Ken Sparks was one of a kind

By Alex Norman East Tennessee lost one of its greatest ambassadors on Wednesday, March 29th when Carson-Newman football coach Ken Sparks passed away at the age of 73, following a five year battle with prostate cancer. “It is a sad day at Mossy Creek,” said Carson-Newman University President J. Randall O’Brien. “Coach Sparks leaves a […]

Spring practice underway for Vols

By Alex Norman If the weather can be a harbinger of things to come, the Tennessee Volunteers had to like what greeted them on Tuesday, March 21st. The first day of spring practice took place under sunny skies with few clouds, and temperatures in the lower 70’s. That weather was not in alignment with the […]

Tennessee Spring Football: What To Watch For

By Alex Norman Folks, it is ok that you are going through football withdrawl.  I get it.  I’m right there with you. The good news is that this week, football is back! Well, kind of. Tennessee will hold its first of 15 spring practices on Tuesday, March 21st.  Spring football will conclude with the annual […]

Brady Hoke joins Vols coach staff

By Alex Norman Tennessee will have a different look in 2017, thanks in part to some significant off season moves by Butch Jones. Four new assistants have joined the Vols coaching staff, including Brady Hoke, the former head coach at Michigan. “Right now I love my job,” said Hoke. “I don’t think we could be […]

John Currie gets the call, Vol Nation Flips Its Lid

By Alex Norman Well, it finally happened. More than 6 months had passed since Tennessee athletics director Dave Hart announced that he would be retiring, leaving behind a legacy of Title IX problems, unnecessary lawsuits that cost the University millions, a coach vetting that would have been better done by a 12 year old with google, […]

2017: Make or break for Butch Jones?

By Alex Norman Tennessee’s football coaching staff looks a lot different today as opposed to January 1st, the day after the Music City Bowl. Mike DeBord (offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach), Willie Martinez (assistant head coach/defensive backs coach), Steve Stripling (associate head coach/defensive line coach) and Don Mahoney (offensive line coach) have departed. Stripling is still on […]

An Open Letter to UT Chancellor Beverly Davenport

By Alex Norman   Dear Chancellor, Good day to you and yours.  Hopefully the move to Knoxville has been a pleasant one, and the keys to your new office are working properly. Now that you are on the job I have three suggestions that will make your tenure as the Chancellor at the University of […]

Oh Atlanta… I’m so sorry…

By Alex Norman “Welcome to Atlanta where the players play… And we ride on dem thangs like every day… Big beats, hit streets, see gangsters roamin… And parties dont stop ‘til eight in the mo’nin” The modern day poet Jermaine Dupri wrote that verse in his 2002 hit single “Welcome to Atlanta.” That little ditty […]

27 New Vols in the Class of 2017

By Alex Norman Recruiting is the lifeblood of any college football program, and Tennessee is hoping that the Class of 2017 will help them get to the next level in the Southeastern Conference. The Vols certainly have their work cut out for them going into next season.  It’s no secret that Tennessee loses a lot […]

Super Bowl LI Preview

By Alex Norman It’s hard to believe, but there was a time in the world of American sports when the Super Bowl not only failed to be at the top in terms of interest from the public, but it didn’t even exist. This marks the 51st year that the Super Bowl has been a thing.  […]