Return of Trey Smith is ‘big’ for Vols’ football hopes

  By Steve Williams Best news to come out of SEC Media Days last week was Coach Jeremy Pruitt’s announcement that Trey Smith had been medically cleared to play football and rejoin the team. The 6-6, 320-pound Smith, who missed spring practice due to an undisclosed medical condition, was tabbed the nation’s top freshman offensive […]

A-E and Brainerd waiting for Board of Control ruling

By Steve Williams Austin-East and Chattanooga Brainerd boys basketball programs will have special interest in the TSSAA Board of Control’s decision Aug. 13 when it announces its decision regarding the second-year of a post-season ban those two programs are currently under for the brawl that occurred in a game between the two teams last season. […]

Working and playing together makes us a better country

  By Steve Williams As USA gets ready to celebrate her 242nd birthday, I believe she is better now than ever when it comes to “liberty and justice for all.” The world of sports has helped us come together as people – blacks, whites, all colors. It may have taken longer than it should have, […]

Sadly, another sports treasure is lost on Rocky Top

(Editor’s note: Considering well over half of the Tennessee basketball and football games Mr. Ward broadcast were played on a Saturday, Steve Williams has used “Sadurday” a few times in this column to reflect his and many UT fans’ feelings after the death of the longtime Voice of the Vols.) By Steve Williams When I […]

Behind the scenes, Miller-Davis stays busy in KCS athletics

Behind the scenes, Miller-Davis stays busy in KCS athletics

By Steve Williams With the 2018 high school football season just around the corner, a lot of teams are finishing off-season workouts before the TSSAA’s dead period. A lot of work and preparation is going on behind the scenes, too. Meet Tracy Miller-Davis, Knox County Schools Administrative Assistant in Athletics, Humanities, K-12 PE, Health & […]

‘He cares for every kid he’s ever coached’

Teddy Williams named ‘honorary guest coach’ By Steve Williams There’s no telling how many Halls High School football players Teddy Williams coached over the years. Oh, he didn’t coach them when they were actually playing on the high school team. But he played a big part in introducing them to the sport and was there […]

FBA’s Julia Martin makes it to the ‘special platform’

By Steve Williams Julia Martin said she just wanted to get on the podium at this year’s TSSAA state pentathlon. Competing for First Baptist Academy of Powell, one of the newest TSSAA members in the state, she had finished in 11th place last spring as a junior when Division II (private schools) had only one […]

Pruitt may match Majors’ rebuilding job at Tennessee

Pruitt may match Majors’ rebuilding job at Tennessee From a won-loss record standpoint, the current state of the Tennessee football program compares favorably to where it was 40 years ago. After Johnny Majors’ first season ended in 1977, the Vols were 4-7 overall and 1-5 in SEC play. Butch Jones’ last season as the UT […]

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 […]

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