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The TSD Interview: New Grizz assistant Niele Ivey talks about being a woman coach in the NBA

Niele Ivey knew that becoming the first woman coach in Memphis Grizzlies history was a big deal. Still, she underestimated it a bit. “I know now,” she told me during a recent exclusive interview. “It’s a lot bigger than I even expected.” Since being announced as...

Memphis in May 2020 to pay tribute to Ghana

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There's a little purple circle around the African nations of Ghana and The Ivory Coast on my AncestryDNA profile. Apparently, four percent of my DNA comes from that area, which should come as no surprise; many descendants of African slaves can say the same...

Tigers dominate in first Bahamas game without James Wiseman, Precious Achiuwa

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Your University of Memphis Tigers are playing basketball on an island this week – and unless you're there, you can't watch. The Tigers are on a week-long excursion to the Bahamas, where they played the first of four exhibition games today, beating the Commonwealth Bank...

Grizzlies schedule reveals a November to remember

Grizz fans, if you miss Mike Conley, you won't have to wait too long to see him. The Memphis Grizzlies released their schedule Monday afternoon, and Conley will bring his new team, the Utah Jazz, to Memphis TWICE in November. And that's not all. Before...

TSDRadio: New Grizz assistant Niele Ivey: “I’m always up for a challenge”

Niele Ivey knew that becoming the first woman coach in Memphis Grizzlies history was a big deal. Still, she underestimated it a bit. "I know now," she told me during a recent exclusive interview. "It's a lot bigger than I even expected." Check out this clip...

Grizzlies tap former WNBA star, Notre Dame assistant Niele Ivey for coaching staff

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There are whole ton of new faces Grizzlies fans will see on the sidelines this year. And one of them will belong to a woman. Having introduced first-time coach Taylor Jenkins earlier this summer, the Grizzlies have announced the rest of Jenkins' coaching staff --...

Dr. Carolyn Johnson-Dean: ‘I am not a placeholder’

Dr. Carolyn Johnson-Dean isn't exactly closing the door on taking the 'interim' off of her current role as president of LeMoyne-Owen College, but when asked about the possibility, she clearly imagines someone else in the job. "I think the board is going to take its...

Grizzlies unveil throwbacks to celebrate franchise anniversaries

For years, I've watched as many NBA teams rolled out cool throwback jerseys . . . while the Memphis Grizzlies got them (mostly) wrong. I only thought I hated those "Memphis Pros" throwbacks . . .  until they rolled out those horrendous yellow and...

LeMoyne-Owen seeks stability with interim president

Early reactions to the hiring of Dr. Carolyn Johnson-Dean as interim president of LeMoyne-Owen College are positive among LOC alumni. Given her predecessor’s tumultuous tenure, it should surprise no one that there is a recurring theme: Stability. “I think it’s a great choice,” said Jesse Chatman,...

U.S. doctors use CRISPR gene-editing tech to treat Mississippi Sickle Cell patient

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The following is either a feel-good story with some serious ethical questions . . . or a story about serious ethical questions with a feel-good flavor. Much has been made over CRISPR, a relatively new technology that allows scientists to modify DNA, the building block...