Vols need to play a real Orange and White game this spring

By Steve Williams Tennessee fans know the Vols will have a new starting quarterback this fall and the battle between Quinten Dormady and Jarrett Guarantano is underway. Head coach Butch Jones also has said Tennessee needs to become “a much more physical football team.” When these two items are linked together, wouldn’t it make sense […]

There’s always positives in competing, even in defeat

By Steve Williams Nashville Whites Creek head coach Carlton Battle said he knew his team would make the tying shot in the closing seconds of its semifinal game against Knoxville Catholic because the Cobras’ season was on the line. He also said he knew Luke Smith’s last shot was going in. “I wanted to press […]

UT hires an athletic director, but the wrong one

By Steve Williams The University of Tennessee has thousands of fans scratching their heads again. And that’s putting it mildly. Only UT could find a way to hire a new athletic director and at the same time alienate one of its finest and most loyal head coaches of all time. Phillip Fulmer, a College Hall […]

No. 506 is what Hutchens really desires this season

By Steve Williams I was at the scorer’s table at Alcoa High School, getting the individual scoring, after Knoxville Catholic ’s District 4-AA title win over CAK last week when Catholic assistant coach Tony Scott came over to get the scorebook. “Tonight’s win was No. 499 for Coach Hutchens,” Scott informed me. I knew “Hutch” […]

It should be UT’s easiest hire in athletics in 40 years

By Steve Williams In 1977 University of Tennessee chancellor Jack Reese had a little fun with the media when he introduced Johnny Majors, one of the Vols’ all-time greats, as Tennessee’s new head football coach. “Ladies and gentlemen, after an extensive nationwide search,” said Reese, with a slight grin sneaking out over his face, “I’m […]

Dobbs made a passing grade in every way

By Steve Williams If you haven’t read Joshua Dobbs’ “Goodbye, Tennessee” on The Players’ Tribune yet, be sure you do. It tells you a lot about Dobbs the person as much as Dobbs the quarterback, and also how much he thinks of the University of Tennessee and its football program as well as its fans. […]

Spring could still come early and 2017 Vols could still start 6-0

By Steve Williams Surely you know figuring out how Tennessee football will do based on National Signing Day results is about as accurate as Punxsutawney Phil’s forecast on Groundhog Day. Still, after many Tennessee fans woke up last Thursday morning in Volville, it wasn’t long before they were clicking on sports websites or reading the […]

Vols beat Kentucky to get that breakthrough victory

By Steve Williams The Tennessee men’s basketball team finally landed a big one when the Vols held off No. 4 ranked Kentucky 82-80 last week. And while this young but surprising UT squad had come up on the short end of the stick in five previous outings against nationally ranked teams, including a two-point loss […]

There’s hope on the horizon for Lady Vols basketball

By Steve Williams The once-great Tennessee women’s basketball program has been sinking the past season and a half. Every now and then we hear a gurgle. But last week she made a splash. The 71-69 come-from-behind win over No. 6 ranked Notre Dame at fired up Thompson-Boling Arena again showed us the Lady Vols are […]

‘Turn out the lights, the party’s over’ for Alabama

By Steve Williams Clemson and Alabama literally put the 2016 college football season to bed last Monday night. Actually it was Tuesday morning, a few minutes past midnight, when Deshaun Watson threw the game-winning touchdown pass to Hunter Renfrow with only one second left on the clock in the Tigers’ 35-31 come-from-behind victory. As I […]

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