An Open Letter to the University of Tennessee

By Alex Norman   Dear Sirs/Madams, Good day to you and yours on The Hill. I am a proud graduate of the University of Tennessee but I do not make donations to the college or the athletic programs so my connection to those in powerful positions is limited. Thus, the generic greeting. Please take this […]

It’s Time to Be Thankful for Tennessee Football…

By Alex Norman If you listen to sports talk radio… if you log on to twitter… if you check out Facebook… you would think that Tennessee will soon disband the football program and turn Neyland Stadium into condominiums. The Vols underachieved and boy oh boy is the mob ready to strike. The head coach is […]

George Quarles moves on, heads to Furman

  By Alex Norman The East Tennessee Mt. Rushmore of Coaches (if there was such a thing) would find room for George Quarles. For 18 seasons, he was the biggest reason why the football program at Maryville High School turned into the most respected in the state, and one of the best in the nation. […]

Lane Kiffin to Boca… Has he matured?

By Alex Norman Lane Kiffin has been the head coach of an NFL team (Oakland). Lane Kiffin has been the head coach of two of the all-time top 15 college programs (Tennessee, Southern California). Lane Kiffin has been the offensive coordinator for an Alabama team that has won three straight SEC titles and is poised […]

Vols Expectations Not Reached

  By Alex Norman It says something that the biggest game of the Butch Jones era at Tennessee was taking place 650 miles away between two teams that didn’t have “Vols” in their nicknames. When Florida held on to beat LSU, Tennessee’s chances of winning the SEC East for the first time in 9 years […]

The Joshua Dobbs Legacy

By Alex Norman I saw something on Twitter the other day that made me laugh out loud. To summarize, the tweeter said that Tennessee quarterback Joshua Dobbs will not be remembered fondly by Vols fans because he never beat Alabama. Let that hot take sink in for a moment. Sure, Joshua Dobbs never beat Alabama.  […]

Anything is possible…

By Alex Norman A Cleveland franchise won a major sports championship. The Chicago Cubs won the World Series. A reality TV star will be our next President. If 2016 has proven anything to us, it is that anything is possible. So it got me thinking about things related to Tennessee and the world of sports. […]

The Problem(s) With Tennessee Football

By Alex Norman A month ago all was well in the world of Tennessee football. An 11 game losing streak to the Florida Gators was snapped with a dominant second half performance at Neyland Stadium.  The Vols then beat Georgia on an improbable “Hail Mary” pass from Joshua Dobbs to Jauan Jennings. Tennessee was 5-0 […]

SEC over the NFL, Knoxville over Nashville

By Alex Norman So a few months back some of my old college friends and I scheduled a get together in the great state of Tennessee.  The plan was to spend a couple of nights in Nashville and see an NFL game.  We settled on the middle of October and the huge Titans/Browns game. Yes. […]

Vols edge Appalachian State

By Alex Norman Well, that didn’t go as expected. The ninth-ranked Tennessee Volunteers were supposed to open the 2016 season at Neyland Stadium with a convincing win over an Appalachian State team that, on paper, doesn’t have nearly the talent level as the Vols. Instead, it was the underdog Mountaineers that outplayed their hosts for […]