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The transfer portal, aka the vortex of student-athletes ...

The glow of the Memphis Tigers’ NIT championship didn’t last long before names started dropping from the roster. Boogie Ellis, DJ Jeffries and so on. (The football team has had to endure this as well.)

The thing is, there are more than a thousand names in the portal, coming and going like so many bees. Coach Penny Hardaway got his own transfer acquisition – Davion Warren, from Hampton University.

The Grizzlies got to sleep in their own beds for a few days, and then embarked on a four-game road trip. At least they’re all in one time zone.  

We have your high school spring sports covered, and Memphis football. The Tigers’ spring game is April 16. The news release indicated tailgating begins at 3 p.m. 

Wait a minute. Tailgating?

Socially distanced, of course (cars can park every other spot). But the fact that tailgating will be allowed for the first time in a year has to be one of the most encouraging, happy fan news in a long, long time.

Let’s continue this progress. Wear your masks, even if you’ve been vaccinated. Get vaccinated.  

We’re not free yet. – Sports editor Elaine Sung

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Memphis basketball: Boogie Ellis, Damion Baugh, D.J. Jeffries enter transfer portal
 

Mere days after the Tigers won the NIT, Ellis, Baugh and Jeffries have decided to leave.

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Calkins: Hey, Memphis fans, the sky is not falling! (It just entered the transfer portal)
 

Boogie Ellis, D.J. Jeffries and Damion Baugh all have entered the transfer portal. That’s not great — but it doesn’t have to be the end of the world. 

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Tigers basketball: Where Penny Hardaway's roster stands after transfers
 

The departures actually are not surprising, and Hardaway gets to dig through the portal for the Tigers’ needs. 

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Penny Hardaway lands a transfer of his own
 

Hampton senior guard Davion Warren announced his commitment to the University of Memphis in a tweet Saturday. 

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Tigers' new guard knows what he wants; it turned out to be Memphis
 

Davion Warren is used to coming from behind, but now he gets to benefit from Penny Hardaway’s tutelage.

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Moussa Cisse declares for NBA draft, maintains NCAA eligibility
 

Moussa Cisse, the AAC Freshman of the Year, announced his decision in an Instagram post on Tuesday. 

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Whitehaven baseball star was born to entertain on the diamond
 

Junior shortstop Galvin Sims Jr. has plenty of pop at the plate and a flashy game that has attracted plenty of interest.

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What drove two linebackers to return for another year
 

The decision by Thomas Pickens and JJ Russell to come back is one reason the Memphis defense is so confident heading into the fall.

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Herrington: Jaren Jackson Jr. reminds us of what we’ve missed, on and off the floor
 

As much as his outside shot and above-the-rim defense is needed, his self-aware humor is missed.

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Jaren Jackson Jr. misses you, Memphis
 

The forward, who says his return is coming by the end of the month, says he has been “following the plan.”

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Calkins: Katrina Merriweather will make women's basketball at Memphis matter once again
 

Katrina Merriweather looks like a perfect fit as the new coach. Here’s hoping she returns the program to relevance.

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Memphis’ new women’s basketball coach lauded as ‘proven winner’ and a ‘star’

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Memphis' new women's basketball coach lauded as 'proven winner' and a 'star'
 

The team has met Katrina Merriweather, and one player already has deemed her “the true definition of Black Girl Magic.”

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Grizzlies dominate Sixers with 45-point third quarter
 

Memphis took advantage of the absence of 76ers star Joel Embiid, and Dillon Brooks led the Grizzlies with 17 points.

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Box score: Grizzlies 116, 76ers 100

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