Roadrunners hope to make their mark this season

By Steve Williams It’s been over 40 years, but longtime Austin-East fans haven’t forgotten the glory years of Roadrunner basketball. The school gave Knox County its first state championship in the TSSAA’s classification era when Elston Turner led A-E to the Class AAA title in 1977. A brick monument honoring that squad still stands in […]

An 8-team College Football Playoff would be better

  By Steve Williams Sometimes you just have to stand up for yourself. The University of Central Florida did that last week and proclaimed its football team the 2017 national champion. The Knights had a parade in Orlando, put the “We’re No. 1” news on billboards, hung a banner in their stadium and no doubt […]

Putting football on the back burner

  By Steve Williams Need to get away from football for a while? After NFL action and 40 bowl games, including the College Football Playoff semifinals on New Year’s Day, I expected so. Today’s topic: UT basketball … and ladies first. Before we get too carried away with our Lady Vols, there were still two […]

A lot of us for once will be pulling for Alabama

By Steve Williams Bobbie Fisher, who operates my favorite booth at the Expo Center Flea Market with her husband John, told me she would be rooting for Jeremy Pruitt and Alabama in the upcoming College Football Playoffs. And I quickly told her I would be, too, as I’m sure a lot of Tennessee fans will […]

UT fans get a new AD and football coach for Christmas

1, 2, 3, 4! I’m gettin’ nuttin’ for Christmas ‘Cause I ain’t been nothin’ but bad I held out for Gruden way too long Somebody snitched on me I hollered no for the guy in Ohio Somebody snitched on me We couldn’t get Cutcliffe back We tried Gundy but that fell through Even botched the […]

‘Do it with Pruitt’ and Cade’s difficult decision

By Steve Williams A caller to a local radio sports talk show offered a couple of slogans last Thursday afternoon that could be used for new University of Tennessee football head coach Jeremy Pruitt and his program. “Do it with Pruitt,” suggested the caller. And later on, if things don’t go well … “Pruitt blew […]

Fulmer will do what’s best for Tennessee athletics

By Steve Williams New UT head coaches and athletic directors always wear an orange tie at their introductory press conference. So did Phillip Fulmer when he was introduced Friday afternoon as Tennessee’s new AD. But he didn’t have to rush out and buy one. Phil’s ties to the university actually go back to the late […]

Currie could ‘Cut’ to the chase and give a UT guy the reins

By Steve Williams John Currie is in the process of making his first major hire as University of Tennessee athletics director. The task of filling UT’s vacant head coaching position could turn out to be just as easy as it once was for the Vols to beat Kentucky and Vanderbilt in football. Those good old […]

Opening act may be a long-running show for Lady Vols

By Steve Williams Fans came to Thompson-Boling Arena last Tuesday night to get their first look at the Tennessee Lady Vols’ four new freshmen basketball players. They had heard so much about the nation’s No. 1 recruiting class of 2017. Those in the crowd of 7,612 wearing orange and white, and in many cases Lady […]

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