Are Saturday foes Pearl and Tyndall two peas in a pod?

By Steve Williams The telecast of Tennessee shooting down South Carolina in Columbia last week looked good to fans of the Vols, but the news in the streamer running beneath the screen cut into the excitement and again raised questions about the future of head coach Donnie Tyndall and the men’s basketball program. That part […]

It’s loud and clear: UT fans are doing their part

By Steve Williams Tennessee fans. I can’t say they’re the best, because I haven’t been to every collegiate sports venue in the nation and observed the many other fans bases. But I can say this. There can’t be any better. Vol Nation was in the spotlight again on Jan. 2 when Tennessee played Iowa in […]

New Year’s Day menu included humble pie for many SEC fans

By Steve Williams Eating black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day has long been a tradition in the South. Legend has it the bean-like dish helps bring good luck. This year, for dessert, many Southeastern Conference football fans could have finished their first meal of 2015 with some humble pie. The menu certainly called for it […]

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 […]

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