Old Vol Buddy Cruze dead at 84

Marvin Westwestwords

Kyle “Buddy” Cruze, one of Knoxville’s greatest-ever athletes, is dead. He was 84.
Cruze was a football, basketball and track star at Knoxville High in the closing year of the school, …

SEC legends and not

Marvin Westwestwords

The tournament was fun. There were spectacular plays and a couple of great games and one strange development.
The Southeastern Conference is still trying to stay in step. It encourages audience …

Cheers for the champions

Marvin Westwestwords

Champs!
Now there is a word that says something. And it sure sounds good.
Being the champion of Southeastern Conference basketball is particularly meaningful. We have learned the hard way that titles …

Barnes’ exciting Vols are wildly inconsistent

Marvin Westwestwords

Funny thing about Rick Barnes’ disregard for coach-of-the-year conversation. He didn’t know anything about it and wasn’t interested in learning.
How could that be, you ask?
Wrong award. Doesn’t fit the fine …

Football question: Do opposites attract?

Marvin Westwestwords

Scientists debate whether opposites attract. In trying to explain Alabama man Jeremy Pruitt’s choice of Joe Osovet for his UT football staff, I say maybe yes, maybe no, depends on …

Helping Coach Pruitt

Marvin Westwestwords

New athletic director Phillip Fulmer said we should help new coach Jeremy Pruitt however we can in his first big game of catch-up.
Never in his life has Jeremy been as …

UT recruiting: We’ll find out later

Marvin Westwestwords

We’ll find out later, in a couple of years, what Jeremy Pruitt found at the end of his first recruiting rainbow. Unless a miracle happens, it won’t be a pot …