Egregious errors in officiating need to be corrected

  By Steve Williams With 20 years of experience as a football official, I would like to share my thoughts on the most famous non-call in the history of the National Football League. You know the one. I understand the argument some make about a loss shouldn’t be blamed on one bad call and that […]

Lady Vols don’t even resemble past great teams

By Steve Williams It was like old times for the Tennessee Lady Vols Thursday night as they led No. 1 ranked Notre Dame at halftime. But that lead didn’t last much longer and the UT women’s basketball program chalked up another dubious distinction – its first ever four-game losing streak at The Summitt, the court […]

This could be a very special year for basketball Vols

  By Steve Williams The excitement seems to be spilling over for the Tennessee men’s basketball team this season. And I can understand why. I don’t believe I ever have felt so confident about the Vols’ chances of winning every time they step on the hardwood. Thank you Rick Barnes and staff and of course […]

Vols ink most of 2019 Class

By Alex Norman National Signing Day seems so ancient now. In the olden days of 2017, everyone had to wait until the first Wednesday in February to find out who would encompass the recruiting class for that year.  Sure, there were a few early enrollees, but the vast majority of that class would sign in […]

UT needs solid linemen and not a coach like Freeze

By Steve Williams One recent coaching hire that really surprised me was Liberty University, the largest Christian college in the nation, hiring Hugh Freeze. How did this guy get a job there? I guess the Flames care more about football and scoring touchdowns than they do about character and living right. I should also mention […]

Halls’ 1986 title run started with ‘almost a miracle’

By Steve Williams Halls High’s football team won the state championship in 1986, but it’s still hard to believe the Red Devils survived their first round game and advanced. Saying Coach Larry Kerr’s team got a scare on that Nov. 7 night 32 years ago in Halls is putting it mildly. The Red Devils were […]

First Class AAA state title game was played in Knoxville

  By Steve Williams Knoxville has had its share of special TSSAA playoff games and moments over the years, and not all of them have to do with winning a championship or coming up just a point short. When the classification system was adopted in 1969 and the first three state title games (Class AAA, […]

Knox County teams have 25-16 record in playoff finals

  By Steve Williams The Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association has crowned 255 state champions in football since 1969. Twenty-five of those have been high school teams in Knox County. On average, that would be about one state champion every two years for the Knoxville area. Winning a state championship is pretty rare. Knoxville and […]

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