Fans replace items Memphis player lost in fire

Fans have helped replace a Memphis running back’s clothes and

furniture after they were destroyed by a fire while he was out of

town for the season’s final game.

University officials announced Thursday fans’ donations had

reached the level allowed by the NCAA to help senior Brandon


Hayes was with the Tigers at Connecticut where they lost 45-10

last week at the time fire heavily damaged his rental home in

Memphis. The NCAA approved only donations to replace what Hayes


A university spokesman says the landlord will either have the

house repaired or a new rental available when Hayes returns from

the holidays in Chicago.

The former walk-on has led the Tigers in rushing the past two

seasons and is petitioning for a sixth season due to injuries.