W.C. Cooper, another old Vol, has died

Marvin Westwestwords

The treasured list of oldest Tennessee football lettermen is dwindling.
A private burial with military honors was conducted Monday at the Chattanooga National Memorial Cemetery for long-ago tailback Wilburn Conda Cooper, …

Tennessee is a basketball school

Marvin Westwestwords

Tennessee was a baseball school on Saturday. Grand-slamming Vanderbilt lifts the spirit.
Today, Tennessee is a basketball school, for the next few minutes as you read this, and maybe for the …

Shrewd move to allow Vol fans at practice

Marvin Westwestwords

Open house at Neyland Stadium was a shrewd move.
After being cuffed and kicked around like stray dogs, Tennessee football fans were finally thrown a bone – a free show. Alas …

Three faces of Easter

Marvin Westwestwords

Miracles happen now and then.
Eight decades ago, my grandmother convinced me. She used Easter as the example.
On Sunday, April 22, 1984, I used Easter as the Living section front, page …

Vol legend Herky Payne dead at 92

Marvin WestWest Knox, westwords

The list of Tennessee sports legends keeps dwindling.
Harold “Herky” Payne, the greatest second-team tailback in Volunteer history, died of natural causes in the early morning hours of Tuesday at a …

Soap opera shaping up at Tennessee

Marvin Westwestwords

Speculation is rampant that a new soap opera is taking shape at the University of Tennessee.
The setting is said to be Stokely Hall.
The dorm with the famous name fronts on Lake …

UT athletics: Points to ponder

Marvin Westwestwords

Basketball points to ponder:

You are what your record says you are. Tennessee went 11-8 against conference foes. Vols were 2-0 against Vanderbilt.
NCAA tournament participation, such as it was, earned Rick …