And now, it’s basketball time in Tyndallsee

By Steve Williams It’s so interesting how fast the dominoes can fall. Auburn snatched up Bruce Pearl before Tennessee could have if it wanted. Cuonzo Martin left for the calmer pastures of California. Eleven-year-old Grace Tyndall sent her dad a text message: THE TENNESSEE JOB IS OPEN: HINT! HINT! Donnie Tyndell said, “When do I […]

Classy Cuonzo finds ‘peace of mind’ in California

By Steve Williams My first thought when I heard the breaking news: Is this a belated April Fool’s joke? I wish it had been, but this was real. Cuonzo Martin had left the University of Tennessee men’s basketball program to become head coach at California. A little later, as I listened to the news and […]

All joking aside, Denton, Voice of Neyland Stadium, will be missed

By Steve Williams There seemed to be more laughter than sadness when family, friends and fans of Bobby Denton reacted to the passing of the popular and longtime University of Tennessee football public address announcer last week. From the many stories I’ve read and heard, Denton, the Voice of Neyland Stadium, obviously lived a fun-filled […]

Mathieu could have set up Tennessee for a national title

By Steve Williams It’s hard to argue with a Sweet 16 showing, but Tennessee could have won the NCAA championship this season. Point guard DeAndre Mathieu, a product of Knoxville Central High School who helped lead Minnesota to the NIT title last week, could have made the difference. Cuonzo Martin passed on two opportunities to […]

Off-and-on play against Michigan mirrors Vols’ season

By Steve Williams Tennessee’s play against Michigan in the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament was like a microcosm of its season. The Vols fell behind, battled back and came up a little short. Going into Friday night’s game in Indianapolis, I thought Michigan, a team known for its 3-point marksmanship, would experience […]

Determined Vols make it to the Dance after all

By Steve Williams Give Cuonzo Martin credit. The embattled University of Tennessee basketball coach didn’t let himself get caught up in all that negativity. He kept his eye on the prize and his players followed suit. As I write this on Friday night, the Vols are coming off NCAA tournament wins over Iowa and UMass […]

Slowly but surely, I’ve become a fan of Speedy

By Steve Williams It took me over three years to become a fan of Meighan Simmons. The Tennesee Lady Vol who Pat Summitt nicknamed “Speedy” was a turnover machine as a freshman in 2010-11. I used to think there’s no way the UT women can win big on the national scene with Simmons on the […]

There’s still time on the clock for Cuonzo and the Vols

By Steve Williams No question about it, it’s been an up-and-down basketball season for Tennessee. What started with high expectations has been surprisingly frustrating. Instead of looking forward to seeing where the Vols would land in the bracket on Sunday Selection Day, many of us are now wondering if their name will even be called. […]

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