Tennessee football needs Butch Jones to get it right

By Steve Williams Butch Jones is definitely not on the hot seat, but the honeymoon is over. I say that on Friday afternoon, a little over 24 hours before Chattanooga plays Jones’ Tennessee Vols for the first time since 1969. Tennessee was trying to snap a three-game skid, including a 10-9 loss to Florida at […]

First UT football game can be an experience that never ends

By Steve Williams My earliest memories of attending a University of Tennessee football game are from the era when Neyland Stadium was shaped like a horseshoe, with only bleachers in its open north end. If I remember correctly, a kid like myself, in the early 1960s, could get a ticket in that bleacher section for […]

Remembering A.W. Davis, UT basketball star from the ‘60s

By Steve Williams A.W. Davis was the first big-name University of Tennessee basketball star in my youth and it was sad to hear that he had passed away last week at the age of 71. He was just as fine a person as he was a basketball player. After having an outstanding high school career […]

Young Vols still on track for bowl game and maybe more

By Steve Williams At the quarter pole of the 2014 University of Tennessee football season, Coach Butch Jones’ youthful Vols are 2-1 and in a pretty good position to accomplish their goal of qualifying for a post-season bowl game. Extreme optimists also see a bigger prize out there, as Tennessee prepares for its first test […]

First two battles between Sooners and Volunteers were classics

By Steve Williams Although it’s been nearly a half of a century since the two have collided, Oklahoma and Tennessee do share a brief but exciting history in football. The Sooners and Volunteers will pick up where they left off this Saturday night in Norman. Tennessee’s first-ever major bowl game was against Oklahoma in the […]

Put away the peashooters, bring ear plugs and let Kiffin have it

By Steve Williams The best news University of Tennessee football fans got last week was Lane Kiffin is going to be on the Alabama sideline at Neyland Stadium when the Crimson Tide rolls into town on Oct. 25. Nick Saban is requiring Kiffin to do his offensive coordinating down on the field that day. Out […]

Wishful thinking: To see Vols beat Bama like Auburn did

By Steve Williams I’m not going to make any predictions on the University of Tennessee’s upcoming football season. But I happened to come across a homemade UT Wishing Well a few weeks ago, which has put me in the mood to make some wishes. First of all, I wish Tennessee had never dumped Phillip Fulmer, […]

This week belongs to high school football

By Steve Williams It’s a special time of the year. High school football season openers are just days away. I wish I had a nickle for every time I’ve heard a coach say, “The hay is in the barn.” Can we put Tennessee football on the back burner for a week? I know excitement is […]

Carter High quarterback values academics as well as football

By Steve Williams Knoxville already is represented by one quarterback in the Ivy League and may have another one playing in the prestigious conference in the near future. Carter High School’s Jonathan Freeman may have what it takes as a student-athlete to be in that position someday. While former CAK quarterback Quinn Epperly was having […]

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