Tom Mattingly: Coaching changes often lead to clashes
Published 5/7/2011 at 7:45 p.m. 9 comments
Interesting things can happen when one coach leaves and another takes his place.
Tom Mattingly: Travis Stephens stayed, played, keyed win at Florida
Published 4/30/2011 at 5:00 p.m. 9 comments
All Travis Stephens wanted was a chance to be the man.
Tom Mattingly: 2 p.m. kickoff used to hold sacred spot
Published 4/23/2011 at 5:20 p.m. 8 comments
There was a time from the 1950s into the 1970s, News-Sentinel Sports Editor Tom Siler carried on a running battle with the University of Tennessee Athletic Department concerning kickoff times for Tennessee home games.
Tom Mattingly: Beating Auburn sunshine on rainy day
Published 4/16/2011 at 7:49 p.m. 8 comments
Over the course of recorded Tennessee football history, was there ever a better afternoon to be a Vol fan than Sept. 29, 1973?
Tom Mattingly: Recruiting coverage has evolved drastically
Published 4/9/2011 at 8:27 p.m. 3 comments
There are days from another lifetime that can never be forgotten. Answer the phone enough times, and a great many interesting things will happen.
Tom Mattingly: Fans swarmed plane after 'Bama win in 1967
Published 4/2/2011 at 10:11 p.m. 11 comments
The calendar tells us that Oct. 21, 1967, was a Saturday. It was the "Third Saturday in October," and that meant Tennessee and Alabama would be squaring off on the freshly painted turf of Legion Field in Birmingham.
Tom Mattingly: Today's controversies become tomorrow's history
Published 3/26/2011 at 8:09 p.m. 2 comments
The inexorable passage of time has a way of defusing nearly any controversy. Fans often look back at "hot button" athletic issues of the past, wondering what all the fuss was about.
Tom Mattingly: Nobody messed with Johnny Majors' mother
Published 3/19/2011 at 11:05 p.m. 1 comment
For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.
Tom Mattingly: Travels with UT often resulted in shenanigans
Published 3/12/2011 at 5:20 p.m. 5 comments
Traveling to various esoteric venues with the Tennessee football team often is enjoyable, and there are some intriguing stories, many of which can be told in the pages of a family newspaper.
Tom Mattingly: Sharon Nelson touched lives of many
Published 3/5/2011 at 7:23 p.m. 6 comments
It had to have been an exciting time in the early hours of Saturday, July 17, 1948, when Mickie and Lindsey Nelson welcomed the arrival of their first daughter, Sharon, at St. Mary's Hospital in Knoxville.
Tom Mattingly: Col. Elam was truly 'King of the Hill'
Published 2/26/2011 at 6:17 p.m. 2 comments
Back in the day, it didn't matter how players ended up at Tennessee to play football. It didn't matter who you were, or what your "credentials" were. Once players arrived in Knoxville, they had to prove themselves. Over the years, ...
Tom Mattingly: Toomer's Corner incident should upset fans
Published 2/19/2011 at 8:44 p.m. 46 comments
The story came out of left field, someone claiming to have poisoned two 130-year-old live oaks at "Toomer's Corner" near the campus of Auburn University, to the point of admitting so on the "Paul Finebaum Show."
Tom Mattingly: For good or bad, the lights are here to stay
Published 2/12/2011 at 4:37 p.m. 8 comments
What does Neyland Stadium have in common with Wrigley Field?
Tom Mattingly: Majors worked recruiting magic on the road
Published 2/5/2011 at 11:45 p.m. 8 comments
"There is a basic flaw in the college game, one that courses through its body like an infection. It is called recruiting, and it is the bane of college football."
Tom Mattingly: SEC talk not for the faint of heart
Published 1/29/2011 at 5:28 p.m. 10 comments
The battles between opposing schools in the SEC are fun, on or off the field.