COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Tech football is mourning the loss of one of its newest additions to the coaching staff as assistant coach Gerald Howse passed away. He was 28.
Howse was added to the Golden Eagle staff in late January to direct the team’s running backs and assist Chris Grimes with the special teams. He started his first spring practice with the team in March before practices were suspended from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Gerald was a first-class young man,” said Tech head football coach Dewayne Alexander. “He was highly thought of by so many people. His coaches at Siegel High School – Greg Wyatt and David Watson – always brought him up whenever we had positions come open.
“He displayed a very positive attitude. He was a man of character who lived out faith, family and football. He was so close to his family – his mom, dad and sister – that it was one of the biggest reasons he came here to Tennessee Tech: coach in the area, be back in Middle Tennessee and be close to his family.”
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – There were reasons to be optimistic in the 2010 season. The Tennessee Tech offense was starting to find its way with sophomore quarterback Tre Lamb and junior wide receiver Tim Benford, as well as several rushing options to throw off the opposing side. The Golden Eagles also had several defensive weapons coming together.
However, 2010 wasn’t the season. Injuries started to pile up, including Lamb – who was injured midway through the year, making his final appearance at LP Field against Tennessee State on Oct. 23 in a 21-10 victory. Tech stood 4-4 at that point of the year, 3-2 in the Ohio Valley Conference.
IRVING, Texas – There are many things the Tennessee Tech football program can take pride in – a historical tradition, legendary performances and excellent student-athletes.
That excellence isn’t just on the gridiron as it extends into the community and in the classroom.
As the National Football Foundation released its 2020 Hampshire Honor Society, four senior Golden Eagle football players were named to the list. In all, 1,432 players from 364 schools across all levels of the sport were named to the roster, reaching student-athletes with a cumulative 3.2 grade point average and making significant contributions to their teams over their careers.
BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – The Ohio Valley Conference Board of Presidents have announced effective immediately the cancelation of all intercollegiate competitions, including OVC Championships, through the end of the 2019-20 academic year due to the COVID-19 public health threat.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – As the Tennessee Tech football team opened its spring workouts on Monday, the traditionally green turf of Tucker Stadium was speckled with small pieces of insulation and other minor debris – a subtle reminder of what happened to the Cookeville and Putnam County communities just a little under a week ago.
It hadn’t been long since the Golden Eagles last took to the field, just barely over three months since they finished the 2019 campaign against Tennessee State, but this first practice wasn’t just any first practice.
The Golden Eagles were coming in to work.
FRANKLIN, Tenn. – It was a crowded house at the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs on Wednesday night as high school and college football coaches, student-athletes, administrators and their families gathered for the annual National Football Foundation Middle Tennessee Chapter awards banquet.
The first order of business on the night was honoring the scholar-athletes and Tennessee Tech’s Adam Swayze was among the honorees. And as he walked across the stage, receiving the University Scholar-Athlete honor from Ronnie Carter, former pro quarterback Kelly Holcomb, Bernard Wilson and Heisman Trophy winner and Tennessee Titans legend Eddie George, it was a special night for the Tech senior.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – The Robert Hill Johnson Award stands as Tennessee Tech football’s highest honor. Each season, it is awarded to the Golden Eagle player who makes the largest contribution to the team and is voted on by the student-athletes.
With so many deserving candidates on the 2019 team, the players certainly had a wealth of players to choose from.
As all the votes were tallied, sophomore quarterback Bailey Fisher was the overwhelming pick and deservedly so. Before the ball was snapped for the last time in 2019, the Clayton, Ga., native broke six single-season records and made quite a move up the career charts.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Elois Grooms is already a member of the Tennessee Tech Sports Hall of Fame, inducted all the way back in 1986.
This June, Grooms will see his name enshrined in another Hall of Fame as he will be a member of the 19th induction class for the Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame, benefitting the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club of the Bluegrass.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- As the ink dries on the National Letters of Intent, the Tennessee Tech football team wraps up the February 2020 Signing Day as they add 10 players to the roster on Wednesday. The newcomers hit several areas of need as the Golden Eagles look to continue building on its 6-6 record in 2019, tied for the second-best turnaround in the Division I Football Championship Subdivision.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – When offensive coordinator Tre Lamb was tabbed to be the new coach at Gardner-Webb just before Christmas, it at first looked like it may have been an unhappy holiday for Tennessee Tech head coach Dewayne Alexander as he spent Christmas break pulling together new members of the coaching staff.
Instead, it was a present as he brought in five new coaches with well over a lifetime’s worth of coaching experience.
Alexander announced the additions of Bert Browne, Chris Grimes, Jeff Herron, Gerald Howse and David Johnson, while also shifting Doug Malone over to the offensive coordinator position and adding the associate head coach title to Sam Williamson.
COOKEVILLE -- Join us Wednesday, Feb. 5, as Tennessee Tech football celebrates National Signing Day.
Head Coach Dewayne Alexander will highlight the newest members of the Golden Eagle Football family as well as introduce the recent additions to the coaching staff. Hosted by Cravens & Co. and Progressive Tax & Accounting, the event will take place at Progressive Savings Bank located at 1080 Interstate Drive in Cookeville in the second-floor community room.
Doors will open at 5 p.m. with the program beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Fans can check out the 2020 Football schedule by clicking here as well as information about important dates like Family Weekend and Homecoming by clicking here.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – If there’s one day during the football season that any college or university looks forward to the most, it’s Homecoming.
The pageantry, parades and football Homecoming game for the 2020 campaign will take place on Saturday, Nov. 14, as the Tennessee Tech squad will host defending Ohio Valley Conference co-champion Austin Peay in the 90th annual Homecoming game.
Just as important to the campus community is Family Weekend. That event will be held on Saturday, Sept. 19, as the Golden Eagles entertain North Carolina Central.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – With the success the Tennessee Tech football team had in 2019, there was no question whether the Golden Eagles were moving in the right direction.
The team got some vindication in that on Wednesday as the Golden Eagles garnered three selections on the Phil Steele Football Championship Subdivision Freshman All-America team as offensive lineman Trevor Stephens and defensive lineman Kail Dava earned third-team spots, while defensive lineman Christian Cantrell was a fourth-team pick.
COOKEVILLE. Tenn. – As the 2019 football season is coming to a close, another set of accolades were announced on Tuesday as the Tennessee Tech football team claimed seven spots on the Phil Steele all-Ohio Valley Conference teams.
Freshman receiver/return specialist Metrius Fleming was the lone first-team pick, while junior defensive lineman Chris Tucker and senior linebacker Aderick Moore were selected to the second team. Sophomore quarterback Bailey Fisher, junior offensive lineman Mike Rhoades, junior defensive lineman Henry Karimu and senior kicker Haidar Zaidan were selected to the publication’s squads.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – With the improvement the Tennessee Tech football team had in 2019, the Golden Eagles are setting their sights higher. To accomplish that starts with the recruiting effort, and with the new flock of Golden Eagles inked on Wednesday on the December signing day, the sky is certainly not the limit.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Tech can add one more player to its all-time all-American roster. Sophomore quarterback Bailey Fisher was selected as a first-team athlete on HERO Sports’ Sophomore All-American team, placing the Clayton, Ga., native squarely among the top second-year players in the Football Championship Subdivision.
Fisher is the first Tech selection to HERO Sports’ Freshman or Sophomore All-American teams, while Dontez Byrd was on the site’s third-team All-American roster in 2016. The pick is the Golden Eagles’ 59th all-American nod in program history, the 32nd Tech player to receive such an honor.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – After a season that saw the Tennessee Tech football team bounce back from consecutive 1-10 seasons and put together the second-best turnaround in the Football Championship Subdivision, the Golden Eagles will look to continue that progress in 2020.
Tech opens the slate with a return trip to Birmingham to take on Samford on Thursday, Sept. 3. The Golden Eagles topped the Bulldogs in a thrilling 59-58 double-overtime win at Tucker Stadium. Samford finished 5-7 this season, including a 4-4 mark in the Southern Conference. The Bulldogs were 3-2 this year at home.
On Sept. 12, the Golden Eagles will load up for their annual foray against the Football Bowl Subdivision, heading to TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis to take on the University of Minnesota. The Golden Gophers currently have a 10-2 record, including a 7-2 record against the Big Ten – falling only to Iowa and Wisconsin.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Over the past two seasons, it has been a common occurrence to hear coaches in the Ohio Valley Conference talk about how Tennessee Tech football is building its program the right way.
Evidence of that belief was handed down on Wednesday as the conference awarded the Golden Eagles its 2019-20 Team Sportsmanship Award for football – the second-straight year the award went to Tech and third overall since the award was originally presented in 2005.
“It’s special and it means a lot to us because it represents what we’re about,” Tech head coach Dewayne Alexander said. “Of course we want to be successful on the field, but we want to win doing things the right way. Our student-athletes should be doing the right things on and off the field.
“That’s what the Golden Eagle Way is all about. It’s an honor to see our peers recognize that and see what’s going on here. Doing things the right way is important to us and it’s an honor for everyone associated with our program to be recognized for that.”
BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – Anyone following the Tennessee Tech football team in 2019 saw how these Golden Eagles were indeed a special group. Rising from the ashes of back-to-back 1-10 seasons, Tech showed plenty of promise for this season and beyond.
The Ohio Valley Conference’s coaches and sports information contacts certainly took notice, granting Tech six spots on the All-OVC teams as the awards were announced Tuesday morning.
The six recognitions are the most for the Golden Eagles since receiving nine following the 2011 OVC championship campaign.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – With the 2019 season in the books, the future certainly looks bright for Tennessee Tech football.
With a 6-6 finish after two consecutive years of 1-10 finishes, the Golden Eagles tied for second in the Football Championship Subdivision in increased wins. Sacramento State saw the biggest turnaround in 2019, going from 2-8 a year ago to going 9-3, including a 7-1 record in the Big Sky Conference.
Tech, UT Martin and Southern Illinois all saw win increases of five to improve on their 2018 campaigns.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Tech had 14 points on the board before Tennessee State even ran an offensive play. But as the game wore on the visiting Tigers surged back and a late punt sealed the game for TSU 37-27.
But as the 2019 season comes to a close, a 6-6 record for the Golden Eagles and 3-5 in the Ohio Valley Conference, there are so many positives to take away.
Tech had its most wins since the 2011 campaign. The Golden Eagles tied for the second-best turnaround in the Football Championship Subdivision as Tech, UT Martin and Southern Illinois all improved on last year’s tally with five more wins.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Twenty-one Tennessee Tech football players will put on their uniforms for the last time on Saturday as the Golden Eagles close out the 2019 campaign against Tennessee State.
But the tears aren’t being shed just yet nor the memories being recollected as there’s still plenty of business at hand for Tech in this 12th and final game of the season.
Kickoff from Tucker Stadium is scheduled for 1:35 p.m. Dylan Vazzano and Sam Brooks will handle play-by-play coverage on ESPN+ (subscription required), while Roger Ealey and Buddy Pearson will tackle radio duties on 98.5 KISS FM.
As Shannon Fayne puts on his Tennessee Tech uniform for the last time Saturday, it will be a bittersweet moment.
He’s seen the tough times, the good times, failure and progress. Along with the 20 other guys who have stuck with the program through thick and thin who will be recognized on Saturday's Senior Day, the Tennessee State game is the culmination of everything they have worked for and tried to build.
They’ve traveled around the country with each other, enduring long bus rides and hotel stays, as well as sweating through countless hours of practice on the Tucker Stadium turf.
As their careers come to a close Saturday – the result against the visiting Tigers still to be determined – the class ends its four-year career with a 13-31 record. But the one that means the most to them is the 2019 one. A winning season on the line and a step in the right direction.
RICHMOND, Ky. – Defense was the name of the game on Saturday as Tennessee Tech saw first-hand why Eastern Kentucky has one of the top defensive units in the Ohio Valley Conference.
The Colonels yielded an early touchdown on short field for the Golden Eagles, then a 54-yard field goal, but that was it on offense for Tech as EKU topped the Golden Eagles 22-10 on Saturday from Roy Kidd Stadium.
RICHMOND, Ky. – The regular season is winding down to the final two games of the campaign and Tennessee Tech is on a mission.
The Golden Eagles have won six games this season – only 15 teams in Tech’s 98 seasons have won more – and there’s a chance Tech could get even higher should they win these final two games.
There’s also an outside chance of reaching the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs, but with the Golden Eagles currently standing in a tie for fourth, they will need help. The three teams ahead of Tech comprise their three conference losses – Austin Peay, Southeast Missouri and UT Martin.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn -- With just a couple games left in the 2019 regular season, Tennessee Tech sophomore quarterback Bailey Fisher is continuing his assault on the Golden Eagle single-season and career record books.
He was recognized for his performance in Saturday's 37-27 win over Jacksonville State as Fisher was selected as an honorable mention FCS Performer of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards as well as the OVC Offensive Player of the Week by College Sports Madness.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – As Nick Madonia was being recognized before the game Saturday as the 2018 Robert Hill Johnson Award winner, it was only fitting that his protégé, Haidar Zaidan, show off his leg as well.
That he did, kicking a career-long 54-yard field goal as Zaidan went 3-for-3 on field goals, as well as 4-for-4 on PATs for 13 points to help lead Tennessee Tech to the 37-27 victory over Jacksonville State on Homecoming.
For his efforts, Zaidan was selected as the Ohio Valley Conference’s co-Specialist of the Week, sharing the honor with Tennessee State’s Chris Rowland, who had 131 all-purpose yards and a 57-yard punt return touchdown before getting sidelined for injury.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – The last time Tennessee Tech saw victory over Jacksonville State in Cookeville was a come-from-behind victory that spoiled the Gamecocks’ Ohio Valley Conference championship bid in 2010. The following year, the Golden Eagles won the OVC’s automatic bid to the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.
Granted, that’s talking about a year from now. Tennessee Tech head coach Dewayne Alexander isn’t finished talking about this year yet.
With the 37-27 victory over Jacksonville State in Saturday’s Homecoming game, which snapped a seven-game losing streak to the Gamecocks, the Golden Eagles improve to 6-4 on the season – the most wins since going 7-4 in 2011 and tied for the 16th most wins in a single-season in Tech’s 98 seasons of play.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – The last seven meetings between Jacksonville State and Tennessee Tech have not been kind to the Golden Eagles.
Tech’s last win against the Gamecocks came on the road in 2011 – the year the Golden Eagles defeated JSU and Eastern Kentucky to earn the Ohio Valley Conference’s automatic bid to the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.
Since then, Tech has been outscored 284-106, outgained 3,744-1,796 and allowed an average of 534.8 yards per game.
That was then and this is now.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- A two-time All-Ohio Valley Conference selection, Robert Taylor ended his four-year career (1993-96) at Tennessee Tech as one of the program’s best pass defenders, breaking a 24-year-old career mark in the process.
Taylor, a defensive back, surpassed John Fitzpatrick for the Golden Eagle career mark in interceptions, picking off 22 total passes in his career. His best season came as a senior as he pulled down nine in 1996, which stands as the third-best season in school history.