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Behind the numbers, Dobbs provides hope for banner year

By Steve Williams My advice to Tennessee fans heading into the 2015 football season would be to enter with cautious optimism. I say that after reviewing the past six rebuilding…

Fittingly, 2013 season opener at Gibbs ended under a full moon

By Steve Williams It was a high school football season opener worth recalling. I can’t remember ever seeing a better one, and that’s going back to the mid-1960s. On Aug.…

Vols have been in and out of college football’s national spotlight

By Steve Williams Tennessee football has received plenty of positive recognition on the national scene since the Vols capped off the 2014 season by blasting Iowa in the Tax Slayer…

Vols can gain more from beating Georgia than Florida this year

By Steve Williams Despite how much Tennessee football fans want to end that 10-game losing streak to Florida, SEC Eastern Division favorite Georgia is the team they should be circling…

Forecast at SEC Media Days: Alabama or Auburn in title game?

By Steve Williams The preseason football forecast that came out of SEC Media Days last week was a head scratcher. Georgia was picked to win the Eastern Division of the…

Keeping busy in athletics helped A-E’s Stephens stay focused

By Steve Williams Ahjanai Stephens picked participation over specialization in her high school athletic career at Austin-East. The Lady Roadrunners’ Student-Athlete of the Year participated in three sports plus band…

With Pat’s help, there’s still time for a change of Hart

By Steve Williams I’ve tried to get Dave Hart’s attention about this Lady Vol thing. In my annual Dear Santa letter, I asked for Hart to be showered with Lady…

Vols’ football season will get off to a sizzling start

By Steve Williams Start the countdown. It’s 10 Saturdays until the Tennessee football opener. Television bigwigs last week put out the starting times for the season’s first three games. They…

Tennessee basketball has another dark cloud overhead

By Steve Williams Just what we didn’t need. Another dark cloud over the University of Tennessee men’s basketball program. Allegations of serious academic wrongdoing in the Texas program when new…

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