The TSSAA Board of Control conducted their meeting August 11th and during the meeting they once again voted to change the state’s football classifications.

The current format was established in 2009 and has been under fire since it’s inception. This new idea was what coaches across the state were calling for.

The board voted to use the alternate 6-class plan for football classification for the remainder of the current classification period for schools in Division I (2015-16 and 2016-17 school years).

Once enrollment figures for the current school year are confirmed, the TSSAA will put the schools in the proposed classes. Schools then will have an opportunity to move up if they want. After that all schools would be placed in regions, with those configurations to be voted on or tweaked as necessary at the November Board of Control meeting.

The 32 largest schools based on enrollment will be placed in Class 6A and all 32 will automatically qualify for the playoffs. The remaining schools will be put in five classes, divided evenly based on their enrollment figures, and qualify for the playoffs as they did in the old 5-class system. The top 4 teams in each region (8 regions per class) will qualify for the playoffs.

Head Coach Mike CornThe American Baseball Coaches Association named Mike Corn the NJCAA Division I Diamond Regional Coach of the Year for the East Central District. The Columbia State Community College head baseball coach recently led the Chargers baseball team to the 2014 Junior College World Series in Grand Junction, Colo.

In addition to leading his team to winning the NJCAA Region 7 and East Central District championships, Corn also led the Chargers to an overall sixth place national ranking in the NJCAA this year. This year’s team had record-breaking wins for the college, ending the season 46-13.

“Mike has done an excellent job with his players on and off the field this year, as he does every year,” said Louis Conner, Columbia State athletic director. “He leads their involvement in community service, campus events and academic coaching. He sets a great example and shows his team that being a part of Columbia State is more than just baseball.”

Humbled by his success, Corn credits his team as well as the college and community, commenting that the national recognition adds momentum to the college’s institutional goals by enhancing the lives of its students.

“Athletic success can be a wonderful way to jumpstart interest in other college programs,” Corn said. “The way our young men represent this community on and off the field is dynamic reflection of the quality education they are receiving. Columbia State is putting out a great product.”

Corn also noted that his players are excelling in the classroom. He pointed out that all nine of his sophomore players this past spring were recruited to play at the four-year level with eight of them transferring to Division I universities.

“This year alone we had three of our nine graduates do so with honor,” Corn said. “These young men are committed to something greater than them and will have a much stronger feeling of connection to the college.

This award marks the first ABCA award for the college since the mid-90s. Corn was also named the 2013 Junior College Coach of the Year by the Tennessee Baseball Coaches Association, earning the title for the third consecutive year.

Corn began coaching at Columbia State in 2009. The Erwin, Tenn. native played baseball for Columbia State before transferring to Coker College in Hartsville, S.C., where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education.

Columbia State is a two-year college, serving a nine-county area in southern Middle Tennessee with locations in Columbia, Franklin, Lawrenceburg, Lewisburg and Clifton. As Tennessee’s first community college, Columbia State is committed to increasing access and enhancing diversity at all five campuses. Columbia State is a member of the Tennessee Board of Regents, one of the largest higher education systems in the nation. For more information, please visit www.columbiastate.edu.

Tennessee’s Community Colleges is a system of 13 colleges offering a high-quality, affordable, convenient and personal education to prepare students to achieve their educational and career goals in two years or less. We offer associate degree and certificate programs, workforce development programs and transfer pathways to four-year degrees. For more information, please visit us online at tncommunitycolleges.org.

Virginia-Tuckahoe pounded out 13 hits Monday in defeating South Nashville Little League 13-0 in the 2014 Southeast Regional.

Liam Deegan fanned 9 Tennessee batters as Tuckahoe allowed 1 hit in the four-inning game. Next game for Tennessee (1-1) will be Tuesday, 7PM VS South Carolina 2-0.

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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.

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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.”