‘Do it with Pruitt’ and Cade’s difficult decision

By Steve Williams A caller to a local radio sports talk show offered a couple of slogans last Thursday afternoon that could be used for new University of Tennessee football head coach Jeremy Pruitt and his program. “Do it with Pruitt,” suggested the caller. And later on, if things don’t go well … “Pruitt blew […]

Fulmer will do what’s best for Tennessee athletics

By Steve Williams New UT head coaches and athletic directors always wear an orange tie at their introductory press conference. So did Phillip Fulmer when he was introduced Friday afternoon as Tennessee’s new AD. But he didn’t have to rush out and buy one. Phil’s ties to the university actually go back to the late […]

Currie could ‘Cut’ to the chase and give a UT guy the reins

By Steve Williams John Currie is in the process of making his first major hire as University of Tennessee athletics director. The task of filling UT’s vacant head coaching position could turn out to be just as easy as it once was for the Vols to beat Kentucky and Vanderbilt in football. Those good old […]

Opening act may be a long-running show for Lady Vols

By Steve Williams Fans came to Thompson-Boling Arena last Tuesday night to get their first look at the Tennessee Lady Vols’ four new freshmen basketball players. They had heard so much about the nation’s No. 1 recruiting class of 2017. Those in the crowd of 7,612 wearing orange and white, and in many cases Lady […]

Vols still have something to play for

By Steve Williams Going into this past weekend’s homecoming game against the Southern Miss Golden Eagles, Tennessee’s football team was 3-5 and looking for its first win since defeating UMass 17-13 on Sept. 23. Despite four straight SEC losses, the Vols hadn’t quit and were still hoping to earn a bowl bid, which requires six […]

Things should run a lot smoother for Lady Vols this season

By Steve Williams The past two seasons of Tennessee women’s basketball felt much like a rollercoaster ride for its fans. And for Coach Holly Warlick, there probably were nights when she felt like screaming … and pulling her hair out. Based on her comments to the Rotary Club of Knoxville last Tuesday, Warlick is feeling […]

Butch Jones is the little train that couldn’t

By Steve Williams The University of Tennessee football program has come off the track. The 41-0 loss to Georgia in a dressed up Neyland Stadium was just the latest shake and rattle before the derailment. The Volunteer express under Butch Jones has been swerving for two seasons now. Faithful passengers are fed up and want […]

Vols start season with some midnight madness

By Steve Williams Here we go again. Hang on tight. If the season opener was any indication, Tennessee football fans may be in for another roller coaster ride. Remember last year’s first game? It took a fumble recovery by Jalen Hurd in the end zone in overtime for No. 9 ranked UT to defeat upset-minded […]

It’s not just football time in Tennessee

By Steve Williams John Currie’s job as Director of Athletics at the University of Tennessee is not all about firing and hiring, but that’s an important part of it. He must have coaches who know how to win and get it done. College athletics too are not just about winning, but that’s a big part […]

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