Nate Oats helped turn Buffalo into an NCAA Tournament regular. Now, he'll try to restore Alabama to that status.
The Crimson Tide hired Oats Wednesday after he led the Bulls to their best season and a third NCAA berth in four years.
Athletic director Greg Byrne turned to Oats three days after parting ways with Avery Johnson in what he described as a mutual decision.
Byrne said Oats would "hit the ground running" starting Wednesday night.
"I have been watching coach Oats for the last few years as he has led the University at Buffalo to unprecedented heights," Byrne said. "His commitment to developing the student-athlete both on and off the court was what really stuck out.
"As we spoke to some of the best college and pro basketball minds in the country, his name came up time and time again."
In recent High School sports action…
The Richland Raiders dropped a pair to #13 Cornersville…6 to 3 and 11 to 8.
The Lady raiders also dropped a couple of wins to Santa Fe…4 to nothing, and to Moore County…16 to 5.
The Giles County Bobcats are also on the skids, losing to Shelbyville…12 to 2 and Nolensville…4 to 1.
The Lady ‘Cats topped Nolensville…5 to 3.
The Martin Methodist Softball team announced that Today’s doubleheader versus Cumberland University has been moved to an away contest. Originally scheduled as a home event, the doubleheader will now take place in Lebanon, Tennessee, beginning at 2 p.m.
The RedHawks will now host Cumberland in a doubleheader Tuesday, April 2, beginning at 2 p.m.
For more information and the latest on Martin Methodist Athletics, visit the school’s official Athletics website, www.GoRedHawks.com.
The University of Tennessee Basketball Team has advanced to the NCAA’s Sweet 16 with a 83 to 77 win over Iowa, and will play number three-seed Purdue Thursday night in Louisville, Kentucky.
Reports are that the Game Time Thursday will be 6:29 p.m. CT.
As of right now Vol Network Air Time Thursday will be 6:00 p.m. CT.
Confirmation on game time and more information will come later today.
As always, you can catch the game here on AM-1420, FM-100.9 & 107.7, Classic KSR.
In recent Spring Sports action…
The Richland Lady Raiders lost to Loretto in Softball action…3 to 1.
The Richland Raiders claimed a couple of wins on the baseball diamond topping Culleoka twice…6 to 3, and 4 to 2.
The Giles County Lady ‘Cats won twice beating Spring Hill…12 to 5, and Community…10 to nothing.
The Bobcat Baseball team dropped two to Lawrence County…18 to 1, and 13 to 2.
Eddie Jewell, of Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 21 pounds to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Choo Choo Division tournament on Wheeler Lake.
Jewell earned $3,747 for his efforts.
Other local top 10 boaters in the tournament include:
8th place…Chaz McMahan of Leoma with five bass weighing 16 pounds 0 ounces, taking home $501.
Tennessee anglers captured the top two places and posted two additional spots among the top seven in the 2019 Bassmaster Classic.
Ott DeFoe put the finishing touches on a storybook performance in his hometown. The Knoxville angler was the overall champion with a total of 49 pounds, 3 ounces. He earned the title after a sixth place finish a year ago.
Harrison resident Jacob Wheeler came in second place in his third B.A.S.S. tournament. He had a three-day total of 45 pounds 5 ounces. Brandon Lester claimed sixth place. The Fayetteville native had a three-day total of 40 pounds 3 ounces. Right behind in seventh position was Spring City’s Wesley Strader with 39 pounds 8 ounces to give all the Volunteer State’s anglers competing top 10 finishes.
The Classic showcased Tennessee as one of the nation’s top fishing destinations. A record attendance of more than 153,800 visitors were in attendance at the tournament venues, including the daily afternoon weigh-ins at Thompson Boling Arena.
Fishing is big business in Tennessee. With 1.8 million anglers and an economic impact of more than $1.1 billion in Tennessee.
Six games have been played in the SEC Tournament, with the higher seed winning five. The lone upset was # 10 seed Alabama beating # 7 seed Ole Miss. Alabama will look to continue its run when it plays # 2 seed Kentucky today.
Other games on tap for today include # 1 LSU vs. # 8 Florida at 1pm on ESPN, # 4 South Carolina vs. # 5 Auburn at 3:30pm on ESPN, # 2 Kentucky vs. # 10 Alabama at 7pm on the SEC Network, and # 3 Tennessee vs. # 6 Mississippi State at 9:30pm the on SEC Network.
The Martin Methodist Men's Tennis team suffered a hard-fought 6-3 loss at #7 Cumberland Tuesday afternoon at the Tommy Gray Memorial Courts.
The Martin Methodist Women's Tennis team also suffered a 7-2 defeat to #18 nationally-ranked Cumberland Tuesday afternoon.
The RedHawks return to action this weekend for two matches at the Freed-Hardeman Invitational in Henderson. They’ll meet NCAA Division II squad Christian Brothers University at 10am and follow up with a 2pm contest versus Freed-Hardeman.