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Story by Matthew Giffin / Contributing Writer Middle Tennessee State University coasted past University of Tennessee Southern in a 93-52 blowout to cap off an easy preseason Thursday night at Murphy Center. The game opened a little more competitive than the final score indicates, with the Blue Raiders ending the first period up only 20-13. …

By Matthew Giffin / Contributing Writer “We’ve faced good quarterbacks, but this guy’s special,” Middle Tennessee Head Coach Rick Stockstill said on Monday at the team’s weekly press conference. Stockstill was referring to Western Kentucky phenom Bailey Zappe, whom the Blue Raiders will face on the gridiron this Saturday after traveling the “100 Miles of …

Story by Adam Brown / Contributing Writer Conference Realignment has shaken the makeup of College Athletics, and the chain reaction that started at the top, is here in Conference USA. Cause and Effect and The Big Picture The chain reaction that is shaking the makeup of college athletics started with two of the biggest brands …

By Matthew Giffin / Contributing Writer Middle Tennessee State University (8-8, 6-4 Conference USA) fell to Florida Atlantic University (11-14, 3-9 C-USA) on Sunday in a heartbreaking 3-2. FAU won a close first game, 25-23. The Owls and the Blue Raiders went back and forth this game, exchanging the serve frequently. Neither team looked particularly …

Story by Matthew Giffin / Contributing Writer Middle Tennessee State University (4-4, 2-2 Conference USA) overwhelmed the University of Southern Mississippi (1-7, 0-4 C-USA) for another turnover-filled victory for the Raiders’ homecoming game, 35-10. The Golden Eagles tossed one into the endzone for an early lead after a failed first drive from Middle Tennessee, but …

Story by Matthew Giffin / Contributing Writer Middle Tennessee State University volleyball (8-7, 6-3 Conference USA) pulled off a comeback win (3-2) in a nail-biter against Florida Atlantic University (10-13, 2-8 C-USA). The Blue Raiders came out strong, taking the first game 25-18. The Owls struck first but suffered many errors and were quickly overtaken …