Tennessee’s Big NBA Draft

By Alex Norman Thursday, June 20, 2019 will be remembered as one of the biggest days in Tennessee men’s basketball history.  They didn’t get to a Final Four that evening, or win a conference championship, but the Vols proved they can recruit and develop some of the best players in the nation. Three former Vols, […]

Where’s The Hype? Tennessee Football Not in Forefront

By Alex Norman By the time you read this article, there will be less than 75 days to go until the Tennessee Volunteers open the 2019 season on August 31st at home against Georgia State. And there isn’t very much chatter about it. I’ve lived in Knoxville for nearly 20 years, and don’t recall a […]

Bryn Tucker’s Path to Clemson

By Alex Norman College coaches are regular visitors to Knoxville Catholic football practices, and why not.  The Fighting Irish are putting more and more of its players onto college rosters. Four members of the Knoxville Catholic football team are listed in the Top 35 on the 247Sports list of high school recruits in the state […]

Bearden’s Progress Continues

By Alex Norman In 2018 the Bearden Bulldogs were one of the best high school football teams in East Tennessee. They went 8-2 while playing in the competitive Region 1-6A. A win over rival Farragut had their fans hoping for a deep postseason run. Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, the tiebreaker gods were unkind. Going 4-2 […]

South-Doyle Eyes Big 2019 Season

By Alex Norman Sixteen years ago, long time Powell head football coach Clark Duncan made the move to South-Doyle High School, where he took the athletics director role.   He fully believed that his coaching days were done as he was moving into an administrator’s role. But that wasn’t what fate had in store.  Instead, he […]

Catching up with the Knoxville Central Bobcats

By Alex Norman A whole lot has changed for the Knoxville Central Bobcats since winning their first state championship in football five months ago. “The excitement from the community for sure,” said Central head coach Bryson Rosser, now in his sixth year running the Bobcats program.  “Our kids… our new group have been humble and […]

The Importance of Keeping Rick Barnes

By Alex Norman In recent years, Tennessee has not been a “destination” job when it mattered most.  In football, Lane Kiffin memorably bolted for his “dream job” at Southern California in 2010.  In men’s basketball, Cuonzo Martin, who many fans were happy to see leave, departed for what could only be seen as a less […]

Rick Barnes Stays at Tennessee

By Alex Norman Well, that was interesting… but if we have discovered anything over the past decade, it is that Tennessee fans should expect the unexpected, and fear the worst. Despite losing in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament, the future for Tennessee’s men’s basketball program is bright. Yes, Admiral Schofield and Kyle Alexander […]

Jim Chaney’s Return

By Alex Norman You can be excused if you feel like Jarrett Guarantano has been on campus for a decade.  In fact, this will only be the fourth season for the redshirt junior quarterback. But Guarantano has not had an easy go of it.  He’s played in two seasons, while sitting out 2016 as a […]

Holly Warlick Had An Impossible Task

  By Alex Norman On Wednesday, March 27, the University of Tennessee announced that Holly Warlick was relieved of her duties as Lady Vols basketball coach. “Holly and I met this afternoon, and I informed her of the decision to change leadership within the program,” said Tennessee athletics director Phillip Fulmer in a statement released […]

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