BC-Tennessee Sports Digest
Here’s a look at how AP’s sports coverage is shaping up in Tennessee. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Nashville bureau at (615) 373-9988 or apnashville(at)ap.org. Beth Campbell is on the desk. News editor Scott Stroud can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. All times are Central.
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ Vanderbilt went outside college athletics for its new athletic director a few months ago, and now the Commodores have taken the same tact hiring Memphis Grizzlies assistant and former NBA star Jerry Stackhouse as their new men’s basketball coach. Athletic director Malcolm Turner announced the hiring Friday. Stackhouse will need to revive a program that just went through its worst season ever at 9-23. The Commodores finished on a 20-game skid and became the first Southeastern Conference team to go winless in league play in 65 years. And two of the team’s most highly recruited players are both leaving early for the NBA. By Teresa M. Walker. SENT: 720 words, photo.
BRISTOL, Tenn. _ In the shadows of the Darrell Waltrip Grandstands, ol’ DW officially launched the second victory lap of his second NASCAR career. The Fox Sports analyst kicked off his retirement tour Friday at Bristol Motor Speedway, where Waltrip is a 12-time winner and an entire grandstand is named for the Hall of Fame driver. Waltrip was Fox Sports’ first hire when the network launched its NASCAR coverage in 2001, and 19 years later he said leaving the broadcast booth is far more difficult than it was giving up racing. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. SENT: 850 words, photos.
_GRIZZLIES-ZELLER, from Memphis: The Memphis Grizzlies have signed 7-footer Tyler Zeller for the rest of the season and waived guard Dusty Hannahs. SENT: 120 words.
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