First ever UT vs. ETSU game has a lot of local interest

By Steve Williams It’ll be a homecoming of sorts for Randy Sanders and many of his players when East Tennessee State University plays Tennessee this coming Saturday at Neyland Stadium. It will also be the first time ever the Buccaneers and Volunteers have played a football game against each other. I for one am glad […]

It’s about time Tennessee gets physical

By Steve Williams I can’t remember a UT football season I’ve wanted to get here quicker than this one. There are a couple of good reasons why, too. The Vols under Butch Jones hit rock bottom in 2017, losing eight games overall and going winless in SEC play for the first time in school history. […]

Whatta ya say big leagues? Gillispie is ready

By Steve Williams Mick Gillispie, Tennessee Smokies baseball broadcaster since 2007, is on deck for a major league gig. After all, he was selected the Ballpark Digest’s Minor League Broadcaster of the Year for 2017. That’s No. 1 among hundreds of others who do what he does across the country. A tremendous honor! But there’s […]

The ball is in the TSSAA’s court now

By Steve Williams Austin-East High School’s boys basketball team will be joined by Gibbs’ team for some community service work at the Love Kitchen on Martin Luther King Avenue after school Thursday (Aug. 16), said A-E Head Coach Marcus Stanton Friday. By then, the Roadrunners and the Chattanooga Brainerd team will know where they stand […]

Rosser has Central headed in the right direction again

  By Steve Williams Let’s turn back the clock 4½ years. That’s about when Bryson Rosser was announced as Central High’s new head football coach. He had made the decision to leave Hackensack High School in New Jersey, where he was offensive coordinator in 2013 and the head coach in waiting at his alma mater. […]

West spends three nights on campus to build ‘brotherhood’

By Steve Williams Preseason high school football is about getting in physical condition for the upcoming season and learning new plays and formations. And more in some cases, as building team chemistry is just as important as the Xs and Os. Not too long ago, some teams would go away for a week of camp […]

Return of Trey Smith is ‘big’ for Vols’ football hopes

  By Steve Williams Best news to come out of SEC Media Days last week was Coach Jeremy Pruitt’s announcement that Trey Smith had been medically cleared to play football and rejoin the team. The 6-6, 320-pound Smith, who missed spring practice due to an undisclosed medical condition, was tabbed the nation’s top freshman offensive […]

A-E and Brainerd waiting for Board of Control ruling

By Steve Williams Austin-East and Chattanooga Brainerd boys basketball programs will have special interest in the TSSAA Board of Control’s decision Aug. 13 when it announces its decision regarding the second-year of a post-season ban those two programs are currently under for the brawl that occurred in a game between the two teams last season. […]

Working and playing together makes us a better country

  By Steve Williams As USA gets ready to celebrate her 242nd birthday, I believe she is better now than ever when it comes to “liberty and justice for all.” The world of sports has helped us come together as people – blacks, whites, all colors. It may have taken longer than it should have, […]

Sadly, another sports treasure is lost on Rocky Top

(Editor’s note: Considering well over half of the Tennessee basketball and football games Mr. Ward broadcast were played on a Saturday, Steve Williams has used “Sadurday” a few times in this column to reflect his and many UT fans’ feelings after the death of the longtime Voice of the Vols.) By Steve Williams When I […]

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