Carter Hornets are state’s top-scoring basketball team

By Steve Williams The old saying in sports about “offense sells tickets and defense wins championships” comes to mind when considering what Carter High School’s boys basketball team has done on the court this season. The Hornets, under new coach Joby Boydstone, didn’t win the District 3-AA regular season championship, but they averaged 92.3 points […]

Super blowout could turn out to be Peyton’s last game

By Steve Williams The biggest worry going into Super Bowl XLVIII was the weather. But that turned out to be the least of worries. Still, the most watched game of the year in all of sports was a disaster, if you were pulling for the Denver Broncos and specifically Peyton Manning, as so many of […]

A nice wish, a Super question and snow days at Rec Hall

By Steve Williams A little over 48 hours after Florida handed the Tennessee men’s basketball team its worst defeat of the season, a voice was heard in the darkness: “Right now I just wish fans would stay on board with this team and this coach.” Maybe you heard the comment, like I did. In case […]

Cuonzo isn’t only UT coach with work to do

By Steve Williams Increasing speculation that Bruce Pearl could again be the men’s basketball coach at the University of Tennessee is a hot topic at the water cooler these days. I first wrote about it 10 months ago after Cuonzo Martin’s Vols lost to Alabama in the quarterfinal round of the Southeastern Conference basketball tournament […]

Vols help Cuonzo weather storm, outlook is brighter

By Steve Williams Criticism of the University of Tennessee men’s basketball program was raining down after a disappointing 65-58 home loss to North Carolina State on Dec. 18. Some fans were even wanting to get the ball rolling to replace Cuonzo Martin with former coach Bruce Pearl before the Vols could rim out another 3-pointer, […]

Here’s hoping Santa will swoosh in to fulfill a wish

Here’s hoping Santa will swoosh in to fulfill a wish

By Steve Williams Dear Santa, I guess it was one day last spring when I walked into The Knoxville Focus office and saw this cute little black puppy. At first, I thought she belonged to Rose King, who is in charge of our office and classifieds and a hundred and one other things at The […]

Another 5-7 record, but it’s a better one

By Steve Williams Tennessee’s football team has finished 5-7 three seasons in a row now, but there’s a world of difference in this year’s record compared to the other two. A difference that can easily be seen just by looking at the Vols’ last three games against Kentucky. In 2011, Tennessee lost 10-7 in Lexington, […]

Jeff Francis chose coaching over reporting football

By Steve Williams Jeff Francis resigned as sideline reporter for the Vol Network in 2007 to spend more time with his family. Much of that time has been coaching his sons’ football teams. This season was Francis’ ninth coaching youth football and it was highlighted by his West team of 11 year old players winning […]

Michael Palardy having an All-American kind of season

By Steve Williams When a punter or placekicker is a team’s most valuable player, that’s usually a tell-tale sign that it hasn’t been a banner season for the team. It could mean there were too many failed third-down conversions, resulting in punting situations instead of first downs. In the case of a placekicker, it could […]

These Falcons on track to become Knoxville’s best ever

By Steve Williams Are these Fulton Falcons the greatest Knoxville high school football team of all time? Answer: Yes, if. To earn such a great distinction, Fulton must win the state championship. One slip-up, and the Falcons’ argument for “best ever” wouldn’t hold up against five former Knoxville teams that finished undefeated with a state […]