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Cougars deal reeling Tigers fourth straight loss

By Jason Smith Jason.Smith@entercom.com Dedric Lawson kept staring at the final box score in front of him. He'd never lost four in a row - not as a basketball player - until Sunday. "It's not the end of the world," Lawson said after Hou

Separating Noise from the Truth: Why Ole Miss Recent NCAA Allegations Present a

By: Jeffrey Wright
Email: JWright@ESPN929FM.com

The first rule in takes is that you never let facts get in the way of firing a take. Facts can destroy a take, so you need not concern yourself with them when you’re throwing fire.

Memphis falls at Cincy, out of top five in league standings

By Jason Smith

**NOTE: After Thursday's game at Cincinnati, Memphis coach Tubby Smith called my report Wednesday on Dedric Lawson planning to leave Memphis after two seasons to pursue a pro career "FAKE NEWS." I'll address that on Friday's show (2-24-17) right at the top. Also got another massive lineup of guests. Jason & John is on M-F from

Ole Miss Releases Video Update of NCAA Case Against Football Program

By: Jeffrey Wright
Email: JWright@ESPN929FM.com
The University of Mississippi announced a self-imposed bowl ban of one year following a second Notice of Allegations and eight new charges against the football program.

Humans v. Machines: Who you Got? NBA 2K17 Rejects the Pelicans Offer for DeMarcu

By: Jeffrey Wright Email: JWright@ESPN929FM.com   The Kings won't do this deal in NBA 2K17 pic.twitter.com/ERaK6TzVfq — Bryan Wiedey (@pastapadre) February 20, 2017 If movies are any indicator of the future, humans v. machines is the fin

Video: John Calipari Delivers Profanity-Laced Rant on Today's Coaching Environme

By: Jeffrey Wright
Email: JWright@ESPN929FM.com

Say what you want about John Calipari (and most people do), but I'm not sure that there's a better voice in college basketball at defending other coaches. I've personally watched him deliver a similar rant in defense of Andy Kennedy in an effort to help people realize how difficult the Ole Miss job is and in hopes of

Tigers blow double-digit lead, fold in road loss to UConn

By Jason Smith Jason.Smith@entercom.com A University of Memphis basketball team that at one time looked like it would exceed expectations in Tubby Smith's first season continued its downward spiral Thursday, blowing a 15-point second-half lead in an

Don't you wanna be in #Chancun?

In case you haven’t heard, Chandler Parsons is using the All-Star break — like most other NBA players — as a vacation. On Thursday, he and his crew took a school bus (yes, really) to the airport before taking off for what Parsons has dubbed #Chancun (again, yes, really).

Staying Woke: Thoughts on the Genie Bouchard Super Bowl Twitter Bet

By: Jeffrey Wright Email: JWright@ESPN929FM.com Plato once said (according to Google), "There are three classes of men: lovers of wisdom, lovers of honor, and lovers of gain,". While I would like to think that the truth may not be as cut and d

Greg Maddux Pulls Epic Prank on Cub Superstar Kris Bryant

By: Jeffrey Wright Email: JWright@ESPN929FM.com There's so much to love in this video. First, A++++ sales job by Maddux. Never once broke character, and didn't take no for an asnwer when it was show time. This bit could have been D.O.A. if Bry

Two Tigers Invited to the NFL Combine

MEMPHIS – The University of Memphis had a pair of players invited to participate in the NFL Combine as the full list of 330 invitees was announced Wednesday. Kicker Jake Elliott and defensive back Arthur Maulet will participate in the process in fro

Memphis Announces 2017 Football Ticket Plans

MEMPHIS – The University of Memphis Athletic Department announced the pricing plan for the 2017 football season, Monday.   Memphis partnered with IMG Learfield Ticketing Solutions to research ticket prices across the American Athletic Confere

Temple sweeps season series against Tigers

By Jason Smith Jason.Smith@entercom.com The University of Memphis made what was already going to be a tough final three weeks of the regular season even more difficult Sunday, falling 74-62 at FedExForum to a Temple squad that's had little luck beati

Grizzlies Avoid Big Win Hangover, Cruise to 110-91 Win Over the Suns

By: Jeffrey Wright Email: JWright@ESPN929FM.com  
Inconsistency has often followed the Memphis Grizzlies this season following a big win like the one they had on Monday night over the San Antonio Spurs on national television, but there would be none on Wednesday against the Suns.

Crawford, Dedric Lawson lead Tigers past Tulsa

By Jason Smith Jason.Smith@entercom.com Markel Crawford bounced back nicely from his first scoreless game of the year and Dedric Lawson became one of just 10 University of Memphis players to score 1,000 career points in two seasons as the Tigers beat Tul

ESPN 92.9 FM and the Gary Parrish Show Earns Some Hardware

By: Jeffrey Wright
Email: JWright@ESPN929FM.com
Barrett Sports Media has recognized ESPN 92.9 FM, as well as the key comonents of the Gary Parrish Show -- Gary Parrish and Executive Producer Brad Carson -- in its 2016 year in review awards.

On February 1, BSM recognized the Gary Parrish Show as its No. 18 Mid-Market Afternoon Radio show in its Top-20 Rankings for 2016. The Gary Parrish

Alabama Offensive Coordinator Steve Sarkisian Reported Leaves Tide for the Atlan

By: Jeffrey Wright Email: JWright@ESPN929FM.com The shuffling of the the offensive coordinator position for Nick Saban's Alabama Crimson Tide will continue as Steve Sarkisian will reported join the Atlanta Falcons for the same position acco

Former 'Michigan Man' Brady Hoke to Join Vols Staff

By: Jeffrey Wright Email: JWright@ESPN929FM.com The Tennessee Volunteers are expected to add former Michigan Head Coach and Oregon Defensive Coordinator, Brady Hoke, as their defensive line coach according to Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports.  In additi

Dedric Lawson climbs school scoring list as Tigers dump USF

By Jason Smith Jason.Smith@entercom.com So much for the offensive slump Dedric Lawson had been mired in. The University of Memphis sophomore star turned in the second-highest scoring performance of his career Thursday night in Tampa, Fla., scoring a gam

Entercom Radio Announces Merger with CBS Radio

By: Jeffrey Wright
Email: JWright@ESPN929FM.com
Entercom Communications Corp., the parent company for 92.9 FM ESPN, announced a merger with CBS Radio.

University of Memphis Announces 2017 Football Signing Class

 MEMPHIS, Tenn. – University of Memphis football head coach Mike Norvell announced the Tigers 2017 signing class Wednesday. The class, the second of the Norvell era, is the best in Memphis football history.     &nb

Randy Johnson Goes Babe Ruth and Calls His Shot at the USC Alumni Game

By: Jeffrey Wright Email:
The Big Unit hit a Big Fly at the USC Alumni Game.   

Video: Super Bowl Opening Night Highlights

Posted by: Jeffrey Wright
Kyle McCann of Entercom is on the grounds in Houston, Texas collecting all types of media from the extravaganza that is Super Bowl Week. 

Falcons RB Devonta Freeman on Atlanta Offense" 'We Can Do Whatever We Want'

By Ryan Hannable   HOUSTON — It isn’t exactly bulletin board material, but the Falcons seem pretty confident about what they can do on offense. “We can do whatever we want,” running back Devonta Freeman said last wee

10 Things You Have to Know About Falcons: Atlanta Brings Great Offense, Mediocre

By Christopher Price   This is everything you need to know about the Falcons, who will meet the Patriots Sunday in Houston in Super Bowl LI. 1. This is the best and most complete offense the Patriots will face all season. Whatever metric yo

Rex Ryan Will Join ESPN for Super Bowl LI Coverage

By Ryan Hannable
HOUSTON — Rex Ryan hasn’t made the Super Bowl as a head coach, but he has found a way to be part of the game.

Ryan, who was fired by the Buffalo Bills before the season ended, will join ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown prior to Super Bowl LI, per the network.

“Rex is a great personality and has a unique perspective,” ESPN senior

How Tom Brady Can Beat John Elway This Week

By Christopher Price   HOUSTON — If Tom Brady is able to lead the Patriots to victory on Sunday against the Falcons, he’ll be the second-oldest quarterback in the history of the game to win a Super Bowl, pushing former Denver quart


By Ryan Hannable HOUSTON — New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman is getting pretty good at this social media thing.

Tigers Overcome Poor First Half to Defeat East Carolina 57-50

By: Jeffrey Wright Email: JWrightESPN929FM.com MEMPHIS | In the newfound spirit of Memphis basketball teams, the Memphis Tigers could not have played much worse than they did in the first half against East Carolina yet put together a strong effort

Gasol named to All-Star team

Call off the riots. Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol is an All-Star.

Hot-shooting Temple snaps Tigers' three-game winning streak

By Jason Smith Jason.Smith@entercom.com Coach Fran Dunphy and the Temple Owls continued their recent run of success against the University of Memphis on Wednesday, handing the Tigers a 77-66 road defeat at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia. Temp

Dear Memphis fans: Stop studying Josh Pastner

Deep Dive: Why Are the Memphis Grizzlies Inconsistent?

By: Jeffrey Wright Email:
A common topic of conversation recently on the Geoff Calkins Show has been the recent form of the Memphis Grizzlies.   Are they inconsistent?  

Memphis Grizzlies to Bring D-League Franchise to the Mid-South

By: Jeffrey Wright Email: JWrightESPN929FM.com The Memphis Grizzlies have acquired an expansion NBA-Development League franchise that they will own and operate locally according to a story posted by Grind City Media's Michael Wallace. The affiliate

Tigers continue climb up AAC standings with win over UCF

By Jason Smith Jason.Smith@entercom.com K.J. Lawson scored six of his 16 points over the final 3:34, including a pair of free throws with 4.1 seconds left, as the University of Memphis held off UCF 70-65 on Sunday at FedExForum to earn its eighth victory

KJ Lawson bursts out of slump, helps Tigers grab road win at Houston

By Jason Smith jason.smith@entercom.com K.J. Lawson broke out of a three-week slump in a big way Thursday, pouring in career-highs of 28 points and 16 rebounds to help the University of Memphis earn a 70-67 overtime win at Houston - the Tigers' 

Grizz fall to Bulls

The Memphis Grizzlies, in keeping with a pseudo-tradition, dropped their annual MLK Day game to Chicago, 108-104. Some thoughts ... 1.) The Grizzlies baffle me. They're the only team in the NBA with five wins over the top four teams in the NBA. 

Former Tiger QB Paxton Lynch Gets New Coaching Staff

By: Jeffrey Wright Email:
Former University of Memphis and current Denver Bronco quarterback Paxton Lynch has to wait no more to learn who his next offensive coordinator and quarterback coach will be.  

St. Louis Cardinals Cancel AutoZone Park Caravan Stop

By: Jeffrey Wright Email: JWright@ESPN929FM.com The St. Louis Cardinals announced on Thursday afternoon that all Cardinal Caravan stops scheduled for Friday and Saturday, including the Memphis stop at AutoZone Park, have been cancelled because of a threa

929 Confessions with Jeffrey Wright

By: Jeffrey Wright Email: JWright@ESPN929FM.com   I have something that I have to say that has been building for quite some time now, and quite frankly, I’m afraid if I don’t put it out there, that it might drive me insane.   I don&r

Tulsa hands Tigers sobering road loss

By Jason Smith jason.smith@entercom.com As well as this University of Memphis basketball team had played of late, its 81-71 road loss at Tulsa on Wednesday night was a stark reminder that there's very little room for error this season for a Tigers sq

Mississippi State and Louisville Swap Defensive Coordinators, Ole Miss Completes

By: Jeffrey Wright Email:
The Mississippi State Bulldogs and Louisville Cardinals have essentially traded defensive coordinators.

Memphis Ranks in the Top-10 Markets for the College Football Playoff National Ch

By: Jeffrey Wright JWright@929ESPNFM.com   The National Championship Game of the College Football Playoff drew an overnight rating of 15.3 per a press release from ESPN. The rating was a combined number that included the broadcasts on only ESPN (ma

Deep Dive: Does the ACC have Better Coaches than the SEC?

By: Jeffrey Wright Email: JWright@ESPN929FM.com   During the “Take Five” of last Wednesday’s episode of the Geoff Calkins Show, Geoff agreed with Stewart Mandel’s take that the Atlantic Coast Conference was a better conference

Tigers roll Green Wave for third straight win

By Jason Smith

Dedric Lawson and Markel Crawford scored 24 points apiece and K.J. Lawson broke out of an offensive slump with 13 points as the University of Memphis beat Tulane 80-59 on Sunday in New Orleans.

It was the Tigers' third straight win and fifth in their last six games since falling 82-79 to Monmouth on Dec. 13 at FedExForum.

Memphis (12-4, 2-1

Crawford, Lawson lead Tigers past UConn

By Jason Smith jason.smith@entercom.com Tubby Smith sounded in disbelief. "I don't think I've had a team get beat by 21 on the boards and still win. That's just unheard of," said Smith, whose Tigers won for the fourth time in five g

Diving Deep: Is the SEC Full of Average Coaches?

By: Jeffrey Wright Email:
On Wednesday’s episode of the Geoff Calkins Show, Geoff Calkins and Jeffrey Wright both agreed that the ACC had better coaches than the SEC. Wright takes an analytical look into the claim.

Green day-to-day

For a franchise that’s been riddled with injury, there was one bright spot: JaMychal Green. Green had p

Grizzlies Look to Split the L.A. Road Trip Tonight Against the Clippers

By: Jeffrey Wright 
The Memphis Grizzlies will play their second game in as many nights at Staples Center when they take on the Los Angeles Clippers tonight at 9:30 p.m. CST. 

Grizzlies Look to Move to 2-0 on the California Road Swing Tonight Against the L

By: Jeffrey Wright JWright@929ESPNFM.com   The Memphis Grizzlies continue their California road trip when they head to Staples Center tonight to take on the Los Angeles Lakers at 9:30 p.m. CST.   You can hear complete coverage of the matchup bet

Dominant Second Half Propels Bulldogs to Liberty Bowl Win

By:Jeffrey Wright Email: JWright@ESPN929FM.com   In a season that has been marked with highs and lows, 2016 ended with a high for the Georgia Bulldogs who outscored the TCU Horned Frogs 28-3 during the final 31:13 of the 58th annual AutoZone Liberty

Bulldogs Close Out 2016 with a Bowl Win

By: Jeffrey Wright Email: JWright@ESPN929FM.com The gameplay largely resembled the field on which it was played, disjointed, sloppy, and generally unpleasing to the eye, but when the clock struck triple zeroes, the Mississippi State Bulldogs were bowl

Shorthanded Tigers gut out 99-94 overtime win at Oklahoma

By Jason Smith Jason.Smith@entercom.com As Dedric Lawson wrapped up a postgame interview with CBS, his University of Memphis teammates began sliding into the shot, dancing around him in a near-empty Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla.  

Joerger, Kings spoil Conley's return with rare road win over Grizz

By Jason Smith Jason.Smith@entercom.com On a night Mike Conley returned to the court from a nine-game absence due to a back injury and became the franchise's all-time scoring leader, the Grizzlies looked lethargic and in

Rome Wasn't Built in a Day: A Look at David Fizdale's Path to Becoming the Grizz

By Jeffrey Wright
Email: JWright@ESPN929FM.com

Everyone loves a winner, and right now David Fizdale is a winner even despite extended absences from Mike Conley and Chandler Parson -- two players whom the Grizzlies sign to max deals -- while also having extended absences from key contributors Zach Randolph, Vince Carter, and Brandon Wright.

However, there's more to love about Fizdale

Mike Conley Will Return to the Grizzlies Lineup Tonight

IThe Memphis Grizzlies announced today that guard Mike Conley will return to the lineup tonight when they take on the Sacramento Kings at 7:00 p.m. CST at FedEx Forum. According to a report released by the team the day following his injury, Conley was ex

Fizdale 'sick to stomach' over pending Douglas decision

First-year head coach David Fizdale's got a tough decision on his hands. With James Ennis set to return next week, Memphis will lose Toney Douglas and its 16th roster spot. 

Grizzlies Return Home to Take On Short-Handed Cavaliers

By: Jeffrey Wright JWright@929ESPNFM.com   Within minutes of last night’s 103-86 win over the Memphis Grizzlies, Cleveland Cavaliers Head Coach Tyronn Lue announced that his top-three names on the roster – LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, and

Tigers wilt late in home loss to Monmouth

By Jason Smith Jason.Smith@entercom.com The University of Memphis was less than 30 seconds away from earning a second straight win over a preseason conference favorite Tuesday night at FedExForum. Then the Tigers let it slip away

Tigers Look to Start a Winning Streak Against a Quality Opponent

By: Jeffrey Wright Email: JWright@ESPN929FM.com The Memphis Tigers are looking to start a winning streak and pick up a quality win that could be of service come March when they take on Monmouth tonight at 8:00 p.m. CST at FedEx Forum.   The Hawks (8

Marc Gasol Named Western Conference Player of the Week

The National Basketball Association has announced that Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol is the Western Conference Player of the Week following his efforts from last week. Gasol earned the honor for the second time in his career following a week in wh

A Deep Dive: Looking at the Numbers of the Grizzlies' Point Guards

By: Jeffrey Wright Email: JWright@ESPN929FM.com   November 28th was a dark day for Memphis Grizzlies fans.   Not only were they not competitive against the Charlotte Hornets, a team that they routed a week before on the road, but also they lost

Grizzlies Turned the Water Off and Rout the Warriors 110-89

By: Jeffrey Wright JWright@ESPN929FM.com   Go ahead and admit it. It’s O.K. We all had the same thought. The five-game winning streak was great and everything, but deep down we all were thinking that the Grizzlies didn’t beat a high-quali

Tigers swat away UAB, improve to 7-2

By Jason Smith

Dedric Lawson turned in an eyebrow-raising defensive performance and Markel Crawford and K.J. Lawson both had big second halves as the University of Memphis beat UAB 62-55 on Saturday afternoon at FedExForum to improve to 7-2 under Tubby Smith.

Dedric Lawson had 24 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high 8 blocks. Five

Grizzlies Close Up a Home Stand Seeking Their Biggest Win Yet

By: Jeffrey Wright JWright@929ESPNFM.com   The Memphis Grizzlies welcome the twice-defending Western Conference champion, Golden State Warriors, to FexEx Forum on Saturday night as they look to pull off the biggest home win of the season and defeat

'Super-clutch' Grizzlies pull out another close win

By Jason Smith Jason.Smith@entercom.com If the Grizzlies keep this up, 42-year-old first-year head coach David Fizdale is going to have a face full of gray hair. "Grow some? Man, I feel like I'm like 65 already. You kidding me?" said Fizdal

Grizzlies extend front office contracts

The Grizzlies have extended the contracts of general manager Chris Wallace and front office members John Hollinger and Ed Stefanski, the team announced Thursday afternoon. 

Grizzlies Look to Extend Winning Streak Tonight Against the Trail Blazers

By: Jeffrey Wright JWright@929ESPNFM.com   The Memphis Grizzlies look to extend their second-longest winning streak to five games when they play host to the Portland Trail Blazers tonight at 7:00 p.m. CST at FedEx Forum.   You can hear complete

Pastner gets win at VCU

by John Martin I know we’re not *technically* supposed to care about what Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner is doing, but we had him on the show earlier this week. And I don't want to say that it’s because he came on the show this week, but

Randolph Leads Grizz to a Win with All Heart

Here's the reception for Zach Randolph upon entering the game for the first time since the passing of his mother. pic.twitter.com/qpCuN3TKxz — Jeffrey Wright (@JWright929espn) December 7, 2016 By: Jeffrey Wright Email: JWright@929ESPNFM.com Ar

Grizzlies Return Home to Open a Three-Game Home Stand against the 76ers

By: Jeffrey Wright JWright@929ESPNFM.com   The Memphis Grizzlies return home to FedEx Forum to open a three-game home stand tonight against the Philadelphia 76ers.   You can hear complete coverage of tonight’s matchup between the Grizzlies

How Chandler Parsons' knee ended a reporter's career

Chandler Parsons’ knee ended a reporter’s career today.

Fournette Declares for the 2017 NFL Draft

By: Jeffrey Wright Email: JWright@929ESPNFM.com   LSU star running back Leonard Fornette has declared his intention of entering the 2017 NFL Draft following the Tigers’ appearance in the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl against Louisville accordi

The Grizzlies Head to New Orleans for a Quick Road Trip

By: Jeffrey Wright JWright@929ESPNFM.com   The Memphis Grizzlies hit the road and head south to New Orleans for a one-game road trip before returning home to FedEx for a three-game home stand starting tomorrow night.   You can hear complete cove

The College Football Playoff is Set

By: Jeffrey Wright JWright@929ESPNFM.com The College Football Playoff Selection Committee has released its final ranking for 2016 and the matchups for the third edition of the playoff.     Alabama completed a perfect regular season when they

Grizzlies Look to Start a Winning Streak Against the Lakers on Saturday Night

By: Jeffrey Wright JWright@929ESPNFM.com   The Memphis Grizzlies look to start a winning streak tomorrow night as they host the Los Angeles Lakers at 7:00 p.m at FedEx Forum.   You can hear complete coverage on 92.9FM & 680 beginning at 6:00

Tigers Head to Oxford for First True Road Game

By: Jeffrey Wright JWright@929ESPNFM.com The Memphis Tigers will travel to Oxford, Miss. for their first true road test on the season when they play the Ole Miss at noon on Saturday.   The Tigers (6-1, 0-0 in AAC) will be looking to snap a two-game

Cole released from China club

It may or may not be related to the Grizzlies, especially with the way Andrew Harrison has played recently, but Norris Cole is no longer in China. 

The Grizzlies Return Home to battle the Orlando Magic

By: Jeffrey Wright JWright@929ESPNFM.com   The Memphis Grizzlies return home to FedEx Forum on the second leg of a back-to-back to take on the Orlando Magic at 7:00 p.m.   You can hear complete coverage on 92.9FM & 680 beginning at 6:00 p.m.

Tigers complete snoozer stretch of schedule with win over Jackson State

By Jason Smith Jason.Smith@entercom.com OK, so now we can get on with the University of Memphis basketball season, am I right? If you didn't catch it - and judging by the small crowd I spied from my television set, not many of you did

Memphis v. Jackson State Preview

The Memphis Tigers return home to FedEx Forum tonight (8:00 p.m. CST, ESPN3) after splitting a pair of game against Providence and Iowa over the weekend in Niceville, Fla., and will take on the Jackson State Tigers.   Jackson State (1-5, 0-0 in SWAC)

Ranking the best available PGs


The College Football Playoff Selection Committee Releases Its Fourth Rankings

By: Jeffrey Wright JWright@929ESPNFM.com       The College Football Playoff Selection Committee has released its penultimate rankings on Tuesday evening, and given the fact that nine-of-ten teams ranked in the top 10 of last weeks

Conley Suffers Transverse Process Fracture in Vertabrae

By: Jeffrey Wright

Sources: Grizzlies guard Mike Conley suffered a transverse process fracture in the vertebrae. He will miss an indefinite period of time.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) November 29, 2016

Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley, Jr. has suffered a transverse process fracture in vertanrae, according to Yahoo Sports, Adrian

Lamb Leads the Hornets over the Grizzlies, 104-85

As hot as the Grizzlies were shooting in the first half last Monday night in Charlotte, they were equally as cold this Monday night during the first half.   Memphis (11-7, 5-4 Home) and Charlotte (10-7, 5-3 Away) finished the first half tied at 25, b

Cattle, Not Pets

I will never understand why, as a society, we generally accept that football players aren’t smart, but football coaches are. You know what almost every football coach is? That’s right, a former football player. Unless they found that pill from

The Best Defense Is a Good Offense, Unless Your Defense is Better than Your Offe

By: Jeffrey Wright
Email: JWright@929ESPNFM.com

Stop me when I say something that you haven't heard before.

"You have to run the ball to win."

"Defense wins championships.”

“We have to control the ball.”

“He has to earn it.”

“We’re really young.”

“He’s not a fit for our system.”

All of

Small-ball Tigers outrun Iowa to earn ECC split

By Jason Smith

One day after scoring a season-low 51 points in a clunky loss to Providence, the University of Memphis got a career-high 35 points and 11 rebounds from sophomore forward Dedric Lawson and a much stronger effort from its supporting cast in beating Iowa 100-92 Saturday and earning a 1-1 split in this week's Emerald Coast

Tigers' warts, inexperience exposed in ECC loss to Providence

By Jason Smith Jason.Smith@Entercom.com Facing its first solid test of the season, the University of Memphis started hot, then had its weaknesses exposed down the stretch in a 60-51 loss to Providence on Friday in the Emerald Coa

Memphis gets statement win against Houston

There’s just something about those 11 a.m. ABC games for the University of Memphis football program. 

Remembering Those We've Lost by Giving

By: Jeffrey Wright One unique feature that I've realized in my limited time of working in live radio daily is that you never know where the conversation will turn -- good, bad, or indifferent. The final segment on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday of the

More thoughts on Nichols

So there are a number of questions that I know everybody wants answered, what’d he do, where’s he gonna transfer, etc, etc Let’s start with the first thing — his dismissal. 

Mike Conley Lifts the Grizzlies to a Fifth-Straight Win at Charlotte

By: Jeffrey Wright

James Ennis calmly caught a Marc Gasol pass behind the arc on the right baseline and casually ripped the shot through the net giving the Grizzlies a 3-0 lead on the opening possession of the game. They would never trail the rest of the way at the Spectrum Center and secured a 105-90 win over the Charlotte Hornets.
Mike Conley led the way for the Grizzlies (9-5, 4-3

Lawson, Randall lead Tigers to win over Savannah State

By Jason Smith Jason.Smith@entercom.com So this is starting to sound redundant, huh? Sophomore forward Dedric Lawson had another double-double (21 points, 14 rebounds, 7 assists) and the University of Memphis had little trouble d

Nichols dismissed from Virginia

Austin Nichols, the former University of Memphis transfer, has been dismissed from Virginia's basketball program, the school announced Friday.

Lawsons shine again in Tigers' win over Milwaukee

By Jason Smith jason.smith@entercom.com The Lawson brothers were at it again and sophomore Jeremiah Martin continued his emergence as a quality floor general as the University of Memphis beat Milwaukee 68-54 on Wednesday at FedExForum. Sophomore forward

Hasseltine: 'Dumbest piece of reporting I've ever seen'

On Tuesday night, ESPN reported that the Memphis Grizzlies were one of three teams who have stopped staying at Donald Trump-branded hotels in part to avoid any implied association with the new president-elect. 

Inky Johnson Shares His Story of Inspiration on The Geoff Calkins Show

Life comes at you fast, and no one knows that harsh reality better than former Tennessee Volunteer cornerback Inky Johnson.   On the morning of September 9, 2006, Johnson was mere months away from becoming a multi-millionaire as he was projected by

Making Sense Out of the Latest College Football Playoff Rankings

The College Football Playoff Selection Committee has released its third rankings of the 2016 season, and while we have a clear No. 1, that fact alone seems to be the only certainty at this point. So, let's try to make some sense out of a poll that

The War on the Thanksgiving Turkey

"Forgive them, Father, for they know not what they do." - Luke 23:34 Today started as any other day has for me since I joined the team here at 92.9 WMFS. I was simply just producing my butt off on The Geoff Calkins Show while occasionally chimi

VIDEO: Jason and John break down Memphis' win

The Tubby Smith era got underway on Monday night at FedExForum with a 94-75 win against UT Rio-Grande Valley. Memphis looked like you might expect them to look: That is, much better than UTRGV.

Tigers open Tubby Smith era with victory over UTRGV

By Jason Smith jason.smith@entercom.com Win No. 1 is in the books. The University of Memphis opened the Tubby Smith era with a 94-75 victory over Texas-Rio Grande Valley at FedExForum on Monday, earning the future Hall of Famer his 558th victor

Lawson rated No. 6 best non-P5 NBA prospect

Dedric Lawson is probably in line for a monster year with the University of Memphis this season. He'll get a majority of the shots and continue to be a beast on the boards. That means, of course, that the NBA will have its eye on the sophomore from Me

Parsons joins GP Show

Chandler Parsons joined 92.9 FM ESPN and The Gary Parrish Show on Wednesday for the first time since arriving in Memphis. Here are the highlights of the conversation.

Grizzlies win on Gasol buzzer-beater

The Grizzlies won on a Marc Gasol tip-in from Vince Carter as time expired against the Dener Nuggets on Tuesday night.  It was glorious. Here's video, courtesy of 92.9 FM ESPN's Jeffrey Wright.   

Thoughts on Tigers' 69-42 exhibition win over CBU

By Jason Smith Jason.Smith@entercom.com     Like the mustache University of Memphis coach Tubby Smith is growing for No-Shave November, Smith's new-look Tigers are a work in progress with just one starter back from last year

Fizdale: I made rookie coach mistake with Z-Bo

Grizzlies big man Zach Randolph did not finish Sunday's game against the Portland Trailblazers despite having his way with the Blazers' interior. 

Parsons makes debut, Grizzlies lose

The Great White American Hope, also known as Chandler Parsons, made his first appearance with the Grizzlies on Sunday afternoon. And the Trailblazers ruined everything.

Tigers offering $5 Kroger tickets

Earlier today, the University of Memphis announced it would be rolling out $5 Kroger tickets for the men’s basketball team opener next week.

Grizz beat Pelicans in OT

The Grizzlies got their third win of the season in one of the ugliest games in recent memory against the Pelicans. Some observations: 1.) Man, that was ugly. My eyes. I’ve been rendered blind. It was 75-all at the end of regulation.

92.9 FM ESPN adds Jeffrey Wright to lineu

Entercom Memphis adds  Jeffrey Wright as Executive Producer for  The Geoff Calkins Show.

Memphis/UNC scrimmage details

The University of Memphis men's basketball team played a closed scrimmage against 2016 national runner-up North Carolina on Saturday at FedExForum. 

Bad week for Memphis football; Williams in town

It was a black weekend for Memphis sports, starting with a 59-30 trouncing of the Memphis football team and a loss to the Knicks by the Grizzlies. Let’s recap. 

Cal joins 92.9 FM ESPN for first time

Kentucky and former Memphis basketball coach John Calipari made his 92.9 FM ESPN on Jason & John Friday afternoon. 

Grizz win! Grizz win!

So the Grizzlies, down two starters and a rotation big man, beat the Timberwolves in Memphis in the season-opener. It's the franchise's second win on opening night. Their first one came in 2014. Also against the Timberwolves. 

Observations from Tigers practice: 10/18

The University of Memphis men's basketball team held an open practice Tuesday for the Memphis Rebounders - the program's official support club. 

Enoh commits to Memphis

By Jason Smith Jason.Smith@entercom.com   Three-star Nigerian power forward prospect Victor Enoh committed to the University of Memphis on Thursday during an official visit, giving the Tigers a third commitment for 2017. Enoh (6-8,

FINAL: Memphis 34, Temple 27

The University of Memphis got a massive win on Thursday night on a national stage, coming from 13 down to defeat Temple, 34-27.  I was there, and so naturally, I have several observations. 

Randolph to come off bench this season

The winds of change — they’re blowing. Memphis Grizzlies stalwart Zach Randolph will come off the bench this season, Grizzlies coach David Fizdale said after practice Wednesday.

Grizz back in action; some thoughts

The Memphis Grizzlies played their first preseason game of 2016-17 on Monday night in FedExForum, and good gracious, can you believe there’s basketball again already in FedExForum? 

"Jason and John" launches Monday, Oct. 10

The Jason and John show — with Jason Smith and me — debuts Monday, Oct. 10 at 11 a.m. on 92.9 FM ESPN. Obviously, you guys know how excited I am to get a show of my own and mostly get the hell away from Geoff Calkins.

Memphis-Ole Miss set for ESPN2

Oddly enough, which network Memphis-Ole Miss aired on this Saturday depended on a hockey game. Team Canada beat Europe, 2-1, to win the 2016 World Cup of Hockey; Brad Marchand scored the game-winner with 43 seconds remaining for Canada. Had Europe won, t

Freeze not happy with Ole Miss practice

Could an upset be in the air on Saturday in Oxford? Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze said this week that he’s been unsatisfied with the Rebels’ performance in practice this week in advance of their game against the University of Memphis.

Grizzlies announce 2016-17 promotional schedule

The Memphis Grizzlies announced their promotional schedule on Wednesday afternoon, and as usual, it was glorious.

Barton weighs in on police violence

Former University of Memphis guard Will Barton is the latest professional athlete to weigh in on the social unrest that is currently happening in the United States — specifically, the relationship between police offers and African-Americans. 

Tigers get another commitment

Mike Norvell can’t stop, won’t stop. Matt Dale, a 6-6, 300-pound offensive lineman from Kemper County in Mississippi, committed to the University of Memphis on Tuesday over Mississippi State, Southern Miss, Tulane, and others. 

Cavs pursuing Chalmers?

Veteran point guard Mario Chalmers said in an interview on 92.9 FM ESPN this summer that he'd love to be back in Memphis this season. That was before former teammate LeBron James and the defending champion Cavaliers came calling. 

Three things to think about heading into Grizz season

Monday was reserved for Media Day across the NBA, but especially in Memphis. 

Grizz sign Crawford to training camp roster

Former University of Memphis guard Chris Crawford has been added to the Grizzlies’ training camp roster, the team announced Friday afternoon.  

Stevenson to act as Grizz interim PA

The Grizzlies have found a PA announcer replacement – at least, temporarily. And it’s a familiar voice. John Paul Stevenson, who was the team’s first PA announcer when the Grizzlies moved to Memphis, will be the team’s interim PA a

Martin, Smith to co-host on 92.9 FM ESPN

 Entercom Memphis today announced the addition of John Martin and Jason Smith to its weekday lineup on 92.9 FM ESPN/680 AM beginning in October.

Tigers get second 2017 commitment

Tubby Smith is on a roll. David Nickelberry, a three-star forward from Orlando, Fla., announced Monday that he has committed to the University of Memphis, becoming the Tigers’ second recruit in the 2017 class. 

Big 12 may not expand

After much hubbub this summer, the Big 12 might not be expanding, in the end. 

Grizzlies unveil new MLK50 uniforms

The Memphis Grizzlies, in conjunction with the National Civil Rights Museum, unveiled Wednesday night their new MLK50 Pride uniforms for the 2016-17 season.

More thoughts on Jamal Johnson

So Memphis is on the board in 2017 with Jamal Johnson. I’ve sort of been joking about this, because the only questions about Tubby at this point seem to be exclusively related to recruiting. And I think that’s totally fair. 

Memphis scores 2017 4-star commitment

Tubby Smith is on the board in 2017. Jamal Johnson, a four-star guard from Hoover, Ala., committed to the University of Memphis Monday night, he announced on his Twitter account. 

Just ... just blow up the Big 12.

ESPN reported two weeks ago that the University of Memphis is no longer a candidate for Big 12 expansion. Considering that news, I want bad things for the Big 12. Let's check in on how the conference fared this week, shall we? 

Tigers' AAC schedule released

The American Athletic Conference released its 2016 basketball schedule for each team on Thursday afternoon. Memphis, unfortunately, is still in the AAC.  Much like the release of an NBA schedule, there’s not much to gripe about. 

Nine former Memphis players on NFL rosters as season begins

The 2016 NFL season is finally upon us — which makes this as good a time as any to remind you that there are lots of former University of Memphis football players on NFL rosters this season. 

Memphis, Norvell recruiting at unprecedented clip

By now, everyone knows that first-year coach Mike Norvell is recruiting like never before at the University of Memphis. The Tigers have three four-star commitments and no shortage of solid three-star players in the Class of 2017.

College football takeaways from Devin Walker

This weekend was slated as one of the biggest college weekends of all-time and it didn’t disappoint. The first full weekend of football action triggered every emotion from its viewers. 

Final: Memphis 35, SEMO 17

The Mike Norvell era got underway on Saturday night with a 35-17 win against SEMO. Needless to say, it’s tricky to take too much away from a home win against an FCS opponent. But guess what? That’s exactly what I’m about to do! 

Memphis misses Big 12 cut

In a bit of a stunning development, the University of Memphis did not make the Big 12 expansion cut, according to a report from ESPN's Brett McMurphy. 

Tigers land No. 1 CB in the state of Tennessee

The University of Memphis landed the top cornerback in the state of Tennessee Friday morning. T.J. Carter, a four-star corner from Stratford High School in Nashville, committed to the Tigers over Mississippi State, Georgia Tech, Louisville, and others.

Lynch looks impressive in first start

Even though it technically doesn’t count, former University of Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch got his first NFL start Thursday night in the Broncos’ last preseason game against Arizona. Predictably, Lynch showed off everything we knew he

Big 12 Expansion: Is Memphis in or out?

On Tuesday, TMGcollegesports.com, a new college football blog run by longtime college football journalists, reported the University of Memphis, along with five-to-seven others, had made the cut for this round of Big 12 expansion.  

College coaches: Memphis' Smith was one of best hires

Tubby Smith was hired in April to replace outgoing coach Josh Pastner, a hire that was almost universally lauded by national media. 

Memphis on verge of landing No. 1 CB in state

Fact: The University of Memphis hasn’t gotten a football recruit from the Nashville area in nine years. Fact: They may be on the verge of landing two four-stars from there in this class alone.

Memphis a Big 12 finalist, according to report

The University of Memphis is one of six-to-eight finalists for Big 12 expansion, according to TMGcollegesports.com. Joining Memphis, according to the website, are Cincinnati, Houston, BYU, USF, UCF and perhaps two other unnamed AAC schools. 

Madden tournament sign-ups live

Ladies and gentlemen, the time has come. Registration for the Second Annual 92.9 FM ESPN Madden Tournament at the Rec Room is now open here. Sign up for your chance to win over $300 in prizes and play against your favorite 92.9 FM ESPN personalities. 

ESPN predicts records for Memphis, local SEC teams

Ladies and gentlemen, the college football season is upon us. What better to ring in the new season than predictions?!?

Monday Morning Martin: 8/29

Big 12 news! No, really! Jed DeMuesy of Local 12 in Cincinnati reported late Sunday that the Big 12 will announce, like a four-star recruit, that the conference has narrowed the list of teams it’s considering for expansion.

Report: Lynch to start for most of 2016

Well, things are happening faster for Paxton Lynch than he probably even expected. Because according to ProFootballWeekly, the Denver Broncos have determined that Lynch will be their starting quarterback for the bulk of the 2016 season. 

ESPN: Memphis would get in the Big 12 -- if decision based on hoops

Priority No. 1 for the University of Memphis right now is getting into the Big 12, whatever it takes. 

Grizzlies projected to win 39 games, per ESPN

Cue the offseason outrage. ESPN.com’s Kevin Pelton, utilizing a “Real Plus/Minus” algorithm,” projected the win totals of every NBA team this upcoming season. 

Memphis QB Davis out for year

University of Memphis redshirt freshman Brady Davis is out for the year with a knee injury, he announced on Twitter Tuesday night. Davis received an MRI Monday morning for a knee injury suffered over the weekend. 

Tigers enroll former LSU commit WR

Mike Norvell is killing it in the Class of 2017. But he’s not done adding to this season’s team yet. 

Lynch highest rated Broncos QB in Madden

So I got my hands on a copy of EA Sports’ Madden 17 on Monday night and the first thing I did? I popped in an online game with the Denver Broncos and inserted Paxton Lynch into the starting quarterback position. 

Ferguson named Memphis starting QB

In a hardly surprising turn of events, University of Memphis football coach Mike Norvell named Riley Ferguson his starting quarterback after Monday morning’s practice. 

Conley, Fizdale buy homes

New contracts, new cribs. Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley, who owns the largest contract in NBA history, purchased a new Collierville home this week, according to the Memphis Business Journal. 

No. 4 kicker in the country commits to Memphis

The University of Memphis is becoming a destination for the top kickers in the nation. 

Lynch not spared from rookie haircut

Paxton Lynch might be the future face of the Denver Broncos franchise, but even he’s not safe from the horrid rookie haircuts at the hands of his teammates in training camp. 

New Memphis football anthem

There’s a new University of Memphis football anthem for the 2016 season. New coach Mike Norvell is all about taking the next step, so “Bleed Blue” appropriately samples Goldberg’s theme music from his WCW days. 

Top 100 recruit has Memphis in top four

Perhaps University of Memphis basketball recruiting isn’t in as bad of shape as some might think. 

BREAKING: 4-star lineman commits to Memphis over SEC schools

Obinna Eze, a 6-8, 280-pound offensive lineman from Davidson Academy in Nashville, committed to the University of Memphis on Monday afternoon over offers from Alabama, Tennessee, LSU, Florida, and Tennessee. 

Monday Morning Martin: 8/15

Monday Morning Martin At 1 p.m. this afternoon, the University of Memphis is likely going to make history. 

Memphis sent care package to each Big 12 school

Earlier this summer, the University of Memphis sent Rendezvous care packages to every Big 12 president, sources told 92.9 FM ESPN Friday. 

More Trotter details emerge

Fellowship Memphis, the church that employed Rick Trotter before Downtown Church, said in a joint statement Thursday that it fired Trotter in 2010 for recording people in a bathroom. 

Five notable games for the Grizzlies

The NBA released schedules for every team on Thursday. The Grizzlies are going to play 29 different teams, including the defending champion Cavaliers and league darling Warriors.

Tigers picked to beat Alabama, Tennessee for 4-star OT

According to 247Sports.com, the University of Memphis may be on the verge of landing a 4-star offensive lineman.  

Tigers add defensive end for 2016 season

The University of Memphis has added freshman defensive end Jonathan Wilson to its roster, sources told 92.9 FM ESPN. Wilson is a 6-4, 240-pound prospect who signed with Tulane in February. Wilson, who reportedly had offers from Louisiana Tech and Missi

Trotter let go by Grizzlies

Long-time Grizzlies PA announcer Rick Trotter is no longer employed by the organization, the Grizzlies said in a statement to Local Memphis Tuesday afternoon.

Memphis releases non-conference schedule

The University of Memphis rolled out its non-conference basketball schedule for the 2016-17 season on Monday and let’s just say it was, um, not great, Bob. The home non-conference schedule is particularly uninspiring. 

Monday Morning Martin: 8/8

On Friday night, the University of Memphis got a commitment from graduate transfer Chad Rykhoek. Rykhoek is a 6-10 big man who’s had four hip/groin surgeries in the last four years but, at the very least, fills a need for the Tigers. 

Tramel: Oklahoma doesn't want to be in conference with Memphis

Appearing on a UConn-focused podcast Friday, Oklahoman columnist Berry Tramel unloaded on the University of Memphis as a potential Big 12 candidate.  

6-10 big man visiting Memphis

The Tigers may have found their solution to their front-court woes. Chad Rykhoek, a 6-11 graduate transfer from Baylor, is on his way to the University of Memphis for an official visit this weekend, he announced on Twitter. A decision will come soon af

Dillon: Memphis football just getting started

On Wednesday afternoon, the University of Memphis held — from what I can recall — its first official “media day.” In years past, the program simply didn’t offer that level of accessibility. 

Q&A with CBHS guard William Douglas

William Douglas is a 2017 guard from Christian Brothers High School whose recruitment has exploded this summer. In a relatively thin year for talent in Memphis, Douglas certainly leads the pack in the city.

Catching up with old friend, Josh Pastner

I talked to Josh Pastner today. That’s not some extraordinary feat. Josh Pastner will literally talk to anyone. He will e-mail crazy ass fans back at 3 a.m. That’s his thing.

Monday Morning Martin: 8/1

Here’s some encouraging news to start your week.

ESPN's McMurphy talks Big 12

ESPN's Brett McMurphy, who covers all things college football (and conference realignment), joined The Geoff Calkins Show on 92.9 FM ESPN on Thursday morning and talked about Memphis' chances, how many teams the Big 12 will add, and the future.

McDowell awarded scholarship

University of Memphis utility man Jake McDowell, who has warmed the hearts of Tiger fans everywhere as the hustle-hard walk-on, has been awarded a scholarship for next season, the U of M announced on its Twitter account.   

Timberlake: Let's make Memphis to the Big 12 happen

Since the Big 12 announced it was looking to expand two weeks ago, every state politician and athletic director has come forward and thrown their weight behind their school.  

Baker hired at UNT

Former University of Memphis deputy athletic director Wren Baker has been hired as North Texas’ athletic director, College AD reported on Wednesday. 

Lynch wants to start for Broncos

If the Denver Broncos have already made their decision about this season’s starting quarterback, they haven’t informed incoming first-round draft pick Paxton Lynch. 

Grizz release preseason schedule

It’s getting to be about that time. The Grizzlies released their preseason schedule for the 2016-17 season on Tuesday. The Grizzlies have three preseason home games.

RB Henderson transferring from Memphis

Sophomore running back Jamarius Henderson is transferring from the University of Memphis to be closer to his son, the school announced on Monday. 

Monday Morning Martin: 7/25

Grizz sign Williams to partially-guaranteed contract According to reports, the Grizzlies signed former Indiana forward Troy Williams to a partially-guaranteed contract. This sounds like a similar deal to DJ Stephens'.

News around the Big 12: 7/21

Things have been moving fast since the Big 12 announced on Tuesday that it would explore expanding and adding teams. It’s hard to keep up with all the statements, all the Tweets, and all the general hubbub; so I’m going to do it for you.

Stephens agrees to 2-year deal with Grizz

DJ Stephens, the most beloved University of Memphis player from the last decade, has agreed to a two-year, partially guaranteed deal with the Grizzlies, according to The Vertical. Stephens played for the Grizzlies' summer league team in Las Vegas and

The Haters' Guide to Big 12 expansion

The Big 12 is now accepting applications from candidates to join its conference. They could add two; they could add four. 

Big 12 likely expanding

Big 12 expansion is likely, according to Sports Illustrated’s Pete Thamel, and the conference might be adding four teams. 

Gasol not playing in 2016 Olympics

Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol, still recovering from his foot fracture in February, will not suit up for Spain in the 2016 Olympics in Rio, ABC (Spain) reported Tuesday. 

Houston AD meets with Pac-12 commissioner, per reports

The Big 12 is holding its Media Days this week, and it’s probably no coincidence that this bit of news bubbled out of Houston. According to the Houston Chronicle, Houston athletic director Hunter Yuracheck met with Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott.

Memphis offers CBHS guard

The University of Memphis has officially offered fast-rising Christian Brothers guard William Douglas, 92.9 FM ESPN learned Monday. 

ESPN Memphis Sports Network to now carry Cowboys games

Starting this season, the ESPN Memphis Sports Network is the radio home for the Tennessee Titans and Dallas Cowboys. 

Conley makes it official with Grizz

Mike Conley made it official Thursday and signed his 5-year, $153 million contract with the Grizzlies. Afterward, the team held a private event for media and MVP season-ticket holders on the FedExForum court where Conley was introduced. 

Grizzlies have 75-1 odds to win NBA title

MyTopSportsbook.com released post-free agency NBA odds this afternoon, and the Memphis Grizzlies checked in with 75-1 odds — worse than the Bulls, Knicks, Thunder, Timberwolves, and Rockets.  

Five reasons why Pokemon Go is life

Pokemon Go has taken over the nation. There are Jigglypuffs and Venonats hiding in the bushes; Spearows and Pidgeottos flying in your skies; and way too many Rattatas in your yard. Seriously. Enough with the Rattatas. 

Topgolf CEO: We want to come to Memphis

The City of Memphis and Topgolf officials have had discussions about bringing the golf entertainment complex to Memphis, potentially as part of the Mud Island redevelopment plan, Topgolf CEO Ken May told 92.9 FM ESPN Friday afternoon.

Hollins, Coleman to host GP Show

As part of The Gary Parrish Show Celebrity Week on 92.9, former Grizzlies big man Ryan Hollins will host the show on Thursday afternoon from 4-6 p.m.

Free agent Parsons picks Grizzlies

Free agent forward Chandler Parsons has agreed to a four-year, $94 million deal with the Memphis Grizzlies, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical. 

Mayor Strickland to host GP Show

As part of The Gary Parrish Show Celebrity Week on 92.9, Memphis mayor Jim Strickland will host the show on Wednesday afternoon from 4-6 p.m.

Assessing Grizz free agency

The Grizzlies won’t exactly change the complexion of free agency when the clock strikes midnight eastern tonight, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be plenty of activity. 

Oakland Raiders' Williams to host GP Show

As part of The Gary Parrish Show Celebrity Week on 92.9 FM ESPN, Oakland Raiders defensive lineman and Tennessee/East High great Dan Williams will host the show on Tuesday.

Memphis' 2017 class ahead of Ole Miss, Oregon, Texas

Screenshot this, print it out, frame it, cherish it, because who knows when it might happen again: The University of Memphis’ 2017 recruiting class is currently ranked higher than Ole Miss, Texas, Penn State, TCU, and Oregon. 

Grizzlies decline to pick up Stephenson option

The Grizzlies have declined the $9.4 million team option for Lance Stephenson, The Vertical reported Monday afternoon. The deadline for the Grizzlies’ decision was Wednesday.

Monday Morning Martin: 6/27

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

New Grizz introduced

Five items of news and notes and other observations from Friday’s press conference, where the Grizzlies’ domestic draft picks, Wade Baldwin IV and Deyonta Davis, were introduced.

Grizzlies trade up to grab Davis

After selecting Wade Baldwin with the 17th overall pick in Thursday night’s draft, the Grizzlies did some wheeling and dealing back into the top of the second round. 

Grizz take Baldwin at 17

With the 17th pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, the Memphis Grizzlies selected Vanderbilt guard Wade Baldwin. Here are five things you need to know.

Mavs reportedly have shot at Mike Conley

Free agency is about 10 days away, which is the perfect time for organizations to leak self-serving tidbits of information. Case in point:   According to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon, free agent-to-be guard Mike Conley has great respect for Mavericks co

Mike Miller would entertain return to Grizzlies

In an interview on 92.9 FM ESPN on Wednesday, free agent shooter Mike Miller reflected on his time in Memphis and said he would entertain a return to the Grizzlies provided there is interest. 

Grizz VP Stefanski talks NBA Draft

Grizzlies vice president of player personnel Ed Stefanski joined The Chris Vernon Show on 92.9 FM ESPN on Tuesday in advance of Thursday's NBA Draft and spoke on a number of subjects.

Clergeot's coach: "Reminds me of Derrick Rose"

On Wednesday afternoon, Florida guard Keon Clergeot (6-1, 170) signed with the University of Memphis, following Tubby Smith from Texas Tech. 

Hollinger talks Grizz on 92.9 FM ESPN

On Tuesday, Memphis Grizzlies vice president of operations John Hollinger joined The Chris Vernon Show on 92.9 FM ESPN and talked about team construction, draft process, and new coach David Fizdale.

Tiger basketball schedule news

Couple bits of University of Memphis basketball scheduling news: The Tigers will visit Ole Miss for a return game on Dec. 3 at the Pavilion. Ole Miss and Memphis started a basketball series that began last year at FedExForum; Ole Miss won the game, 85-79.

Tiger alumni game nearing

Former University of Memphis guard Jeremy Hunt is putting on the second annual Tiger alumni game — and, by the sounds of it, it’s going to be big. 

Fizdale hires Bickerstaff

The Grizzlies have hired former Rockets coach J.B. Bickerstaff as an associate head coach, The Vertical reported Thursday. 

Smith takes aim at NBA, Grizzlies

On Thursday morning’s edition of First Take, ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith said black men are being weeded out of front office employment opportunities in the NBA — and he used the Lionel Hollins-Dave Joerger transition as an example. 

CMOM hangs Memphis, Big 12 banners

First, it was FedEx who threw its weight behind the University of Memphis’ campaign to join the Big 12. On Wednesday, the Children’s Museum of Memphis jumped into the mix. 

Tubby on the trail

It’s been a busy couple days in terms of potential University of Memphis basketball developments. I don’t cover recruiting full-time like I once did, but I can jump back into the fray every now and then.

Fizdale meeting with Conley tomorrow

David Fizdale was formally introduced as the new coach of the Memphis Grizzlies at 1 p.m. Tuesday. Three hours later, he made an appearance on 92.9 FM ESPN and The Gary Parrish Show, and he was terrific. Here were the highlights. 

Grizz owner Pera speaks

Grizzlies owner Robert Pera broke his near two-year silence on Tuesday when he joined The Chris Vernon Show on 92.9 FM ESPN. 

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

CBSSports.com'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.