JOE BIDDLE: Sunday Notes: June 12, 2016

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Random ruminations while wondering whatever happened to Carl Pickens. . . .

BRUINS SCORE: Former Belmont basketball star Scott Corley has been named the school’s athletics director, a home run selection to succeed Mike Strickland.

Strickland retires this month and Corley will take over a department that Strickland helped build into a solid foundation for the past 20 years.

Corley is a 1990 Belmont graduate and has served as head of corporate membership on the executive committee of the Nashville Sports Council since 2014. He is also Belmont’s representative on the Ohio Valley Conference Alumni Board.

“You’ll be hard pressed to find someone who cares more deeply about Belmont than Scott Corley,’’ Strickland said in a press release. “His track record of accomplishment and unwavering passion for our university will galvanize the campus community.’’

Corley was a southpaw shooting guard for Coach Rick Byrd and the Bruins won 90 games over four seasons, acquiring the program’s first-ever NAIA National Tournament berth in 1989. He is one of eight Bruins to score over 2,000 points in his career, ranking sixth on the all time list with 2,062.


VANDY RESTOCKS: Vanderbilt baseball coach Tim Corbin will have more holes to fill after this month’s Major League Baseball Draft. Pitcher Jordan Sheffield was the 36th person drafted. He was taken by the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Former Brentwood High product Bryan Reynolds was taken with the 59th pick by the San Francisco Giants. Reynolds had three solid years for the Commodores, winning the College World Series as a freshman, coming in second to Virginia as a sophomore and made the regional as a junior. The Giants got a bargain, as MLB Daily Dish took pre-draft rankings from a number of sources and Reynolds was ranked No. 29 so the Giants may have stolen a first round pick with the switch-hitting Reynolds.

Vanderbilt will likely lose two commitments, both selected high in the first round. Ian Anderson was taken with the No. 3 pick by Atlanta and Braxton Garrett was the Miami Marlins pick at No. 7 in this month’s draft.


IT’S THE SHOES: Golden State mercurial point guard Steph Curry has a signature sneaker, thanks to Under Armor. Don’t expect it to rival Michael Jordan era of shoes hysteria.

To say it is dull and plain is an overstatement. The Twitter World bombed the Curry 2 “Chef Curry’’ shoe for $119.99.

One tweet wrote that it is the “official shoe of the cheesecake factory.’’ When you have a double shift at the clinic after your game. One called them nurse shoes. Ouch!!!

Another said it was versatile, perfect for a morning of mall-walking or for the 4:30 Early Bird Dinner at the Golden Corral.

Chef Curry with the non-slip Curry 2 low-cut sneaker will be ready for his kitchen shift at Ruby Tuesdays.

The Warriors Curry took it in stride and seemed to enjoy the suggestions for using the shoes.


SHORT TAKES: He was not the legend Muhammad Ali was, but in street fighting, another heavyweight was laid to rest.

Kimbo Slice was a back-yard brawler with bare knuckles. He was a You Tube sensation for some time. He died June 6 in South Florida outside Miami. He was 42 years old. He left the life of a street brawler to join the professional mixed martial arts circuit. He made his debut Nov. 7, 2007 and had a 5-2-1 record. . . .Memphis golfer Casey Wittenberg is an alternate to get a spot in this week’s Tour. He is a longshot to make the field.

Gainesville (Fla.) writer Robbie Andreu reports Florida is going to change the name of its football field, which has been known as the Swamp after former Heisman Trophy winner and coach Steve Spurrier put that name on it. It will now be Steve Spurrier Field at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Look for most fans to call it Steve Spurrier Field. Sorry Ben Hill.

“Most coaches, they get a stadium or a field named after them, they’ve usually coached 20, 30 years at the place. To have this happen when I was there 12 years is humbling. I consider this to be the biggest, most special honor I have ever received,’’ Spurrier said. . . .And there was a Tony Robinson sighting in Johnson City at a football camp for young kids. It was THE Tony Robinson, former Vols star quarterback in the 1980s that did some jail time after his playing days. An article said Robinson is now living in Knoxville and getting his degree in sociology. He has been around a few football games and said it felt like old times.


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

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