Never-say-die Vols turn things around again

By Steve Williams Tennessee’s performance in the 2020 TaxSlayer Gator Bowl was much like its regular season. An ugly start with a beautiful ending. The Vols got inside Indiana’s 10-yardline on their first two possessions Thursday night and came away with three points. UT fans were feeling down in the dumps, much like they did […]

The end is not always golden, but can still sparkle

By Steve Williams Thirty minutes after the game, maybe longer, South-Doyle High School senior quarterback Mason Brang still had his helmet on and chin strap buckled. He was on his way to the Cherokees’ dressing room after their season-ending 20-16 loss to Central in the TSSAA Class 5A state quarterfinals on Nov. 22. He was […]

Snapper has dropped out of ‘Vandy hater’ rankings

By Steve Williams It’s “Hate Vandy Week,” but we won’t hear Snapper Morgan on a local sports radio-call-in show like we have regularly in the past. Snapper Morgan had risen to No. 3 on my list of “Vandy haters” over the years, trailing only the late George Cafego and No. 2 Joe Thompson. Cafego was […]

Vols’ infamous start may have historic finish

By Steve Williams A Tennessee football team that got off to one of the worse starts in school history now has a chance to have the best finish ever. From 0-2 and 1-4, including the embarrassing loss to Georgia State in the season opener, to a 5-5 record, that’s how far the Vols had come […]

Games cancelled, but you can still help the Price family

By Steve Williams   The eighth annual Careacter Star Community Service Games had to be cancelled this year and that’s a shame. Not enough coaches wanted to step up and bring their teams to the charitable event this season for one reason or another. As of last Tuesday, only one team had committed to play. […]

Pruitt is still best hope for UT football in the long run

By Steve Williams When Jeremy Pruitt said late last season that he needed better players, the first-year Tennessee football coach was criticized by some, although he was just being brutally honest. When he said last week in his open date press conference that his team was “a hundred times better” than it was a year […]

Mental coaches give South-Doyle football a unique advantage

By Steve Williams South-Doyle is believed to be the only high school in Knox County to have “mental performance coaches” as part of its football staff. And last week, Head Coach Clark Duncan really needed them. After senior quarterback Mason Brang went down with a serious leg injury late in the second quarter of the […]

After all that’s been said, Vols could finish 5-7 or 10-3

By Steve Williams Since Tennessee’s Orange and White spring football game on April 13, it’s been what many fans refer to as the “talking season.” It’s the final phase of what has evolved into a year-round football season and does not end until the regular season kicks off, and not a minute sooner. Seriously, this […]

Decision to add Terry Brown to Hall of Fame was easy

Decision to add Terry Brown to Hall of Fame was easy

By Steve Williams Gratitude filled Terry Brown’s thoughts when he found out he was going to be inducted into the Greater Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame. The longtime official was very appreciative of being among what he called a “magnificent” 2019 class of inductees, and he reflected too on the previous “celebrated” classes he would […]