COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Every year, the Tennessee Tech football alumni gather from all over the country, converging back in Cookeville for the annual Tech Football Alumni Reunion Weekend and Golf Classic.
This year's event is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, July 9th and 10th, at Golden Eagle Golf Club. Friday features the Tony Stone BBQ Dinner. Saturday is the four-person scramble as teams compete for the title and the Jim Ragland Players Cup for the top-finishing team made up of Tech football coaches, players or managers.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Fresh off his selection for the Ohio Valley Conference’s Steve Hamilton Sportsmanship Award, Tennessee Tech junior defensive back Jamaal Thompson took home another honor on Thursday as he was named one of 54 student-athletes nationally to the Football Championship Subdivision Athletic Directors Association Academic All-Star Team.
Football players from every FCS institution are eligible for the award with a minimum requirement of a 3.2 GPA on a 4.0 scale and have been a starter or key player. Nominees had to have reached their second year of athletics and academics at the college or university and participated in at least half of the total games played in the season.
Thompson, who recently completed his degree in communications in May, posted a 3.96 cumulative GPA in his degree field as he finished the spring semester with a perfect 4.0.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – When the Tennessee Tech football team takes to the field in August to begin work for the 2021 season, they’ll be greeted with a new field turf surface across Overall Field in Tucker Stadium.
The process recently began as the existing turf was removed last week. The new turf installation will begin next week with the Motz Group handling the task.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – As the Tennessee Tech football team opens up its home portion of the 2021 schedule on Saturday, Sept. 11 against Furman, it will also be a special weekend for Tech students and their families to reconnect and see the campus as the game is penciled in as the annual Family Weekend contest.
“You might not change the world, but you might spark the brain of the one who does.”
The thought may be commonly cited to legendary musician Tupac Shakur, but Tennessee Tech football and men’s basketball player Jamaal Thompson repeated the mantra as he reflected on the events of the past year and pledged to carry on his efforts as his time in Cookeville at Tech continues for the near future, it echoed.
Thompson, in just the last 15 months or so, made a tremendous impact on the Tennessee Tech campus, not just within athletics, trying to spread a message of equality and love for one another through as many avenues as he could.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – There are many roles when it comes to building a team. From top to bottom, every single one of those roles are important.
Case in point – Tennessee Tech senior linebacker Bryson Tolley. The Erwin, Tenn., native spent countless hours juggling his class schedule with clinicals for his nursing program, team meetings and practice. But it is his dedication and enthusiasm to make the team better that garnered him a selection as April’s Tech Athletics Unsung Leader award winner.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – The ‘I’s are dotted and the ‘T’s are crossed, the lines are signed and the contracts are back in. While it may only have been just a handful of weeks since the Tennessee Tech football team finished its 2020-21 campaign, the paperwork is complete on the 2021 schedule.
Times and additional special events will be announced at a later date.
Protect the game.
College Football has been around a long time, heading toward its 152nd birthday this season. The history of it is important to Tennessee Tech head football coach Dewayne Alexander.
A look around his office reveals how much the history of the game, the history of Tennessee Tech football, his own football history means to him. Miniature football helmets of the schools he played and coached at line the top of his desk space, as well as photos of every Golden Eagle head coach in the program’s near-century of competition. A graphic celebrating every Heisman Trophy winner is there, as well as mementos of his personal milestones.
It is obvious the game is bigger than just one person. It takes a lot to build a program and even more to do it the right way.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – As preparations begin for the Fall 2021 football campaign, Tennessee Tech announced on Friday the date of the 90th Homecoming game.
The annual event will be held on Saturday, November 13 as the Golden Eagles host UT Martin.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – In the history of the Robert Hill Johnson Award, Tennessee Tech football’s highest honor, only a third have been defensive players. Fourteen of those have been linebackers – which isn’t a surprise considering the Golden Eagles have had some great ones over the years.
From John Tanner in 1970 to Jim Youngblood in the historic 1972 campaign, Dana Winningham in 1973, Mark Shrum in 1977, Jeff Daughtry in 1984 and future astronaut and NCAA Theodore Roosevelt Award winner Barry Wilmore the next year, Mike Thornton in 1988, Fred Edgington in 1989, Marrio Thomas and Maurice Draine in 1992 and 1993, Sammy Sanders in 1997, Chad Evitts in 2000, Daniel Wentzel in 2002 and Tommy Harrison in 2004, there have been incredible ones to win the award. Among these players are Tech Sports Hall of Famers, Golden Eagles who have shaped the program over the years and setting the stage for the team now.
BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – With the 2020-21 Ohio Valley Conference football season drawing to a close, the league announced its postseason award winners on Thursday.
Tennessee Tech came away with four awards as senior defensive end Chris Tucker made his second consecutive appearance on the All-OVC first-team roster, senior offensive guard Mike Rhoades made a back-to-back appearance on the second-team squad, redshirt junior safety Josh Reliford made his first all-OVC appearance on the second team, and freshman cornerback Jyron Gilmore was selected to the conference’s All-Newcomer team.
The awards were voted on by the conference’s head football coaches and sports information contacts.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Academic success is a major part of any student-athlete’s career at a college and university, and it is a challenge to balance both the student side and the athlete side.
Every year, the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame honors a select group of football student-athletes that have been able to do that over the course of their career and inducts them into the Hampshire Honor Society.
This season, the Tennessee Tech football team earned two selections with Mike Rhoades and Tavin Kilpatrick picked to join the roster.
MARTIN, Tenn. -- With the spring season in the books, it?s almost like summer vacation for the Tennessee Tech football team. With just a couple of months to rest, relax and recuperate, the Golden Eagles will be right back at it in just a couple short months.
While Sunday's game wasn?t the result the Golden Eagles wanted to end the 2020-21 campaign with, a 40-7 loss to UT Martin, there?s still certainly plenty to hang their hats on as they prepare for the next season.
First, the Golden Eagles do possess the Sergeant York Trophy, winning the round-robin between the Ohio Valley Conference?s Tennessee members. Tech tied UTM with a 2-1 mark in the series this season, but claim the league?s tiebreaker as the team that has gone the longest without possessing the bronze bust of the World War I hero from Pall Mall.
MARTIN, Tenn. – It’s almost surprising how quickly the eight weeks for the 2020-21 Ohio Valley Conference football season have passed by. From ice and snow on the Tucker Stadium turf on the first week to spring weather on the final week, it’s been an interesting ride.
Even as soon as this spring slate wraps up, it won’t be long before the Tennessee Tech football team gets back out on the field and gets ready for the next season.
But before it gets to that point, the Golden Eagles have one last order of business before a well-deserved break – beat UT Martin.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Tech head coach Dewayne Alexander's had quite a few big wins in his career. His 50th however may mean a lot more to him.
As the Golden Eagles recognized their seven 2020-21 seniors before Saturday's game against Tennessee State, Tech built on that momentum, surging to a 14-0 lead and never looking back as the Golden Eagles topped the visiting Tigers 24-10.
"Our guys have fought hard this season, they've been resilient," Alexander said. "We knew if we could pull together four quarters and play Golden Eagle football, we can certainly play with anybody. We've shown that. We had some tough games this season and I'm really proud of the way our team has responded."
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – When Senior Day usually rolls around in football season, the skies are gray, the leaves are falling and the weather has turned cooler. Saturday, as the Tennessee Tech football team honors its 2020-21 senior class, it’s be the exact opposite – sunny, everything is blooming and spring weather in the air.
The page on the calendar may be different, but make no mistake – it’s still football, and there’s still plenty to play for.
With Tennessee State coming to town on Saturday, the Sergeant York Trophy is once again in play and the matchup stacks up as an intriguing one.
The Easter weekend special kicks off at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday. Roger Ealey and Buddy Pearson will broadcast the game on 98.5 KISS FM, while Dylan Vazzano and Sam Brooks will provide the call on ESPN+ (subscription required).
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – Southeast Missouri scored 21 points on its first three drives of the game, taking up only 5:20 of the opening quarter.
Tennessee Tech could have thrown in the towel there, but the Golden Eagles surged back, clawing within three points with 3:20 left in the game. However, the home Redhawks were able to take a page out of the Golden Eagles’ playbook and eat up the remaining time on the clock to eke out a 24-21 win over Tech.
The Golden Eagles fall to 1-4 on the season with two games remaining in the 2020-21 spring campaign and will have a short week as Tech hosts Tennessee State at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday for the final home game of the season.
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – As Tennessee Tech heads into its fifth contest of the 2020-21 spring football season, there’s still plenty to play for entering the final three games of the season.
First, the Golden Eagles can secure a winning campaign by taking the last three games. Secondly, with victories over Tennessee State and UT Martin, Tech can claim the Sergeant York Trophy for the 2020-21 campaign. Third, the Golden Eagles can continue the progress it has shown over the course of the season.
Tech continues the season on Sunday as the Golden Eagles take on Southeast Missouri on Sunday, starting at 2 p.m. Dylan Vazzano will provide the broadcast on 98.5 KISS FM, while the game will also be streamed on ESPN+ (subscription required).
BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – The schedule will look a little bit different for the Tennessee Tech football team when Ohio Valley Conference play comes back around.
With the current conference alignment, the member schools will compete in a six-game round-robin as the official OVC schedule.
CHARLESTON, Ill. – Eastern Illinois took its beating at the hands of the Tennessee Tech football team in 2019 personally.
From the onset of the game, the Panthers put pressure on the Golden Eagles as EIU was ready to shed its winless label. The energy on their sideline, the chanting at the Tech players – they remembered.
Oh, how they remembered.
Before half of the opening quarter had worn away, Eastern Illinois was up by two scores. It then became a mission for the Golden Eagles to chip away. Tech did, climbing back within four points before halftime. But it wasn’t enough as EIU climbed back out by 18 in the third quarter.
CHARLESTON, Ill. – As the first three weeks of spring football for the Ohio Valley Conference have progressed, Eastern Illinois keeps climbing closer, but the Panthers haven’t quite hit paydirt yet.
EIU (0-3) saw Southeast Missouri hang 47 points on them in the season opener in Charleston, but in the last two weeks on the road, the Panthers have made huge strides, falling by a pair of touchdowns at UT Martin two weeks ago, then Tennessee State knocked off EIU on a last-second field goal for a 21-20 defeat.
Now the Panthers will try their luck against the Golden Eagles as Tennessee Tech heads up north to take on Eastern Illinois on Sunday. Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m. Dylan Vazzano will provide the broadcast on 98.5 KISS FM, while Mike Bradd and Jack Ashmore will handle the broadcast duties on ESPN+ (subscription required).
As the Golden Eagles (1-2) enter the program’s 984th contest and 13th at O’Brien Field, the trips to Charleston have not been kind to Tech. EIU is 9-4 against the Golden Eagles on its home turf, with only three of those wins coming in Ohio Valley play – 1999, 2011 and 2019. But, to be fair, Tech only has five wins over EIU in the OVC era for the Panthers, adding an overtime win in 2004 and a 2010 win at Tucker Stadium into the mix.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – It came down to the wire on Sunday as Tennessee Tech and Murray State faced off at Tucker Stadium.
While the Golden Eagles’ offense missed several notable pieces in the skill positions and in the trenches, the Tech attackers still put up impressive numbers, especially with Willie Miller and Kurt Taylor Jr. putting together breakout games.
However, the Racers were able to capitalize on turnovers. Murray State picked off two passes for touchdowns and forced four turnovers. The final interception on a driving Golden Eagle team in position to win the game turned out to seal the deal though as the Racers took a 36-31 victory on Sunday afternoon.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – The Dean Hood era at Murray State is off to a strong start. There’s no question about his ability to win in the Ohio Valley Conference – after all, he had plenty of success as the head coach at Eastern Kentucky.
Now as the head jockey in the stable, Hood has the Racers storming out of the gate, picking up victories over UT Martin and Southeast Missouri to open the spring football slate.
On Sunday, their focus is on Tennessee Tech.
JACKSONVILLE, Ala. – Defensive players got the spotlight on Sunday as Tennessee Tech and Jacksonville State combined for five turnovers in their final Ohio Valley Conference matchup from Burgess-Snow Field at JSU Stadium.
The Golden Eagles had five turnovers, the Gamecocks three as both teams were able to convert into 13 points. However, the JSU defense was able to stall the Golden Eagles on the scoreboard as well, taking a 24-10 victory.
Tech falls to 1-1 in the spring OVC schedule and will have an open date next Sunday, scheduled for the OVC Basketball Tournament in Evansville, Ind. JSU (4-1, 1-0 OVC) will make up its postponed game at Tennessee State next Sunday.
JACKSONVILLE, Ala. – The last time Tennessee Tech entered a football game ranked in one of the FCS Top 25 polls was November 26, 2011. The game was the Golden Eagles’ first trip to the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs facing Central Arkansas.
Ten years later, the Golden Eagles are ranked again, earning the No. 23 spot in the latest Stats Perform FCS Top 25.
Another interesting thing happened in 2011 – Tech toppled Jacksonville State on the road 21-14, the Golden Eagles’ only victory on the road in the Ohio Valley Conference series between the two teams since the Gamecocks joined the league in 2003. It was just days over 10 years since Tech had last won in Jacksonville when Grant Swallows helped lead the Golden Eagles to a 35-27 victory in 2001.
2001. 2011. 2021? Could it be fate? Coincidence? Who knows?
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – When Dewayne Alexander was a player for Tennessee Tech and climbed aboard to make the trip to UNLV in 1985, it was the first time he had ever been on a plane.
“It was really the first time I had even left the Southeast United States,” Alexander reminisced. “We went to UNLV, then to Tulsa and some other FBS games in my time here as a player. I certainly remember those games very well.”
Since then, the Tech head coach has logged a significant amount of miles. In 2023, with Friday’s announcement of a Football Bowl Subdivision game scheduled against New Mexico, he’ll get to share that experience with a new crop of Tennessee Tech players.
“It’s always a neat experience,” Alexander said. “Any time you can travel with these guys, it’s exciting. It’s part of the college experience -- to go to different places and get the opportunity to compete against other competition and conferences. Certainly, traveling to Albuquerque, New Mexico, will be a great experience for our team. They have a unique venue, they host a bowl game at their stadium. It’s really a neat place and a different part of the country – again a place most of the guys on our team wouldn’t ordinarily get a chance to go.”
BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – With a big win over Austin Peay on Sunday to open the 2020-21 football season, the Tennessee Tech football team took away three Ohio Valley Conference honors when the league announced its awards on Tuesday.
Junior running back David Gist was named the Offensive Player of the Week, junior linebacker Seth Carlisle was named the Defensive Player of the Week and freshman kicker/punter Hayden Olsen was the Specialist of the Week as the Golden Eagles took three of the four weekly awards, as voted on by the conference’s sports information contacts.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – After an exciting victory over Austin Peay to open the 2020-21 campaign, the Tennessee Tech football team earned the respect of voters across the country as the first Stats Perform Football Championship Poll was released Monday with the Golden Eagles taking No. 23 in the poll.
It is the first Top 25 ranking for Tech since 2011 season, finishing 21st in the poll and 19th in the FCS Coaches Poll after the Golden Eagles won the Ohio Valley Conference’s automatic bid and their 10th conference championship.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Sunday was certainly worth the wait for the Tennessee Tech football team. It had been nearly 15 months since the last time the Golden Eagles took to the field, and while it took a little time to get the offense going in the 2020-21 season opener against Austin Peay, Tech certainly finished with a flourish.
Trailing 14-3 midway through the third quarter, the Golden Eagles rifled off 24 straight points, then held on in a wild finish, knocking off defending Ohio Valley Conference champion Austin Peay 27-21 at Tucker Stadium on Sunday.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – It’s been a long wait for football season to arrive. Heck, the last game was in the previous decade.
But on Sunday, football is back at Tucker Stadium, ending a nearly 15-month drought of gridiron action, as Tennessee Tech plays host to Austin Peay.
Kickoff is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Roger Ealey will provide the radio call for 98.5 KISS FM, while Dylan Vazzano and Sam Brooks handle broadcast duties for ESPN+ (subscription required).