Feature On Christopher Brothers From The Tennessean

The Tennessean has a feature story on the bond between brothers who work for rival schools: Vanderbilt-Tennessee rivalry strengthens with help from brothers

Tennessee strength and conditioning coach Nicodemus Christopher, left, works with UT basketball player Jarnell Stokes.

When Garry Christopher was hired as the Vanderbilt men's basketball strength and conditioning coach last month, he got a phone call from his brother, Nicodemus.

He congratulated Garry on getting the job, but Nicodemus, who holds the same job at Tennessee, also wanted to talk a little smack.

"There was a little trash talking going on back and forth, of course," Garry Christopher said. "I told him my boys would definitely be the stronger end of the court. And of course he asserted himself, telling me the same."

Garry and Nicodemus Christopher spent their childhood competing in whatever they could find. Most nights, the brothers took to a dirt basketball court in the backyard of their San Diego home, pretending to be Michael Jordan or Karl Malone. Being the only brothers among seven siblings and separated by just 11 months, there was always something.

Now, they'll be competing on a much larger stage.

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