Jeremy Pruitt is saying more

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Football coaches, even before they master all the Xs and Os, learn to talk extensively without saying too much. Politicians excel at this.
Jeremy Pruitt gets paid in part for talking …

Bert Rechichar dead at 89

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Bert Rechichar, one of the all-time Tennessee football greats on one of the all-time best teams, is dead at 89. He was wingback, safety and captain of the 1951 Volunteers.

Through …

Hall of Fame to honor Don Rackard

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If you know Don Rackard, 75, as a Christian musician and songwriter in Knoxville, you might be surprised to find him in Jeffersonville, Ind., this weekend for induction into the …

Recruiting Vol legacies is uncertain business

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This is old news. Tennessee has offered a football scholarship to Dallan Hayden, 5-11 and 176, sophomore at Christian Brothers High in Memphis.
The offer arrived last summer, before the world …

Now is safe time for Vol optimism

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July is a safe month for Tennessee football optimism. Exaggerations earn winks and smiles and might even be applauded. No matter what is said, most people will forget as soon …

Coming soon: 96 for Gus

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Happy 96th birthday, Gus, coming soon, July 8.
Gus Manning extended a helping hand to so many people during his long life at the University of Tennessee that he may not recall …

Zeng’s impossible dream

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If all goes well, we may soon acquire a new American, legal, accomplished, intellectual, ambitious, dedicated.
Zhipeng “Colin” Zeng, University of Tennessee athlete of the year, three-time NCAA diving champion, is …