Bits ‘n pieces: Tennessee adds staffers

Marvin Westwestwords

Johnny Cash, Hank Snow, Glen Campbell and I don’t know who else gave us lots of listens to “I’ve been everywhere.”
Contrary to rumor, the song was not inspired by Steve …

Mónica Lebrón: Little shoulders, huge job

Tom KingFarragut

On February 8, 2021, Mónica Lebrón Ph.D. was not offered the athletic director’s position at the University of Central Florida, recently vacated by Danny White. Her first call was to …

NCAA awakens, notices NIL

Marvin Westwestwords

Knoxville-based Spyre Sports Group has been in the college football recruiting spotlight since president and co-founder Hunter Baddour described the company plan to sportswriter David Ubben of The Athletic.
David delivered …

Vols will soon cash in on name, image, likeness

Marvin Westwestwords

New cash is coming. What happens after that is to be determined.
In a few weeks, college athletes will shed their amateur straitjackets and begin negotiations for endorsement deals, autograph sales, business and …

Celebration of life: Ron Widby

Marvin Westwestwords

Tennessee has had hundreds of great athletes, a host of all-Americans, many professionals and one Ron Widby.
The most versatile Volunteer, the last four-sport letterman, died Tuesday at age 75. He …

Vol sports: Decade of D words

Marvin Westwestwords

Jeremy Pruitt has claimed the new decade for football. It would be OK if others picked up the pace. There is plenty of room for all-around improvement.
From a Tennessee perspective, …