Tigers need QB Paxton Lynch sharp to have a shot at Ole Miss

A lot of things have to go right Saturday night in Oxford if the Memphis Tigers are to stay on the field with the No. 10 Ole Miss Rebels.
One of those things is redshirt sophomore QB Paxton Lynch has to play a clean game.
In other words, no fumbles, no interceptions, and crisp passes that find the intended targets in rhythm.
So far, the 6-7 Lynch has mostly delivered on this. His 66.0 completion percentage leads the American Athletic Conference and ranks 26th nationally.
He has thrown for 766 yards and five TDs with just two picks. He’s also averaging 25.7 rushing yards a game, just enough to loom as a can’t-forget-about-him threat.
His most impressive throw against Middle Tennessee came as he was running across his own end zone and fired a strike about 15 to 20 yards away as he threw across his body.
“Paxton’s thrown a lot of great balls this year,” tight end Alan Cross said. “Last year, he was kind of timid. But he’s gotten a lot better, doing a great job of putting it on the money.”

Job fairs to be held for Crittenden Regional Hospital workers

In the wake of the news that Crittenden Regional Hospital is closing, there will be several job fairs beginning Tuesday, Aug. 26.

From 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, there will be a health care job fair for physicians at the Schoettle Center Atrium on the campus of Crittenden Regional Hospital.

A health care job fair for non-clinical positions such as environmental services, food services, surgical/OR techs and office support will be offered on Wednesday, Aug. 27, from noon to 2 p.m. And from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., there will be a health care job fair for clinical positions, such as unit coordinators, CNAs, RNs, APNs, respiratory therapists, rehab, lab, dietitians, radiology and social workers.

Participating employers in the job fairs include Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, Tenet/St. Francis (Park/Bartlett), Office Team, OR Inc., Regional One Health, Baptist Memorial Hospital, Helena Regional Medicine, Christ Community Health services, St. Bernard Medical Center, Bright Star, Christ Community Health Services, Southland Greyhound Park & Gaming, Morrison Food Services, Governor’s Dislocated Worker Task Force, Legacy Hospice, Three Rivers Health Care and Arkansas Workforce.

LeBron James to sign with Cleveland; will Mike Miller follow?

The news that LeBron James is going to go back to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers might have an impact on next season’s Memphis Grizzlies.

As the Grizzlies’ Tony Allen said on his twitter account, @aa000G9: “Now free agency starts.”

Reportedly, James reached out to 3-point sharpshooter Mike Miller several days ago and let Miller know he’d love to have him around to space the floor like he did during the championship years in Miami.

Miller is believed to be seeking a three-to-four year contract, which might be longer than the Grizzlies are willing to go. Miller also has said he’d like to return to Memphis. But he also wants to win more rings. And Cleveland just became the overwhelming favorite to come out of the Eastern Conference next season.

If the Cavs are willing to commit three or more years to Miller, it may be difficult for the Grizz to win this one. Heck, it may be difficult even if the Grizz are willing to go three years.

Lose Miller and it puts the Grizzlies right back where they were before his return last season: without a 3-point threat that opponents always have to account for in transition and in half-court sets.

 

Grizzlies and Zach Randolph agree to contract extension

As reported by Yahoo Sports and other media outlets, Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph has picked up his $16.5 million option for next season and agreed to a two-year $20 contract extension beyond that.

Randolph, who will turn 33 in July, averaged 17.4 points and 10.1 rebounds for a 50-win Grizzlies team that made the playoffs for the fourth straight season.

When controlling owner Robert Pera surprised everyone by firing team CEO Jason Levien and coach Dave Joerger interviewed in Minnesota, concerns arose about Randolph’s future. But he said he wanted to finish his career here, Grizzlies executive Chris Wallace said the team wanted him here, and teammates believed Randolph meant what he said.

“Yeah, I’m still confident,” point guard Mike Conley said before the Danny Thomas Pro-Am earlier this month at TPC Southwind. “As long as Zach wants to be here – and I think he does – we’ll make something work.”

So rest easy, Memphis, your Z-Bo isn’t going anywhere.

 

In stunning move, Grizzlies part ways with executives Jason Levien and Stu Lash

The news coming from the Memphis Grizzlies Monday afternoon that front office executives Jason Levien and Stu Lash are out appears to have surprised just about everyone not named Robert Pera, who is the Grizzlies controlling owner and whose boot prints are on Levien’s and Lash’s backsides.

That laughter you hear is Lionel Hollins, who has to be thinking, “See, it wasn’t just me.”

And maybe it wasn’t. We’re not going to know about that or the juicy details of these sudden exits for a while and even then we are likely to get less than the full story.

But what you think and what I think about this isn’t what matters.

Zach Randolph can opt out this summer and go elsewhere. Marc Gasol becomes a free agent after next season.

When the team met with media at the end of the this 50-win season under first-year coach Dave Joerger and after a seven-game, first-round playoff loss to OKC, Gasol and Mike Conley both said they had complete trust in the people running the Grizzlies.

The key question is who was first in their minds — Robert Pera or Jason Levien?

For now, general manager Chris Wallace takes over “interim” responsibility for the running of basketball operations. Presumably, he had to be summoned from his office in suburban Siberia.

What happens next? Well, there’s a John Calipari rumor out there and about three million others.

So craft your own conspiracy theory and run with it. We’ve still got two months until SEC football media days. Maybe Robert Pera just understands how slow our summers can be.

 

 

 

 

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