Is Tennessee… Back?

By Mark Nagi Somehow, during the horrific COVID-19 pandemic, Tennessee’s football program is thriving. I mean, thriving in the only way you can thrive when there are no games being played. At last look, the Vols are second in the nation and first in the SEC in recruiting rankings for the Class of 2021. They […]

NCAA athletes will (likely) soon be compensated

By Mark Nagi It’s been a long time in coming. Finally, it appears that collegiate athletes will be allowed by the NCAA to receive compensation for their own name, image and likeness. “Throughout our efforts to enhance support for college athletes, the NCAA has relied upon considerable feedback from and the engagement of our members, […]

A shout out for high school athletes

  By Mark Nagi It’s no secret that COVID-19 has had a huge effect on the daily lives of all Americans.  The way we shop, the way we travel, the way we work… nothing is normal these days. It got me thinking about what this ordeal has meant to high school athletes.  They spend years […]

Q&A with Kevin Burnett

By Mark Nagi Tennessee has had its share of quality football players over the years. In the 2000s, one of the best of the best with linebacker Kevin Burnett. A two-time team captain, Burnett shined during his senior season in 2004. He was an all-SEC performer, collected 120 tackles, including a career-high 16 stops in […]

Henry To’o To’o’s Time to Shine

  By Mark Nagi During this break in the action, we sometimes have a hard time thinking about the return of sports. It almost hurts to hope. But we have faith this is just a temporary hiccup. With that in mind, let’s talk football. Tennessee’s linebacking corps is taking a huge hit with the graduation […]

Tennessee is Gaining Ground in SEC East

  By Mark Nagi During this break in the action, we sometimes have a hard time thinking about the return of sports. It almost hurts to hope. But we have faith this is just a temporary hiccup. With that in mind, let’s talk football. The Tennessee Volunteers aren’t at the elite level in the SEC. […]

Coronavirus hits the bottom line for sports workers

By Mark Nagi There are a bazillion reasons why the Coronavirus is awful. In the world of sports, it has ended the seasons and in some case careers of high school and collegiate athletes. It has taken away the enjoyment we all feel as fans. But what about those that work the sporting events? I’m […]

Coronavirus creates havoc for Vols, Lady Vols

  By Mark Nagi When you first heard about the Coronavirus, you probably didn’t think very much of it. Far too often it has been a boy who cried wolf type situation when we are told about something that could affect out health. But this is different. Look, I’m not an epidemiologist, so the last […]

Q&A with Gibbs running back Ethan Humphries

By Mark Nagi Last week Gibbs standout Ethan Humphries signed with Centre College, a private, liberal arts college in Danville, Kentucky.  Humphries ran for 1,433 yards and scored 14 touchdowns for the Eagles in 2019. We caught up with Humphries shortly after he made that very important decision.   The Knoxville Focus: Congratulations on your […]

How Sports Keep Us Connected

  By Mark Nagi A couple of weeks ago I met two of my college friends in Detroit for the weekend. That’s right, the decision was made to go to Michigan. In February. This isn’t exactly a must visit location in the dead of winter.  Heck, if you look across the Detroit River, you’ll see […]