Now is safe time for Vol optimism

Marvin Westwestwords

July is a safe month for Tennessee football optimism. Exaggerations earn winks and smiles and might even be applauded. No matter what is said, most people will forget as soon …

Coming soon: 96 for Gus

Marvin Westwestwords

Happy 96th birthday, Gus, coming soon, July 8.
Gus Manning extended a helping hand to so many people during his long life at the University of Tennessee that he may not recall …

Zeng’s impossible dream

Marvin Westwestwords

If all goes well, we may soon acquire a new American, legal, accomplished, intellectual, ambitious, dedicated.
Zhipeng “Colin” Zeng, University of Tennessee athlete of the year, three-time NCAA diving champion, is …

Tennessee football: 50 years later

Marvin Westwestwords

Note to Phillip: Please consider inviting the 1969 Tennessee football team back to campus for a 50th-anniversary celebration.
Oh, so this has been on the planning board for weeks. Yes, I …

Vol football: Back where we started

Marvin Westwestwords

Good news: Jeremy Pruitt sounds as if he understands the fans’ point of view. He says he has to give us a team that will make us proud.
Perhaps you have …

Joan Cronan Day: Saturday, June 8

Marvin Westwestwords

June 8 will be another Joan Cronan Day.
We still need proclamations from the mayors to make it official. A little something from the governor and a short salute from President …

Tennessee football and Memorial Day

Marvin Westwestwords

Please stand, remove your caps and direct your attention to how Tennessee football relates to Memorial Day.
Seventy-five years ago, more or less, four Volunteers died for their country in World …