Sports Briefs

Sports Briefs
UTM’s Taylor again
OVC top freshman

UT Martin forward Myles Taylor earned the adidas Ohio Valley Conference Freshman of the Week honors Monday for the second time in as many weeks.
Taylor, who also won the award on Nov. 21, has now been the recipient of the weekly accolade in three out of the six weeks during the 2011-12 campaign.
The Little Rock, Ark., native went on a scoring onslaught last week, pouring in 41 points in 39 minutes spread out over a pair of games. Taylor made 16 of his 28 field goal attempts for a blazing .571 shooting percentage, and made 72.7 percent of his free throws (8-for-11) during the week.
The increased scoring load saw Taylor’s season scoring average jump up to 11.5 points per outing. Heading into this week, he is the top freshman scorer and rebounder (5.1 per game) in the OVC, while also ranking seventh in the league in blocked shots (14, 1.1 per game).
UT Martin opens its OVC portion of the schedule 7 p.m. Wednesday at No. 22 Murray State.

Fuente filling staff
for Memphis football

MEMPHIS (AP) — Memphis coach Justin Fuente has announced the hiring of five new assistant coaches led by his new defensive coordinator Barry Odom.
Odom also will coach safeties after spending the past nine years at his alma mater, Missouri. Fuente’s other new coaches include Holman Wiggins, Vance Vice and James Shibest. Fuente also announced Monday he has retained Galen Scott — who worked with him previously at Illinois State. Scott worked at Memphis the past two years coaching linebackers and as co-defensive coordinator.
Vaughn will coach cornerbacks with Scott continuing to coach linebackers. Shibest will oversee special teams and tight ends, while Wiggins coaches running backs. Vice will coach the offensive line.

Austin Peay lauded
for sportsmanship

BRENTWOOD — The Ohio Valley Conference has announced that Austin Peay State University is the recipient of the 2011-12 Team Sportsmanship Award for football.
Voted on by the student-athletes and coaches of the respective sports, the team awards are bestowed upon the Conference squads deemed to have best exhibited the standards of sportsmanship and ethical behavior as outlined by the OVC and NCAA. Included in the areas for evaluation are the conduct of student-athletes, coaches, staff and administrators and fans.
The 2011-12 school year marks the seventh year the team sportsmanship honors have been awarded. This marks the third award for the Austin Peay football program which also won the award in 2007 and 2008.
Austin Peay finished the 2011 season with a 3-8 overall record and 2-6 mark in the OVC.

SEC adds teams, day
to baseball tourney

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The Southeastern Conference is adding two teams and one day to the league baseball tournament.
Commissioner Mike Slive said Monday that the tournament will go to 10 teams starting with the upcoming season. It will also start on Tuesday instead of Wednesday.
Published in The Messenger 12.20.11

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