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Tennessee has hired UCF athletic director Danny White as the Volunteers’ new athletic director just three days after the firing of football coach Jeremy Pruitt and athletic director Phillip Fulmer’s retirement.

Members of the Rome Aerials gymnastics Xcel Platinum team celebrate after a first place finish at their first meet of 2021, the Southern Charm Classic at the LakePoint Champions Center in Emerson. Taylen Tant (from left), Evie Shropshire, Molly Ledbetter, Emily Daniel, Morgan Mitchell, Macy …

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ATLANTA — The Atlanta Falcons on Tuesday named Terry Fontenot the team’s first Black general manager, and team owner Arthur Blank said it’s the kind of hire that will eventually also create more opportunities for NFL minority coaches.

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The Tennessee football program is starting over yet again, this time after coach Jeremy Pruitt and nine others were fired Monday for cause when an internal investigation found what the university chancellor called “serious violations of NCAA rules.”

The Rome Lady Wolves have now gone more than an entire month without a loss. After the 67th Annual Christmas Tournament, the Lady Wolves rolled through the end of 2020 and entered the New Year without any blemishes.

The year 2020 was a complicated one for varsity football coaches to navigate through, filled with the challenges of practicing and competing in the day-to-day grind while also ensuring student-athletes’ health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — The celebration was at once familiar and unique. The confetti cannons sent a crimson and white shower into the air and Alabama players ran to the sideline to grab their championship hats and T-shirts.

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University of Georgia president Jere Morehead said his committee’s search for new leadership in the school’s athletic department attracted “a number of prominent athletic directors very interested in the position.”

Model High’s basketball teams picked up their first wins of 2021 on home court Monday night over the visiting Unity Christian Lions.

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ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons accelerated their search for a new coach on the first day of their offseason by interviewing Kansas City offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy and San Francisco defensive coordinator Robert Saleh.

If you have attended any basketball games at the varsity, junior varsity or middle school level this year, you may have noticed a change in the way fouls are counted toward the one-and-one application.

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Two Alabama teammates, quarterback Mac Jones and wide receiver DeVonta Smith, join Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence and Florida quarterback Kyle Trask as the finalists for the 86th annual Heisman Trophy. The winner will be announced Tuesday. A rundown of the finalists:

The following are a collection of the Rome News-Tribune's sports photos of 2020.

While the calendar may have just turned from 2020 to 2021, we look back on the best of the area’s varsity softball as the Rome News-Tribune presents the All-Area Softball Team, and a familiar face returns for Player of the Year.

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