I’m Thankful for Sports

  By Mark Nagi There is so much doom and gloom in the world of sports right now.  And I understand those emotions.  It’s sad to think about.  But that doesn’t mean there isn’t sunshine in the storm. I’m sitting in a vacation rental in Carolina Beach writing this article. My daughters and their friends […]

College Football this Fall is in Jeopardy

By Mark Nagi Late last week, the NCAA released its “next set of return to sport” guidelines. And if you thought it would be business as usual in the sport we all love so much, think again. Other sports such as golf and cross country have been affected by COVID-19, but let’s be clear. Football […]

What we missed at SEC Media Days

By Mark Nagi COVID-19 is continuing to have a massive affect on the world of sports.  One of the many victims was the annual SEC Media Days. It was supposed to take place July 13-16 in Atlanta, but the schedule was changed for good reason. That doesn’t mean that we can’t have some fun with […]

Football this Fall?

By Mark Nagi I don’t like it. I know you don’t like it. But for now, living without sports is a reality that we have all had to accept. We are seeing sports make a bit of a comeback. NASCAR has been racing a couple of times a week, and they are hoping to have […]

Q&A with former Vol Robert Ayers

By Mark Nagi The Knoxville Catholic Fighting Irish made news recently when they hired former Tennessee Vol standout Robert Ayers to be their new defensive line coach.  Ayers was picked in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos and played nine pro seasons with the Broncos, New York Giants and […]

Practice is special these days…

By Mark Nagi Football practice can be a brutal exercise… but the COVID-19 pandemic has made all of us value normalcy.  So, it’s no surprise that local coaches and players are happy to simply have the chance to get together and practice the sport they all love, in whatever form possible. Recently I had the […]

Remembering Johnny Majors

Remembering Johnny Majors

By Mark Nagi When they build the Mt. Rushmore of Tennessee football (I’m sure that is in the next budget for the athletic department), there are three non-negotiables. General Robert Neyland, the father of the program. Peyton Manning, one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. Reggie White, one of the greatest defensive players of […]

High school athletes are back to work

  By Mark Nagi Tuesday, May 26 was a big day for some Knox County football teams. The high school fields were once again busy, as teams began the process of resuming organized workouts in anticipation of the 2020 season. “It’s been different,” said Grace Christian Academy head coach Rusty Bradley. “When we got out […]

Catching up with former Vol Gerald Riggs Jr.

  By Mark Nagi Gerald Riggs Jr. played for the Tennessee Volunteers from 2002-2005, rushing for 1893 yards and scoring ten touchdowns. His best season was in 2004, when he gained 1107 yards on the ground. Recently he moved into the high school football coaching side of the sport when he was hired to coach […]

Missing Sports… and Eyeing Their Return

By Mark Nagi I miss sports like the desert misses the rain. I never thought the pain would be so severe… so all-encompassing, but here we are. And you know what?  That’s ok. We’ll get through it. I’ve loved sports as long as I have memories.  From the joy of watching the USA upset the […]

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