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SEC MEDIA DAYS ‘18: Vols’ Pruitt taking personal criticism in stride

New Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt was all smiles as he attended his first SEC Media Days on Wednesday. (Photo by Michael Butler)

By Graham Dunn
RRS Editor
(July 18 , 2018)

ATLANTA – New Tennessee head football coach Jeremy Pruitt got a typical welcome at Wednesday’s SEC Media Days Kickoff complete with questions regarding the excitement of becoming a head coach for the first time and getting settled in the new job.

But events took an odd turn before the day ended. Ironically the controversy came from somewhere outside the walls of the interview room at the College Football Hall of Fame.

SEC MEDIA DAYS ‘18: Fisher ready to take A&M to new heights

New Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher is confident the Aggies can be a key to who wins the SEC West. (Photo contributed)

By Graham Dunn
RRS Editor
(July 16 , 2018)

This time a year ago, Jimbo Fisher was singing the praises of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

On Monday, he provided his change of heart… as expected.

“This is as good a league as there is in college football,” said Fisher in his opening statements at SEC Kickoff Media Days on Monday.

SEC Media Days ‘18 has change of scenery

Combined Report
(July 15, 2018)

SEC Media Days has a new home for 2018.

Coaches and players from all 14 teams will make the trek to Atlanta and the Omni Hotel and the College Football Hall of Fame beginning Monday.

COLUMN: Childhood memories recalled with Ward’s passing

Longtime voice of the Tennessee Volunteers John Ward passed away this week. He was 88. (Photo contributed)

By Graham Dunn
RRS Editor
(June 22, 2018)

The sad news of  longtime Tennessee announcer John Ward passing away on Wednesday was tough for several reasons.

But for a young boy who worshipped the sound of sports, it went deeper than being a fan of a certain team.

It meant that all of my heroes were gone.

2018 CFP PLAYOFF: Pruitt puts playoff ahead of future at Tennessee

Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt fielded questions Friday regarding the upcoming Sugar Bowl. He would not comment on his new job as head football coach at Tennessee. (Photo courtesy Unv Alabama Athletic Dept.)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent

(December 29, 2017)

NEW ORLEANS – Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt knew the questions were coming, so he laid the groundwork in his opening statement to the media on Friday morning.

“I just want to say this: I’m excited about being the head football coach at Tennessee,” he said. “It’s a tremendous opportunity, a great university and I’m thankful to have it. But right now I’m working as a defensive coordinator at Alabama and I’d like for these questions to be targeted toward this game and the players that are associated with this game.”

MTSU defense has final say in Camellia Bowl win

Raycom Media CEO Pat LaPlatney presents Camellia Bowl trophy to MTSU coach Rick Stockstill after the Blue Raiders’ win over Arkansas State on Saturday. (Photo by Drew Gayle)

Combined Report
(December 17, 2017)

Middle Tennessee defeated Arkansas State in the highest scoring game in Raycom Media Camellia Bowl history. But head coach Rick Stockstill still praised his defense following the Blue Raiders 35-30 win before an announced crowd of 20,612 on a chilly Saturday at Cramton Bowl.

Stallings still going after bout with health issues

Former Alabama head coach Gene Stallings was recognized by the Camellia Bowl during a special ceremony on Friday. (Photo by Drew Gayle)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(December 16, 2017)

It’s been a whirlwind tour for Gene Stallings this fall.

The College Football Hall of Fame coach was honored by Texas A&M with an assembly of the 1967 team during the Aggies’ game with Alabama, by Alabama with an assembly of the 1992 team during the Crimson Tide’s game with Arkansas, by the Southeastern Conference as part of their annual legends’ recognition at the SEC Championship Game and he will be honored in two weeks as part of the inaugural class for the Sugar Bowl Hall of Fame.

Might as well make a stop in Montgomery, where Stallings was presented the fourth Regions Bank Alabama Football Legend Award on Friday afternoon by Regions president Michael Hart and Camellia Bowl executive director Johnny Williams during a luncheon at the Renaissance Hotel.

PRESS PICKS: Champion will be decided with bowl picks

Staff Report

(December 15, 2017)

Bowl season has arrived and with it, a new leader.

Although only eight games were picked last week, Graham Dunn was able to move ahead of Stephen Gunter by three games heading into the final round of picks for the 2017 season.

Bowl season arrives with Crimson Tide back in playoff; Auburn headed back to Atlanta

Jarrett Stidham and the Auburn Tigers fell in the SEC Championship game on Saturday. They will travel back to Atlanta on New Year’s Day for the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl to face Central Florida. (Photo by Todd Van Emst/Auburn Unv. Athletics)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(December 4, 2017)

Alabama and Auburn found out their destinations on Sunday as the Crimson Tide earned its fourth College Football Playoff appearance in as many years and Auburn will return to Mercedes Benz Stadium to face Central Florida in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.

Camellia Bowl opponents MTSU, Arkansas St familiar foes

(December 3, 2017)

Arkansas State and Middle Tennessee have been selected to meet in the fourth annual Raycom Media Camellia Bowl at historic Cramton Bowl, it was announced Sunday afternoon by ESPN Events.

The 2017 Raycom Media Camellia Bowl will be played on Saturday, Dec. 16, at 7 p.m. The game will be televised by ESPN. The Raycom Media Camellia Bowl is one of five bowl games to air on ESPN networks on the opening day of the college football bowl season.

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