Granddaddy looking forward to ‘hanging out’ with Kahlil McKenzie

By Steve Williams Thousands of University of Tennessee football fans are happy that Kahlil McKenzie signed with the Volunteers, but “Granddaddy” is probably the happiest. Sam McKenzie Jr. is Kahlil’s grandfather and lives in East Knoxville, probably about 10 minutes from Neyland Stadium, where UT fans expect his grandson to wreak havoc for future opposing […]

Good ending: Wofford is a ‘perfect fit’ for Seth Marshall

By Steve Williams All’s well that ends well. That, it seems, was the case in the recruitment of Seth Marshall. The West High quarterback, who guided the Rebels to the Class 5A state championship in December, was one of the most productive football players in the state during the 2014 season, but recruiters weren’t knocking […]

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. […]

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