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 […]

Tennessee Welcomes Class of 2020

By Mark Nagi The Class of 2020 will not go down as the top recruiting class in Tennessee history. But the 23 student-athletes that have signed with the Vols will go a long way towards filling some gaping holes on this team.  At last look, the Vols class had jumped up to 10th in the […]

West High’s Drew Francis picks MTSU

By Mark Nagi Asked to describe the past couple of months, West linebacker Drew Francis said simply, “It was definitely stressful.” Back in July 2019, Francis verbally committed to Arkansas, turning down offers from Purdue and Memphis, among others.  But in November, head coach Chad Morris was fired, and Francis’s world was turned upside down. […]

The Lady Vols/UConn Series Resumes A Shell of its Former Self

By Mark Nagi Sequels rarely live up to the original. For every Godfather II there are endless Caddyshack 2s. That’s the way I felt watching last Thursday night when the Lady Vols played UConn for the first time in over 13 years. In 2007, Lady Vols head coach Pat Summitt surprisingly decided not to renew […]