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.