Mike Hutchens’ Last Ride

By Mark Nagi The Knoxville Catholic Boys’ Basketball program won’t be the same come March. Whenever their season ends, that will also mark the completion of the long and successful coaching career of Mike Hutchens. “40 years is a lot of anything,” Hutchens said. “I just thought it was time. The program is in good […]

Tennessee’s Unexpected 2021 Season

By Mark Nagi When the 2021 football season got underway for the Tennessee Volunteers, expectations were extremely low. Jeremy Pruitt had been fired as head coach, and athletics director Phillip Fulmer was forced to retire. An NCAA investigation into recruiting violations under Pruitt’s watch was underway. The program saw nearly 30 defections as Tennessee players […]

Let Sports Take You to New Places

  By Mark Nagi In the 1990 classic “The Hunt for Red October,” Captain Vasili Borodin has a great conversation with Captain Ramius aboard the nuclear submarine, which is on its way to America for the purposes of their defection from the USSR to the United States. I’m sure that IMDB has a much more […]

Powell’s Walter Nolen makes a big impact

By Mark Nagi If you go to a Powell Panthers football practice, Walter Nolen is pretty much impossible to miss. And college scouts certainly aren’t missing him. The Powell defensive lineman is a consensus 5-star prospect, and one of the top recruits in the nation. 247Sports currently has him listed as the number two recruit […]

Will Tennessee make it to a Bowl Game?

By Mark Nagi When Butch Jones took over as Tennessee’s head coach following the 2012 season, the Vols went 5-7 and missed a bowl game. When Jeremy Pruitt took over as Tennessee’s head coach following the 2017 season, the Vols went 5-7 and missed a bowl game. Will Josh Heupel match those five wins, or […]

A night at the ballgame

By Mark Nagi I love baseball.  I love everything about it. I love going to a ballpark, smelling the hot dogs and the beer. I love how the sport is played with breakneck speed at a deliberate pace. I love the history. I love that Honus Wagner, Babe Ruth, Willie Mays and Mike Trout have […]

Q&A with Roger Bennett

By Mark Nagi From time to time, we get the opportunity to catch up with a personality from the world of sports.  Recently I had the chance to speak with Roger Bennett, co-host of the popular Men in Blazers show on NBCSN and author of Reborn in the USA, which debuted at Number 1 on […]

Name, Image and Likeness Won’t Destroy College Sports

By Mark Nagi Name, Image and Likeness (NIL) finally came to collegiate athletics back on July 1st. Much to the chagrin of the NCAA, “student-athletes” will be able to capitalize on their publicity and be compensated through third-party endorsements without worrying that the NCAA would strip them of eligibility. The NCAA fought against this for […]

Sports Hate is OK

By Mark Nagi I’m not afraid to say that I am anti-hate. Yes, I know that this is a bold statement, but I’m ok with it. Ever since Eve ate that apple, there has been conflict, and people have found reasons to hate each other. If you put two kids in a sandbox they’d play […]

Vols Omaha Stay Short Lived

  By Mark Nagi The Vols baseball team arrived in Omaha as one of the teams to beat at the College World Series. But the momentum they had brought with them to Nebraska didn’t carry over. Following losses last week to Virginia and Texas, Tennessee’s season ended abruptly. “Sometimes baseball is a crazy game,” said […]

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