Determined Vols make it to the Dance after all

By Steve Williams Give Cuonzo Martin credit. The embattled University of Tennessee basketball coach didn’t let himself get caught up in all that negativity. He kept his eye on the prize and his players followed suit. As I write this on Friday night, the Vols are coming off NCAA tournament wins over Iowa and UMass […]

Slowly but surely, I’ve become a fan of Speedy

By Steve Williams It took me over three years to become a fan of Meighan Simmons. The Tennesee Lady Vol who Pat Summitt nicknamed “Speedy” was a turnover machine as a freshman in 2010-11. I used to think there’s no way the UT women can win big on the national scene with Simmons on the […]

There’s still time on the clock for Cuonzo and the Vols

By Steve Williams No question about it, it’s been an up-and-down basketball season for Tennessee. What started with high expectations has been surprisingly frustrating. Instead of looking forward to seeing where the Vols would land in the bracket on Sunday Selection Day, many of us are now wondering if their name will even be called. […]

Carter Hornets are state’s top-scoring basketball team

By Steve Williams The old saying in sports about “offense sells tickets and defense wins championships” comes to mind when considering what Carter High School’s boys basketball team has done on the court this season. The Hornets, under new coach Joby Boydstone, didn’t win the District 3-AA regular season championship, but they averaged 92.3 points […]

Super blowout could turn out to be Peyton’s last game

By Steve Williams The biggest worry going into Super Bowl XLVIII was the weather. But that turned out to be the least of worries. Still, the most watched game of the year in all of sports was a disaster, if you were pulling for the Denver Broncos and specifically Peyton Manning, as so many of […]

A nice wish, a Super question and snow days at Rec Hall

By Steve Williams A little over 48 hours after Florida handed the Tennessee men’s basketball team its worst defeat of the season, a voice was heard in the darkness: “Right now I just wish fans would stay on board with this team and this coach.” Maybe you heard the comment, like I did. In case […]

Cuonzo isn’t only UT coach with work to do

By Steve Williams Increasing speculation that Bruce Pearl could again be the men’s basketball coach at the University of Tennessee is a hot topic at the water cooler these days. I first wrote about it 10 months ago after Cuonzo Martin’s Vols lost to Alabama in the quarterfinal round of the Southeastern Conference basketball tournament […]

Vols help Cuonzo weather storm, outlook is brighter

By Steve Williams Criticism of the University of Tennessee men’s basketball program was raining down after a disappointing 65-58 home loss to North Carolina State on Dec. 18. Some fans were even wanting to get the ball rolling to replace Cuonzo Martin with former coach Bruce Pearl before the Vols could rim out another 3-pointer, […]