Former Titan Rodney Thomas Has Died!

20- Rodney ThomasFormer Tennessee Titan Rodney Thomas Has Died

Rodney Thomas who played with the Oilers, Titans and Falcons died Saturday night in Groveton, Texas.  He was 41.  Trinity County Justice of the Peace Rod Blair confirmed Thomas died at about 7 p.m..  No cause of death was given.  And an autopsy report is pending.

A third-round pick of the Houston Oilers in the 1995 draft, Thomas spent seven years in the NFL — six with the Oilers/Titans — mostly as a reserve. He played in Super Bowl XXIV with the Titans, which they lost to the Rams.

“I was shocked and saddened by the news of the passing of Rodney Thomas,” said former Texas A&M football Coach R.C. Slocum, who coached Thomas during his Aggie career. “He was a great football player, but more importantly, he was one of the finest young men that I have ever met.”
Slocum went on to say in a written statement sent to KBTX News 3, “(Rodney) was so kind, considerate and unselfish. He impacted all that met him in a positive way. Our prayers go out to his family and friends. Aggieland lost one of its brightest stars today.”

Thomas’ best year with Tennessee was as an Oiler in 1995. He carried the ball 251 times racking up 947-yards with five touchdowns in 16 games. In his career with Oilers/Titans he massed 1973-yards on 532 carries.


The former Columbia Central High standout pitched in relief In the final six innings against the Cardinal of Stanford, and pretty much shut them down.

Vanderbilt advanced to the College World Series with a 12-5 win over the Stanford Cardinal in Game 3 of the Super Regional before a sold out crowd (3,600+) at Hawkins Field. Thanks to the arm of Hayden Stone.


Hayden Stone

Stone (2-0) allowed only one unearned run and gave up only one hit in the final three frames giving up only three hits and two walks and finishing with eight strikeouts. Stone entered the game after Vanderbilt starter Walker Buehler worked three innings, allowing four runs (two earned) on seven hits.

Vanderbilt, which has advanced to the Super Regionals in four of the past five seasons, improved to 5-1 in the NCAA tournament.

Head coach Tim Corbin was happy for the fans and the city of Nashville.
“I look in the stands and see people that are 75 and 80 years old that get to witness this,” said Vanderbilt head coach Tim Corbin. “That’s good for their heart. It’s good for the town, it’s good for the community, it’s good for so many things. I’m just glad to be a part of it.”


If you’ve been wondering about what happened to Comcast SportsSouth? The southeastern sports network that carried a lot of SEC games has shut down.

Here’s the full story from Radio & TV Talks Rodney Ho. Click here to read his story.

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Coach Jim Painter, who reached thousands of lives over the years while coaching at Columbia State, passed away Tuesday after suffering a stroke several weeks ago while on a trip with his team.

Coach Painter’s services will be in Tullahoma at Kilgore Funeral Home Friday June 6. TSNSports  has funeral arrangements…

James “Jim” Claude Painter, long time head baseball coach of Columbia State Community College, passed this life on Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014 at Harton Regional Medical Center in Tullahoma at the age of 78. Mr. Painter was born in Martinsville, VA to the late Cloyd W. and Elizabeth Faulkes Painter. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by three grandchildren, Madison, Mary Kimberly, and Taylor McKenna. Mr. Painter is survived by his wife, Faye Painter of Tullahoma; three daughters, Peggy Lucas and her husband James of Tullahoma, Sandra Chilton and her husband Rob of Florence, KY, and Kim Cotter and her husband Jeff of Jackson, TN; one son, John Painter and his wife Mary Margaret of Maryville, TN; two sisters, Audrey Lawson and her husband Larry of Richmond, VA, and Judy Painter of Martinsville, VA; one brother, Irvin Painter and his wife, Sylvia of Martinsville, VA; and nine grandchildren, Jackson and David Painter, Cody and Garret Lucas, Madelyne, Lauren, and Reece Chilton, and Luke and Owen Cotter. Visitation for Mr. Painter will be held on Friday, June 6th, 2014 from 2:00-7:00pm with the funeral service to immediately follow at 7:00pm in the Kilgore Funeral Home Chapel with Jackie Reavis, Michael Corn, and John Painter officiating. Burial will be on Saturday, June 7th, 2014 at Lawrence County Memorial Gardens in Lawrenceburg, TN at 1:00pm. The family suggests, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the charity of your choice.

Jim Painter was awarded the Junior College Achievement Award by the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame in 1993. His cumulative success after more than two decades of coaching baseball at Columbia State Community College certainly warranted such an honor. A Martinsville, Virginia, native, Painter was a four-year high school letterman in baseball. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force after graduation and played three years in the armed forces, his team finishing as runner-up in a 1957 worldwide Air Force tournament. After his discharge, he headed for Middle Tennessee State University, receiving his BS and MS degrees by 1963 while playing baseball for the Blue Raiders and coaching as a graduate assistant. Following college, Painter spent the next five years as a junior high and high school coach at Murfreesboro, Tullahoma, and Franklin County. His 1968 Franklin County baseballers were TSSAA state champs. Painter finally arrived at Columbia State in 1970 and became baseball coach in 1972. By 1992 Columbia State had won seven state and Region VII junior college titles and had finished third, fourth, and eighth in three national tourneys. Few coaches have reached the level of success that Coach Painter has achieved in his 41 year career at Columbia State. Inducted into the National Junior College Athletic Association Hall of Fame in 2003, Coach Painter has amassed an impressive 1074 career wins during his tenure at Columbia State. Painter arrived at Columbia State in the spring of 1970 and served as assistant to head coach Dave Hall until the 1973 season. In 1973, Coach Painter was named the head baseball coach and served in that role until the 2006 season when former Charger baseball player Kelly Bratton was named head coach. Coach Painter still attended all Charger practices and games as the bench coach and also sharing his infinite baseball wisdom, good humor, and warm personality with all.

Painter also was the recipient of eighteen coach of the year awards.

Wes Neiderland was one of four out fielders selected.

Wes batted .263, 5/19, 2HR, 7RBI’s

Desi Ammons one of two catchers.

Desi batted .235, 4/17, 2-doubles, 3 RBIs

Sam Few the ONLY DH named to the All-Tournament team.

Sam batted .438, 7/17, 1-HR, 4RBIs

And there were a couple of Chargers who got lost in the shuffle one was Josh Wilson. Not sure if anyone had a better tournament. Josh just batted. .643 as he led the team. Wilson was an amazing 9 of 14 at the plate with 2 homers and Paul Kirby batted .500 7 of 14 with 5 RBIs.

RAND JUNCTION, Colo. – Iowa Western Community College used 11 runs in the final three inning to win its third NJCAA national championship in the past five years over Miami Dade College (Fla.) 17-5 in the final game of the Alpine Bank Junior College World Series.

Iowa Western (56-11) has now won three national championships in the past five years (2010, 2012, 2014). Iowa beat CSCC 6-5 in the opening contest.

Team stats for the 4 games played:



Here’s the complete list of All-Tournament selections for the 2014 NJCAA World Series.

All-Tournament Team
Darren Seferina, INF, Miami Dade
Louis Boyd, INF, Cochise
Jacob Sheldon-Collins, INF, Iowa Western
Blaine Prescott, INF, Midland
Jake Scudder, INF, Iowa Western
Nick Bateman, OF, Miami Dade
Alex Krupa, OF, Iowa Western
Wes Neiderland, OF, Columbia State
Wesley Rogers, OF, Spartanburg Methodist
Chris Shaw, C, Midland
Desi Ammonds, C, Columbia State
Kevin Elder, P, Iowa Western
Erik Swanson, P, Iowa Western
Kyle Carter, P, Miami Dade
Sam Few, DH, Columbia State

Homa Thomas Sportsmanship: Dave Coleman, Midland
Robert Purkey Outstanding Pitcher: Erik Swanson, Iowa Western
Jay Tolman Outstanding Defensive Player: Jacob Sheldon-Collins, Iowa Western
Marucci Elite Hitter: Alex Krupa, Iowa Western
Preston Walker MVP: Alex Krupa, Iowa Western