Despite not getting the Heisman, Peyton Manning can go out on top

Football owed him one. The celebration he was wrongfully denied when his name wasn’t called as the winner of the Heisman Trophy in 1997 was replaced with an unexpected championship in Super Bowl 50. After 19 years, justice has been served for Peyton Manning. He can retire as a champion now, if he chooses. And […]

Super Bowl stuff and a little basketball on the side

By Steve Williams Holly Warlick has lost more basketball games than she wanted to this season, but she hasn’t lost her sense of humor. In the middle of an interview on the Lady Vol Illustrated radio show last week, the night after another turnover-riddled showing by her team at Kentucky, Coach Warlick sneezed right on […]

Lady Vols’ season is shaky, but Holly has time to make some changes

By Steve Williams The Tennessee Lady Vols are wobbling, but there’s still time to make them stronger for a post-season run. Coach Holly Warlick just needs to do some tweaking. With 11 games remaining before the SEC tourney, here are my recommendations: Work the ball inside more to 6-2 senior Bashaara Graves. After all, she’s […]

Tennessee basketball team playing with a lot of heart and grit

By Steve Williams The first phase of Rick Barnes’ first season as men’s basketball coach at the University of Tennessee is in the books. The Vols pulled out a 74-69 win over Tennessee State in a Tuesday afternoon game last week in front of a holiday crowd at Thompson-Boling Arena. The victory gave UT a […]

Moore drives miles and miles just for the smiles

By Steve Williams Dave Moore’s Christmas vacation is still on the go in January, and he’s enjoying every minute of it. So are many others who have seen Moore driving through Knoxville and the surrounding area in “the Family Truckster,” a station wagon fixed up much like the one Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) drove in […]

Real Tennessee fans yearn for days of big-time bowl games

By Steve Williams Real Tennessee football fans don’t get caught up in all the bowl hype, or at least they shouldn’t. The truth of the matter is the Vols haven’t played in a major bowl game since Jan. 1, 2005, when Tennessee, led by Rick Clausen, pummeled Texas A&M 38-7 in the Cotton Bowl. It […]

Peterman, former Vol QB, makes remarkable turnaround at Pitt

By Steve Williams I thought Nathan Peterman was the worst starting quarterback to play for the University of Tennessee since the Vols switched from the old single wing to the T formation in the mid-1960s. That opinion began soon after Butch Jones started Peterman instead of Justin Worley against Florida at the Swamp in 2013. […]