Fans shouldn’t have to ask, ‘Where’s Waldo?’

By Steve Williams Western Michigan, the only unbeaten team in the College Football Playoff rankings other than Alabama, has been on College Gameday and is in the hunt for a Cotton Bowl bid. But the thing the Broncos would like the most but won’t get from the CFP voters is an opportunity to be in […]

Bowden, Carter High product, off to a dreamy start as a Vol

By Steve Williams It was great to see homegrown Jordan Bowden make his first start as a Tennessee Volunteer and respond with a good shooting night on top of that last week against Appalachian State at Thompson-Boling Arena. The former Carter High star made a 3-point shot before the game was 10 seconds old and […]

A season of many turns may end up where Vols wanted

By Steve Williams The 2016 Tennessee football season neared like most others, with anticipation and excitement, though many thought this one might be special. I tempered all the preseason fuss a little by asking if nationally-ranked Tennessee was a paper tiger or for real. The season started with surprising concern as the Vols had to […]

Is Barnes on the way out or on the way up?

By Steve Williams Mixed feelings have been circulating throughout Big Orange Country lately about UT men’s basketball coach Rick Barnes. By the way, that’s UT as in Tennessee, not Texas, where Barnes spent the biggest part of his successful coaching career. Some are saying the 62-year-old Barnes is coaching from a rocking chair, a clock […]

When it came down to making one more play, Butch muffed it

Butch Jones should have gone for two! Sorry, I can’t let it go. If he had, I really believe Tennessee would have made it and beaten Texas A&M in regulation. Then that 49-10 loss to Alabama would have been a little easier to swallow. Then we would be 3-1 in SEC play going into this […]

We’ve already got our money’s worth on this season

By Steve Williams This had become a season to remember on Rocky Top before it was even half over. The remarkable rally past Florida had many UT fans calling the 38-28 victory the greatest comeback in Tennessee football history. For some folks it may very well be. For others, like me, who were around to […]

It’s time for Vols to get down to business

By Steve Williams Many Tennessee football fans including myself weren’t sure what to expect from the Vols when they went into Saturday’s game against Ohio. After the struggle to get past Appalachian State in the opener and the slow start before pulling away from Virginia Tech in the Battle at Bristol, we were still scratching […]

It’s Fantasy Football time in Tennessee

By Steve Williams Tennessee’s lackluster 20-13 overtime win over Appalachian State in the season opener reminded me of a victory my fantasy football team once had. On the way to the CORK Bowl championship in 2008, my Knoxville Storm drizzled past the fantasykillers 38.61 points to 22.33 points in a regular season game. Our league […]

Vols’ opener: A nightmare with a good ending

By Steve Williams Be honest Tennessee football fans. When you woke up Friday morning, did you feel good about how your Vols played in their season opener the night before? Coach Butch Jones told us “1-0 is 1-0” on his post-game show after the come-from-behind 20-13 overtime win over Appalachian State Thursday night at Neyland […]

Is Tennessee a paper tiger or for real?

PHOTO BY HAYLEY PENNESI / Tennessee Athletics Tennessee Head Coach Butch Jones is a picture of determination during the Vols’ come-from-behind win over Georgia last season at Neyland Stadium.

Is Tennessee a paper tiger or for real?

By Steve Williams Butch Jones has put Tennessee football back on the map. But can he keep it there? That will be answered on the field in the 2016 season, which opens Thursday night with a visit from Appalachian State. The Vols’ rise into the preseason Top 10 has more to do with expectations and […]

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