A long road trip by a longtime Volunteer fan

By Steve Williams When it comes to being a fan of the Tennessee Volunteers, Jim Tritt doesn’t mind going the extra mile. He proved that recently. Fired up over the success of this season’s basketball team, Tritt began planning a road trip to St. Louis five days before the SEC tournament championship game was to […]

From Bracketville to Pickit County, it’s that time of year!

By Steve Williams It’s time to take the annual trip to Bracketville. Come along if you like. We’ll also visit Seed City and the last stop will be Pickit County. I’d like to start out this year from Thompson-Boling Arena, where we could congratulate Coach Rick Barnes and the Vols on their SEC basketball championship […]

Winning in Starkville was and continues to be special

By Steve Williams Tennessee basketball notched what was probably its second biggest win ever at Mississippi State last week. That’s not meant to be a knock on the Vols’ impressive victory in Starkville, which put them in position to capture a Southeastern Conference championship this past weekend. There was just a win over the Maroon […]

Region semifinal at Alcoa could be a dandy

By Steve Williams My favorite night at high school basketball tournament time has for years been the region semifinals. This is the game, I believe, when the pressure is the thickest. A win takes a little of the pressure off as it puts a team in the region finals and guarantees a sectional berth. If […]

I would hope you would support who Vols are…

By Steve Williams There is a scene in the popular movie Hoosiers that came to mind when I heard some fans’ reaction to Jeremy Pruitt’s first National Signing Day recruiting class as UT’s new head football coach. “We want Jimmy,” chanted students as Hickory High’s basketball team ran out onto the shiny hardwood as it […]

Like Lady Vols, South-Doyle gets better playing guys

Like Lady Vols, South-Doyle gets better playing guys

By Steve Williams South-Doyle’s girls wrapped up the Knox County middle school regular season basketball championship last week and they could give the school’s boys’ team an assist for that accomplishment. Eric Brabson, who coaches both the girls’ and boys’ teams, sometimes has had his girls practice against his boys this season … somewhat like […]

Roadrunners hope to make their mark this season

By Steve Williams It’s been over 40 years, but longtime Austin-East fans haven’t forgotten the glory years of Roadrunner basketball. The school gave Knox County its first state championship in the TSSAA’s classification era when Elston Turner led A-E to the Class AAA title in 1977. A brick monument honoring that squad still stands in […]

An 8-team College Football Playoff would be better

  By Steve Williams Sometimes you just have to stand up for yourself. The University of Central Florida did that last week and proclaimed its football team the 2017 national champion. The Knights had a parade in Orlando, put the “We’re No. 1” news on billboards, hung a banner in their stadium and no doubt […]

Putting football on the back burner

  By Steve Williams Need to get away from football for a while? After NFL action and 40 bowl games, including the College Football Playoff semifinals on New Year’s Day, I expected so. Today’s topic: UT basketball … and ladies first. Before we get too carried away with our Lady Vols, there were still two […]

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