Barnes wins home game

Marvin Westwestwords

Readers who become editorial supervisors when the pot gets hot are telling me what to tell Rick Barnes.
“You burned the bridge, old buddy.”
“Let him go. I’ll help him pack.”
“It’s all …

Salute to General Grant

Marvin Westwestwords

Just in case Grant Williams goes away before his time at Tennessee expires, I’d like to say a word about his first three years. Wow!
 
Williams came near enough to doing …

The recruiting of Grover Glick

Marvin Westwestwords

Recruiting is a very serious business. It is simply the lifeblood of college athletics.
Identifying prospects is the preliminary part. Evaluation is critical. Coaches try to develop X-ray vision to look …

Marvin West writes: The end

Marvin Westwestwords

Tennessee basketball, a fun team to follow, talented and personable, finished a very fine season a few shots short of its stated goal.
There’ll be no championship or even a Final …

Injury report: Rodgers, Senzel out

Marvin Westwestwords

Amari Rodgers, former Knoxville Catholic High standout and the No. 2 receiver for national champion Clemson, has suffered a torn ACL in spring practice and will likely miss all or …

Happiness – for now – is Sweet 16 

Marvin Westwestwords

Happiness is surviving disaster, watering down the coach in celebration and moving on to the Sweet 16.
Tennessee was the best team in the country, No. 1 again, for a half …

Let the games begin

Marvin Westwestwords

Hear ye, hear ye, make way for the greatest show on Earth.
No, not the circus. PETA says it is passé. We’re talking about March Madness. It is upon us.
NCAA basketball is very …

Marvin West: Time to talk football

Marvin Westwestwords

Bruce Pearl sends greetings. My reaction is to call timeout. Basketball resumes Friday. Let’s talk football.
Combining what I learned from how little I played with how much I have seen …