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Monday, Nov. 24, 2014
The man, the mentor, the legend (11/19/14)
He was my mentor, my friend and someone I really looked up to. I sought his advice and thoughts and ideas more than anyone could imagine. He developed me into the journalist and photographer I am today. But he was much more to me than that and his knowledge goes far beyond that of our profession...
TV stars: Eagles debut Friday night (09/25/14)
Lights, camera, action! That best describes Shelbyville Central's home game on Friday night against perennial state contender Giles County. The game has been chosen to be televised across Middle Tennessee on MyTV30, part of the station's Friday Night Rivals series of high school football games. MyTV30 is located on Charter cable channel 703 in HD and channel 13 standard. It's also available on Dish and Direct satellite as well as on-air antenna...
Pros get rich as we have fun (07/20/14)
It always amazes me when I search the Internet and see how much money professional athletes make. As we all know, professional sports is a big business -- but it's still amazing what top athletes earn playing a game they first loved as a child. When I cover the young athletes in our community of all ages, I often step back and wonder if any of then will one day make it to the professional level like Rex Brothers, now a pitcher for the Colorado Rockies...
Class acts deserving of national crown (06/26/14)
With one swing of the bat, Vanderbilt now has a national championship in a men's sport. John Norwood blasted a high and tight 97mph fastball ball over the left field fence to give the Commodores a 3-2 lead over Virginia. The only other national championship that Vanderbilt has won over the years is a women's bowling national title...
Remembering a few Kenny moments (06/08/14)
From time to time I have the opportunity to cover events that might be a little more special to me than others on a personal level. I got to experience another one of those special occasions a few weeks ago at former Cascade head football coach Kenny Parker's fish and chicken dinner...
Search on to replace Munchak (01/07/14)
Now that it's official that Mike Munchak and the Tennessee Titans have parted ways, let the anticipation start of who will become the new coach. I have mixed emotions about Munchak leaving the organization after 31 years, including the last three as head coach...
Words, numbers tell Titans' slide (12/17/13)
Words can tell a story and numbers don't lie. If that's the case, the future of the Tennessee Titans is uncertain to say the least. Here are the words. The Tennessee Titans seem to be at a standstill with no identity. The team is under new ownership after the passing of Bud Adams and, even though the team remains in the family, a lot of questions remain to be answered...
Summer: A time to prepare (07/07/13)
To say that this is a slow time of year in the sports department would be a huge understatement. But with that said, it shouldn't be for student-athletes of all levels. With the upcoming school year less than a month away, student-athletes should be preparing for the upcoming high school season with individual workouts...
I just don't get it! (06/28/13)
I just don't get it! How can a talented young athlete worth millions of dollars playing the game he's loved since a child be so stupid? Aaron Hernandez was living the dream, a standout football player on one of the best teams and organizations in the National Football League, the New England Patriots...
B & G Club's success mirrors town's big heart (06/20/13)
What a special evening it was! I had the opportunity to attend the Bedford County Boys & Girls Club's annual Steak & Chicken dinner fundraiser on Monday night and was very impressed. Vanderbilt football coach James Franklin was outstanding as the keynote speaker and it was great to see the support the club has received from this community...
Tebow gets another shot, signs with Patriots (06/12/13)
So now Tim Tebow is a New England Patriot. After being release by Denver then picked up by the Jets then released again, I was beginning to think his days in the NFL were over, especially as a quarterback. I'm a huge fan of Tebow both on and off the field. I can't think of a better role model for our young athletes in a day and time when a positive role model is needed more than ever...
Players' return shows coach's impact (05/02/13)
From time to time we as sports writers have the opportunity to cover a "lighter" side of sports. Something that goes far beyond the final score of a game. I had one of those experiences on Tuesday night when long-time Shelbyville Central Golden Eagle soccer coach Neal Gordon coached his final regular season home game as the boys' coach...
No 'rush' apparent in Titans' running game (09/11/12)
When it comes to rushing, the Tennessee Titans struggled on both sides of the ball in their loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday. Offensively, the Titans only rushed for 20 yards with Chris Johnson turning in the worst performance of his career with only four yards on 11 carries...
Johnson: Much-needed relief for Brothers (07/15/12)
There's only one place Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Rex Brothers would rather be during the All-Star break other than playing for the National League in the game -- at home visiting his family. The former Community, Shelbyville Central,and Lipscomb left-hander had a chance to spend some quality time with his family this past week while taking a break form all the travel and pressure that comes along with being a major league baseball player...
Hiles' death strikes hard (12/09/11)
As the unfortunate news spread across our community yesterday afternoon about the sudden death of Harris Middle School eighth grader Kenzell Hiles, many of us had thoughts of disbelief. Kenzell apparently hadn't been feeling well and was complaining of headaches...
Titans desperately need playmakers (11/08/11)
NASHVILLE - After watching the Titans' 24-17 loss on Sunday at LP Field I realized that there is not a "playmaker" on either side of the football. When you step back and think about it, who can you count on to make a big play to get a first down to keep a drive alive or a much needed touchdown on offense? And who is the defensive player that will be there to make an important stop when needed for Tennessee?...
Johnson is big part of Titans' problems (10/27/11)
NASHVILLE -- What's up with the Tennessee Titans' running game? Tennessee has the worst-ranked run offense in the NFL, averaging fewer than 65 yards per game. That's more than 15 less yards than any other team. Some say Chris Johnson isn't running hard and hitting the hole provided by the offensive line. Others claim the offensive line isn't providing a hole for Johnson to hit...
Female line judge breaks new ground (10/04/11)
I've been covering football games for a long time, from Junior Pro to the NFL, but I saw something Saturday night that I've never seen. There was a female official working the MTSU-Memphis game. Sara Thomas was the line judge who walked along the MTSU side of the field...
Local UIFL team on hold for now (08/16/11)
Professional football in Calsonic Arena has been placed on hold for now. The Ultimate Indoor Football League has an interest in starting a new franchise in Shelbyville. After visiting the arena several weeks ago, league president and co-founder Andrew Haines, informed me that he had sent a proposal to start a expansion team in the arena to be in the league's Southern Division...
Brothers on mound makes MLB trip extra special (08/09/11)
CINCINNATI -- Hello from Great American Ballpark. Over the next few days I'll be covering the Reds and the Rockies. It's a special series to me for a couple of reasons. First, it's my first time to see former Community and Shelbyville Central standout Rex Brothers pitch in the major leagues. Second, I've been a huge Reds fan since I was a kid...
Johnson: Indoor pro football league considers Shelbyville (07/22/11)
Could Calsonic Arena soon be home to a professional football team? The arena is known for hosting horse shows and concerts along with many other events, including high school football practice from time to time, but I've come across some information that indicates it could possibly host a new indoor football franchise...
Johnson: Offseason work builds real winners (06/26/11)
I know many high school student athletes have been working extremely hard this summer getting stronger, faster or improving their skills in a particular sport. It's long been said that championships are won in the "off-season." With that said, is there really an "off-season?"...
Johnson: Brothers taking on 'best hitters in the world' (06/21/11)
Things seem to be going good for Colorado Rockies left-hander Rex Brothers since he was called up to the major leagues earlier this month. I got a call from Brothers yesterday morning once the Rockies arrived in Cleveland for a three-game series. "I'm really enjoying this. ...
Shared memories: A great Father's Day gift (06/19/11)
From time to time while driving to work in the mornings I like to listen to 104.5's The Wake Up Zone with Mark Howard, Frank Wycheck and Kevin Ingram. They are very entertaining, provide a lot of sports knowledge and allow the listeners to chime in with their opinions...
Johnson: Player's salute to mother makes a point (03/11/11)
As basketball season has come to an end for all of our local teams, there's one last basketball story I'd like to share. Last night I came across a sports story on the internet that really touched my heart and is a perfect example of what's good about the student athlete...
Johnson: Thomas quickly reaches win No. 250 (02/22/11)
At the ripe old age of 39, Shelbyville Central coach Kevin Thomas has reached a coaching milestone many far older have yet to achieve. The Golden Eagles' 64-47 win over Lincoln County in the District 8-AAA tournament semifinals Monday night was his 250th as a head coach...
Korley has been winner in game of life (01/06/11)
One of Liberty School's and Shelbyville Central High's biggest sports fans needs our prayers and thoughts. Korley Davis, a student at Liberty and daughter of Central teacher Becky Davis, has suffered with leukemia for years and is in need of a double lung transplant which would take place in Pittsburgh...
Johnson: Skidding Titans running out of time (12/06/10)
NASHVILLE -- For the fifth time in the past seven years, the Tennessee Titans have suffered at least a five-game losing streak in the season. Last year Tennessee started the season 0-6 before turning it around, but this year's team is in dismay from top to bottom...
Blue Raiders know new Titan QB (11/26/10)
In the midst of all the talk about Vince Young and everything that happened last Sunday, new Tennessee Titans starting quarterback Rusty Smith has a Middle Tennessee connection. Smith played in college at Florida Atlantic University, a member of the Sun Belt Conference along with MTSU...
Britt sparkles Sunday after alleged fight Friday (10/26/10)
Kenny Britt found a way to go from the outhouse to the penthouse. Approximately 58 hours after allegedly punching a guy in the face in a barroom brawl, Britt turned in a career performance in the Tennessee Titans' 37-19 win over Philadelphia on Sunday at LP Field...
Johnson: Titans show that they're 'No. 1' in NFL at something (10/04/10)
NASHVILLE -- Slowly but surely the Tennessee Titans are becoming one of the least classiest organizations in the NFL. That's a reputation I, as well as all Titan fans should not be happy about. Tennessee's Cortland Finnegan has let it be known he wants to be the dirtiest player in the NFL and Denver quarterback Kyle Orton is ready to second that thought...
Johnson: A harsh dose of reality (09/21/10)
NASHVILLE -- A week ago I wrote about the possibility of a good season for the Titans after a nice opening game win over Oakland. One week later I've swallowed a "reality" pill. I know it was the second week of a 16-game season but I'm already wondering if Tennessee has the "right stuff" to advance to the playoffs...
Titans' opener a sign of good things ahead (09/14/10)
I know it's just one game into a long 16-game regular season but if the Tennessee Titans' blowout win over Oakland on Sunday is any indication, it might be an exciting year. We all remember the dismal 0-6 start Tennessee posted last year before turning it around to close out the season by winning eight of its last 10 games...
Brothers steps up to AA baseball (07/09/10)
Former Shelbyville Central and Lipscomb University standout pitcher Rex Brothers is one step closer to his dream of playing in the major leagues. Brothers was recently promoted to the Colorado Rockies Double A franchise Tulsa Drillers. What a huge accomplishment considering he hasn't even played a full year of professional baseball...
Johnson: Cooper's college career off to great start (05/14/10)
Former Shelbyville Central standout and current University of Kentucky pitcher Jordan Cooper is making a name for himself. Along the way, he's representing his hometown in a positive manner. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound right-hander was named Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week after tossing a career-best 6.2 innings and striking out a career-high five in just his third career conference start this past Saturday against No. 4 South Carolina...
Johnson: Stockstill makes right choice in staying (01/21/10)
There have been a couple of tough decisions made by college football coaches over the past few days that were of interest to fans from the University of Tennessee and Middle Tennessee as well. One decision was negative while another was positive. Former Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin jumped ship to USC after one season, thinking about nobody but himself, while Middle Tennessee coach Rick Stockstill decided to turn down a bigger football program at East Carolina and a huge pay increase to stay at MTSU.. ...
Johnson: Loss of Bulluck hurts Titans (12/24/09)
As the Tennessee Titans prepare for a huge game with the San Diego Chargers on Christmas night, a familiar face will be out of the lineup. Linebacker Keith Bulluck will be lifting the Titans from the sidelines instead of the playing surface at LP Field...
Johnson: Titan 'D' slows Rams' rookie QB (12/15/09)
The Tennessee Titan defense only allowed 240 yards and held the NFL's second leading rusher Steven Jackson to only 47 yards on 19 carries and added five interceptions in a 47-7 win over the St. Louis Rams Sunday afternoon. Rams rookie quarterback Keith Null got his first start of his career and Tennessee welcomed him to the NFL in a way he soon won't forget...
Johnson: Young perseveres, earns Adams' praise (12/01/09)
I've patiently waited five weeks to write this column about Tennessee Titan quarterback Vince Young. I must admit that I was one of those who thought he might never make it as a NFL quarterback after the events of last season. With that said, I'll give credit where credit is due...
Johnson: Lady Vol visit boosts MTSU (11/27/09)
MURFREESBORO -- Wednesday was a great day for women's basketball in Tennessee. The long awaited matchup between Middle Tennessee's Blue Raiders and Tennessee's Lady Volunteers at Murphy Center on the campus of MTSU was well worth the wait. Middle Tennessee coach Rick Insell and Tennessee coach Pat Summitt started the day off speaking at a "Breakfast of Champions" with over 800 fans in attendance. ...
Johnson: Dasher gives Blue Raiders extra spark (11/26/09)
What a fantastic football season it's been so far for Middle Tennessee. A 10-win season remains a possibility as the Blue Raiders (8-3) close out the regular season Saturday at Louisiana-Monroe and, more than likely, will participate in a bowl game. It's just the second time in 15 years that the Blue Raiders have won eight games in a season. The other was in 2001 when MT finished 8-3...
Johnson: 'Old school' AFL looks appealing (11/16/09)
NASHVILLE -- Call me "old school" or "old fashioned" but I like the legacy uniforms that are being worn from time to time this season in the National Football League. The latest was Sunday's matchup between the Tennessee Titans and Buffalo Bills at LP Field...
Johnson: Vol state signee credits Naron for success (11/13/09)
Shelbyville recently lost one of the best and most successful baseball coaches this community has ever had with the passing of Jerry Naron. Coach Naron lost a long and hard fought battle with diabetes and cirrhosis on Sept. 11. For those of us who had the great opportunity to play for Coach Naron, that was a sad day...
Johnson: Titans' Johnson speeds to NFL rushing lead (11/05/09)
Tennessee Titan second-year running back Chris Johnson continues to prove he's one of the NFL's top young offensive stars. Last year he turned in one of the most impressive seasons by a rookie running back in franchise history after gaining 1,228 yards on 251 carries. For good measure, he's also a threat out of the backfield with 43 receptions totaling 260 yards last year...
Johnson: Titans fans hanging on hope (10/12/09)
NASHVILLE -- I don't think anybody knows what's going on or what the exact problem is with the Tennessee Titans. After finishing the regular season with the best record in the NFL at 13-3 last year, things have really turned bad in Titan Land. About the only thing a die-hard Titan fan has is hope that the team can turn things around fast...
Johnson: Burkey decides to stay 'home' (09/23/09)
From time to time an opportunity might knock at our door. We owe it to ourselves and our families to explore the possibilities. Such was the case for Shelbyville Central Golden Eaglette coach Lynn Burkey. Burkey was recently contacted about the possibility of joining the Tennessee Tech women's basketball program as an assistant coach. After a lot of thought, he's decided to withdraw his name and remain an Eaglette wearing blue and gold instead of purple and gold...
Johnson: Raider excitement builds (09/15/09)
Excitement's in the air at Middle Tennessee! I know it's early and the team is only 1-1 but things are really looking good for the Blue Raider football program. Being an alumnus, I've been to a lot of MTSU games both as a fan and as a member of the media, but what took place Saturday night was better than I ever expected...
Johnson: Thomas likes Central too much to leave (04/15/09)
Thank goodness the grass is not always greener on the other side. Shelbyville Central basketball fans will be happy to hear that coach Kevin Thomas is staying and will not accept the vacant head coaching job at Oakland. Longtime Oakland coach Randy King retired at the end of the season. He had been a coach at the Murfreesboro school for 33 years and the head coach the past 23. His overall record was 552-173 and the Patriots had 20 straight 20-plus win seasons...
Johnson: Stewart setting an example for youngsters (03/17/09)
What a great weekend for junior Mississippi State guard and former Shelbyville Golden Eagle Barry Stewart. Just three years after helping guide Shelbyville to the TSSAA state championship game where they lost in double overtime, Stewart found himself in a similar situation, except on a much larger stage...
Johnson: Accident proves need for face masks (02/26/09)
An unfortunate accident took place Monday at Shelbyville Central's fastpitch softball practice that has caught the attention of softball fans throughout Middle Tennessee. Freshman Lauren Warren was hit in the face by a line drive off the bat of her older sister, senior Kayla Warren, during an inter-squad scrimmage...
Johnson: The best team didn't win (01/12/09)
NASHVILLE -- There's no doubt in my mind who the best team was at LP Field Saturday. Unfortunately for Titans fans, that doesn't count for much. Tennessee's defense played like one of the top rated defenses they were while the Titans offense was very productive and almost doubled the Ravens in net yards gained...
Johnson: Playoff atmosphere to invade LP Field (01/05/09)
What an exciting week this will be for Tennessee Titan fans. Playoffs in the NFL have a completely different atmosphere. I noticed the difference in the four wild card games played on television this past weekend. You can multiply that a couple of times at LP Field Saturday...
Johnson: Titans flex their muscles (12/22/08)
NASHVILLE -- Mission accomplished….just for now. With Tennessee's 34-14 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday afternoon, the Titans earned the No. 1 seed and home field advantage in the upcoming AFC Playoffs. They also have an opening round bye into the playoffs by winning the AFC South...
Johnson: Thomas cooking up milestone mark (12/09/08)
Shelbyville Central coach Kevin Thomas has guided the Golden Eagle basketball program to being one of the most successful in the mid-state over the past 10 years and the next win will be his 200th as a head coach. Thomas, one of the most talented young coaches in the state, came to Shelbyville 12 years ago as an assistant coach in both football and boys basketball then helped former Eaglette coach Rick Insell as an assistant his second year before taking over as head coach of the Eagles...
Johnson: Titans ready to move on (11/24/08)
NASHVILLE -- You knew it had to happen sooner or later. Titan fans hoped it would be later rather than sooner, but what a run it's been. After 10 wins in a row and the last undefeated team in the NFL, Tennessee finally lost their first game Sunday at LP Field against the New York Jets...
Johnson: Embry truly earned TSSAA award (11/16/08)
Kudos go out to a close friend of mine for a job well done. Shelbyville Central principal Don Embry was recently named Principal of the Year in Athletic District 4 of the TSSAA, part of the A.F. Bridges Awards program that recognizes the School System Administrator of the Year, Principal of the Year, Athletic Director of the Year, Female Coach of the Year, Male Coach of the Year, Official of the Year, and Contributor of the Year for each district across the state...
Johnson: Raiders help their own cause (11/10/08)
MURFREESBORO -- When you're trying to build a football program and increase fan attendance, it's important to win home games and especially homecoming. With that said, it was a good weekend for Middle Tennessee. The Blue Raiders welcomed back a number of former players along with a lot of alumni and they didn't let any of them down by claiming a huge 24-21 win over Louisiana-Monroe in a Sun Belt Conference clash at Floyd Stadium on Saturday afternoon...
Johnson: Titans streaking toward home playoff game (11/03/08)
NASHVILLE -- Halfway through a 16-game regular season, the Tennessee Titans remain undefeated. It hasn't come easy, but it's not supposed to…..this is the NFL. After a very impressive win over the Indianapolis Colts on Monday Night Football, the Titans claimed their eighth straight victory with a 19-16 overtime win over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, playing their second game in six days...
Johnson: Balance of power shifting atop AFC South (10/28/08)
NASHVILLE -- The Tennessee Titans continue to roll. Who would have ever believed it? Seven games into the season, the Titans are 7-0 and sit atop the NFL as the only undefeated team. You won't find anyone in the Titans organization saying they are the best team in the NFL just yet. But rest assured the team is extremely delighted with their four-game lead over the Indianapolis Colts and Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC South...
Johnson: 'Dores enjoying taste of the big time (10/06/08)
Call it "Lucky 13." That's the talk around West End after Vanderbilt moved up six spots in this week's Associated Press Top 25 poll. The 13th-ranked Commodores (5-0, 3-0 SEC) extended their win streak to five after a thrilling 14-13 win over Auburn Saturday night...
Johnson: Titans see 4-0 mark as just a beginning (09/29/08)
For the first time in their 49-year franchise history, the Tennessee Titans have started the season with four straight wins. That milestone was achieved when the Titans rolled past visiting Minnesota 30-17 on Sunday afternoon. Tennessee is one of only two 4-0 NFL teams. The defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants are 3-0 after a bye this week...
Johnson: Confident Collins guiding Titans (09/22/08)
NASHVILLE -- There's no doubt who is the new leader of the Tennessee Titan offense. It's out with the "Young" and in with the "old." With third-year quarterback Vince Young out rehabilitating an injured knee, among other things, 14-year veteran Kerry Collins is now in control under center...
Johnson: Blue Raiders dominate Terps (09/08/08)
MURFREESBORO -- That best describes Middle Tennesee's historic win over Maryland on Saturday night. The Blue Raiders won every phase of the football game. What a difference a couple of weeks make. After Middle Tennessee's loss to SunBelt rival Troy in their season and home opening game, I wrote a column about what all the university had done to help create fan support and attendance for home games...
Johnson: Titan defense comes through (09/08/08)
NASHVILLE -- The Titan 'D' is dependable! It's been said that defense wins championships and, if that's the case, the Titans are primed and ready. Now I'm not going to go out on a limb and proclaim that Tennessee is going to contend for a championship after the first game of the regular season, but you have to admit that the Titan defense was very impressive in the 17-10 win over Jacksonville Sunday afternoon...
Johnson: More wins needed for Blue Raider fan base (08/29/08)
Being an alum, I'm a huge Middle Tennessee fan and really enjoy covering the Blue Raiders from the press box and sidelines. But I've often wondered why the support and attendance at home games isn't better. The university has really undergone a lot of changes since I graduated in the late 1980s...
Johnson: Heralded Titan rookie makes big splash (08/11/08)
Are the Tennessee Titans for real? That's the big question after an impressive 34-13 win over the St. Louis Rams in their preseason opener Saturday night at L.P. Field. The Titans really excelled in all phases of the game and at first glance, their rookie class looks to be successful...
Johnson: Eagles wear pink to fight breast cancer (04/24/08)
There is a very unique opportunity for you to help make a difference in a very small way while supporting a group of talented young student-athletes as well. Shelbyville Central coach Neal Gordon and the Eagle soccer team will donate the entire admission proceeds from the District 8-AAA soccer match with Tullahoma at 7 p.m. Friday to the American Cancer Society to help fight breast cancer...
Johnson: Roundball season hits midway point (01/11/08)
How time flies by. Even though it doesn't seem possible, high school basketball is around the midseason point. With that said, it's now crunch time for all our teams throughout the county as they're currently in the middle of their district schedules. How they play between now and the end of the season will have a lot to do with the success they may have in the postseason...
Jones: Athletic programs continue to impress (01/11/08)
Is it just me or has another year passed us by with warp speed? It seems like yesterday that I was writing about my first year as a sports writer and now I am well on my way to being a three-year veteran. There have been many trials and tribulations along the way but this job is far and away the most rewarding that I have ever had for many reasons that I am eternally grateful for...
Johnson: Stewart proves hard work pays off (01/03/08)
The honors keep rolling in for a former Shelbyville Central basketball standout. Former Golden Eagle and current Mississippi State sophomore guard Barry Stewart has been named the SEC Men's Basketball Player of the Week. The announcement was made Monday by the league office...
Johnson: Eaglettes representing with class (12/19/07)
PHOENIX, Ariz. -- After a full day of traveling, Shelbyville Central's Eaglettes are primed and ready for their first round game of the prestigious Nike Tournament of Champions this afternoon. The Eaglettes face Auburn (Wash.) Riverside at 2:40 CST in opening round action...
Johnson: Haynesworth worth the price (11/12/07)
Pay him the money! Tennessee Titan defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth is in the last season of his contract and is eligible for the free agent market at season's end. In his sixth season with the Titans, the former University of Tennessee Volunteer is in the midst of a Pro Bowl year and anchors one of the best defensive lines in the NFL...
Johnson: Hardy's patience paying off (11/06/07)
I've often told second-year Shelbyville Central coach Jason Hardy that getting the Golden Eagle football program back to the glory days of the past is going to be a marathon, not a sprint. It's fair to say that Hardy and the Eagles have at least completed the first leg of the race...
Johnson: Typical Titans turning heads (10/29/07)
It's something Tennessee Titans fans have grown accustomed to. A low-scoring game dominated by the defense, backed by a sufficient run-oriented offense and a consistent field goal kicker. Like it or not, that's Tennessee Titan football. The biggest difference thus far this year is they're winning...
Johnson: New spirit apparent at MTSU (10/08/07)
Despite posting an overall record of 1-5, good things are happening to the Middle Tennessee football program under second-year head coach Rick Stockstill. I've been covering the Blue Raiders for years and attended games while a student. Saturday night, I witnessed a few things that I've never seen before at Floyd Stadium...
Johnson: So long 'Two-A-Days' (09/25/07)
For the past two years many viewers caught on to a reality television show on MTV called "Two A-Days." "Two-A-Days" was about the successful football program at Hoover High in Alabama. It focused on the personal lives of football players and cheerleaders as much as football...
Johnson: Disappointing 'Dores outgunned (09/10/07)
NASHVILLE -- Vanderbilt entered Saturday's game with Alabama looking for their first home win against the Crimson Tide in more than two decades. Both claimed impressive opening home wins, the Commodores rolling past Richmond 41-17 while Alabama outscored Western Carolina 52-6...
Johnson: Mom, Greeneville proud of Burkey (01/04/07)
When the Eaglettes competed in the Greene County Bank Ladies' Classic last week, it was sort of a homecoming for coach Lynn Burkey. Burkey was born and raised in Greeneville. His mother, Josephine, still resides there. I had the pleasure of meeting Mrs. Burkey while in Greeneville and, along with others from Shelbyville who made the long trip, noticed the strong resemblance between coach Burkey and his mother...
Johnson: MTSU takes another step forward (12/04/06)
What a difference a year makes. That, along with a new head coach and coaching staff. After a very disappointing 2005 season in which Middle Tennessee finished 4-7, athletic director Chris Massaro decided to make a change at the top of the Blue Raider football program...
Johnson: 'Two-A-Days' worth viewing (10/17/06)
Most of the time, when you speak of two-a-days in football terms -- those hot days in the summer when football teams hold two practices a day in preparation of the upcoming season -- you get a negative response. Over the past couple of months, a great number of you have shared with me how much you enjoyed watching the MTV hit reality show "Two-A-Days."...
Johnson: Tailgate supper boosts Eagles' support (09/05/06)
Two games into the season, it might not be the start new Shelbyville Central football coach Jason Hardy and his staff had hoped for, but there's one thing for certain. They're here for the long haul. If the old saying "Hard work always pays off," is true, good things are ahead for the Golden Eagles...
Johnson: Pros get rich at our expense (08/03/06)
From time to time, I've been accused by my wife and daughters of staying up too late on the Internet. It's true, there are a few Internet sports sites that I frequent on a regular basis. I recently ventured onto one of those sites and noticed an article that listed the 50 top-earning athletes in the United States this past year...
Johnson: Hardy looking for 'a few good men' (04/18/06)
There seems to be a lot of excitement regarding the hiring of new Shelbyville Central head football coach Jason Hardy. Hardy, a former assistant at Shelbyville, is now on board and looks forward to selling his house in Gallatin and moving his family here permanently...
Johnson: Central looking for one good man (03/22/06)
In the midst of a pair of TSSAA state championship runs in basketball, there's been a little more talk concerning Shelbyville Central High athletics. With former Eagle football head coach Whit Taylor recently moving into administration as the assistant principal at Harris Middle, Central principal Don Embry and assistant principal/athletic director Jimmy Williams have been working overtime in search of a new head football coach...
Johnson: Eagles' biggest loss may be support (10/25/05)
It's been brought to my attention that I mentioned that Shelbyville Central sophomore quarterback Julian Haile needed 78 yards to reach 1,000 yards passing on the season in my game preview in Friday's Times-Gazette, but I wrote that he needed 88 in the game story Sunday...
Johnson: Central welcomes five new coaches (08/16/05)
School's back in session and the fall sports schedule for the most part is right around the corner. With that said, perhaps two of the busiest people over the summer were Shelbyville Central principal Don Embry and athletic director Jimmy Williams. During the summer they've hired five new coaches. Embry told me he had to fill 14 total faculty positions...
Johnson: Burkey arrives in Shelbyville (06/03/05)
Coach Lynn Burkey now has a day under his belt at the helm of the Shelbyville Golden Eaglette basketball program. That first day proved very eventful. I had an opportunity to talk with Burkey late Thursday night and we discussed his first day on the job...
Johnson: A tough act to follow (05/19/05)
With the departure of former Shelbyville Golden Eaglette coach Rick Insell, now women's coach at Middle Tennessee State University, the question arises of who will become the new coach of the Eaglettes. Talk about a tough act to follow. Insell has been rewarded for all the hard work, dedication and success that he has achieved. One can only believe that the next Eaglette coach will possess the same qualities...
Johnson: Doors opened for Insell? (04/24/05)
There's an old saying, "All good things must come to an end." One can only believe that this just might be the case for legendary Shelbyville Golden Eaglette coach Rick Insell. With the departure of former Middle Tennessee State Lady Blue Raider coach Stephany Smith, who recently accepted the head coaching job at Alabama, the doors might open for Insell to take a look at his and my alma mater...
Johnson: Ayers combined coaching, caring (03/09/05)
As the 2004-2005 basketball season came to an end for area basketball teams recently, so did the coaching career of one of the nicest persons to ever grace the sidelines. Cascade Middle girls basketball coach Brenda Ayers has decided to retire from coaching after 21 years. She will remain as a teacher...
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