KNOXVILLE — As the University of Tennessee athletics beat writer for The Chattanooga Times Free Press, one of my constant assignments is following the careers of players from our three-state coverage area. Typically, by the time a tri-stater is a senior, I know them pretty well. Baylor School graduate Kevin Cooper is no exception.
KNOXVILLE — Friday’s Times Free Press sports section will have a feature story on University of Tennessee senior offensive lineman Jarrod Shaw. Shaw, who considered quitting football to focus on his Masters degree after getting benched early last season by former UT head coach Lane Kiffin, has quietly been a vital Volunteer under new head man Derek Dooley.
KNOXVILLE — You can’t cover major college sports these days without covering controversy.
KNOXVILLE — Many people close in any capacity to the University of Tennessee football program know the academic story of Gerald Williams. Well, they know how it started.
KNOXVILLE — LaMarcus Thompson is a nerd. A "cool nerd," but a nerd.
KNOXVILLE — Luke Stocker could be in the NFL right now, but he’s not. He could be the University of Tennessee’s leading pass-catcher, but he’s not. He could be the most frustrated man on campus, but he’s not. Not anymore, anyway.
KNOXVILLE — It’s no stretch to call Eric Gordon’s Saturday a bad day.
KNOXVILLE — I keep intending to interview just one University of Tennessee football player for this weekly “Wednesday’s with Wes” web special, but this week provided another can’t-miss opportunity to interview two Volunteers.
KNOXVILLE — For the first installment of “Wednesdays with Wes,” I thought it would be nice to give our loyal TFP readers a two-for-one.
KNOXVILLE — First-year University of Tennessee football coach Derek Dooley had several interesting things to say Sunday night after analyzing film of Saturday’s 31-17 loss to Florida, and our newspaper only has so much space.
KNOXVILLE -- Nick Reveiz didn't see the field in Saturday afternoon's Orange-White game. No sense tempting the football gods by playing on a repaired knee that could almost assuredly use a few more weeks of rehab.
KNOXVILLE — No bitterness or bad taste. No finger-pointing or foul language. Just handshakes and hugs.
KNOXVILLE — Nick Stephens doesn’t want to play college football anywhere other than Tennessee, but the rising fifth-year senior’s desire to start overcame his love for the Volunteers and the people associated with their program.
ST. LOUIS -- The questioned was posed to Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl on Saturday, long before anyone was sure the Vols' best basketball season ever would end within 24 hours.
Dane Bradshaw needed little prompting to remember the last time Tennessee faced Ohio State in basketball's Sweet Sixteen.