Fall 2000
Vol. 17 No. 3
Publication Number:
USPS 244-800


Turkey Creek Vigil

It's the Excitement'

Genome Research Yields Quick Returns

Samford Ranked Fifth in South by U.S. News & World Report

Education School Scores High in Effective Teacher Preparation

Faculty Accolades

Upcoming Samford Tours

ODK Seeking 50 Exemplary Alumni To Mark Society's Anniversary

Manis Biography Wins Lillian Smith Book Award

University of Georgia Beckons Garver, Hanson with Sizable Postgraduate Packages

Alumni Office Seeks Samford Traditions

Sequoyah, Cunningham Join Men's Hall of Fame

Samford Begins Offering Doctor of Education Program

Deupree Recognized for Fighting Illiteracy

Tillette: Men's Team One
Big Question Mark

Cochran, Moore Lead Veteran Women's Basketball Team


Fall 2000

All-TAAC First Teamer Marc Salyers
returns for his senior year.

Tillette: Men's Team One Big Question Mark

Samford coach Jimmy Tillette has a succinct way of sizing up his men's basketball team for 2000­01: "We are a gigantic question mark."

Tillette's team has won two straight Trans America Athletic Conference Tournaments and has been to two consecutive NCAA Tournaments. But three-fifths of last year's starting squad finished eligibility, including inspirational Reed Rawlings and coach-on-the-floor Mario Lopez.

Marc Salyers, an All-TAAC First Teamer, returns at center. The 6-9, 220-pounder led last year's 21-11 team in scoring (16.8) and rebounding (7.2). He won the Most Valuable Player Award at the past two TAAC Tournaments.

Guard Derrick Jones (8.8 points a game) is the other returning starter.

"We have some talented people coming back," said Tillette, "but we also have a lot of new faces. How well this team does will be determined by how quickly it arrives at a chemistry."

Replacing Lopez, the point guard, will be critical. The likely candidate is Akron transfer Cornell Felton, redshirted last year. Letterman Chris Weaver, more natural as a shooting guard, could also play the point.

Two-year lettermen Corey Green, redshirted last year, and Gabe Skypala are other returnees. Joining them will be two other redshirts and five freshmen.

For more information or schedule, samfordsports.com.