Say a prayer for the captain

Marvin Westwestwords

One of our friends is hospitalized. I phoned the general manager to request tender, loving care.
I was interrupted and assured that the University of South Carolina hospital in Charleston has …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Can it get any worse?

Sandra ClarkGossip and Lies

Ran into Bill Weigel this morning. He was muttering about people from “up north” calling him to ask what’s going on at Tennessee.
Reminded me of this David Climer (former Tennessean …

No Schiano

Marvin Westwestwords

Editor’s Note: This column replaces the one written 11/26/17
If you thought Tennessee football hit rock bottom on Saturday night, take another look at Sunday.
The Volunteers almost had a new coach …