Columbine massacre set ablaze a burning desire to care

By Steve Williams For every cry, there’s a laugh. For every why, there’s a wow. For every end, there’s a start. The Columbine High School massacre was the worst shooting to ever occur on a high school campus in the United States. But from it arose a burning desire to care more about students in […]

Bowl outcome should determine whether or not Butch gets raise

By Steve Williams I’ve heard reports University of Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart will be giving head football coach Butch Jones a contract extension and pay raise this week. From a financial standpoint, wouldn’t it make more sense to wait and see how Jones’ team does in its bowl game later this month before getting […]

Peyton’s not just playing, he’s still making Tennessee fans proud

By STeve Williams I was wrong. And this time I’m glad I was wrong. Peyton Manning is still playing football. Boy, is he ever! In a column last February, after the Seattle Seahawks, 2½-point underdogs, overpowered Manning and the Denver Broncos 43-8 in Super Bowl XLVIII, I speculated that could be Peyton’s last game. The […]

Close-game results also will be a tell-tale sign for Butch

By Steve Williams Over his long football coaching career at the University of Tennessee, Phillip Fulmer seemed to have the knack for winning close games. I went back and checked the results, and sure enough, that was the case. In my research, I defined a close game as one decided by eight points or less. […]

Tennessee football needs Butch Jones to get it right

By Steve Williams Butch Jones is definitely not on the hot seat, but the honeymoon is over. I say that on Friday afternoon, a little over 24 hours before Chattanooga plays Jones’ Tennessee Vols for the first time since 1969. Tennessee was trying to snap a three-game skid, including a 10-9 loss to Florida at […]

First UT football game can be an experience that never ends

By Steve Williams My earliest memories of attending a University of Tennessee football game are from the era when Neyland Stadium was shaped like a horseshoe, with only bleachers in its open north end. If I remember correctly, a kid like myself, in the early 1960s, could get a ticket in that bleacher section for […]

Remembering A.W. Davis, UT basketball star from the ‘60s

By Steve Williams A.W. Davis was the first big-name University of Tennessee basketball star in my youth and it was sad to hear that he had passed away last week at the age of 71. He was just as fine a person as he was a basketball player. After having an outstanding high school career […]

Young Vols still on track for bowl game and maybe more

By Steve Williams At the quarter pole of the 2014 University of Tennessee football season, Coach Butch Jones’ youthful Vols are 2-1 and in a pretty good position to accomplish their goal of qualifying for a post-season bowl game. Extreme optimists also see a bigger prize out there, as Tennessee prepares for its first test […]

First two battles between Sooners and Volunteers were classics

By Steve Williams Although it’s been nearly a half of a century since the two have collided, Oklahoma and Tennessee do share a brief but exciting history in football. The Sooners and Volunteers will pick up where they left off this Saturday night in Norman. Tennessee’s first-ever major bowl game was against Oklahoma in the […]

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