Josh Heupel’s Hiring Process

By Mark Nagi No matter the success you have had as a head coach in the past, transitions typically present some challenges. New Tennessee football coach Josh Heupel is learning that firsthand. He’s been on the job for over two weeks and his coaching staff is still a work in progress. Let’s look at the […]

Living the Buyout Life

By Mark Nagi When I was younger, I had dreams. I wanted to be the play by play voice of the New York Rangers. No, that didn’t pan out, but other dreams were realized. I have two smart and wonderful daughters, a roof over my head, a steady job… I know how blessed I am, […]

Vols hire Josh Heupel… now what?

Vols hire Josh Heupel… now what?

By Mark Nagi Last week the next era of Tennessee football officially got underway with the hiring of Central Florida’s Josh Heupel as the Vols’ new head coach. “I’m excited about what we’re embarking on,” said Heupel during his introductory press conference on January 27th. “I’m excited to be a part of Vol Nation. I’m […]

Tennessee Football Continues to Amaze

By Mark Nagi I’m speechless. Actually, no I’m not speechless. I’m just perplexed. How does Tennessee’s football program continue to screw things up, time after time? Last week, the University of Tennessee fired Jeremy Pruitt “for cause.” That means they expect that his dismissal will not trigger a buyout of over $12 million (although Pruitt’s […]

Vols hire Kevin Steele. What does it mean?

By Mark Nagi Tennessee’s football program is floundering. Recruits are de-committing. Assistant coaches are bolting. Their head coach has been in COVID-19 quarantine, not seen in nearly a month. Making matters worse, an internal investigation is underway to determine if Tennessee is guilty of recruiting violations. That’s not good. Tennessee has reportedly put a halt […]

A look ahead at 2021 in the world of sports

By Mark Nagi Well, it is that time again. Time to get out the crystal ball and make some predictions on the year ahead in sports. Some are actual predictions… some are tongue in cheek. It’s a fun game figuring out which are which! Let’s light this candle. In January, Tennessee football coach Jeremy Pruitt […]

I am a Fantasy Football Champion

By Mark Nagi It finally happened. After 25 years of playing fantasy football, many of those years playing in more than one league, I can finally put a fantasy football championship on my resume. My team, “Schiano Sunday,” beat Russell Smith’s “Freshwater Sarks” 115-75 in the finals in the Tennessee Sports Media League. As you’d […]

The Direction of Tennessee Football

By Mark Nagi Tennessee’s 2020 season was one to forget. From a six-game losing streak to a quarterback quandary that was never solved, to a total of seven losses that were each by double digits…  let’s just say that the Vol Network won’t be producing any special DVDs about the past 10 games. Things went […]

The Price of College Football ‘Progress’

By Mark Nagi This season has not been an ideal one for the Tennessee Volunteers. They started strong, then didn’t win a game for over two months. They lost six straight games for the first time since 1988. 2020 was worse as each of those defeats were by double digits. The progress that the Vols […]

Fantasy Football Hates Me

By Mark Nagi I’m writing this article at 2:24 a.m. on Wednesday, December 9, a few hours after the final NFL game of the week. Baltimore beat an awful Dallas team tonight 34-17, but that’s not the big news. I’m here to type a rambling, hopefully, coherent piece on why fantasy football should be banned […]