John Adams: Vols don't know Jack about two-way players
Published 12/11/2013 at 5:33 p.m. 7 Comments
December is overrun with individual awards in college football.
John Adams: Auburn's quick fixes aren't the rule in SEC
Published 12/10/2013 at 5:37 p.m. 7 Comments
Auburn’s dramatic rise from 3-9 in 2012 to 12-1 and a berth in this season’s national championship game has been stunning.
John Adams: Much-maligned BCS has been step in right direction
Published 12/09/2013 at 11:13 p.m. 8 Comments
The BCS has been debated and cursed. It has been tweaked and re-tweaked in what has been a maddening method for determining a national champion in college football.
John Adams: Not at their best, Lady Vols still too much for Texas
Published 12/08/2013 at 6:11 p.m. 6 Comments
Bashaara Graves, Tennessee’s All-SEC forward, practiced her way out of the starting lineup.
John Adams: This could be the 'splash class' for UT football
Published 12/05/2013 at 5:25 p.m. 6 Comments
A natural Tennessee football fear: All those prize recruits who committed earlier this year would scatter elsewhere if the Vols suffered another losing season.
John Adams: Recruiting class could bolster UT's possible lack of star power next season
Published 12/03/2013 at 8:05 p.m. 28 Comments
The All-SEC teams will be announced next week. And despite Tennessee’s 5-7 record, it shouldn’t be without representation.
John Adams: UT needs to set bowl sights beyond the state
Published 12/02/2013 at 7:01 p.m. 5 Comments
Would Tennessee football be better off if there were no in-state bowl games?
John Adams: Vols stuck on seven losses no matter who's coaching
Published 12/01/2013 at 5:45 p.m. 24 Comments
A couple of words come to mind at the end of most college football seasons: “what if?”
John Adams: Kentucky helps Tennessee finish strong
Published 11/30/2013 at 11:19 p.m. 11 Comments
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Maybe Tennessee’s bowl goal was a bad idea.
John Adams: Vols can finish sixth in East with victory
Published 11/29/2013 at 6:01 p.m. 3 Comments
What’s a greater slight? Losing to Oregon by 45 points or being favored by only four points against Kentucky?
SEC matchup for Friday
Published 11/28/2013 at 5:28 p.m.
SEC matchup for Thursday
Published 11/27/2013 at 2:56 p.m.
John Adams: UT should hope Gators keep Will Muschamp, and Vanderbilt's James Franklin leaves
Published 11/26/2013 at 7:06 p.m. 15 Comments
Tennessee’s football program has been marked by one change after another for the past few years.
John Adams: UT, Kentucky at least recruiting like top-25 programs
Published 11/25/2013 at 6:50 p.m.
Thanksgiving weekend is often as good as it gets for college football’s regular season.
John Adams: Vols are versatile, but not in a good way
Published 11/24/2013 at 5:56 p.m. 23 Comments
Tennessee demonstrated its versatility Saturday night at Neyland Stadium. That’s not a compliment.
John Adams: Mistakes and all, Commodores superior to Vols
Published 11/24/2013 at 12:28 a.m. 18 Comments
Vanderbilt at its worst is better than Tennessee.
SEC matchups for Nov. 23
Published 11/22/2013 at 6:44 p.m.
MISSISSIPPI STATE (4-6, 1-5 SEC) AT ARKANSAS (3-7, 0-6)
John Adams: Smokey gray uniforms should be here to stay
Published 11/22/2013 at 6:34 p.m. 6 Comments
Tennessee will pay in-state rival Vanderbilt a high compliment Saturday evening.
John Adams: Former Vol coaches thriving elsewhere
Published 11/21/2013 at 9:23 p.m. 14 Comments
Tennessee football coaches have come and gone at such a dizzying pace the last few years, it’s hard to keep up.
John Adams: Recruiting will trump what UT does its next two games
Published 11/19/2013 at 7:40 p.m. 11 Comments
Recruiting rarely has been so important to a Tennessee football coach in November.
John Adams: Judge Vanderbilt by how it wins, not how it looks
Published 11/18/2013 at 5:20 p.m. 13 Comments
Kentucky and Vanderbilt brought back fond memories for Tennessee fans last Saturday. Both played dreadfully in a 22-6 Vanderbilt victory.
John Adams: UT may not be able to keep versatile Carter out of lineup
Published 11/17/2013 at 11:12 p.m. 5 Comments
Holly Warlick’s substitution rate matched the tempo of a fast-paced women’s basketball game Sunday night at Thompson-Boling Arena.
John Adams: Dobbs has settled UT's quarterback transition, for now
Published 11/16/2013 at 6:33 p.m. 5 Comments
Tennessee took three quarterbacks on its Florida road trip in September. Joshua Dobbs wasn’t one of them.
John Adams: Gamecocks may not be able to shake UT loss
Published 11/15/2013 at 9:41 p.m.
Tennessee is far from being a championship contender, but it at least has impacted a contender. South Carolina is the expert on that subject.
SEC Matchups: Nov. 16
Published 11/15/2013 at 5:42 p.m. 3 Comments
SEC match-ups for Saturday, Nov. 16.
John Adams: Bashaara Graves, Meighan Simmons step up in second half
Published 11/14/2013 at 11:13 p.m. 4 Comments
Tennessee’s Bashaara Graves made it look so easy when she spun around a defender near the basket for a left-handed layup in the early moments of the second half.
John Adams: Stakes are high against Vanderbilt
Published 11/11/2013 at 9:17 p.m. 15 Comments
Too bad only Tennessee has an open date this week, and Vanderbilt has to play at Kentucky on Saturday.
John Adams: A UT senior class defined by losses can finish with winning streak
Published 11/10/2013 at 8:15 p.m. 8 Comments
Butch Jones can be uplifting even in the most miserable times.
John Adams: UT defense dips below Sunseri line
Published 11/09/2013 at 5:50 p.m. 25 Comments
Just for the record, it should be noted that Auburn’s mascot never circled Tennessee’s perimeter for a significant gain Saturday afternoon. Neither did one of its tuba players.
John Adams: Auburn could be in a rush to extend streak
Published 11/09/2013 at 12:51 a.m.
Tennessee has so many streaks in play, some get overlooked. For example, take the one against Auburn.
SEC capsules: Nov. 9
Published 11/08/2013 at 7:32 p.m.
SEC game day match-up information.
John Adams: Vols have a chance to surpass their bowl goal
Published 11/05/2013 at 9:12 p.m. 13 Comments
Tennessee players haven’t been bashful about expressing their goal for the 2013 season.
John Adams: Mercedes Russell takes first shot at expectations
Published 11/04/2013 at 11:09 p.m. 4 Comments
The Mercedes Russell era of Tennessee women’s basketball got off to an inauspicious start in Monday night’s 115-31 exhibition victory over Carson-Newman at Thompson-Boling Arena. It began on the bench.
John Adams: Gus Malzahn has turned around Auburn at a dizzying pace
Published 11/03/2013 at 8:30 p.m. 5 Comments
Tennessee fans were climbing on coach Butch Jones’ bandwagon before he won his first game.
John Adams: Missouri looks like Alabama to Vols
Published 11/02/2013 at 10:11 p.m. 13 Comments
COLUMBIA, Mo. — Tennessee’s first game in the state of Missouri didn’t go much differently from its last game in the state of Alabama.
John Adams: SEC East could get messier down the stretch
Published 11/01/2013 at 10:04 p.m. 2 Comments
The SEC East was so much simpler in the 1990s.
John Adams: Missouri loss could be tougher to shake off than UT's
Published 10/29/2013 at 9:01 p.m. 2 Comments
Tennessee had a bad day last Saturday against Alabama. But Missouri had a worse Saturday night.
John Adams: Competition will have say in how strong UT finishes
Published 10/27/2013 at 9:05 p.m. 1 Comment
Tennessee’s October consisted of two losses in three games, including a defeat of historical proportions against Alabama. But even on the heels of a 45-10 loss to Alabama, the month still qualified as a success.
John Adams: One upset won't lead to another for Vols
Published 10/25/2013 at 1:52 p.m. 7 Comments
Tennessee’s upset of 11th-ranked South Carolina a week ago made such an impression on odds-makers that they installed No. 1 Alabama as a 28-point favorite Saturday in Tuscaloosa.
John Adams: Different recruiting pitches working for Vols and Tide
Published 10/24/2013 at 8:48 p.m. 4 Comments
A question worth asking before Saturday’s game at Bryant-Denny Stadium: “How long will it take Tennessee to be competitive against Alabama?”
SEC matchup: Oct. 24
Published 10/23/2013 at 4:46 p.m.
SEC matchup: Kentucky at Mississippi State.
John Adams: SEC's Year of the Quarterback has been sidelined
Updated 10/22/2013 at 11:38 p.m. 4 Comments
This was supposed to be the Year of the Quarterback in the SEC.
John Adams: Improving Vols have another streak in their sights
Published 10/21/2013 at 5:34 p.m. 6 Comments
Tennessee ended one streak Saturday. It can end another one a week later.
John Adams: UT defense puts past passing behind it
Published 10/20/2013 at 5:01 p.m. 7 Comments
When Connor Shaw hooked up with Damiere Byrd for a 76-yard touchdown pass on the first play of the second quarter, he probably thought the party was just getting started Saturday at Neyland Stadium.
John Adams: Vols kick a bad habit, put streak behind them
Published 10/19/2013 at 7:09 p.m. 9 Comments
As Tennessee ended a losing streak four years in the making, senior placekicker Michael Palardy made the longest run of his career Saturday at Neyland Stadium.
John Adams: Vols hurting opponents, helping South Carolina
Published 10/18/2013 at 11:41 a.m. 2 Comments
Although you couldn’t tell by the SEC standings, Tennessee and South Carolina have something in common.
John Adams: Right calls should boost UT's confidence
Published 10/16/2013 at 8:16 p.m. 6 Comments
Three of Tennessee’s most memorable plays in an overtime loss to Georgia couldn’t alter the outcome. But they could impact the rest of the season.
John Adams: Spurrier changes jobs, not role at Vols' nemesis
Updated 10/15/2013 at 9:18 p.m. 8 Comments
Tennessee vs. Steve Spurrier doesn’t have the same allure as it did in the 1990s.
John Adams: Vols have a right to be optimistic heading into South Carolina game
Published 10/14/2013 at 9:13 p.m. 6 Comments
Last week’s open date didn’t just give Tennessee’s injured players time to heal. It gave UT fans more time to be optimistic before Saturday’s game with South Carolina.
John Adams: Vols need to take another chance in gray
Published 10/13/2013 at 6:05 p.m. 16 Comments
Stay gray, I say.