From around here

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Thousands of little boys from around here, blessed with little orange shirts, grew up to be followers of Tennessee football. Some learned from their parents. Some learned listening to the …

It can only go up from here

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Things learned, concluded or reminded of since last we met …
It can only go up from here.
There are two views of football pressure, feel it or apply it.
Most teams have …

Question at quarterback

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When there is a question at quarterback, Tennessee fans get very excited.
Who will win the job? Will the runner-up transfer? What about depth? Is the QB of the future on …

Difference of opinion

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What we have here is a difference of opinion.
Recruiting evaluators, analysts and sportswriters, after countless hours of personal observation, film study and input from friends and neighbors, have determined that the state …

Chad Pennington: What might have been

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We realists are not big on “What might have been.”
On occasions, I do wonder if anybody’s life would have turned out differently had Chad Pennington played football at Tennessee.
The Volunteers …

Random thoughts on Tennessee football 

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Moment of reflection: 2017 was truly awful and maybe worse.
Outlook: Lane Kiffin, expert on many subjects, says Jeremy Pruitt will do a great job solving Tennessee problems and restoring happiness.
“He is …

Tennessee flag at half-mast

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The Tennessee flag flies at half-mast today. John Ward has died.
The legendary announcer was bigger than life to a few million Tennessee sports fans. For three decades and more, he …

How to pronounce Akporoghene

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Bob Kesling, Voice of the Vols, is on the case. He’ll find out for sure how to pronounce Chris Akporoghene’s last name, just in case the large young man becomes …