Barnett, Dobbs and Vols make the best of Music City Bowl

By Steve Williams Tennessee’s 38-24 win over Nebraska in the Music City Bowl amounted to putting a Band-Aid over its scratched up 2016 football season. It hid a little bit of the Vanderbilt beating, but the overall pain resulting from the scarred and injury-riddled campaign hasn’t completely gone away. It’ll take time and some big […]

Stars skipping bowls would end viewers’ interest, a la Pro Bowl

By Steve Williams College football would eventually suffer if more and more high-profile players do like LSU’s Leonard Fournette and Stanford’s Christian McCaffery did and skip their bowl games to prepare for the NFL draft. This would particularly be true if big-name players pulled out of the Final Four playoff games and other high-paid bowl […]

Hey Saint Nick (No, not you Saban), please give us a new coach

By Steve Williams Dear Santa, It’s that time of year when I send you a list of things I would like to see in the world of sports. This year though it’s going to be a little different. I’m focusing on Tennessee football and specifically head coach Butch Jones.  He didn’t have the kind of […]

Fans shouldn’t have to ask, ‘Where’s Waldo?’

By Steve Williams Western Michigan, the only unbeaten team in the College Football Playoff rankings other than Alabama, has been on College Gameday and is in the hunt for a Cotton Bowl bid. But the thing the Broncos would like the most but won’t get from the CFP voters is an opportunity to be in […]

Bowden, Carter High product, off to a dreamy start as a Vol

By Steve Williams It was great to see homegrown Jordan Bowden make his first start as a Tennessee Volunteer and respond with a good shooting night on top of that last week against Appalachian State at Thompson-Boling Arena. The former Carter High star made a 3-point shot before the game was 10 seconds old and […]

A season of many turns may end up where Vols wanted

By Steve Williams The 2016 Tennessee football season neared like most others, with anticipation and excitement, though many thought this one might be special. I tempered all the preseason fuss a little by asking if nationally-ranked Tennessee was a paper tiger or for real. The season started with surprising concern as the Vols had to […]

Is Barnes on the way out or on the way up?

By Steve Williams Mixed feelings have been circulating throughout Big Orange Country lately about UT men’s basketball coach Rick Barnes. By the way, that’s UT as in Tennessee, not Texas, where Barnes spent the biggest part of his successful coaching career. Some are saying the 62-year-old Barnes is coaching from a rocking chair, a clock […]

When it came down to making one more play, Butch muffed it

Butch Jones should have gone for two! Sorry, I can’t let it go. If he had, I really believe Tennessee would have made it and beaten Texas A&M in regulation. Then that 49-10 loss to Alabama would have been a little easier to swallow. Then we would be 3-1 in SEC play going into this […]

We’ve already got our money’s worth on this season

By Steve Williams This had become a season to remember on Rocky Top before it was even half over. The remarkable rally past Florida had many UT fans calling the 38-28 victory the greatest comeback in Tennessee football history. For some folks it may very well be. For others, like me, who were around to […]