Vols, former Vols and no-negatives at Kansas 

Marvin Westwestwords

One of Jim Chaney’s make-believe friends says football saved him from being a pig farmer.
Homespun tales would have you believe “good old Jim” was and is just another country bumpkin …

Hooker-to-Tillman best reason for optimism

Marvin Westwestwords

Tennessee spring football practice is almost finished. No miracles have appeared. It seems the majority of fans remain optimistic. They are speculating on whether the Vols will win eight, nine …

‘Old’ Vol John Bruhin dead at 57

Marvin WestPowell, westwords

I’m hearing “Gone too soon” much too often.
John Bruhin, one of the best football players ever at Powell High, a very good offensive guard for the Sugar Vols of 1985 …

Is Nico Iamaleava an $8-million recruit?

Marvin Westwestwords

Lot of talk around town about Nico. Not so much about his last name, Iamaleava. Could be EE-ah-mah-LEE-ah-vah or something like that. Bob Kesling is working on it.
If current circumstances …

Michigan beats Tennessee at its own game  

Marvin Westwestwords

Points to ponder: Good season, SEC tournament title, short stay in the main event.
As is traditional for Rick Barnes teams, Tennessee was toppled too early from the NCAA tournament. Michigan …

Vols introduce Longwood to big-time baskets

Marvin Westwestwords

Welcome, Longwood, to big-time basketball.
Perhaps you have noticed by now that Delaware State, Pfeiffer, High Point and Radford don’t live here. They contributed to the impressive 19-1 success streak you …