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Our Duck Pond will be giving more than directions again someday

By Steve Williams Officially, it’s the Historic Fountain City Lake. Most of us, however, know it simply as The Duck Pond. But for over a year now, you would be…

First two battles between Sooners and Volunteers were classics

By Steve Williams Although it’s been nearly a half of a century since the two have collided, Oklahoma and Tennessee do share a brief but exciting history in football. The…

Put away the peashooters, bring ear plugs and let Kiffin have it

By Steve Williams The best news University of Tennessee football fans got last week was Lane Kiffin is going to be on the Alabama sideline at Neyland Stadium when the…

Wishful thinking: To see Vols beat Bama like Auburn did

By Steve Williams I’m not going to make any predictions on the University of Tennessee’s upcoming football season. But I happened to come across a homemade UT Wishing Well a…

This week belongs to high school football

By Steve Williams It’s a special time of the year. High school football season openers are just days away. I wish I had a nickle for every time I’ve heard…

Carter High quarterback values academics as well as football

By Steve Williams Knoxville already is represented by one quarterback in the Ivy League and may have another one playing in the prestigious conference in the near future. Carter High…

College football must be careful to not abuse autonomy

By Steve Williams We’ve seen a lot of change in collegiate sports, particularly football, over the past 20 years or so. Some of the change has been good. I wish…

Butch and Vols can prove the SEC media wrong again

By Steve Williams It seems like Butch Jones’ brick-by-brick rebuilding project is moving at an inch-by-inch pace by the look of the 2014 season forecast and preseason all-conference selections at…

Vols still trying to get back on college football map

By Steve Williams It’s 48 days until Tennessee’s 2014 season football opener. That’s the good news. The sad news is it’s been 2,417 days since Tennessee football was relevant. The…

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