Random ruminations while wondering whatever happened to Heshimu Evans. …
- Condolences to former Vanderbilt football and baseball star Scotti Madison and family.
Scotti's 22-year-old son Trent died last week. No cause was listed in an obituary. He attended the University of Alabama before transferring to the University of North Georgia.
Scotti lives in the Atlanta area and is an insurance executive there. He is a former major league player. Scotti and Trent's mother, Libby are divorced and Trent had a sister, Tori.
A memorial service will be held March 2 in Dallas, Ga., were Scotti will be one of three speakers.
- Vanderbilt's fan base lost one of its most loyal supporters in Leonard Hill. He died Monday. He was 83.
Hill and his late wife Katie were regulars at nearly every Vanderbilt football and basketball home games. He wrote and edited for the Southern Baptist Convention publications for years.
He was an avid sportsman and played tennis through his senior years.
We had a mutual friend in Hobart, Okla., who at one time ran the NCAA Final Four and has more recently oversaw the BCS Championship Game . Leonard Hill was one of the good guys.
- Christ Presbyterian Academy Headmaster Richard Anderson has announced he is stepping down after being with the school since its inception in 1985.
Current high school principal and assistant headmaster Nathaniel Morrow will replace Anderson as headmaster. Vanderbilt football fans will remember Morrow as linebacker Nate Morrow. (I guess Nathaniel sounds more academically impressive.)
When the school opened, it had 124 students in kindergarten through sixth grade. Today it has more than 1,200 students in pre-K through 12th grade.
- Speaking of CPA, its boys' basketball team met White House in the Region 5-AA tournament quarterfinals at CPA Saturday night. It was a rematch between CPA Coach Drew Maddux and White House coach Gary Smith that dated back to the 1994 TSSAA State Championship at Murfreesboro.
Smith coached forever and a day at Battle Ground Academy and his team played Goodpasture where Maddux was a star player there, along with Ron Mercer and Sam Howard.
While Maddux, Mercer and Howard all went on to play at a high level in college and Mercer had an NBA career, it was Smith's team that beat Goodpasture, 65-62, in overtime.
Smith's team could have been one of the most non-athletic looking teams in state tournament history. Yet BGA must have hit Goodpasture for more back-door layups that day than was imaginable.
Maddux won his 200th win Saturday night and in seven seasons at CPA is 200-41 His team is currently ranked No. 24 in the country by Blue Star Go To high school website.
“There are not many times in your life for things to come full circle,'' Maddux said after the 81-56 win. “That was the most disappointing game of my life. But I had so much respect for Gary Smith. He helped me out when I was a kid and he worked the Vanderbilt basketball camps.''
Saturday night's game was not about revenge. It was still about respect.
“When you meet those guys that stay with one school all those years, well, I still think of him as BGA and all he did for that school, for those kids and that community,'' Maddux said.
- Hendersonville golfer Steven Fox will have a full schedule this year. The reigning U.S. Amateur champion will wait to turn pro, as he will play in the upcoming Masters.
Later on this year, he plans to play the Memorial, at Bay Hill, the Colonial and the U.S. Open. He may delay turning pro to play The British Open.
- Matt Gallant, who grew up in Gallatin and played a lot of tournament golf in the state, is now caddying at The Floridian golf resort. He enjoyed an once-in-a-lifetime experience there last week.
Sources who know him say Gallant caddied 81 holes for President Obama when he was in Florida on vacation last week.
If that wasn't enough, Gallant was also chosen to loop 18 holes for Tiger Woods when Woods played the president.
Attempts to reach Gallant failed. I would imagine he probably had a lot of restrictions as to what he could, or could not say, especially to any media outlets.
- The NFL Combine is pro football's version of a high stakes cattle call. Even Las Vegas gets in on the action.
Those starving to place a bet could go over/under time of 4.32 seconds in the widely publicized 40-yard dash. You can also bet over/under of 44 for the most bench press reps.
Want more? The over/under on the highest vertical leap is 43 inches. Former Titans defensive end Jevon Kearse would scoff at that mark.
You can even bet over/under on certain players' performances. West Virginia QB Geno Smith has a 4.75 second mark and a vertical leap of 35½.
Notre Dame linebacker and fantasy intranet Romeo, Manti Te'o, also has a over/under 40 time of 4.75 seconds.
Tennessee wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson has an over/under 40 time of 4.37 seconds and a vertical leap of 40½.
Personally, I would bet the over if they would take a bet on how many times Patterson's first name was misspelled and mispronounced.
You can even wager on whether NFL Network sportscaster Rich Eisner will beat 6.18 seconds in the 40. I wonder if there is an over/under bet on how many muscles he will pull during the sprint.
Thanks to Bovada for providing the odds.
- The Titans stuck their toes in the free agent market, signing veteran safety George Wilson, who logged nine seasons with the Buffalo. He is a 6-2, 212-pound converted wide receiver and will also provide much needed leadership on the field and in the locker-room.
Wilson is a solid, although not spectacular, signing. He should be able to stabilize a weak Titans back end of the secondary and help get teammates in the right positions.
- Bleacher Report's NFL Draft lead writer Matt Miller predicts Alabama guard Chance Warmack will be taken by the Titans with their 10th pick.
Offensive guard is not one of the more coveted draft positions in the first round but a lot of scouts believe Warmack will be a multi-year warrior for some team.
Miller says the Bama guard is a mean, punishing blocker. We'll see.
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