Team preview: Tennessee State

Blue Ribbon Yearbook previews the 2006-07 college basketball season, exclusively on Insider.

Updated: October 16, 2006, 5:09 PM ET
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(Information in this team report is as of October 1.)

COACH AND PROGRAM

Cy Alexander is ready to take Tennessee State to the next level.

"We've finished phase one," said Alexander, armed with a contract extension that clearly demonstrates the support of TSU's administration. "That's taking the program and getting it from the bottom of the OVC to the middle. Now with the new contract, my goal is to take us from the middle of the OVC to the top tier. That's to [get to] the top three and stay there. That's the only thing I'm focused on. We've had a great recruiting class. I feel good about everything."

Alexander, who built South Carolina State into a power in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, weathered a storm this summer involving Division I scheduling and Los Angeles City College, where Tennessee State's Clarence Matthews and former Tigers Wayne Arnold and Kareem Grant played.

Matthews is a senior and Grant and Arnold completed their eligibility last season.

"We committed no violations," Alexander said. "That's a cleared deal. That's a dead issue."

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