 

Barnes talks Grizzlies

Matt Barnes hasn't said much since being traded to the Grizzlies. We know he wants to fight Serge Ibaka, but what about, like, actually fitting in with the team? He made an appearance on ESPN's His & Hers earlier this week, and you'll wan

Previewing the Memphis schedule: Part 1

It is truly a new day in Memphis when an 8-4 record prediction for Tiger football irks some Tiger fans on social media. I mean that in a good way, too.  

Barnes says he'd fight Ibaka

There are a couple match-ups I’m most looking forward to next season for the Grizzlies: The Clippers and the Thunder. Both of these revolve around the acquisition of Matt Barnes, the loose-ish cannon the Grizzlies brought in last month.

Timberlake talks Grizz

Justin Timberlake is one of the most successful and wealthy figures in show business. He’s in movies, he’s got platinum albums, and he's got a successful tequila line. 

Freeze praises former Memphis DC

SportsCenter is doing the SEC car wash today — Les Miles, Butch Jones, Gary Pinkel and more have all taken their turns doing interviews on set in Bristol. 

Gasol/Green headline Team World in Africa game

Earlier this week, the NBA announced it would be making history and holding its first ever game in Africa. On August 1, Team Africa will take on Team World in Johannesburg, South Africa — and Marc Gasol and Jeff Green will be participating.

Josh Smith signs with Clippers

When free agency started, it looked like the Clippers — the frequent NBA target of loathing in the City of Memphis — were destined to fall back into the NBA’s doldrums.

Wide receiver commits to Memphis, celebrates by jumping over car

Meet Jahmmir Taylor. Taylor is a 6-1 wide receiver from Hinds Community College who committed to the University of Memphis football team Wednesday as part of the Tigers' 2016 class.  

Gostkowski the highest-paid player in the NFL

When it’s all said and done, the most successful player to come out of the University of Memphis football program may well be a kicker. Stephen Gostkowski, who was a member of those DeAngelo Williams-era teams, became the highest-paid player in t

Gasol introduced

On a random Tuesday afternoon in Memphis, a couple hundred Memphians converged on FedExForum to welcome home Marc Gasol, officially. The Spaniard held a press conference in the Forum lobby in what were his first public comments since re-upping with the Memphis Grizzlies. 

Rather than wax poetic about what Gasol re-signing means to this franchise, just watch this video. Listen to the

Nichols family hires lawyer

The Austin Nichols transfer from Memphis saga took an ugly turn on Tuesday when the Nichols family attorney, Don Jackson, sent a press release to national media that read as follows.


Down at FedExForum in a few hours, there’s a “MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT” taking place. 

Monday Morning Martin: 7/13

You’re busy on the weekends. Chances are, you have neither the time nor the inclination to be plugged in outside of business hours.

Grizzlies Summer League Grades

The NBA Summer League might be meaningless to you — but here in Memphis, there’s nothing we care about more than the Grizzlies’ young players.

Nichols granted release

Austin Nichols spoke to Memphis athletic director Tom Bowen at 10:30 this morning by phone and was granted a conditional release from the school, the school announced Thursday morning. 

More on Nichols

I’ve heard a lot of theories about the Austin Nichols transfer. A lot of speculation. The truth is, everybody wants there to be one thing that led to Austin transferring. But there’s not necessarily one thing. 

Source: Nichols plans to transfer

University of Memphis junior forward Austin Nichols has plans to transfer from the school, according to a source close to the situation. The U of M released a statement Tuesday that said the following: “Austin Nichols missed a team workout this a

Gasol re-ups with Grizzlies

Celebrate, good times. Come on. Marc Gasol took no other free agency visits. He listened to no other pitches. He never considered joining the Lakers or the Knicks. He didn’t take the one-and-one opt-out contract.

Monday Morning Martin: 7/6

You’re busy on the weekends. Chances are, you have neither the time nor the inclination to be plugged in outside of business hours. 

Wright agrees to deal with Grizzlies

The Grizzlies agreed to terms with a big man on the first day of free agency — but it wasn’t Marc Gasol.

Grizz announce summer league roster

The Memphis Grizzlies announced their summer league roster on Wednesday morning for the Orlando circuit. 

Memphis bringing in 2015 forward

Memphis will likely host 2015 Canadian power forward Alonzo Walker on an official visit later today, a source confirmed to 92.9 FM ESPN. Walker’s visit is only an exploratory one, however — Walker is visiting the U of M sight unseen, where he

Rudd talks U of M

University of Memphis president David Rudd was on 92.9 FM ESPN Monday and said a number of things. The most newsworthy are here: 1.) The U of M plans to break ground on its new athletic facilities as early as August. 

Martin, Harrison introduced

Grizzlies rookies Jarell Martin and Andrew Harrison were introduced officially to the media on Monday afternoon at FedExForum; Martin walked in on a boot. Here are some quick thoughts from the introductory press conference. 1.) Jarell Martin has a st

Tiger alumni game a huge success

For a night, Penny Hardaway was dribbling a basketball in a Tigers jersey again. For a night, D.J. Stephens was throwing down physics-defying dunks in a Tigers jersey again.

Disappointed in Grizzlies draft? Then you were always going to be

Were you disappointed in the Grizzlies' draft haul? Unless they got a godsend (Tyus Jones or Bobby Portis slipping), you were always going to be. The Memphis Grizzlies, with the 25th overall pick, selected LSU forward Jarell Martin. Then, they made a

Grizzlies trade for Harrison

The Grizzlies weren’t done after their first-round selection of Jarell Martin. The Grizzlies traded forward Jon Leuer to the Suns for their 44th overall selection of Kentucky guard Andrew Harrison. Not to be confused with twin brother Aaron who k

Grizzlies take Jarell Martin

The Grizzlies’ first-round draft pick is in. With the 25th pick in Thursday night’s NBA Draft, the Grizzlies selected LSU forward Jarell Martin, who may or may not have gotten an earlier promise from the organization prior to draft night. 

Mike Conley talks Gasol, Warriors, his face

Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley did the whole ESPN car wash on Monday, making an appearance on Sportscenter and a cameo on SVP and Russillo on ESPN Radio.

Monday Morning Martin: 6/15

U of M alumni game! Here’s some cool news: Former University of Memphis basketball player Jeremy Hunt has organized a U of M alumni game on June 27th, likely at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse. 

Calathes reportedly looking at European teams

Depending on who you believe, Grizzlies point guard Nick Calathes does or doesn’t want out of the NBA. 

Good news for the Coliseum.

If you’re one of those people who wanted the Mid-South Coliseum to be turned into a WWE Hall of Fame, you’re out of luck. But if you’re one of those people who wanted the Coliseum to be repurposed and saved, today was a good day.

Fuente talks Bobby McCain

Former Memphis defensive back Bobby McCain was drafted in the fifth round by the Miami Dolphins last month, capping off what was the best football season for Memphis arguably ever. McCain, an undersized-but-gutty cornerback, will compete for the nickel spot with the Dolphins.

Cameron Payne rising up boards ... again.

The hottest prospect in the 2015 NBA Draft may well be a Memphian.

Grizzlies holding more workouts

The Memphis Grizzlies workout carousel keeps spinning and spinning and spinning. The Grizzlies will hold their next batch of workouts for draft hopefuls on Thursday morning. For now, I’ll just list the participants. 

Why Grizzlies fans shouldn't root for the Warriors

Let’s get this out of the way: If you’re a Memphian, you should not be rooting for the Warriors. Soul-sucking as it may feel, LeBron James and the Cavaliers should have your full support in this Finals series.  Here’s why: 1.)

Burks arrested

There was some unfortunate news this morning regarding a former University of Memphis star: Antonio Burks, who was the 2004 Conference USA Player of the Year, was arrested and jailed on  a domestic violence charge. 

Breakdown: Grizzlies holding more workouts

With the NBA Draft a little over two weeks away, we’re all beginning to catch draft fever. The Grizzlies are picking 25th overall and have already held three different sets of workouts that have included the likes of Dakari Johnson (Kentucky), Chris Walker (Florida), and Pat Connaughton (Notre Dame).

There haven’t been any prospects in, however, whose names jump off the page.

Monday Morning Martin: 6/8

Because of its affinity for the local college and pro teams, Memphis has, within its own limits, earned the “Hoop City” moniker.

Gasol: For me, the reality is Memphis

Marc Gasol is a free agent. That being the case, he’s given lots of vague generalities that pass as quotes and we, as Memphians, try to read into them because that’s just what we do. 

Z-Bo on Mean Tweets!

We here at 92.9 have a personal affection toward Jimmy Kimmel’s “Mean Tweets” bit — considering our own Jon Roser, the majestic one, was featured in the segment before last year’s NBA Finals.

Grizz GM likes Johnson

The Grizzlies held their second set of pre-draft workouts on Wednesday morning, a cluster that included Dakari Johnson of Kentucky.

More Grizzlies workouts!

The Grizzlies are holding their third workout on Thursday that includes some interesting names. Tomorrow on the site, I’ll break their games down a bit further. For now, here are the guys coming in Thursday for a workout.

Fuente continues to be a hot coaching name

Last season was a historic one for the University of Memphis: The Tigers won 10 games, the American Athletic Conference, an epic bowl game against a traditional power, and ended the regular season ranked in the Top 25. It was a truly impressive turnaro

Iverson eligible at Rhode Island immediately. Why?

Rhode Island got some good news this afternoon: Kuran Iverson, the embattled University of Memphis transfer, is eligible immediately beginning this season. 

Monday Morning Martin: 6/1/2015

Monday Morning Martin   Couple bits of news this morning. Johnathan Williams III, who’s transferring from Missouri after two seasons, is heading to Gonzaga to play for coach Mark Few. 

Joerger singles out Richardson during workout

The Grizzlies held a workout on Friday that included a number of players: Pat Connaughton, from Notre Dame; Chris Walker, from Florida; and Josh Richardson, from Tennessee. 

Gasol says he hasn't thought about changing teams

Good news! About Marc Gasol! The following is a Marc Gasol quote in the Spanish publication, Gigantes del basket, translated, of course: "I have not thought about changing teams. 

ESPN ranks Tigers in Top 50

When it comes to next season's University of Memphis basketball team, there's a bit of variance. On one hand, some national media is hedging its bets on the team.