October 2008 Archives

Brightwell's Blog #41

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Sitting in the Elma Roane Field House watching women's basketball practice today as I blog. Practices this year have been good as Coach McFerrin implements her up tempo style of offense and emphasis on a more intense defensive effort. New goals arrived earlier this week for the Field House that came from FedEx Forum, as soon as they get shot clocks for these, they should replace the old ones. One week away from our exhibition game next Friday at 11:30 am.

We'll have three games on Memphis Tigers All Access this weekend, two live, one archived. The Volleyball games tonight and Sunday will be live while tomorrow's Men's soccer match against Marshall will be archived.

Congrats to Coach Brooks Monaghan and the women's soccer team on their second straight regular season conference championship. They clinched at least a tie with last night's win at UAB.

Brightwell's Blog #40

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An update on this week's set of coach's shows on Memphis Tigers All-Access through Brooks Monaghan and Richie Grant will rejoin us next week, they both had morning practices on Tuesday.

As usual, April Jauregui joined us for a Volleyball update and we also sat down with Melissa McFerrin to discuss how things have gone since her hiring and the upcoming season.

Basketball practice goes into full swing this weekend and to say I'm excited to start watching McFerrin's Tigers practice would be an understatement!

Blog #16

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Basketball season is about to step up to full throttle in a couple of days. We've kept the coaching staff busy as of late, getting in the media guides for the season on Monday morning and then having Coach McFerrin tape an episode of a Coaches' Show with Jeff Brightwell (which you can view under the All-Access player on our website at for FREE). Today (Wednesday), Coach McFerrin is speaking to Tiger Scholarship Fund supporters at a luncheon at the Holiday Inn on campus and tomorrow Coach McFerrin and seniors Paris Leonard and Ashley Thornton will join me downtown for Conference USA Media Day at FedExForum, then Friday night, the team will begin the season officially with practice.

Yesterday I went and sat through individual workout times and at the end of the session, Coach McFerrin mentioned that the date was the 14th and our first game was exactly one month away!

Fans can watch the activities from C-USA Media Day on our website at under the All-Access player. They will stream the women's basketball coaches press conferences beginning at 12:45 p.m. (assuming the men don't run long). Coach McFerrin will speak with the first group at 12:45, and Ashley and Paris will speak in the fourth group at 1:30 p.m.

From there, the Tigers will go around and do some local TV and print interviews, then at 3:46 p.m. (approximately), all three Memphis representatives will go on the CBS College Sports Women's Media Slam Live Show, which airs from the Grand Lobby of FedExForum. That can be viewed on CBS College Sports, which is channel 222 on digital cable; channel 152 on DishTV and Channel 613 on DirecTV.

Brightwell's Blog #39

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On tap for today's coach's show's on Memphis AllAccess through, we'll talk with Brooks Monaghan after his team split over the weekend, Richie Grant's soccer team knocked off nationally ranked SMU Sunday and April Jauregui's Volleyball team opened Conference USA home action.

We'll also welcome women's Golf coach Beth Harrelson as they prepare for the Arkansas State Tournament.

These four shows will be recorded this morning and should be up by this afternoon.

Brightwell's Blog #38

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Tonight will be our first Tiger Volleyball broadcast on All-Access. April Jauregui is off to an 11-5 start which ties the best start through 16 games for a first-year coach. Tulane, preseason pick to win the conference, will provide a strong test for the Tigers tonight. We'll also be at the Elma Roane Field House on Sunday for the UTEP game. This weekend is also the first home conference games for the Tigers who started out 2-1 in CUSA on the road.

And finally, it will be my first Volleyball broadcast of my career, hope you enjoy!

Good win last night for football at UAB, our bus rolled back in around 3:30 this morning. Late night, but a win always makes it worth it!

Blog #15

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Good afternoon from the AOB! The women's basketball team has been in individual workouts all fall and is counting down the days until practice can officially start on Oct. 17th.

We finally have all the game times posted for the upcoming season. Still no word from Conference USA on any TV games, so hopefully we'll have that for you shortly.

Saturday is an off-day for Tiger football, so look for the Tiger women's basketball team out at the Juvenile Diabetes Walk out at Shelby Farms. The team will be out there from 8 a.m. until noon supporting the individuals and teams that are walking out around Patriot Lake to raise money for juvenile diabetes research.

Other than that, don't forget football next Friday night (Oct. 10th) against former C-USA foe Louisville will be an ESPN game. So wear blue and come out to the Liberty Bowl!

Brightwell's Blog #37

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I'll be taping our usual coach's shows Tuesday morning with Coach's Grant, Monaghan, and Jauregui. We'll also be taping a show with Coach Schoenrock to give us a fall baseball update. All the shows should be up sometime Tuesday afternoon.

We'll have our first Memphis All-Access internet broadcast of Tiger volleyball this weekend as well. The Tigers host Tulane Friday at 7:00 and UTEP on Sunday at 2:00.

Blog #17

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I guess it's appropriate that Blog number 17 is coming 17 days before our first game. The team is now in full-fledged practice (although today is their day off) after a busy opening to the season. Seniors Paris Leonard and Ashley Thornton joined Coach McFerrin downtown at Conference USA Media Day. A photo gallery from the day's activities is below:

Conference USA Basketball Media Day at FedExForum

If you didn't get a chance to catch the live broadcast of the press conferences or the TV show, you can still view it at by clicking on our All-Access player. The video for both parts of the day are free to view.

The following day, the team took part in the Memphis Madness festivities, also down at FedExForum. Here is a link to the Photo Gallery from the Memphis Madness Festivities:

Memphis Madness Festivities

The team is back to work tomorrow and for fans who are members of the Fast Break Club, the team will scrimmage, then participate in the Fast Break Tip Off Dinner on Oct. be sure to have your Fast Break Club membership taken care of before then! Membership forms are available here.

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