On the Road… in White Jerseys

By Tom Mattingly In the days of Gen. Robert R. Neyland (and perhaps even before then), Tennessee wore its orange jerseys on the road. It was an article of faith. That notion came to an abrupt end with an SEC’s “Gentlemen’s Agreement” in early 1971, giving the home team the choice of taking the school-colored […]

Commemorating Shields-Watkins Field

By Tom Mattingly It was 99 years ago this past month, September 24, to be specific, that Tennessee played its first game in a new arena called “Shields-Watkins Field,” sometimes referred to in its early days as “Shields-Watkins Stadium” or “The Shields-Watkins Field.” Emory & Henry came to town to help christen the new stadium. […]

A Year of Comebacks

By Tom Mattingly It was a comeback to beat all comebacks in a season of comebacks and close games. Tennessee spotted archrival Vanderbilt a 28-3 lead in the second quarter in the 1987 regular season finale, as the Commodores scored on their first four possessions. Yet, somehow, someway, the Vols rallied to win, 38-36. It […]

Remembering Jimmy Streater, the ‘Sylva Streak’

By Tom Mattingly On Nov. 26, 1977, sophomore quarterback Jimmy Streater led the way in John Majors’ first SEC triumph, a 42-7 victory over Vanderbilt. He was pictured on p. 1 of the Sunday News-Sentinel sports section, with story sub-head that read, “Streater scores 3 TDs, passes for 1…” It closed out a 4-7 first […]

‘A Point of Pride’

By Tom Mattingly It was on a Sunday night, Dec. 1, 1963, and into the wee hours of Monday morning, Dec. 2, that sportswriters, such as the News-Sentinel’s Marvin West, were doing everything they could to find out about Arkansas assistant coach Doug Dickey. Dickey, six months past his 31 st birthday, was apparently Bob […]

‘Committed to what they were doing’

By Tom Mattingly Sometimes a team can win a game before they actually win it, even before they come out for pre-game warm-ups. There are times that the seemingly “little things,” ones no one else sees, can definitely make a difference. That was the case Nov. 8, 2003, when No. 18 Tennessee showed up at […]

‘If this is Shreveport, is it basketball or football?’

By Tom Mattingly Knoxville Fulton High School’s Ron Widby did it all on the football field and the basketball court during his time at the University of Tennessee, but no two days were more hectic than in mid-December 1965. It was during the time football and basketball seasons overlapped, and that was definitely the case […]

The Jackson Massacre

By Tom Mattingly The day was Nov. 15, 1969. Historically, it was the day of the “Jackson Massacre,” the 38-0 loss to Ole Miss at Mississippi Memorial Stadium that put a considerable damper on the 1969 Tennessee football season. Tennessee was No. 3 in the nation and headed for bigger and better things, maybe even […]

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