Glenn Wade, who coached Rossville High School to Georgia football championships in 1954 and 1955, died Sunday at the age of 88. Wade was a native of Clinton, Tenn., and lived in Maryville after his coaching career at Rossville (1951-55) and Griffin, Ga. He stayed connected to education by selling textbooks and officiating high school football. He had a career coaching record of 75-18-10, and his two state titles at Rossville were in the GHSA's highest classification at the time. Wade is in the Carson-Newman and Rossville sports halls of fame. A memorial service will be announced.
• Two new Tennessee Temple University men's basketball signees were present at orientation Thursday, and both have some similarities. Both are athletic small forwards who averaged 15 points and 15 rebounds a game in recent seasons, 6-foot-8 Steven Nix at Whites Creek High School near Nashville before a year as a walk-on at Western Kentucky University and 6-4 Erius Hardaway from Millington, Tenn., this year for the AAU team sponsored by the NBA's Mike Miller. They were recruited to Temple before current coach Jeff Haarlow took over, but he praised their athletic ability and their "length" and expressed his delight at their arrivals. Hardaway was steered toward the Crusaders by his AAU coaches through Ricky Taylor, the TTU assistant coach who now is in Germany to play professionally, and said, "It's homey and not too big. Everyone is close together, and it's a Christian school. It seemed like a good place for me." Hardaway also considered Peru (Neb.) State and Norfolk (Va.) State. Nicks, who also averaged 4.3 blocked shots a game as a Whites Creek senior, with 12 in one game, had a Temple tryout in May and came away with the feeling that "it's a Christian school and I felt right at home." He's a freshman in eligibility.
• Defending regular-season champion Furman edged Samford by one point, 94-93, in Southern Conference women's soccer coaches predictions for the league's top team this year. UNC Greensboro got the two first-place votes those teams didn't get and was third with 85 points. The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga was picked 11th out of the 11 teams.
• Covenant College was picked to finish second behind Maryville in the South Division of the Lookout Mountain school's new NCAA Division III league, the USA South Athletic Conference, in coaches' balloting announced Thursday. Maryville, Averett, North Carolina Wesleyan and Covenant took the first four spots overall out of 13. Covenant was 25-8 overall and 10-0 in the Great South Athletic Conference last year, and the Lady Scots' Chelsea Van Dyk was that league's player of the year and freshman of the year. Their season starts on Aug. 31.
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