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The Calm before the Storm... - 07/19/14

That's what today is.  Actually, we're in the midst of about a 7-day stretch of calm.  I'll take it, because come Friday, all hell breaks loose in the sports department.  That's when the 2014 football season officially gets underway.  

The Titans hold their pre-training camp press conference.  New Coach Ken Whisenhunt, along with GM Ruston Webster talk about what they're hoping and expecting out of camp.  Position battles, rookies, roster spots will all be hot topics. 

Speaking of heat, there will be plenty of it at St. Thomas Sports Park over the next three weeks.  You can count on that.  That's why, as much as I'm enjoying these cooler temperatures right now, I wish Mother Nature had pushed them back a week.  Or two.

The Titans may be the biggest, but they certainly aren't our only focus.  I'll be spending plenty of time with Derek Mason and the Vanderbilt football team too.  Mason has built a lot of positive buzz and momentum this off-season.  It will be interesting to see how that translates on the field this fall.

This figures to be a good fall for MTSU and TSU too.  Both the Blue Raiders and Tigers open camp in the next couple of weeks as well.

And I haven't even mentioned any of the many High School's in the mid-state that could and should figure prominently in run for a gold ball in Cookeville. 

It all starts next week.  I'm exhausted just thinking about it.

 

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Last Update on December 19, 2014 08:05 GMT

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