AP-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 email@example.com. 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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AFC SOUTH PREVIEW
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — For so very long, the AFC South easily ranked among the NFL’s worst divisions. Not anymore. Both Jacksonville and Tennessee are coming off playoff berths, with the Jaguars a blown lead in the AFC championship game from playing in the Super Bowl for the first time in franchise history. The Jaguars and Titans also have their rosters from those trips back largely intact. Deshaun Watson and J.J. Watt are healthy again in Houston. Even Andrew Luck is throwing passes and ready for the season in Indianapolis. By Pro Football Writer Teresa M. Walker. SENT: 950 words, photos.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Titans won their first playoff game in 14 years in a thrilling rally from 18 points down on the road. Then they fired coach Mike Mularkey once the postseason run ended in an ugly rout. Expectations are very high in Tennessee where consecutive 9-7 seasons with Marcus Mariota just didn’t cut it. By Pro Football Writer Teresa M. Walker. UPCOMING: 790 words by 5 p.m., photos; capsule.
SEC-THE ALABAMA EFFECT
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The decade-long chase to catch Alabama has caused patience to wear thin across the rest of the Southeastern Conference. As Nick Saban and Alabama chase their sixth national title in 10 seasons , five of the SEC’s other 13 programs have new coaches. It represents the league’s highest turnover since 1946, when the SEC had six new coaches. By Steve Megargee. SENT: 800 words, photos.
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