December, 2014


Hard-working LaChance makes quick impact for Vanderbilt

Riley LaChance has made a quick impact as a freshman starter. (Photo/Billy Weeks)

Vanderbilt assistant basketball coach Tom Richardson was watching an AAU game in the summer of 2013 when a player caught his eye. This player was a little on the short side for a shooting guard at the Southeastern Conference level, he wasn’t overly athletic, not in the traditional sense, anyway, and his defense needed some work. But he could shoot—man, could he shoot—his high basketball IQ was evident even at first viewing, and he seemed to be the toughest dude in the gym. It didn’t take Richardson long to comeRead More

Blue Ribbon College Basketball Hour presented by Puckett’s

Join hosts Chris Dortch, editor of Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook, and Kevin Ingram, voice of the Belmont Bruins, for weekly college basketball talk during the season. The show, now in its sixth season, always has informative and entertaining guests, including Dick Vitale, Jay Bilas and Fran Fraschilla of ESPN, various coaches and some of the nation’s top basketball writers. The Blue Ribbon Hour airs Saturdays at 11 a.m. Central on 104.5 The Zone in Nashville. It’s also streamed live on Our first show airs Saturday, Dec. 12. We’reRead More

Distractions aside, fans seem to be warming to overachieving Vols

KNOXVILLE, TN - Tennessee Volunteers vs Texas Southern Tigers

Passing through the crowd at Thompson-Boling Arena on my way to the media workroom after Tennessee’s come-from-behind victory over then-No. 15 Butler on Sunday, I’m sure I heard this comment at least 20 times: “The guy can really coach.” In the media room, the refrain was the same among the gathered scribes and broadcasters. The man in question was Tennessee coach Donnie Tyndall. And yes, the guy can really coach. That’s why he was hired. But it took the win over Butler, a game in which the Vols (4-3) wereRead More

Will stunning upset of Michigan help NJIT leave independent life behind?


The last independent left standing in the country is still independent because it got snubbed by the America East and Northeast conferences. Too bad for them. A shocking win by the Highlanders last Saturday would have done wonders for the RPI of either league. “It has to help us,” NJIT coach Jim Engles said regarding his Highlanders’ 72-70 win at nationally ranked Michigan. “When you’re a low-major Division I school … you don’t have access to the spotlight, and the fact we were able to win the game should putRead More