UT coaches on alert after Currie’s surprising ‘serve’ in tennis

By Steve Williams When John Currie was introduced as UT’s new athletics director, you may remember him saying he wanted to take his time and get acquainted with athletes, coaches and everyone connected with the Tennessee program before he made any major decisions. And there was one comment he repeated often as he was interviewed […]

Sense of urgency needed as Currie takes over UT athletics

By Steve Williams I read John Currie’s April 6 open letter to Vol Nation on UTsports.com with interest, and I’m glad the new Tennessee athletics director had a “busy, but very rewarding six days!” in his first week on the job. I’m also glad to hear Currie is going to be writing such letters on […]

Vols need to play a real Orange and White game this spring

By Steve Williams Tennessee fans know the Vols will have a new starting quarterback this fall and the battle between Quinten Dormady and Jarrett Guarantano is underway. Head coach Butch Jones also has said Tennessee needs to become “a much more physical football team.” When these two items are linked together, wouldn’t it make sense […]

There’s always positives in competing, even in defeat

By Steve Williams Nashville Whites Creek head coach Carlton Battle said he knew his team would make the tying shot in the closing seconds of its semifinal game against Knoxville Catholic because the Cobras’ season was on the line. He also said he knew Luke Smith’s last shot was going in. “I wanted to press […]

UT hires an athletic director, but the wrong one

By Steve Williams The University of Tennessee has thousands of fans scratching their heads again. And that’s putting it mildly. Only UT could find a way to hire a new athletic director and at the same time alienate one of its finest and most loyal head coaches of all time. Phillip Fulmer, a College Hall […]

No. 506 is what Hutchens really desires this season

By Steve Williams I was at the scorer’s table at Alcoa High School, getting the individual scoring, after Knoxville Catholic ’s District 4-AA title win over CAK last week when Catholic assistant coach Tony Scott came over to get the scorebook. “Tonight’s win was No. 499 for Coach Hutchens,” Scott informed me. I knew “Hutch” […]

It should be UT’s easiest hire in athletics in 40 years

By Steve Williams In 1977 University of Tennessee chancellor Jack Reese had a little fun with the media when he introduced Johnny Majors, one of the Vols’ all-time greats, as Tennessee’s new head football coach. “Ladies and gentlemen, after an extensive nationwide search,” said Reese, with a slight grin sneaking out over his face, “I’m […]