Goodbye to Bobby Gratz

Marvin Westwestwords

Tennessee has lost a genuine Vol for Life, a highly respected former athlete and educator.
Bobby Gratz, 73, expert on living, died on Dec. 28 after a war with cancer.
He was …

Bowl time by the fireside 

Marvin Westwestwords

In times past, this was the week the traveling Tennessee thousands would gather in New Orleans or Orlando or Dallas for another bowl game. Party time. Paint the town. Go …

Could be Barnes can coach

Marvin Westwestwords

When Rick Barnes was fired at Texas and immediately recycled by Tennessee, the scouting report said great record, terrific recruiter, class act.
So, how come he was sent packing? The Longhorns …

Experience on the fly

Marvin Westwestwords

After much wringing of hands and gritting of teeth about the great gap in Jeremy Pruitt’s football resume, the lack of head-coaching experience, consider this:
Phillip Fulmer knew exactly what he …

Jeremy Pruitt is on his way

Marvin Westwestwords

Behind the scenes…
Contrary to press conference implications, Jeremy Pruitt is not taking a slow, deliberate approach to assembling a coaching staff.
The smart guy had it all along.
In fact, foresight was …

No big fish: Tennessee hires Pruitt

Marvin Westwestwords

Based on perception, Phillip Fulmer is doing OK as athletic director.
He selected Jeremy Pruitt, 43, as Tennessee’s new football coach. (Press conference at 6.) The defensive coordinator at Alabama is …

Tennessee has a basketball team

Marvin Westwestwords

We interrupt a compelling football coaching search to tell you that Tennessee has a basketball team.
It may be better than the low-ball estimate of Southeastern Conference media giants who assigned …

Comedy of errors is over

Marvin Westwestwords

America can stop laughing. The comedy of errors is over. A hint of sanity has returned to University of Tennessee athletics.
Chancellor Beverly Davenport on Friday replaced athletics director John Currie …