JOE BIDDLE: Sunday Notes: March 27, 2016

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Random ruminations while wondering whatever happened to Tyus Edney . . .

FAMILY TIES: Indiana point guard Yogi Ferrell poured in 25 points in a 101-86 loss to North Carolina this weekend.

Ferrell’s family made sure he was noticed, starting with their first round game against Chattanooga.

Mother Libby and Yogi’s sisters, 17-year-old Kelsey and 14-year old Khloe visited a mall before the first round game. They had clever, funny remarks about Yogi.

They broke out some new shirts before the North Carolina game.

“Yogi For Rent $11 (does not cook or clean)’’ was one.

“Life is short – But so is Yogi’’ read another one.

“He’s not a star – just an annoying brother’’ was another.

“I love Yogi … especially when he’s quiet’’ was another.

Mom and the sisters’ t-shirts gained a lot of TV airtime with the shirts ragging on Yogi.

It was all in clean, good fun, another part of March Madness.

STALLINGS FUTURE: We should know one way or the other this week about Vanderbilt basketball coach Kevin Stallings’ future at Vanderbilt. It has been noticeably quiet since Vanderbilt’s basketball team got bounced on its first game after a play-in game loss. Athletics Director David Williams has had more than enough time to make his decision on whether or not Stallings will return for an 18th year.

He has been mentioned for the St. Louis University vacancy, but that school put out its three candidates it was considering and Stallings’ name was not on the list. A TV station had Stallings on its list of top 5 candidates plus two wild cards.

Bryce Drew is the logical top choice, but supposedly he has not talked with them. St. Louis Post Dispatch columnist Benjamin Hochman added Stallings as a candidate the school should consider.

Stallings would like that St. Louis has no football program, a nice arena with benches on the sidelines and is located in an area where you can get good players. He is from Illinois and knows that region.

St. Louis won’t pay what Stallings is being paid at Vanderbilt, but few schools will when they look at his NCAA Tournament record and his age. Then again Stallings may feel it’s time for a change, a new challenge. St. Louis is a huge baseball town and Stallings is a huge baseball fan.

If Williams has to fill a vacancy here, look for him to go to former North Carolina star King Rice, a former assistant on Stallings’ staff and current head coach at Monmouth. Another target would be Tommy Amaker, current head coach at Harvard.

’TOPPERS LOOKING: Western Kentucky is looking for a head basketball coach, after Ray Harper resigned after the school suspended three guards. The players are still enrolled.

Look for former Mississippi State coach Rick Stansbury to be named head coach at Western Kentucky no later than Monday. It will be going home for Stansbury and his wife as they are both Kentucky natives. He was recently serving as associate head coach at Texas A&M.

UAB is looking to hire a head coach and former Vanderbilt Coach Eddie Fogler is involved in consulting the school for coaches that would fit the profile they need. UAB lost head coach Jerod Haase to Stanford.

It seems impossible, but LSU coach Johnny Jones may have survived another season in Baton Rouge. Jones failed to get that much out of his team that featured freshman 6-10 power forward Ben Simmons. Simmons is headed after one season to the NBA draft.

PITCHING GEM: Remember the name Tanner Houck. He is a sophomore right-handed pitcher for Missouri and was locked in a college pitching gem Saturday against visiting Vanderbilt.

Houck threw nine scoreless innings and started the game with a 2.65 ERA. The 6-7 Houck was in control all the way. He got the Commodores 1-2-3 in the first four innings. The Collinsville, Ill. native was named a preseason third team All-American by Baseball America.

He gave up two hits, no runs, recorded 14 strikeouts. Houck is predicted to be a first round draft pick in 2017 June amateur major league draft.

Vanderbilt held on and brought home a hard-earned 2-0 win, a great road test passed. Commodores can sweep tomorrow.

EASTER BUNNY: Would hope you have a nice Sunday and remember the real meaning of today. God bless.

Joe Biddle is a sports columnist. He is also a member of the Tennessee Sports Writers Association Hall of Fame. Contact him at

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