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AP-Tennessee Sports Digest

August 31, 2018

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@ap.org. Beth Campbell is on the desk. News editor Scott Stroud can be reached at sstroud@ap.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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

NFL:

TITANS’ OFFENSE

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Titans go into the regular season very successful in keeping their new offense with coordinator Matt LaFleur under wraps. The first-team offense scored just two touchdowns in seven series during the preseason, though some missing pieces are expected back for the opener in Miami. By Pro Football Writer Teresa M. Walker. UPCOMING: 550 words by 5 p.m., photos.

College Football:

TENNESSEE-WEST VIRGINIA

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Will Grier has some fond memories of playing quarterback in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he once threw for 834 yards and 10 touchdowns and helped his high school team score 104 points in a state semifinal playoff game. Grier won’t be expected to put up those kinds of numbers when he returns home Saturday, but he’ll be looking to get his Heisman Trophy bid off to a strong start when 17th-ranked West Virginia meets Tennessee in a neutral site game at Bank of America Stadium. By Steve Reed. SENT: 650 words, photos.

MIDDLE TENNESSEE-VANDERBILT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A series that gives Vanderbilt a nonconference opponent consistently bowl eligible and provides Middle Tennessee a paycheck from a Power Five league is about to come to an end after they open the season against each other. Count Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason as being in favor of getting Middle Tennessee back on the schedule again as soon as possible. By Teresa M. Walker. UPCOMING: 660 words by 5 p.m., photos.

AUSTIN PEAY-GEORGIA

ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia’s opening game against Austin Peay could reveal much about coach Kirby Smart’s plan for freshman quarterback Justin Fields. Smart hasn’t confirmed Jake Fromm will retain his starting job for the No. 3 Bulldogs on Saturday, though that seems likely. Smart has said Fromm has been with the first-team offense throughout preseason practice, and even Fromm acknowledged this week he expects to be on the field for the first snap. By Charles Odum. SENT: 730 words, photos.

UT-MARTIN-MISSOURI

COLUMBIA, Mo. — After closing last season on a record-setting hot streak, Missouri and Heisman hopeful quarterback Drew Lock prepare to open this season against FCS opponent Tennessee-Martin on Saturday. By Charlie Clarke. UPCOMING.

—UNITED AIRLINES-COLLEGE FOOTBALL, from Atlanta: United Airlines says it’s adding more flights and using bigger planes this fall to carry passengers to college football games across the South and elsewhere in the U.S. SENT: 130 words.

Also:

—TENNESSEE-HAYES, from Knoxville: Tennessee has dismissed guard Anastasia Hayes from its women’s basketball team. SENT: 120 words.

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