Toughen up! Pruitt is the right guy for this cleanup

  By Steve Williams Jeremy Pruitt set the tone his first day on the job. And I liked what I heard. “Your expectations aren’t near what mine are,” he said to me and you at his introductory press conference after being named Tennessee’s head football coach in December. “My expectation is to win every game.” […]

Three years after heart attack, Pyatt referees in state finals

By Steve Williams Longtime basketball official Steve Pyatt suffered a heart attack Jan. 10, 2015. That put him on the sidelines for the remainder of the season, but he wasn’t done. Pyatt still had more miles in his legs, more whistles to blow, more boos to ignore and more fun to have. Officiating is a […]

A sneak peek into UT football under Coach Pruitt

  By Steve Williams There’s a few things we’ll be seeing in Tennessee football again under new head coach Jeremy Pruitt and it’s possible we may get a glimpse in the upcoming Orange and White game. Remember the huddle? Grandfathers and dads should be prepared to explain when young fans ask, “What’s that?” Pruitt has […]

A great sports moment is unnecessarily tarnished

By Steve Williams This year there was a lot more drama in the NCAA women’s Final Four than in the men’s. When Loyola of Chicago’s Cinderella run ended against Michigan in the semifinals, my interest in the men’s tourney dropped like an air ball. Meanwhile, those ladies’ games had matchups the likes of Frazier vs. […]

UT athletics looking up under Fulmer, except for track

By Steve Williams I’ve always heard time goes by faster when you’re busy or having a good time. Maybe that’s why Phillip Fulmer’s 100th day on the job as UT’s new Director of Athletics flew right past me. When I counted up the days a couple of weeks ago, I discovered that day had already […]

Aftermath of early exits by Vols and Lady Vols is quite different

By Steve Williams The near Sweet Sixteen seasons for the Tennessee men’s and women’s basketball teams quickly turned sour in the Round of 32. With NCAA tournament play getting close to being really exciting for fans, our Vols and Lady Vols, both seeded No. 3, stumbled across the dance floor. The men’s 63-62 loss to […]

A long road trip by a longtime Volunteer fan

By Steve Williams When it comes to being a fan of the Tennessee Volunteers, Jim Tritt doesn’t mind going the extra mile. He proved that recently. Fired up over the success of this season’s basketball team, Tritt began planning a road trip to St. Louis five days before the SEC tournament championship game was to […]

From Bracketville to Pickit County, it’s that time of year!

By Steve Williams It’s time to take the annual trip to Bracketville. Come along if you like. We’ll also visit Seed City and the last stop will be Pickit County. I’d like to start out this year from Thompson-Boling Arena, where we could congratulate Coach Rick Barnes and the Vols on their SEC basketball championship […]

Winning in Starkville was and continues to be special

By Steve Williams Tennessee basketball notched what was probably its second biggest win ever at Mississippi State last week. That’s not meant to be a knock on the Vols’ impressive victory in Starkville, which put them in position to capture a Southeastern Conference championship this past weekend. There was just a win over the Maroon […]

Region semifinal at Alcoa could be a dandy

By Steve Williams My favorite night at high school basketball tournament time has for years been the region semifinals. This is the game, I believe, when the pressure is the thickest. A win takes a little of the pressure off as it puts a team in the region finals and guarantees a sectional berth. If […]