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Recent articles by Mark:

Memphis football's indoor practice facility is almost done. It's become a tribute to perseverance.

Memphis football's indoor practice facility, almost 20 years in the making, has become a 74,000-square feet tribute to the university's persistence. → Read More

Memphis men's tennis on pause as coronavirus complicates plans for international players

Memphis men's tennis was successful because it recruited internationally. So what do you do when a pandemic cancels international travel? → Read More

Penny Hardaway's workouts with NBA prospect R.J. Hampton 'not in line' with university protocols

Penny Hardaway's recent on-campus workouts with NBA draft prospect R.J. Hampton were "not in line" with University of Memphis COVID-19 protocols. → Read More

The NCAA is Memphis basketball's biggest enemy. But Penny Hardaway needs an ally for his transfers

The NCAA is the biggest long-term threat to Penny Hardaway's run as coach at Memphis. He needs the NCAA to become an ally for his two new transfers. → Read More

Pepper Rodgers made pro football fun in Memphis. There 'never will be another one' like him.

When Memphis needed a face for pro football, the former Showboats coach who died Thursday came bursting through the camera with irresistible charm. → Read More

Evansville transfer DeAndre Williams, a top Memphis target, to announce college decision Friday

Forward DeAndre Williams could be a prime candidate to replace Precious Achiuwa. He's considering Memphis, Kentucky, Arkansas and Baylor. → Read More

'We want our sports back' is a statement we can all get behind. If only it were that simple.

The hardest part of the coronavirus pandemic is there's no right answer yet. What might've worked for the UFC won’t necessarily work for every sport. → Read More

For Dustin and Maria Starr's 'Championship Wrestling,' the show must go on. Even in a pandemic.

Dustin and Maria Starr have turned their Germantown home into a makeshift television studio that's broadcasting pro wrestling matches every week. → Read More

Watching Michael Jordan and 'The Last Dance,' and dreaming about the Memphis Grizzlies

Could the Grizzlies and Ja Morant be starting the championship journey the Bulls embarked on after they drafted Jordan in 1984? No harm in dreaming. → Read More

Memphis Grizzlies can open training facilities to players under city's latest safer-at-home order

The Memphis Grizzlies could open its training facility at FedExForum to players as soon as next Friday. Here are the details. → Read More

NCAA's landmark NIL proposal shows more concern about survival than athletes

The NCAA is finally going to let athletes be compensated for their name, image and likeness. But only on the NCAA's terms. That's a problem. → Read More

NCAA's proposed transfer rule is right thing to do, and not just because of Landers Nolley

Memphis should be rooting for the NCAA's proposed one-time transfer rule, and not just because Landers Nolley makes Tiger basketball better. → Read More

2020 NFL draft: Memphis OL Dustin Woodard selected in seventh round by New England Patriots

Dustin Woodard gave the Memphis football program three NFL draft picks for the first time in almost 20 years. → Read More

2020 NFL draft: Memphis CB Chris Claybrooks selected in seventh round by Jacksonville Jaguars

Cornerback Chris Claybrooks became the second Memphis football player selected in the 2020 NFL draft Saturday. → Read More

Former Memphis Tigers guard Tyler Harris will transfer to Iowa State

The former Cordova star didn't take long to find a new landing spot after deciding to leave Memphis after two seasons. → Read More

The NFL draft proved sports are 'different' right now, but that doesn't have to mean worse

The 2020 NFL draft was bizarre and unprecedented because of the COVID-19 outbreak. But it proved “different” doesn’t necessarily have to mean worse. → Read More

Austin Hall and Memphis' fringe NFL Draft prospects left in the lurch by coronavirus pandemic

Former Memphis safety Austin Hall was supposed to get married and land on a NFL team in the coming months. Coronavirus isn't making either goal easy. → Read More

Grizzlies have been beyond satisfying this season, whether it's is over or not

Whether the NBA resumes play or not in the coming months, the Grizzlies will emerge from this season without any regrets. → Read More

Sports world should follow PGA Tour's lead in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic

Having hope and optimism that sports will restart sooner rather than later and taking this pandemic seriously shouldn’t be mutually exclusive ideas. → Read More

PGA Tour announces revised schedule, and WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational is still a go

A new PGA Tour schedule drastically altered the sport's major championship events, but the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational in Memphis is still on. → Read More