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.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – As Tennessee Tech hosts Jacksonville State on Saturday for the 89th annual Homecoming game, it’s also College Football’s 150th birthday and the Golden Eagles are celebrating in multiple ways.
On the field, Tech will wear a throwback helmet design for the second year in a row. Last season, it was the 1980s Jim Ragland era that saw the cursive Tech design adorned on the helmet. This season, it is a throwback to the classic late 1960s and early 1970s helmet design.
While the helmet then was gold with a black wing, the decal on this design is similar to the 2012 homage with the Purple and Gold color scheme on the white, while detailed and hewing closer to the classic retro design.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Freshman wide receiver/return specialist Metrius Fleming has certainly made a name for himself on the football field this season.
Now he’s standing up with some of the top freshman players in the country as STATS FCS announced its initial watch list for the 2019 Jerry Rice Award, honoring the top freshman in the Football Championship Subdivision.
It’s the second year in a row that Tennessee Tech has had a player in the running as sophomore quarterback Bailey Fisher was a semifinalist for the award last season. Three of the first four recipients of the award – Towson running back Terrance West, Eastern Washington wide receiver Cooper Kupp and Fordham running back Chase Edmonds – have gone on to NFL careers.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- With College Football celebrating its 150th birthday this weekend, it gives football programs all across the country a chance to reflect on their own storied histories. Tennessee Tech, currently in its 98th season of intercollegiate varsity football, has had its own share of heroes and legends on the gridiron.
This list is compiled through several historical sources at the university from newspaper clippings, game programs, media guides, as well as the books "The Story of Tennessee Tech" by Austin Wheeler Smith (1957) and "The Search for Identity: A History of Tennessee Technological University, 1915-1985" by Harvey G. Neufeldt and W. Calvin Dickinson (1991).
While it is impossible to list every single event that has happened over the course of nearly a century of Tennessee Tech football, this is presented as an overview of some of the major events and is an ever-growing document of both the past, present and future of Tennessee Tech football.
Note: Records for games earlier than 1922 do not exist in Tech’s archives, as all past media guides started the season-by-season results that year. Before 1922, much of Tech’s teams, as well as scheduled opponents, came from the high school level.
When Jim Thompson made his pilgrimage to Cookeville two weeks ago for the Golden Eagles’ game against Austin Peay at Tucker Stadium, it was the first time he had been back to the area since he was roughly a year old.
He didn’t have a lot of memories of Cookeville and the campus, but as he visited it felt like a part of him.
Thompson didn’t go to school at Tennessee Tech – he went on to become a student at Georgia Tech – but he always felt that connection.
After all, Tennessee Tech football was in his blood – literally.
MURRAY, Ky. – Racer One ran around the track at Roy Stewart Stadium fairly quickly as Murray State turned a Tennessee Tech turnover into a touchdown drive.
However, that was the only time Murray’s equine mascot made the trip around the field as the Golden Eagles scored 17 unanswered points to take a 17-7 victory and snap a three-game losing streak.
“It was a response,” said Tech head coach Dwayne Alexander. “We have had a rough last few weeks and a couple of tough home losses. It shows you just how far this program has come. These guys are showing that they can respond. It started off with us down 7-0 and from there these guys just played their tail off."
MURRAY, Ky. – As the Tennessee Tech football team enters the final third of the 2019 regular season, there’s still a lot to play for. The Golden Eagles will start the last leg of the season Saturday as it travels to Murray State.
Kickoff is scheduled for a 1 p.m. start. Roger Ealey and Dylan Vazzano will provide the call on 98.5 KISS FM, while Neal Bradley and Josh McKeel will handle broadcast duties on ESPN+ (subscription required).
One task at hand for the Golden Eagles is breaking their current three-game slide, falling in consecutive Ohio Valley Conference contests against Southeast Missouri, UT Martin and Austin Peay – the latter two at home in Tucker Stadium.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- Join us Monday, November 4, at Progressive Savings Bank at 11:30 a.m. for our November Wings Up Luncheon.
The Golden Eagles are on the road this weekend heading to Murray State to take on the Racers at Roy Stewart Stadium. Game time is 1 p.m. CDT and will be broadcast on ESPN+. Tech head coach Dewayne Alexander will highlight the season so far and preview the Homecoming game on Saturday, November 9, against the Gamecocks of Jacksonville State at next Monday’s luncheon.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Bailey Fisher can score touchdowns, and before the 2019 season is complete, the sophomore quarterback has his name in the Tennessee Tech record books for doing just that.
With his third passing touchdown of the contest during the Golden Eagles’ 58-21 loss to Austin Peay on Saturday, the Clayton, Ga., product scored his 24th combined touchdown of the season – 16 passing and eight rushing. The record was previously held by Tre Lamb -- currently the team's offensive coordinator -- with 23 in 2011.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Tech football team made a statement on its first drive. But Austin Peay took the wind out of the Golden Eagles, scoring on nine straight drives as the Governors took a 58-21 decision on Saturday at Tucker Stadium.
Following APSU’s first drive, freshman receiver/return specialist Metrius Fleming showed the arm he flashed in high school, throwing a 58-yard pass to David Gist. On the next play, sophomore quarterback Bailey Fisher found Fleming, who worked his way into the end zone to put the Golden Eagles up 7-0 after Haidar Zaidan’s PAT.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Over Tennessee Tech’s 98 seasons of intercollegiate football, the program has earned 12 championships – 10 in the Ohio Valley Conference, two in the long-defunct Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association.
As the sport of college football recognizes its 150th birthday, celebrating the first game played between Rutgers and Princeton on Nov. 6, 1869, and how the game has evolved and created so many legends, it has given every program around the country an opportunity to celebrate its own past.
The word legends is appropriate as Tennessee Tech will celebrate one of its own legendary teams this weekend during the Golden Eagles’ contest against Austin Peay on Saturday afternoon as the OVC-champion 1959 Tech squad will be recognized during the game as part of Tech Football’s Legends Weekend.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – By the time kickoff rolls around on Saturday, it will have been two weeks since the Tennessee Tech football team last took the field.
The open date allowed the Golden Eagles to put a tough loss to UT Martin in the rearview mirror and look forward to the final five games of the 2019 regular season. After all, Tech has so much still to play for.
The Golden Eagles host Austin Peay on Saturday afternoon with kickoff scheduled for 1:35 p.m. Dylan Vazzano and Sam Brooks will provide the call on ESPN+ (subscription required), while Roger Ealey and Buddy Pearson will handle the radio duties on 98.5 KISS FM.
It was the worst of times. It was the best of times. Although the Dickensian attributes may seem a bit cliché, for the Tennessee Tech football team, the last four years have certainly seen its share of ups and downs.
Senior linebacker Aderick Moore knows that much for sure.
As he powers through his final campaign with the Golden Eagles, he’s trying to head the team into the positive side of the equation – the team’s 4-3 start this season already showing much improvement over the past two years.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – To build success, sometimes there must be some growing pains.
Saturday night was one of those times.
UT Martin came into Tucker Stadium and scored 48 straight points before the Tennessee Tech football team dented the scoreboard. As the final quarter wound down, the Golden Eagles added two touchdowns to keep from going empty-handed.
The Skyhawks ended the game 55-14 victors, improving to 3-0 in the Ohio Valley Conference, 4-2 overall. Tech enters its open date with a 4-3 record, 1-2 in the league.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Following last week’s 43-37 double-overtime loss to Football Championship Subdivision No. 23 Southeast Missouri, the loss was tough for the Tennessee Tech football team, but one couldn’t help but feel optimistic for the rest of the season.
After all, the Golden Eagles had literally stood toe-to-toe with one of the favorites to win the Ohio Valley Conference championship and had a play here or there gone another way, could have seen the result come out the other way.
Needless to say, the loss helped build confidence within the Golden Eagles. Through their work last season and this year to this point, Tech has shown itself to be a contender in the Ohio Valley, but its work is far, far from finished.
The Golden Eagles will have to prove that this week as they host UT Martin Saturday night at Tucker Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:05 p.m.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – There are plenty of events surrounding Tennessee Tech’s football game on Saturday against UT Martin.
Saturday is Public Safety and Military Appreciation Night with free admission to those wearing military/public safety uniforms or with a valid military/public safety ID. Stop by any Tucker Stadium ticket booth to get your free ticket.
The Tech Army ROTC has organized a public display of an Army National Guard Black Hawk helicopter with its crew there to talk about and answer questions as fans will be able to look around the craft. That display will be held on the football practice field on the south side of the Hooper Eblen Center by Willow Avenue, starting at approximately 3:30 p.m.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – It’s been a while since the Sergeant York Trophy has taken up residence in Cookeville.
Officially, the Golden Eagles earned a share of the round-robin trophy in 2011 and 2016, tying with the other Tennessee members of the Ohio Valley Conference that compete for the trophy. However, it has been since 2009 – the third season of competition – that the Sergeant York Trophy has been in purple-and-gold-clad hands.
The Tennessee Tech football team would like to take a step in bringing the trophy back to Cookeville as the Golden Eagles host UT Martin on Saturday in the first game of the Sergeant York Championship series, sponsored by Delta Dental of Tennessee and Farm Bureau Health Plans.
BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – There were plenty of players providing heroics for the Tennessee Tech football team Saturday night even though the game ended in a 43-37 double-overtime loss to No. 23 Southeast Missouri.
The Ohio Valley Conference football contacts recognized that as the Golden Eagles earned two OVC player of the week nods. Senior kicker Haidar Zaidan was named the OVC Specialist of the Week and freshman wide receiver/return specialist Metrius Fleming was named the OVC Newcomer of the Week on Sunday.