It isn’t easy being Nico

Marvin Westwestwords

So much is expected of Nico Iamaleava (pronounced ee-ah-MAH-LAY-ah-va), common sense says it may take a while for production to catch up with potential.
At the very end of his high …

Former Vols belong in Believe It or Not

Marvin Westwestwords

Strange are the twists and turns of pro football. Here’s a little story about two Tennessee alums who belong in Believe It or Not.
We aren’t sure how quarterback Bo Hardegree …

Reflections: Mike Leach and Josh Heupel

Marvin Westwestwords

So, the flowers wilted and the steady flow of Mike Leach stories slowed to one more now and then.
I doubt that college football’s most intriguing coach would have given a …

New version of Vols destroys Vandy, 56-0

Marvin Westwestwords

Tennessee is Tennessee again.
The Volunteers picked up scattered pieces from South Carolina Saturday, reassembled a new version of a powerhouse and absolutely destroyed Vanderbilt, 56-0, in wet and windy Nashville.
Victory …

Questions and more questions but no answers

Marvin Westwestwords

Josh Heupel had a Monday “press availability.”
The first question was about linebacker Jeremy Banks: Did he have an altercation with a teammate, was he suspended for the South Carolina game, will …

Beware: Carolina could win a double-header

Marvin Westwestwords

Thomas Paine wasn’t talking about football but he had it right: These are the times that try men’s souls.
The faint of heart will throw up both hands and say all is …

Vols lose Hooker to torn ACL

Marvin Westwestwords

A moment of praise, please, for Hendon Hooker and his Tennessee football career. He is hurt. It is finished.
Indeed, an already bad weekend got worse when doctors confirmed what was …