Vols can gain more from beating Georgia than Florida this year

By Steve Williams Despite how much Tennessee football fans want to end that 10-game losing streak to Florida, SEC Eastern Division favorite Georgia is the team they should be circling on their calendars this coming season. I really don’t believe the Bulldogs can overcome a loss in Knoxville on Oct. 10. That would give the […]

Forecast at SEC Media Days: Alabama or Auburn in title game?

By Steve Williams The preseason football forecast that came out of SEC Media Days last week was a head scratcher. Georgia was picked to win the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference and Alabama was tabbed to come out on top in the Western Division. What was crazy was Auburn being voted to win the […]

Keeping busy in athletics helped A-E’s Stephens stay focused

By Steve Williams Ahjanai Stephens picked participation over specialization in her high school athletic career at Austin-East. The Lady Roadrunners’ Student-Athlete of the Year participated in three sports plus band her senior year. I think that’s great. It may not be for everybody, but it fit Ahjanai’s needs. It also led to the first question […]

With Pat’s help, there’s still time for a change of Hart

By Steve Williams I’ve tried to get Dave Hart’s attention about this Lady Vol thing. In my annual Dear Santa letter, I asked for Hart to be showered with Lady Vol gifts, with the hope that might make him a more passionate Lady Vol fan and understand better all the fuss about eliminating the iconic […]

Vols’ football season will get off to a sizzling start

By Steve Williams Start the countdown. It’s 10 Saturdays until the Tennessee football opener. Television bigwigs last week put out the starting times for the season’s first three games. They pay no attention to such things as heat or cold when making these decisions. Of course, they pay big bucks to the universities’ athletic football […]

Tennessee basketball has another dark cloud overhead

By Steve Williams Just what we didn’t need. Another dark cloud over the University of Tennessee men’s basketball program. Allegations of serious academic wrongdoing in the Texas program when new Vols head coach Rick Barnes was employed there were reported last week. Both Dave Hart, Tennessee’s athletic director, and officials at Texas have said they […]

Playing the big boys helps GCA join Knoxville’s title gang

By Steve Williams The season before Mitch Turner got the head baseball coach’s position at Grace Christian Academy, he made a key observation at the TSSAA Class A state tournament as the Rams’ assistant. “I noticed two years ago we were a little shell shocked when we got there,” said Turner. “The stage was just […]

Tennessee baseball has at least kept fans on the edge of their seats

By Steve Williams Perhaps we’ve been looking at the Tennessee baseball season the wrong way. Instead of complaining about the Vols being in last place in the Southeastern Conference and potentially facing another season out of post-season tournament play under Dave Serrano,  we should be thankful we’re having a regular season that’s keeping us on […]

Hart may not be on Serrano’s side in difficult times

By Steve Williams Dave Hart has a problem. But Dave Serrano has a bigger problem. Serrano, in his fourth season as baseball coach at Tennessee, is in danger of seeing his ball club fail to make SEC tournament for the third time. Last year, Serrano’s Vols barely made the post-season field and were eliminated in […]

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