John Adams: Dave Hart about to leave his mark on another UT sport
Published 04/19/2014 at 4:23 p.m. 1 Comment
Tennessee fans greet coaching changes with a shrug. What’s one more hire for an athletic program that always seems to be looking for a new something?
John Adams: Pay raise proves UT football isn't all about winning
Published 04/17/2014 at 6:46 p.m. 12 Comments
For those who think college football is all about winning, allow me to introduce Tennessee linebackers coach Tommy Thigpen.
Names to Know: Coaches that might come up in Tennessee's hunt for Cuonzo Martin's replacement
Published 04/15/2014 at 10:21 p.m. 16 Comments
Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart will be looking for some of the same traits in a basketball coach as he was a football coach, he said Tuesday afternoon as he began his search for coach Cuonzo Martin’s replacement.
John Adams: UT's next move needs to be as good as Cuonzo Martin's was
Updated 04/15/2014 at 7:58 p.m. 27 Comments
Cuonzo Martin’s great turnaround had a surprise ending.
John Adams: Team 118 should incur fewer mismatches
Published 04/13/2014 at 6:26 p.m. 4 Comments
Spring football games invariably provoke more speculation than conclusions. No matter what you might have gleaned from Tennessee’s Orange and White Game on Saturday, an opponent is required to lend perspective.
John Adams: UT's defense is a quarterback's best friend
Published 04/12/2014 at 8:32 p.m.
Tennessee fans might not know who their starting quarterback will be. But judging from Saturday’s Orange and White spring football game, he’s apt to be sensational — at least when he’s throwing against his own defense.
John Adams: Jalen Hurd standing tall in spring drills
Published 04/10/2014 at 5:01 p.m. 3 Comments
Jalen Hurd looks out of place on Tennessee’s practice field.
John Adams: No matter who starts, UT will be better at quarterback
Published 04/08/2014 at 6:47 p.m. 7 Comments
Suppose Justin Worley begins next season as Tennessee’s starting quarterback.
John Adams: SEC basketball should heat up next season ... for coaches
Published 04/07/2014 at 5:53 p.m. 5 Comments
The basketball season ended with three SEC teams in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament, two in the Final Four and one playing for the national championship.
John Adams: UT baseball celebrates Saturday, dominates Sunday
Published 04/06/2014 at 9:04 p.m. 3 Comments
You can’t fully grasp the significance of Tennessee’s 7-0 baseball victory against Vanderbilt on Sunday unless you know what preceded it.
John Adams: Right sales pitch could keep UT quarterbacks on board
Published 04/05/2014 at 7:31 p.m. 18 Comments
Butch Jones has done a masterful job of making fans feel more involved in the Tennessee football program. But the coach still could do more.
John Adams: Lady Vol fans have three Final Four teams to choose from
Published 04/04/2014 at 10:10 p.m. 3 Comments
Maryland, Stanford and Notre Dame have something in common aside from their presence on a Final Four stage in women’s basketball. They all beat Tennessee this season.
John Adams: No skepticism about Cuonzo Martin's toughness
Published 04/01/2014 at 8:16 p.m. 4 Comments
All of a sudden, after a basketball season rife with speculation and discontent, the major players seem absolutely ecstatic that the Cuonzo Martin era will continue at Tennessee.
John Adams: Lady Vols one great player short of Final Four
Published 04/01/2014 at 12:25 a.m. 23 Comments
Tennessee hasn’t been to the Women’s Final Four since it won a national championship in 2008.
John Adams: Lady Vols fold under tournament pressure
Published 03/30/2014 at 7:40 p.m. 24 Comments
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A women’s basketball program once famous for Final Fours has become synonymous with regional flameouts in the NCAA tournament.
Lady Vols' Jannah Tucker faces possibility of more knee surgery
Published 03/29/2014 at 6:21 p.m. 3 Comments
LOUISVILLE, Ky. —The toughest part of Jannah Tucker’s transition to Tennessee involves her surgically repaired knee.
John Adams: Lady Vols will have to gang up on Maryland's Alyssa Thomas
Published 03/29/2014 at 4:03 p.m. 2 Comments
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Holly Warlick had a long answer when asked which Tennessee player would guard Maryland’s best player in Sunday’s NCAA tournament Louisville Regional semifinal.
John Adams: Michigan's fast 3-point start too much to overcome
Published 03/28/2014 at 11:27 p.m.
INDIANAPOLIS — Tennessee seized the momentum in the second half, outplayed Michigan down the stretch and came within one play of advancing to the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament on Friday night.
John Adams: Jarnell Stokes shouldn't end his college career with a great postseason
Published 03/27/2014 at 5:53 p.m. 8 Comments
A coach’s post-game comments are easily dismissed, after both wins and losses. But Billy Donovan’s take on Tennessee has become more prophetic with each NCAA tournament game.
John Adams: Lady Vols' defense takes charge in second half
Published 03/25/2014 at 12:18 a.m. 4 Comments
St. John’s was slow to grasp the certainty of Monday night’s event at Thompson-Boling Arena.
John Adams: Meighan Simmons' shooting raises UT tournament fear factor
Published 03/23/2014 at 7:47 p.m. 19 Comments
Meighan Simmons is a two-time SEC player of the year, Tennessee’s fifth all-time leading scorer, a four-year starter and the only senior on the team.
John Adams: Supposed mismatch doesn't measure up to expectations
Published 03/22/2014 at 9:31 p.m. 5 Comments
The NCAA came to town, and Tennessee got jittery. Familiar story, huh?
John Adams: Holly Warlick thinks more of team success than following Pat Summitt
Published 03/21/2014 at 5:09 p.m. 1 Comment
Holly Warlick will never do enough as the Tennessee women’s basketball coach. You know that.
Lady Vols freshmen pointing the way in NCAA tournament
Published 03/20/2014 at 7:20 p.m. 2 Comments
Final Four pursuits often are best entrusted to veteran point guards capable of leading their team over whatever obstacles the NCAA women’s basketball tournament might present.
John Adams: Bruce Pearl crashes NCAA tournament party
Updated 03/18/2014 at 7:03 p.m. 10 Comments
A local restaurant was abuzz with March Madness on Tuesday afternoon. But it was a different kind of madness.
John Adams: Lady Vols better positioned and prepared for this tournament
Published 03/17/2014 at 11:12 p.m. 3 Comments
No NCAA tournament course is without hazards. Not even the most capable No. 1 seeds embark on their Final Four quest by declaring, “Looks like smooth sailing.”
John Adams: Vols seasoned enough to surpass their seeding
Published 03/16/2014 at 9:47 p.m. 8 Comments
On college basketball’s Selection Sunday, Tennessee fans shouldn’t have ignored the events leading up to the announcement of the NCAA tournament field.
John Adams: Games against Gators last too long for Vols
Published 03/15/2014 at 7:20 p.m. 5 Comments
ATLANTA — Florida center Patric Young grabbed the final rebound with both hands and squeezed the basketball with two seconds to play at the Georgia Dome. Finally, the Gators’ victory over Tennessee was assured in the SEC tournament semifinals Saturday ...
John Adams: South Carolina coach likes UT's chances against Florida
Published 03/14/2014 at 8:24 p.m. 3 Comments
ATLANTA — If you want to feel better about Tennessee’s chances against No. 1 Florida on Saturday, talk to Frank Martin.
John Adams: Tournament setting best place for UT to prove itself
Published 03/13/2014 at 8:38 p.m. 3 Comments
ATLANTA — Tennessee will float into the SEC basketball tournament on a cloud of optimism and a four-game winning streak.
John Adams: Lady Vols still have room for improvement
Published 03/10/2014 at 6:45 p.m. 9 Comments
Holly Warlick didn’t hesitate when asked if Tennessee had ever traveled a tougher road to an SEC tournament championship in women’s basketball.
John Adams: Jordan Reynolds elicits 'oohs' and 'aahs' at crunch time
Published 03/09/2014 at 10:19 p.m. 10 Comments
DULUTH, Ga. — If you watched only the last 13 seconds of the SEC tournament championship, you might have mistaken Jordan Reynolds for a cheerleader in players’ clothing.
John Adams: Meighan Simmons' jump shot missing, but UT stays on target
Published 03/08/2014 at 10:20 p.m. 2 Comments
DULUTH, Ga. — Tennessee proved during the regular season it could win without injured point guard Ariel Massengale. Now, it’s proving it can win without Meighan Simmons’ jump shot.
John Adams: UT's strong finish outweighs slow start
Published 03/07/2014 at 10:43 p.m.
DULUTH, Ga. — Tennessee began the SEC tournament the way it ended its last tournament venture.
John Adams: Freshmen have the opportunity to contribute right away
Published 03/05/2014 at 6:38 p.m. 1 Comment
One of the first orders of business for a new college football coach is to declare open season.
Holly Warlick not counting on Ariel Massengale for SEC tournament
Published 03/03/2014 at 8:30 p.m. 14 Comments
Tennessee will enter the SEC women’s basketball tournament with momentum and a No. 6 national ranking, but without its starting point guard.
John Adams: Lowly Auburn still poses a threat to Vols
Published 03/03/2014 at 7:58 p.m. 12 Comments
If you had been projecting Tennessee’s basketball record in the preseason, you wouldn’t have thought twice about placing Wednesday night’s game in the win column.
On Dale Ellis' day, he was thinking about his teammates
Published 03/01/2014 at 6:40 p.m. 4 Comments
Dale Ellis had known this day was coming.
John Adams: Commodores were headed in wrong direction from the get-go
Published 03/01/2014 at 5:12 p.m. 6 Comments
A few other scores are worth noting before examining the misery Tennessee heaped on Vanderbilt in a 76-38 victory on Saturday afternoon at Thompson-Boling Arena.
John Adams: Riley Ferguson's unknowns make him intriguing at quarterback
Published 02/28/2014 at 6:32 p.m. 12 Comments
As Tennessee fans continue to revel in the signing of a top-10 recruiting class for this year, they shouldn’t forget about the last class.
Lady Vols focusing on LSU, not South Carolina
Published 02/25/2014 at 9:07 p.m. 2 Comments
Tennessee doesn’t usually need help when it comes to winning SEC championships in women’s basketball. So maybe that’s why coach Holly Warlick is devoting all her attention to LSU, not South Carolina.
John Adams: Just making NCAA tournament wouldn't justify retaining Cuonzo Martin
Published 02/24/2014 at 7:20 p.m. 42 Comments
The great thing about Tennessee’s basketball season ... OK, maybe “great” is too strong a word ever to be used in conjunction with this Tennessee team. Let’s start over.
John Adams: Location could mean more to Lady Vols than seeding in NCAA tournament
Published 02/22/2014 at 3:54 p.m. 1 Comment
Tennessee should hope Charlie Crème is right.
John Adams: Rout of Auburn doesn't draw UT closer to South Carolina
Published 02/20/2014 at 10:38 p.m. 3 Comments
While Tennessee was playing like a champion, a SEC regular-season title was slipping further away Thursday night.
John Adams: No fooling, Vols are getting better
Published 02/19/2014 at 5:41 p.m. 3 Comments
Kenny Gaines said he and his Georgia teammates weren’t fooled by Tennessee’s 6-6 SEC record entering Tuesday night’s game at Thompson-Boling Arena.
Georgia has no answer for Jarnell Stokes' 'monster game'
Published 02/19/2014 at 12:05 a.m. 4 Comments
Georgia coach Mark Fox turned to his bench early and often but never found an answer for Tennessee’s Jarnell Stokes on Tuesday night at Thompson-Boling Arena
John Adams: UT's point guard poor offense missing Trae Golden
Published 02/17/2014 at 5:59 p.m. 6 Comments
No one seemed to mourn the departure of former Tennessee point guard Trae Golden when he transferred to Georgia Tech after last season to be closer to his ailing father.
John Adams: Kentucky guards trump UT's posts in the clutch
Published 02/16/2014 at 8:20 p.m. 18 Comments
Tennessee overcame adversity Sunday afternoon. But it couldn’t overcome Kentucky.
John Adams: Football rules change would give defenses a needed break
Published 02/15/2014 at 5:06 p.m. 3 Comments
The possibility that the NCAA might slow down fast-tempo offenses has created such an uproar among some coaches you might think they had been threatened with a salary cap.
John Adams: So how's that 2015 recruiting class coming along?
Published 02/13/2014 at 5:16 p.m. 2 Comments
College football’s national signing date was last week. Spring football is still a few weeks away for most schools.