Tyler Bray has one more chance to get it right

By Steve Williams Tyler Bray is not a role model. This is not a news flash. Many of us have known this for a long time. Even Derek Dooley, but he ignored the fact for the sake of winning, and still didn’t win. Maybe he would have been better off playing a less talented quarterback […]

Big turnout shows fans’ appreciation of new UT coach

By Steve Williams Since Butch Jones became University of Tennessee’s head football coach last December, everything he touches seems to turn to gold, or in this case, orange. Even the weather for the Orange and White spring game on April 20 was perfect for football – around 58 degrees with blue skies for the 2 […]

Even if it’s not at UT, Mathieu is close to a Division 1 ride

By Steve Williams There is still room in NCAA Division 1 basketball for the little man. We’ve seen plenty of good examples in this year’s postseason play. Diminutive guards Russ Smith, a 6-foot, 165-pounder, and Peyton Siva, also 6-0 but a little thicker, led Louisville to this year’s Final Four. Pierre Jackson, 5-10 senior point […]

Former Central point guard could give Vols some pizzazz

By Steve Williams There were times this basketball season when Tennessee Vols fans were either complaining or yawning or doing both. That old saying in sports about “offense sells tickets and defense wins championships” was being put to a test, and head coach Cuonzo Martin’s style of play was being seriously questioned. A 37-36 loss […]

Fulton spoils Old Man Winter’s shutout bid

Fulton spoils Old Man Winter’s shutout bid

By Steve Williams The calendar may have said “spring break,” but Old Man Winter wasn’t ready to be benched last week. He could go another inning or two. As a result, a lot of games involving Knox County high school baseball and softball teams were postponed or canceled because of snow or cold weather on […]

Recalling the good times of covering state basketball tourneys

By Steve Williams When I see yellow daffodils and forsythia bushes blooming in early spring it always reminds me that it’s time for the TSSAA state high school basketball tournaments. It’s that time now. It’s one of my favorite times of the year. For 15 years or so in the 1970s and 1980s, I had […]

All-out effort has made Skylar McBee a joy to watch

By Steve Williams I don’t know about you, but I’m gonna miss Skylar McBee. Oh sure, there have been many better University of Tennessee basketball players over the years, but no one has competed any harder than McBee, who is scheduled to play his last home game this coming Saturday when Tennessee hosts Missouri in […]

It’s a good day to reflect on being No. 1 in basketball

By Steve Williams Today, February 25th, is the 5-year anniversary of the University of Tennessee being ranked No. 1 in the nation in men’s basketball. What a day that was! The Vols were on top of the college basketball world, above the Dukes and North Carolinas and UCLAs and Indianas and all of the grand […]

After 17 years, South-Doyle Cherokees make it to region

After 17 years, South-Doyle Cherokees make it to region

By Steve Williams A fourth-place finish in a district tournament would not be a momentous occasion for most high school basketball teams, but for the South-Doyle Cherokees, it’s a big step for their program. By winning two games and finishing fourth in this season’s District 2-AAA tourney at Seymour, the Cherokees earned a berth in […]