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 […]

Put away the peashooters, bring ear plugs and let Kiffin have it

By Steve Williams The best news University of Tennessee football fans got last week was Lane Kiffin is going to be on the Alabama sideline at Neyland Stadium when the Crimson Tide rolls into town on Oct. 25. Nick Saban is requiring Kiffin to do his offensive coordinating down on the field that day. Out […]

Wishful thinking: To see Vols beat Bama like Auburn did

By Steve Williams I’m not going to make any predictions on the University of Tennessee’s upcoming football season. But I happened to come across a homemade UT Wishing Well a few weeks ago, which has put me in the mood to make some wishes. First of all, I wish Tennessee had never dumped Phillip Fulmer, […]

This week belongs to high school football

By Steve Williams It’s a special time of the year. High school football season openers are just days away. I wish I had a nickle for every time I’ve heard a coach say, “The hay is in the barn.” Can we put Tennessee football on the back burner for a week? I know excitement is […]

Carter High quarterback values academics as well as football

By Steve Williams Knoxville already is represented by one quarterback in the Ivy League and may have another one playing in the prestigious conference in the near future. Carter High School’s Jonathan Freeman may have what it takes as a student-athlete to be in that position someday. While former CAK quarterback Quinn Epperly was having […]

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 […]

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