Let the hitting begin!

By Steve Williams Another high school football season is almost upon us. Three weeks from now, without fail, the summer temperatures will drop and there will be a nip in the air, just in time for opening kickoffs. Teams have been preparing since the week of July 8, after the Tennessee Secondary Schools Athletic Association’s […]

Walkin’ the walk trumps talkin’ the talk

By Steve Williams A Tiny comment could create a big fuss in November The message on the sign at the Washington Pike Baptist Church was meant for everyone and folks in every walk of life, but I quickly applied it to football when I read it driving by last Monday. After all, the annual SEC […]

All of a sudden, Vols really need a point guard

By Steve Williams Remember the United States Army recruiting picture of Uncle Sam pointing his finger and declaring, “I Want You!” Keep that in mind as you read on, except substitute Cuonzo Martin for Uncle Sam and change “You” to point guard. Get the picture? “I want a point guard,” says the University of Tennessee […]

Tyler Bray has one more chance to get it right

By Steve Williams Tyler Bray is not a role model. This is not a news flash. Many of us have known this for a long time. Even Derek Dooley, but he ignored the fact for the sake of winning, and still didn’t win. Maybe he would have been better off playing a less talented quarterback […]

Big turnout shows fans’ appreciation of new UT coach

By Steve Williams Since Butch Jones became University of Tennessee’s head football coach last December, everything he touches seems to turn to gold, or in this case, orange. Even the weather for the Orange and White spring game on April 20 was perfect for football – around 58 degrees with blue skies for the 2 […]

Even if it’s not at UT, Mathieu is close to a Division 1 ride

By Steve Williams There is still room in NCAA Division 1 basketball for the little man. We’ve seen plenty of good examples in this year’s postseason play. Diminutive guards Russ Smith, a 6-foot, 165-pounder, and Peyton Siva, also 6-0 but a little thicker, led Louisville to this year’s Final Four. Pierre Jackson, 5-10 senior point […]

Former Central point guard could give Vols some pizzazz

By Steve Williams There were times this basketball season when Tennessee Vols fans were either complaining or yawning or doing both. That old saying in sports about “offense sells tickets and defense wins championships” was being put to a test, and head coach Cuonzo Martin’s style of play was being seriously questioned. A 37-36 loss […]