Vols’ move a bit cliche; Currie’s career-defining search commences

Don’t waste time seeking the “Ah-ha!” moment. Borrow instead from the book of cliches that define a tenure as much as blowout-losses, marginal on-field progress, remarkable off-field progress and flat-out too much drama and not enough winning. Butch Jones’ reign atop the University of Tennessee football program is over; he exits Rocky Top with a… Continue reading Vols’ move a bit cliche; Currie’s career-defining search commences

Forecasting the Vols; concussion concerns along OL; Callaway’s ‘D.A.T.’ dude

It’s the time of year for forecasts and predictions on the college football season as opening games sit scarcely a week away from kickoff. Tennessee rests 17 days from lifting the lid on its 2017 season against Georgia Tech inside Atlanta’s new Mercedes Stadium, which is hosting a pair of sold-out college contests before the… Continue reading Forecasting the Vols; concussion concerns along OL; Callaway’s ‘D.A.T.’ dude

Views From The Top: UT officials tour Mercedes as opener nears; inside Jones’ separation from agent; turning the page

With kickoff for Tennessee’s season opener against Georgia Tech for the Chick-Fil-A Classic inside Atlanta’s gleaming new Mercedes Stadium less than 40 days away, Volunteers’ officials already have been conducting site tours of the new mega-structure that will serve as the home of the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons and also host the College Football Playoff championship… Continue reading Views From The Top: UT officials tour Mercedes as opener nears; inside Jones’ separation from agent; turning the page

Views From The Top: 5 breakout Vols; Props to T.K.; Caravan good, bad

Over the coming weeks before Tennessee opens its fifth fall camp under Butch Jones on July 29, I will take a look at various coaches, players and positional groups that could make or break the Vols’ 2017 campaign. It is, without question or hyperbole, the most critical season of Jones’ now 11 years as a… Continue reading Views From The Top: 5 breakout Vols; Props to T.K.; Caravan good, bad

Vols will wear Nike’s top unis in ’17; Last signee clearing hurdles; Clark to ETSU?

Tennessee isn’t an emissary for Nike’s iconic, trendy “Jumpman” brand — not yet, anyway, though not for lack of effort — but it is a program with profile enough to get a uniform elevation this fall from Nike. After Nike, apparel provider thus far for all 12 College Football Playoff participants, debuted its newest, technologically… Continue reading Vols will wear Nike’s top unis in ’17; Last signee clearing hurdles; Clark to ETSU?

Key names in Vols’ baseball search; Donors find harsh parking changes; Football salaries soar; Stipe a huge hire

After dispatching longtime University of Tennessee athletics department veteran administrator Carmen Tegano, as well as new hire Blair DeBoard, chief of staff to new athletics director John Currie, to Hoover, Ala., during the SEC Baseball Tournament, UT this week is conducting serious interviews for its baseball vacancy, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the… Continue reading Key names in Vols’ baseball search; Donors find harsh parking changes; Football salaries soar; Stipe a huge hire

Vols’ opener has $205 face-value tickets; Candidates emerge for UT diamond post; Satellite camps should cost much less

The University of Tennessee began on Tuesday soliciting orders from its donors for the Volunteers’ season-opening football game Sept. 4 inside Atlanta’s yet-to-be-completed Mercedes Stadium. And two things, based on donors with whom I spoke, immediately jumped out about the prospective ticket options: Donors cannot choose where they will sit beyond requesting a preference, with… Continue reading Vols’ opener has $205 face-value tickets; Candidates emerge for UT diamond post; Satellite camps should cost much less