August 2008 Archives

Blog #14

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Welcome to 2008-09!!! Women's basketball really got things rolling today with our annual Photo Day. We did head shots, set shots for the media guide cover, newcomer action photos, coaching group and action photos and a team photo...which is officially the most we have ever knocked out in one photo session in the time I've been at Memphis (which I'm surprised to say is nine years now, time flies!).

The team is up doing conditioning in the early mornings and will be able to start individual workouts some time next month. I know everyone is excited for the year to get rolling, as am I (I'd be more excited if the media guide was closer to being done!).

A couple of important dates to Friday (September 5th) is the Women's Basketball Golf Scramble. I know the Fastbreak Club folks work hard to get this outing pulled together and would love to see you there. The entry form is posted on our website at under women's basketball and Gaylon Hall's contact information is on there. Even if you can't golf, we'd love to see you there!

October 16th will be the day that Conference USA gets to meet Coach McFerrin officially as C-USA Basketball Media Day will be held in Memphis again at FedExForum. That will be a long day of interviews and will include a live TV interview with Coach and a selection of players on CBS College Sports...more on that to come. And I know everyone is waiting for a schedule....I promise that as soon as I see one, we'll post it and get started on helping you purchase your season basketball tickets. Keep checking our website!

Brightwell's Blog #33

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Hello everyone, well today I turn 36, so now I'm closer to 50 than I am 20. It gives me time to reflect on how lucky I am to be able to do what I want to do where I want to do it, and that's be a broadcaster for my Alma Mater.

A lot has happened since I was born way back in 1972. Basketball has played in three Final Fours and two National Championship games. Who would have ever thought, being a child of the 80's that I'd see football go to four bowls in five years. Women's basketball has started a new era with just its fourth head coach, heck, when I was born; there was no NCAA women's basketball. Baseball will see a newly renovated stadium within the next year and football has started accepting pledges for a new weight room.

As a child, I was my dad's remote control for the TV, this year, I'll be calling games on the internet - and I thought my first Atari was great. Technology sure has changed.

As an Alum, I've seen our campus change from a grid of streets to a pedestrian campus, a new library added when I was a student. The Alumni Mall, Rose Theatre, and adjacent parking garage weren't even in existence when I was attending elementary at Memphis State Campus School.

I hope I've got another 36 years in me and they're all spent as a Tiger Broadcaster.

Blog #13

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Well I guess I can stop calling these summer blogs now...The girls who were here for summer school finished exams last week and are likely back home enjoying a week or so off before returning to start the fall. Move-in day into the dorms on campus is Thursday, Aug. 21st for the entire U of M community, but since most of the team was here for summer school, they are already moved in and are probably enjoying some last days at home with their families while the rest of their classmates are just getting settled.

If you see Jeff Brightwell today, make sure to say Happy Birthday...I'm not going to reveal his age, but he emailed me and said he's now closer to 40 than he is to 30.

The tournament in the Bahamas has changed a bit. Mercer and Florida Atlantic are no longer our possible opponents in the draw. We'll open against Texas-Arlington on the first day of the tournament, and then face either Winthrop or Georgia Tech in the second round. We played Winthrop two years ago at the Louisville tournament and they were almost entirely a roster of sophomores then, so we could be facing a team with a lot of seniors on it. Georgia Tech sports a familiar face to long-time Tiger fans, as former assistant coach Sytia Messer is the associate head coach at Tech. She was promoted in May to the associate head coach spot after spending the past five years on the Tech staff.

Speaking of former Tigers in coaching, congrats to Jennifer Sullivan. Sullivan was named the assistant coach at McNeese State University back in July and will be coaching under another former Memphis assistant, Brooks Donald-Williams. Sullivan played at Memphis from 2001-2004 and finished with 800 career points, 310 rebounds and 99 steals. She then spent two years on the coaching staff at Rhodes before spending last season at Memphis.

Frank L. Flautt Golf Center Construction Photo Gallery

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Construction is underway for the Frank L. Flautt Golf Center on the Park Avenue campus at the University of Memphis. The facility will include two locker rooms, meeting areas, coaches' offices and bay doors for the men's and women's golf team members to remain indoors while utilizing the driving range.

Frank L. Flautt is building the facility for the Tiger golf programs. The facility will include a 400-yard driving range and state-of-the-art video teaching equipment, along with the covered hitting bays.

A photo gallery of the construction is here: Frank L. Flautt Golf Center Aug. 14th Construction Photo Gallery

2008 Soccer Media Guide Now Online

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The 2008 Memphis Men's and Women's Soccer Media Guide is now available to download and view online at Individual sections of the 80 page guide are available in PDF format.

Fans can access the media guide by clicking on the "2008 Media Guide" link on the right side bar on the men's or women's soccer page or by clicking here.

Brightwell's Blog #32

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Well, the "Off-Season" is almost over with fall sports starting in a couple of weeks. The University put out the news last week that we will be doing play-by-play of a majority of men's and women's soccer home games as well as home conference volleyball games on the Memphis All-Access package. I'm really looking forward to calling these sports as well as doing the weekly coach's updates. Hope you've enjoyed the three preview shows we've already done.

I have to say I'm excited about adding these sports to the women's basketball and baseball I already call. Although I've got other duties with the network and local radio stations, my passion is doing play-by-play so doing five sports for the University will be a blast.

I also have to credit to Brandon Kolditz, assistant media-relations director, for his work. Brandon and I have been talking about doing this for over a year and he did the leg-work on finding out a way to make it happen. I also want to thank videographer Darby Dunnagan and her staff for their willingness to help with this project.

I haven't checked all the sites for the 300+ division one schools, but I have to think our live coverage of Tiger sports has to be among one of the most comprehensive. Between our Tiger Radio Network, WUMR broadcast, and All-Access package, we'll provide play-by-play and coach's show's for EIGHT sports

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