About Mike Griffith
Mike Griffith is in his 14th year with the Knoxville News Sentinel and has served as the primary Tennessee men's basketball beat writer the past six years. He covered the Vols' football beat from 1998 through the 2005 season and currently writes on the Scripps Legends Top 25 college football poll as well as voting on the Harris BCS Top 25 Poll, the Heisman Trophy and selecting the Football Writers Association of America Freshman All-American team, which he founded in 2001. Mike was President of the FWAA in 2007, and has given induction speeches at the College Football Hall of Fame on two occasions on behalf of FWAA members, as well as presenting two Nagurski Awards at the Charlotte Touchdown Club's annual event.
A 1991 graduate of Michigan State University (B.A., Journalism), Mike has worked at the Lansing (Mi.) State Journal, The Idaho Falls Post Register, the Anniston (Ala.) Star and the Mobile Register. He has won regional and national awards over the past 20 years for News Reporting, Feature Writing, Enterprise Reporting, Game Stories and Investigative Reporting. Mike's beats included football and basketball at Idaho State, Auburn and Alabama, and he also covers UT's women's softball team and NASCAR for the News Sentinel.
In addition to his newspaper work, Mike is a regular correspondent for WVLT-8 sports and has co-hosted the Sunday night "Locker Room'' show with Mark Packer the past five years. Mike also co-hosts the News Sentinel's "Sports Page'' radio show on the Sports Animal (99.1 FM, 990 AM) and handles the University of Tennessee previews in the Athlon preseason football and basketball publications.
Griffith: Being popular means extra work on recruiting trail
Published 05/16/2010 at 9:05 p.m. 13 Comments
There was a time when the only high school prospects listing Tennessee as a possible choice for basketball were players the Vols had contacted.
Griffith: UT men take aim at big man
Updated 05/09/2010 at 11:27 p.m. 20 Comments
Tennessee men's basketball is aiming big in the Class of 2011. Could the search for bigger players signal an adjustment in style for coach Bruce Pearl?
Dylan Presnell, 17, getting education on race tracks
Published 10/03/2012 at 10:36 p.m.
As NASCAR driver Dylan Presnell walks the halls of Sevier County High School this week, he can be excused if things seem to be moving a little slow for his liking.
Lindsay Schutzler returns to UT softball with visions of national title
Published 10/01/2012 at 9:56 p.m. 5 Comments
As Tennessee three-time All-American Lindsay Schutzler was beginning her duties as the Lady Vols new director of softball operations last month, she came across tape of the 2007 Women's College World Series.
Carter capitalizes on Pigeon Forge fumbles, 34-0
Published 09/29/2012 at 12:08 a.m.
Carter High School's Antonio Brabson said it was just a matter of playing hard-nosed football against Pigeon Forge High School on Friday night.
Timing right for Ralph, Karen, Marc Weekly
Published 09/28/2012 at 7:56 p.m.
Ralph Weekly believes timing is everything, and when one considers the path that led him to the University of Tennessee, that would be hard to argue.
Ashlee Burt ready to move on past knee injury
Published 09/27/2012 at 6:52 p.m. 1 Comment
The action heated up between Tennessee and Vanderbilt, the rivals tied 1-1 with some 18 minutes remaining at Regal Soccer Stadium.
Dave Serrano 'excited' about young Vols
Published 09/24/2012 at 11:17 p.m. 9 Comments
Tennessee coach Dave Serrano is two days into full-squad practices for a baseball team undergoing one of the most encompassing makeovers in program history.
Coaching U.S. Elite team same as at UT for Karen Weekly
Published 09/19/2012 at 9:32 p.m.
Tennessee co-head coaches Ralph and Karen Weekly open work in tandem on their 12th Lady Vols softball team when fall drills begin today at Lee Stadium.
Olympians with Knoxville ties visit White House
Published 09/19/2012 at 8:09 a.m.
More than 450 Olympians and Paralympians gathered on the White House lawn last Friday for a rally of 2012 Team USA representatives.
Hardin Valley lights up scoreboard against Campbell County
Published 09/14/2012 at 11:24 p.m.
Not even the Hardin Valley Academy scoreboard could handle all of the scoring Friday night in the Hawks' game against Campbell County.
ESPN GameDay spotlight will shine on Knoxville
Published 09/13/2012 at 7:36 p.m. 36 Comments
Big-time college football is making an earnest return to Knoxville as two top-25 teams face off in an SEC rivalry game with division-title implications.
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