I’m Worried About October 25th, 2014

By Alex Norman Not going to lie to you, the good readers of The Knoxville Focus… I’m concerned about what is going to happen at Neyland Stadium on October 25th, 2014. As you certainly have heard by now, former Vols coach Lane Kiffin has been hired by Nick Saban to be the new Alabama Offensive […]

The Agony of Defeat

By Alex Norman “Losing feels worse than winning feels good.” – Vin Scully As I watched the end to the final (thank you baby Jesus) BCS National Championship game, I couldn’t help but feel empathy for fans of the Auburn Tigers. Their team had a 21-3 advantage late in the first half, gave that up […]

The Absence of Patience

By Alex Norman On November 11th, Tennessee’s men’s basketball team opened the season with a road game against Xavier.  A late Vols rally fell a bit short in a hostile environment, with the Musketeers hanging on for a 67-63 victory. The next day on local sports talk radio, the large majority of callers talked about […]

The Patience of Bruce Pearl

By Alex Norman Bruce Pearl is waiting… just as he has been since March of 2011, when he was relieved of his duties as Tennessee men’s basketball coach. In August of that same year, the NCAA slapped a three-year show-cause penalty on Pearl, stemming from recruiting violations in the now famous “Aaron Craft BBQ” saga.  […]

Webb outlasts Catholic 34-7

By Alex Norman According to Google, Webb School and Knoxville Catholic High School are only separated by 1.9 miles. These days the power in their rivalry is located on the west side of that roadway. On Thursday, October 24th, the Spartans beat the Fighting Irish 34-7, their fifth straight victory in the series. The Spartans […]

Battle at Bristol… A Major Recruiting Opportunity for Tennessee?

By Alex Norman Back in March, Tennessee football coach Butch Jones was the Grand Marshal for the Food City 500 Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway.  He was impressed with what he saw at the track that some like to call “The Last Great Colosseum.” “The magnitude of it, the excitement, the pageantry of […]

Catching up with Tyson Clabo

By Alex Norman There are few athletes from East Tennessee that have accomplished as much in their professional careers as Tyson Clabo, a 2000 graduate of Farragut High School. But because his trade is a rather anonymous one, on the offensive line in the National Football League, his achievements have gone unnoticed to many. “East […]

Talent is low, but optimism is high for Vols

By Alex Norman The Tennessee Volunteers are not going to win the national championship this season, nor will they win the SEC championship.  They won’t finish first in their division, and would be fortunate to win seven games. Just don’t tell them that… Last week new Vols head coach Butch Jones, offensive linemen Antonio “Tiny” […]

Still Some Bad Guys in Sports…

By Alex Norman Last week I dropped some serious knowledge on you good people with an article titled “Still Some Good Guys in Sports.” This week I’m back with an article titled “Still Some Bad Guys in Sports.” I’m nothing if not consistent… Recently Urban Meyer made it a mission to find ways to absolve […]

Eric Berry Maintains His Tennessee Connection

By Alex Norman On a beautiful late spring weekend, around 125 kids showed up at Grace Christian Academy for the Eric Berry D1 Iron Sharpens Iron Football Camp. For Berry, a former Tennessee Vols All-American, camps like this one are a look into the future for when his National Football League playing days are done. […]