MTSU Basketball’s Greatest Players, Opponents to Play at Murphy Center


As part of the 50th anniversary celebration of Middle Tennessee State’s Murphy Center, athletics department officials are compiling lists with help from fans to determine the greatest athletes who have played at the iconic facility. .

Part of the year-long celebration includes renovating the 11,500-seat arena, which has been home to the Blue Raiders men’s and women’s basketball teams since 1972, as well as hosting NCAA basketball tournaments and NIT, state high school basketball championships and other events.

Some of the lists and nominees fans can vote for include:

Best visiting players (among 44 nominees):

Murray State's Ja Morant takes on Belmont's Kevin McClain (11) in Thursday's game.

Flight Williams (Austin Peay 1972-74), Dyron Nix (Tennessee 1988), Ja Morant (State of Murray 2017-19), Terry Compton (Vanderbilt 1972), Willie Anderson (Georgia 1984-88), Arvidas Sabonis (Russian nationals 1988), Antoine Mason (State of Tennessee 19884-88), Nick Collison (Kansas 1999-2003), Dana Barros (Boston College (1985-89), Jeff Martin (Murray State 1985-89), popeye jones (Murray State 1988-92), Ronnie McMahan (Vanderbilt 1995), Brendan Haywood(North Carolina 1997-2001), Marshall Henderson (Ole Miss 2012-14), Kurt Thomas (TCU 1995), Courtney Lee (Western Kentucky 2004-08), Joe Jakubick (Akron 1980-84), Alec Kesler (Georgia 1986-90), Eric Chenowith (Kansas 1997-2001), Kirk Hinrich (Kansas 1997-2001), Patrick Sparks (Western Kentucky 2003), carlos rogers (State of Tennessee 1992-94), Bubba’s Well (Austin Peay 1993-97); Trenton Hassel (Austin Peay 1997-2001), ian clark (Belmont 2009-13), Lester Hudson (UT Martin 2007-09).

Best MTSU Male Players (among 33 nominees):

8. UTEP 57, Middle Tennessee 54, February 4, 2017 Middle Tennessee's Reggie Upshaw, top left, charges UTEP defenseman Jake Flaggert.

george sorel (1974-75), Tim Sisneros (1972-76), Sleepy Taylor (1974-78), Bob Martin (1977-78), jerry beck (1978-82), Perry Pancakes (1980-83), Tyrus Baynham (1988), Kerry Hammond (1984-89), Randy Henry (1985-89), Chris Rainy (1986-89), Robert Taylor (1989-93), Warren Kidd (1990-93), Tommy Gunn (2000-04), Boogie Yates (2006-10), Reggie Upshaw (2013-17), Stunned Potts (2014-18), Nick King (2018), Brandon Walter (2018).

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MTSU Top Female Players (among 33 nominees):

Sharon McClannahan (1975-79), holly vacuum cleaner (1981-84), Jennifer McFall (1981-85), Kim Webb (1983-87), Janet Ross (1983-87), Tawanya Mucker (1985-89), Stephanie Capley (1987-91), Priscilla Robinson (1990-94), Sherry Tucker (1991-95), Heather Prater (1992-96), Jonelda Buck (1995-99), Patrice Holmes (2001-05), Chrissy Givens (2003-07), Holt Amber (2006-08), Alysha Clark (2008-10), ebony rowe (2010-14), Ty Petty (2013-17), Alex Johnson (2015-19).

To vote, go to

Tennessee Tech names top 100 basketball players

Earl Wise, who played at Tennessee Tech from 1986 to 1990, has been named one of the Golden Eagels' 100 Greatest Players of All Time.

Speaking of all-time greats, Tennessee Tech announced its top 100 men’s basketball players as part of the team’s 100th anniversary celebration.

Some of the players include Eddie “Jelly” Watson (1922-28), Joe Sills (1927-31), Flavian Smith (1948-52), Herbie Merritt (1953-57), Kenny Sidwell (1954-58), Jimmy Hagan (1957-60), Ron Shumate (1957-61), Bobby Young (1961-64), Ron Filipek (1964-67), David Pratt (1964-67), rich stone (1969-73), frank jones (1972-76), Bobby Porter (1973-78), Carlton Clarington (1981-85), Stephen Kite (1982-86), Anthony Avery (1985-89), wise count (1986-90), Milos Bobic (1987-90), Jerome Rodgers (1987-91) VanUsher (1989-92), Mitch Cupples (1989-93), John Best (1989-93), Rob West (1990-94), Maurice Houston (1990-94), Greg Bibb (1992-96), Lawrence Coleman (1993-97), Brent Jolly (1999-03), Damien Kinlock (2001-03), Willie Jenkins (2003-05), Belton Rivers (2005-07), Anthony Fisher (2004-08), Kevin Murphy (2008-12), Aleska Jugovic (2014-18), junior clay 2018-22).

Clay was transferred to TSU, where he will end his career this season.

For the full list, visit

Former Austin Peay coach Will Healy fired in Charlotte

Former football coach of Austin Peay will heal was fired at Charlotte after the 49ers fell to 1-7 following last week’s 34-15 loss to Florida International.

Charlotte fell to last place in Conference USA.

Healy, a native of Chattanooga, was 15-24 in four seasons in Charlotte. He landed the 49ers job after leading Austin Peay to a 13-21 record from 2016-18.

His best season at Austin Peay came in 2017 when he led Governors to an 8-4 record and the FCS playoffs. The Governors were 7-1 in the OVC that season, which marked their most conference wins in a single season.

Former Predators broadcaster gets new gig

Tom Callahan

Tom Callahanwho was the play-by-play voice of Nashville Predators radio from 2008 to 2013, is the new broadcaster for the Columbus (Georgia) River Dragons hockey team, which plays in the Federal Prospects Hockey League.

He will also be the voice of the Columbus Chatt-a-Hoots baseball team, which plays in the Sunbelt Baseball League.

After leaving the Predators, Callahan co-hosted a morning sports talk show with Jared Stillman in Nashville for two years at The Game 102.5-FM.

Cumberland ranked 20th in preseason Top 25

Cumberland Men’s Basketball is ranked No. 20 in the NAIA’s Top 25 Coaches preseason poll.

The Phoenix ended the 2021-22 season receiving votes in the final polls after posting a 22-9 record.

Cumberland fires three starters – Isaac Stephens, TJ Stargell and Nassir Coleman − from last year’s team, which qualified for the national tournament for the first time in 13 years.

After playing an exhibition at Tennessee Tech on Thursday (7:30 p.m.), Cumberland opens the season on November 1 at home against Reinhardt.

Gallatin Hall of Fame Class Announcement

The Gallatin Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2023 includes two former Gallatin High athletes along with two teams, one coach, plus a contributor and former Union coach.

Gallatin athletes are Vernon bass (soccer) and Tony Raye (basketball) and the coach is Sandy Lewis O’Neal.

The Green Wave teams are the 1985 and 1986 state champion women’s cross country teams and the contributor is Clarence Sander.

The Union coach is Samuel Herod.

Inductees will be recognized at a reception at Gallatin High on January 20 at 5:30 p.m. The induction ceremony will take place between the girls’ and boys’ basketball games at Jerry Vradenburg Gymnasium.

Lipscomb football receives highest ranking ever

Lipscomb’s men’s soccer team fell from 12th to 10th place in the latest national United Soccer Coaches poll. It’s the highest the Bisons have ever been ranked.

Lipscomb advanced after a 1-1 draw at Memphis and a 3-0 win over North Florida.

Lipscomb (11-1-2) is No. 12 in the RPI.

TSU’s Draylen Ellis is National Player of the Week

After leading TSU to its third straight win last week, quarterback Draylen Ellis was named HBCU National Player of the Week.

Ellis completed 27 of 36 passes for 309 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions in a 37-17 win over Eastern Illinois. He moved up to fifth in the Ohio Valley Conference in average passing yards per game (197.7).

tiger kicker Kaleb Mosley was the OVC specialist of the week. He was 3 for 3 on field goals of 46, 42 and 42 yards. Mosley is ranked 11th nationally in field goals per game (1.43) and 17th in field goal percentage (83.3).

Trevecca Hall of Fame induction is next week

The Trevecca Class of 2020 Athletic Hall of Fame will be inducted Nov. 3. The induction was delayed due to COVID-19.

The class includes Michael France (basketball), Jennifer Bognar Solano (basketball), Kristin Archie Blankenship (basketball) and Chris Collins (baseball).

Former men’s basketball coach Sam Harris will induct France and former women’s coach Gary VanAtta will induct Blankenship.

The enshrinement ceremony will take place at the Tarter Student Activity Center on campus. For tickets, visit treveccahalloffame.

Sports on Nashville Television

The top five locally rated sporting events for the week ending October 23 in Nashville:

1.NFL: Titans-Colts, 21.4

2. NFL: Steelers-Dolphins, 12.3

3. NFL: Chiefs-49ers, 11.2

4. NFL: Broncos-Chargers, 7.8

5. College Football: State of Alabama and Mississippi 5.7

Source: Mark Binda, Senior Programming Director WTVF-5

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