Lucky Dave should parlay his popularity into greater fame

By Steve Williams I‘m beginning to think Dave Hart carries a four-leaf clover around in his pocket. It might even be one he picked off the ground in Tuscaloosa years ago. That doesn’t matter. It’s working for Tennessee now. The popularity rating of the University of Tennessee athletic director jumped from zero to hero in […]

Barnes gets opportunity to keep winning at Tennessee

By Steve Williams New Tennessee basketball coach Rick Barnes and former Tennessee football coach Phillip Fulmer have something in common. Both won a lot, but not enough to please their bosses in the twilight of distinguished careers. And when their respective athletic directors said it was time to step down after 17 seasons, each walked […]

Lady Vol fans should boycott NCAA home games

By Steve Williams Forget the protesting, the petition, the pleading. If fans really want to make a statement regarding the pending takeaway of the iconic Lady Vol logo and nickname from all University of Tennessee women’s athletic teams except basketball, they’ll boycott the first and second round games Tennessee is expected to play at Thompson-Boling […]

High-flying Bowden will make an exciting landing somewhere

By Steve Williams I’ve been covering high school basketball in the Knoxville area for over 40 years, and Carter High School’s Jordan Bowden is one of the most exciting players I’ve seen play the game. Bowden is a 6-4 senior who is listed on the 2014-15 Runnin Hornets roster as a SG/PG. That’s shooting guard/point […]

Keep the good in high school basketball tournament time

By Steve Williams High School basketball tournament time is annually remembered for pure athletic drama. The youngsters compete through district, region and sectional games with the dream of advancing to the state tourney and capturing a gold basketball. No money is at stake at this level. TV exposure and the size of crowds are small […]

Granddaddy looking forward to ‘hanging out’ with Kahlil McKenzie

By Steve Williams Thousands of University of Tennessee football fans are happy that Kahlil McKenzie signed with the Volunteers, but “Granddaddy” is probably the happiest. Sam McKenzie Jr. is Kahlil’s grandfather and lives in East Knoxville, probably about 10 minutes from Neyland Stadium, where UT fans expect his grandson to wreak havoc for future opposing […]

Good ending: Wofford is a ‘perfect fit’ for Seth Marshall

By Steve Williams All’s well that ends well. That, it seems, was the case in the recruitment of Seth Marshall. The West High quarterback, who guided the Rebels to the Class 5A state championship in December, was one of the most productive football players in the state during the 2014 season, but recruiters weren’t knocking […]

Are Saturday foes Pearl and Tyndall two peas in a pod?

By Steve Williams The telecast of Tennessee shooting down South Carolina in Columbia last week looked good to fans of the Vols, but the news in the streamer running beneath the screen cut into the excitement and again raised questions about the future of head coach Donnie Tyndall and the men’s basketball program. That part […]

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