Basketball player Vandy Shelby Moats is in the HBO series on LA Lakers

Shelby moat joined the alumni list Vanderbilt basketball players who still play the game professionally. Kind of.

Moats don’t play in the NBA, G League or even overseas. He does, however, get paid for his basketball prowess.

Moats, who played for the Commodores from 2011 to 2015, landed a role in the HBO drama series “Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty,” which debuted March 6 and is based on the book “ Showtime”, former Tennessean sportsmen. writer Jeff Pearlman.

He plays Marty Byrneswho spent 10 seasons in the NBA, including the Lakers championship season in 1979-80.

Former Vanderbilt basketball player Shelby Moats, right, who plays Marty Byrnes in the HBO drama series

Moats, who is 6ft 8in and now a private investment manager in New York, started out as an extra, spent time as a stuntman and, by the end of the series, was upgraded to a receiving character. a screen credit.

“My friend (show consultant and basketball coach) Idan Ravine pushed hard enough for me and then I walked in and I looked like (Byrnes) in that you put a mustache on me and that goes a long way,” Moats said.

The bushy horseshoe mustache became a bit of a hindrance for Moats when he returned to his regular job each week.

“It’s so good that I have a boss who is quite pragmatic and said, ‘This is a good opportunity; go out there and do it,'” Moats said. “I’m pretty internal at work, so I didn’t ruin any relationships by having that ugly mustache. But we had video calls and I never turned on my camera. They were like, ‘Hey Shelby, we can’t see you soon. ‘, and I’d say, ‘That’s probably a good thing.'”

Vanderbilt senior Shelby Moats (34) may not return after suffering a second concussion this season.

Moats was a reserve throughout his Vanderbilt career, which helped him feel comfortable with his role as Byrnes, who was the Lakers’ 12th man. It came as no surprise to Moats that he never played basketball on screen.

“If you create a story about Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul Jabbar who cares if Marty Byrnes plays? Moats said. “It kind of mirrored my Vanderbilt basketball career. I knew exactly what I was doing. I was comfortable on the bench.”

Moats said he formed close friendships with several of the set’s most prominent actors, including Adrian Brody, Who’s playing Pat Rileyformer California basketball player Solomon Hugheswho plays Abdul-Jabbar, Harris Wood Who’s playing spencer haywood and austin aaronWho’s playing Marc Landsberg.

“I really bonded with the guys on the team,” Moats said. “Austin Aaron is the sweetest, most genuine person I’ve ever met. After four months of filming with him, I was invited to his wedding.”

HBO recently announced that it has renewed the series for a second season.

USFL kicks off with many local ties

Several players and coaches with local ties will be part of the USFL when he returns this weekend.

Some of the players include Micah AbernathyTennessee, cornerback (Houston Gamblers); Brandon HaskinTennessee State, Offensive Lineman (New Jersey Generals); Robert MyersTSU, offensive lineman (New Jersey); Tyshun Render, MTSU, defensive end (New Jersey); Paul AdamsChrist Presbyterian Academy, offensive lineman (New Orleans Breakers); Taywan Taylor, Tennessee Titans, wide receiver (New Orleans); Chris RowlandTSU and Ravenwood, wide receiver (Philadelphia Stars); LaDarius WileyVanderbilt, Security (Philadelphia); Chidi OkekeTSU, offensive lineman (Pittsburgh Maulers); mother londonTennessee, running back (Pittsburgh); Arnold Tarpley IIIVanderbilt, Security (Pittsburgh); Terrell BondsTSU, cornerback (Pittsburgh); Bruno ReaganVanderbilt, offensive lineman (Tampa Bay) and Mekhi BrownTSU, defensive end (Tampa Bay).

Coaches include former Titans coach Jeff Fisher (Michigan Panthers) and former MTSU Offensive Coordinator larry fedora (New Orleans).

Former running back Bryce Brown joins Tennessee Tech team

Bryce Brown

Former running back for Tennessee Bryce Brown joined the Tennessee Tech coaching staff with Devin Watson.

Brown, who will coach running backs and serve as a junior college liaison, was a highly touted high school prospect who rushed for 460 yards and three touchdowns at Tennessee in 2009. He traded to Kansas State and then spent four seasons in the NFL.

He was the wide receivers coach at Butler Community College in Kansas for the past two seasons.

Watson will coach cornerbacks and serve as assistant recruiting coordinator.

He was an All-America cornerback at Wofford who had 142 tackles and seven interceptions during his career.

Former Trousdale County star Wesley Satterfield was hired as Tech’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in January.

Ex-Lady Vol Kyra Elzy Receives Kentucky Extension

Kentucky coach Kyra Elzy directs her players against Tennessee during the SEC Tournament on March 5, 2022 at Bridgestone Arena.  (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Former basketball star Tennessee Lady Vols Kyra Elzynow coach of Kentucky, signed a contract extension through the 2027 season.

Elzy guided Kentucky to the SEC Tournament Championship last season.

She became the fifth coach in SEC history to win the tournament in the first two seasons on the job by joining Jim Foster (Vanderbilt), Melanie Balcomb (Vanderbilt), Holly Warlick (Tennessee) and Joe Ciampi (Auburn).

Elzy’s record at Kentucky is 37-21 overall and 17-14 in the SEC.

Music City Grand Prix adds Indy Lights

the Indy Lights Series has been added to the Big Machine Grand Prize of the City of Music. Indy Lights is the development series of the NTT IndyCar series.

The Nashville race will take place on August 7 starting at noon. It will be 35 laps (70 miles).

The Music City Grand Prix starts at 4:25 p.m.

Tickets for the Music City Grand Prix went on sale Wednesday at

Atlanta Braves Championship Trophy Tour Comes to Nashville

The Atlanta Braves' world championship trophy stops in the Augusta area this month as part of its 151-stop tour across the United States

The Atlanta Braves World Champions Trophy Tour is heading to Nashville.

The trophy will be at the Country Music Hall of Fame (April 26, 12 p.m.-3 p.m.), Bridgestone Arena for the Nashville Predators-Calgary Flames game (April 26, 4 p.m.-8 p.m.), Vanderbilt’s Hawkins Field for the Commodores game against Texas A&M (29 April, 3:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.) and Academy Sports + Outdoors in Franklin (April 30, 12 p.m.-3 p.m.).

The tour makes 151 stops commemorating 151 years of Braves baseball.

The Sportswriters Hall of Fame Banquet will be held on July 14

The 2022 Tennessee Sports Writers Association Hall of Fame Dinner is scheduled for July 14 at Cumberland University.

Inductees include former Nashville sportswriter Banner and Lipscomb director of athletics sports information Marc McGee; Chris Dortch, a former Chattanooga sportswriter who is now editor and publisher of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook; and former Knoxville News Sentinel sportswriter Dan Fleser.

Rick Byrd receives wooden award

Retired Belmont basketball coach Rick Byrd received on 2022 John R. wooden The Legends of Coaching award was presented last week.

The award was first presented in 1999 and is considered the highest honor in college coaching.

Some of the past recipients include Mike Krzyzewski, Pat Summitt, Geno Auriemma and Dean Smith.

“No coach in the history of basketball has embodied excellence, integrity and humility like John Wooden,” Byrd said. “As a young man, I was certainly influenced by his remarkable coaching success, but more so by his personal character and his Christian commitment.”

Tennessee Tech adds beach volleyball

Zach Weinberg

Tennessee Tech will add beach volleyball as a varsity sport. The team will begin competition in the spring of 2023.

It will become the Golden Eagles’ 15th intercollegiate athletic team.

“We are proud to join this relatively new company in the Ohio Valley Conference and are excited to begin competing for league championships in the spring of 2023,” the Tech Athletics manager said. Marc Wilson mentioned.

Current Associate Technical Volleyball Head Coach Zach Weinberg will serve as head coach of the beach volleyball team, which will incorporate players from the current indoor volleyball roster as team members as they retain their fall semester eligibility of spring.

Tech will represent one of five OVC programs to sponsor the sport, joining Eastern Illinois, Morehead State, UT Martin and new league member Lindenwood. Chattanooga also participates in the OVC as a beach volleyball affiliate.

The Vol State softball team is nationally ranked

The Vol State softball team passed the national NJCAA Top 25 poll this week at No. 18.

The Pioneers (32-7) have won 10 of their last 11 games and outscored their last four opponents 49-4.

The only other Tennessee team in the Top 25 is 10th-placed Chattanooga State.

Wallace State (Alabama) is No. 1.

Cam Olson joins the Belmont football team

Cam Olson

Bucknell’s former assistant Cam Olson joined the Belmont men’s soccer team.

Prior to his only season at Bucknell, Olson spent six seasons with Xavier’s team.

He is from Boston and played for Lancaster University in England where he was team captain for his last two seasons.

Dragon boat racing is back

The Cumberland River Compact Dragon Boat Races will return after a two-year hiatus on September 17.

The festival has not taken place for the past two years due to COVID-19. This will be his 14th year.

The races are a fundraiser for the Cumberland River Compact.

For more information or to register, visit

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