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Jackson, TN, United States

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Recent articles by Joseph:

Charles Barkley calls Kevin McHale 'best player I ever played against'

Charles Barkley played against some of the greatest players in NBA history but said that none were tougher than Kevin McHale. → Read More

MTSU football: Defense ready to take charge as offense looks for its identity with new QB

With uncertainty at quarterback, the MTSU Blue Raiders defense will be set with setting the tone with six starters returning. → Read More

Charles Barkley was shocked when Tennessee football upset Auburn

The Volunteers had not beaten Auburn since 2003. → Read More

Charles Barkley calls Kevin McHale 'the best player I ever played against'

Barkley played against some of the greatest players in NBA history but said that none were tougher than Kevin McHale. → Read More

Ranking MTSU football's 2019 road schedule

The Blue Raiders have to travel to the "The Big House" and Kinnick Stadium plus have some tough conference road trips. → Read More

MTSU's Reed Blankenship, Khalil Brooks named to preseason All-Conference USA team

Reed Blankenship led the Blue Raiders in tackles last year, while this is the second consecutive selection for Khalil Brooks. → Read More

Why major MTSU athletic facilities upgrades are unlikely soon despite $100M plan announced in 2018

While other Conference USA schools have joined the college facilities arms race, MTSU has yet to jump on that train. → Read More

MTSU basketball to open the season against Division III Maryville College

Maryville has made back-to-back NCAA Dlll Tournament appearances. → Read More

Ranking the best players MTSU football will face this season

From a couple of Big Ten talents projected to go in the NFL Draft to some familiar conference foes, the Blue Raiders will go against some big names. → Read More

Ranking MTSU's athletics programs for 2018-19

MTSU saw a lot of success in athletics last season with plenty of postseason berths and three conference championships. → Read More

Ranking MTSU football's schedule from worst to first

From Tennessee State to Michigan, just how tough is MTSU's schedule this year? → Read More

MTSU coach Rick Stockstill to be inducted into the Florida State Athletics Hall of Fame

Stockstill led the Seminoles to the 1981 Orange Bowl against Oklahoma. → Read More

Rick Stockstill asks what NFL Network deal with C-USA will do for MTSU football

The conference switched from a network focused on international soccer to the world's biggest football brand. → Read More

MTSU' Brad Anderson ready to show full potential and put injury history in the past

After ankle injuries cut his first two seasons at MTSU short, Brad Anderson is ready to show the Blue Raiders what he's all about. → Read More

Former San Francisco 49ers star Patrick Willis credits Bruceton with his NFL success

Growing up in Bruceton taught Patrick Willis about being an underdog and how to overcome that. → Read More

Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame induction: David Cutcliffe says 'Peyton Manning made me better'

Even after Manning went to the NFL and Cutcliffe starting coaching elsewhere, the two stayed close. On Saturday, they joined the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame together. → Read More

Depth no longer an issue for MTSU basketball as summer workouts start

Despite having so many young, new faces, the Blue Raiders are already clicking and getting used to each other. → Read More

Former MTSU golfer Hanley Long wins the 2019 Women's Amateur Championship

Long finished off her amateur career the best way possible before she heads off and tries to make a name for herself in the professional game. → Read More

MTSU to debut 'The Blue Raider Beer Garden' this fall for home football games

The beer garden will be housed in the south end zone and feature an area where fans can play corn hole, giant jenga and other games. → Read More

Former MTSU safety and 'Mod Squad' member Ken Coffee dies at 68

Coffee had over 60 tackles and nine interceptions during his career at MTSU. → Read More