Vols Hire Donnie Tyndall as New Men’s Basketball Coach

By Alex Norman A week after Cuonzo Martin resigned, Tennessee hired Donnie Tyndall as the 19th men’s basketball coach in program history. “I’m humbled to be your coach,” said Tyndall in his introductory press conference on Tuesday, April 22nd in front of media, boosters, and players at Pratt Pavilion. “I think Tennessee is a special […]

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do… Maybe… Cuonzo Martin Leaves Tennessee

By Alex Norman The marriages that stay together for the good of the children are rarely actually good for the children.   The husband and wife end up blaming the kids for their unhappiness and the children don’t grow up in a stable environment. The marriage of Cuonzo Martin and Tennessee was not a good one.  […]

That’s A Riot!

By Alex Norman It’s one of those old sports adages… “Act like you’ve been there before.” It’s what we’d like football players to do after scoring a touchdown.  Instead of putting on a show, hand the football to the official and celebrate with the teammates that helped you get into the end zone. It’s what […]

Lady Vols Gets Not So Sweet Ending

By Alex Norman The Tennessee Lady Vols entered the NCAA Tournament trying to get to their first Final Four since 2008, and earn a trip to Nashville. The wait continues. On Sunday, March 30, the top seeded Lady Vols were stunned by fourth-seed Maryland 73-62 in their Sweet 16 matchup in Louisville. “Well, I thought […]

Rally Falls Just Short… Vols Season Ends In Sweet 16

By Alex Norman Tennessee’s athletics program has had its share of gut punch losses over the years. Add the events of March 28, 2014 to that growing list. The Vols basketball team fell to Michigan 73-71 in the NCAA Tournament’s Midwest Region Semifinals, in a game that will be remembered for a questionable call in […]

Pearl heads to The Plains, Knoxville loses its mind

By Alex Norman Bruce Pearl loves Knoxville so much he chose to stay here, despite his firing in March 2011. Knoxville loves Bruce Pearl so much tens of thousands of Tennessee fans signed a petition demanding his return as Vols basketball coach. Today Pearl has a new team, and a new home… And Knoxville can’t […]

Vols beat South Carolina 59-44 in SEC Tournament Quarterfinals

By Alex Norman It wasn’t a thing of beauty by any means, but it was a win… and in the SEC tournament, wins are not always easy to come by for the Tennessee Volunteers. The Vols knocked off South Carolina 59-44 in the SEC quarterfinals in Atlanta on Friday, March 14th.  It was their fifth […]

Will Vols’ struggles mean end for Cuonzo Martin?

By Alex Norman The Southeastern Conference might be the gold standard in football, but in men’s basketball it is lower than bronze. With the exception of Florida, do you feel confident in any of these teams come NCAA tournament time? The Gators will be a number one seed, and Kentucky, with their roster 5-star recruits […]

The Cuonzo Quandary

By Alex Norman This was supposed to be the season that the Tennessee Volunteers returned to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2011. There wasn’t going to be any “bubble” talk this time around. The Vols returned one of the SEC’s top scorers in senior guard Jordan McRae. They had forward Jarnell Stokes […]

You Mad Bro? Local Sports Talk Radio Anger Grows

By Alex Norman Consistent readers of this column have noticed how much joy I get from local sports talk radio shows.  I don’t have official confirmation, but at last count I believe that there are approximately 493 local sports talk radio shows that folks can listen to in the Knoxville market. Former Vols, including Erik […]