Tennessee Starts Strong, Looks to Pittsburgh

Tennessee Starts Strong, Looks to Pittsburgh By Mark Nagi For the second straight season, the Tennessee Volunteers got an early start with a weeknight matchup against a MAC team. For the second straight season, a blowout victory was in the cards. 92,236 fans packed...

Hope Lives With Tennessee Football

By Mark Nagi The bad times… oh there have been a few. From Lane Kiffin’s midnight run to Derek Dooley’s Orange Pants to Butch Jones’s Champions of Life and to Jeremy Pruitt’s COVID sleeve that covered everything but his eyeballs, Tennessee’s football program has had...

Tennessee’s QB Room Continues to Improve

By Mark Nagi I’m of the mindset that no Tennessee football player will ever win the Heisman Trophy. In 1951, Johnny Majors was the best football player in the country not named Jim Brown. But Majors lost to Paul Hornung and the Notre Dame PR machine. In 1997, Peyton...

The Return of the V-O-L-S at Neyland Stadium

By Mark Nagi If you’ve been around the UT campus lately you’ve likely seen a lot of construction taking place at Neyland Stadium. Phase one renovations are expected to be complete in time for the season opener on September 1 at home against Ball State. Those...

College Athletics Changing for the Worse

By Mark Nagi I’m not good with change. Never have been. Never will be. I was sad when Rita’s Bakery closed its doors. I went to the Tazewell Pike store a few times a year for over a decade, picking up fancy sugar cookies for my daughter’s birthdays. It was a special...

The Love Kitchen Continues to Make a Difference

By Mark Nagi Ending hunger for everyone. “The Love Kitchen” in East Knoxville was born on Valentine’s Day 1986 with that mission in mind. It was the brainchild of twin sisters Helen Ashe and Ellen Turner. They served 22 people that first day. All that Helen and Ellen...