College football must be careful to not abuse autonomy

By Steve Williams We’ve seen a lot of change in collegiate sports, particularly football, over the past 20 years or so. Some of the change has been good. I wish some of it had never happened. A thumbs up for recent advancement in dealing with concussions and rule changes to take dangerous contact out of […]

Butch and Vols can prove the SEC media wrong again

By Steve Williams It seems like Butch Jones’ brick-by-brick rebuilding project is moving at an inch-by-inch pace by the look of the 2014 season forecast and preseason all-conference selections at SEC Media Days last week. Tennessee was picked by the media to finish fifth in the Eastern Division and only two Vols – A.J. Johnson […]

Vols still trying to get back on college football map

By Steve Williams It’s 48 days until Tennessee’s 2014 season football opener. That’s the good news. The sad news is it’s been 2,417 days since Tennessee football was relevant. The last time the Vols lined up to play a game that really mattered on the national scene was Dec. 1, 2007. Tennessee vs. LSU in […]

Pulling for Will’s team, the USA and ‘The Coach’

By Steve Williams If local fans of the Tennessee Vols would like an additional college football team to follow and pull for this season, may I suggest Navy. The Midshipmen have a special connection to the Knoxville area with the passing of Will McKamey this past March. The former Grace Christian Academy standout was a […]

Mershon was a talented Lady Eagle at Berean and Gibbs

  By Steve Williams Berean Christian School’s Anna Mershon, taking advantage of the TSSAA’s co-op program, experienced a state softball championship as a sophomore two years ago and almost got to enjoy another one this past spring. Since Berean Christian does not have a softball program, Mershon played four years for Gibbs High School. Anna […]

Sound the vuvuzelas! Get ready for another 2-1 match

By Steve Williams For years we’ve heard many American sports fans say soccer isn’t exciting enough. “Not enough scoring,” they say when the World Cup rolls around every four years. For the fun of it, let’s put the shoe on the other foot, so to speak. Would soccer be more popular in the eyes of […]

Tennessee Football is No Life of Riley

By Steve Williams Off-season bad news has stung the University of Tennessee football program once again. Riley Ferguson, red-shirt freshman quarterback who many thought might become the starter in 2014, took his football and went home. Maybe he had a good reason. Maybe he felt had had a better chance of playing sooner elsewhere. Maybe […]

Nothing more than a baby step for young baseball Vols

By Steve Williams Dave Serrano called Tennessee’s qualifying for the Southeastern Conference baseball tournament this season a “huge step” for the program. I call it a baby step for the young Vols. Sure, it was UT’s first trip to Hoover since 2007, but when 12 of the 14 teams in the league get in the […]

Tyndall’s whirlwind recruiting haul creates excitement

By Steve Williams Not since the 1970s, when Tennessee signed Ernie Grunfeld and Bernard King out of New York City, can I recall there being as much excitement over basketball recruiting as we’ve seen the past couple of weeks. New coach Donnie Tyndall had to work fast to fill up a roster that was dwindling. […]

Butch needs to let high school players experience Neyland

By Steve Williams Have you heard the latest marketing promo for University of Tennessee football? Behind the iron gates and statue of the General lies “the hallowed grounds” of Neyland Stadium. The message is well done and might help get you in the mood for the upcoming season. But after UT’s announcement a couple of […]

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