Silverfield uses FDA approval as an opportunity to educate his players

By , Daily Memphian Updated: August 23, 2021 5:54 PM CT | Published: August 23, 2021 5:54 PM CT
<strong>University of Memphis head coach Ryan Silverfield (at a media availability on July 27) said more than 80% of his players will be vaccinated by the season opener Sept. 4 against Nicholls State.</strong> (Mark Weber/Daily Memphian)

University of Memphis head coach Ryan Silverfield (at a media availability on July 27) said more than 80% of his players will be vaccinated by the season opener Sept. 4 against Nicholls State. (Mark Weber/Daily Memphian)

The Tigers football coach will “never force our guys to get it done,” but he hopes teaching his players will lead to more acceptance of the vaccine.

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Frank Bonner II

Frank Bonner II

Frank Bonner originally is from Indiana but comes to Memphis by way of Tulsa, Oklahoma. He spent the past two years writing for the Tulsa World covering Oklahoma State University athletics. He credits his early writing experience to his days as a high school sports reporter for the Republic Newspaper in Columbus, Indiana, and various internships, including at the NCAA and USA Basketball. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in journalism from Indiana University and his Master’s degree in Sports Journalism from IUPUI in Indianapolis.


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