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. […]

Vols could have been in driver’s seat after win over Georgia

By Steve Williams It was good to see Tennessee finally win a big-time football game, but I couldn’t fully enjoy the thrill of the 38-31 come-from-behind victory over Georgia, not after those three previous losses UT had suffered this season. I couldn’t help but think where the Vols would be in the Southeastern Conference standings […]

Admiring grandson says it’s cool to have a NFL great in family

By Steve Williams When I first heard about a kid named Naumoff playing football at Farragut High School a couple of years ago, I wondered if he might be related to Paul Naumoff, the great University of Tennessee linebacker of the 1960s. Sure enough, Jacob Naumoff, the senior quarterback for the Admirals this season, is […]

Advice for Butch: Take General Neyland’s advice

By Steve Williams Shred the analytic data on football tendencies for when to go for a touchdown or when to rush the quarterback. Let someone else keep up with the chart that tells when it’s best to go for two points after a touchdown. Who needs a cheat sheet for that anyway? In crunch time […]

Harbin and Red Devils roast rival Eagles, 18-8

By Steve Williams With it being homecoming at Halls High School, there were plenty of signs on display prior to the football game against rival Gibbs. One read: “Come on Red Devils. Roast the Eagles. May the Force be with you.” As it turned out, Caden Harbin was a force on both sides of the […]