Public Relations: Tennessee’s Constant Failure

  By Alex Norman It. Just. Keeps. Getting. Worse. Over the past few weeks, the University of Tennessee has made mistake after mistake in the eyes of the public. Some of those errors are serious in nature, others are fairly inconsequential, and others are out of their control. But the hits, like the Led Zeppelin […]

Peyton Manning’s Fairy Tale Ending

By Alex Norman As of press time, Peyton Manning had yet to make a decision as far as retirement. But it is hard to imagine that “The Sheriff” won’t ride off into the sunset now… Denver’s 24-10 dismantling of Carolina in Super Bowl 50 wasn’t Manning’s best performance.  But it goes into the history books […]

Vols happy with Class of 2016

By Alex Norman All coaches say that they are happy with their recruiting classes on National Signing Day. Heck, Derek Dooley put a rose on that Class of 2012 that didn’t have one offensive lineman in the bunch. Not one! But Tennessee coach Butch Jones actually does have good reason for positivity.  Jones and the […]

Tennessee connections (again) at the Super Bowl

By Alex Norman Well, here we go again… Despite a recent run of futility that only now seems to be ending after eight long years in the college football abyss, the Tennessee Vols are going to be represented in the Super Bowl for the 24th time in the past 25 seasons. In fact, there are […]

Recruiting Remains a Cesspool

By Alex Norman The stories are as bad as we think. Coaches willing to break NCAA rules to woo a recruit to their university.  The NCAA and their member institutions turning a blind eye because the unpaid labor brings in billions.  College athletics has never been more popular or more profitable, and it’s becoming harder […]

Vols Hire Bob Shoop to lead UT defense

By Alex Norman Tennessee’s defense was good, but not great in 2015, ranking 36th nationwide. But to get to the next level, head coach Butch Jones decided a change was needed.  Exit defensive coordinator John Jancek, and enter Bob Shoop, who spent the past two years building up the defense at Penn State. “What can […]

Looking ahead to 2016

By Alex Norman As is tradition in this column, for my last effort of the year I called my psychic for some help in terms of looking to the future.  Just what will happen on the local and national sports scene in 2016? Save this column for posterity and make sure to get rich by […]

Peyton Manning’s Final Fight

By Alex Norman Tennessee fans… Think about how one would script Peyton Manning’s final season. Another NFL MVP award?  A second Super Bowl title?  Those are the type of things that come to mind. Struggling due to a weak arm and a foot injury while losing your starting spot as the Denver Broncos quarterback doesn’t […]

Why I’m Done With Fantasy Football

By Alex Norman That’s it.  I’m done.  It’s over. I can’t take the losing, the heartache and the pain. No, I’m not a Tennessee fan refusing to sign up for season tickets again after yet another season in which the Vols lost to rivals Florida or Alabama. I’m talking about fantasy football. I’m not going […]

New Deal for Butch Jones… The Right Move?

By Alex Norman Welcome to the four million dollar club, Butch Jones! Last week Tennessee announced that the Vols football coach was receiving a $500,000 raise, bringing his total compensation up to $4.1 million per season.  Jones is under contract through the 2020 season. In a statement released by the University of Tennessee’s Sports Information […]