Smotherman: a TSSAA state tourney fixture since 1960

By Steve Williams If you have a question about past TSSAA state basketball tournaments – like final scores of games, who the champions were or how far a team advanced in the bracket – Nelson Smotherman will have the answer. Starting in 1960 and every season since, he has worked the state tournament in some […]

On the First Day of Madness, my True Team gave to me …

By Steve Williams As we fill out our tournament brackets and look ahead to the start of the NCAA’s Big Dance this week, I’ve composed a little jingle you Tennessee basketball fans may like to sing. The tune goes just like The 12 Days of Christmas. A one and a two …   On the […]

It’s really good to see A-E and Brainerd make it to state

By Steve Williams When I walked into Clifford Ross Gymnasium at Austin-East High School last Wednesday afternoon, boys basketball head coach Marcus Stanton was finishing up a practice session. He didn’t see me enter the gym at first, as he was observing a drill on the far end of the court and getting his players […]

The elimination games are the best at tournament time

  By Steve Williams The region semifinal game. For years it has been my favorite high school basketball game to watch at tournament time. Why that one you ask? The finality of it, something the region finals doesn’t have. Lose in the region finals and you still have a berth in the Sectionals and a […]

A look at No. 1 ranked UT teams through the years

  By Steve Williams I hope you are enjoying this Tennessee men’s basketball season as much as I am. Going into Saturday night’s game at Kentucky, the Vols were in their fourth week of being ranked No. 1 in the nation by The Associated Press. That rare achievement sparked me to find out how many […]

Egregious errors in officiating need to be corrected

  By Steve Williams With 20 years of experience as a football official, I would like to share my thoughts on the most famous non-call in the history of the National Football League. You know the one. I understand the argument some make about a loss shouldn’t be blamed on one bad call and that […]

Lady Vols don’t even resemble past great teams

By Steve Williams It was like old times for the Tennessee Lady Vols Thursday night as they led No. 1 ranked Notre Dame at halftime. But that lead didn’t last much longer and the UT women’s basketball program chalked up another dubious distinction – its first ever four-game losing streak at The Summitt, the court […]

This could be a very special year for basketball Vols

  By Steve Williams The excitement seems to be spilling over for the Tennessee men’s basketball team this season. And I can understand why. I don’t believe I ever have felt so confident about the Vols’ chances of winning every time they step on the hardwood. Thank you Rick Barnes and staff and of course […]