About Mike Strange
Mike Strange grew up in Frankfort, Ky., and holds degrees from Georgetown College and the University of Kentucky.
He worked at newspapers in Middlesboro, Ky., and Owensboro, Ky., but then decided to try a non-boro and joined the News Sentinel in 1983. After one year on the Lady Vols beat, he has covered University of Tennessee football and men's basketball since 1984. Among his favorite events are the Final Four, the Kentucky Derby and just about any bowl game (warm weather preferred). The Maui Invitational wasn't bad, either.
Mike lives in South Knoxville, enjoys the mountains and bicycling. He has a daughter who is a UT grad and a son who aspires to be.
Mike Strange: Guards making shots makes Vols go
Published 12/07/2013 at 6:18 p.m. 1 Comment
The obvious talking points from Tennessee’s 84-63 win over Tennessee Tech on Saturday were:
Mike Strange: Of course, you had Auburn, Missouri and Duke in championship games?
Published 12/01/2013 at 6:36 p.m. 7 Comments
After a staggering holiday weekend of college football, I’m too wiped out to applaud Chris Davis, Tyvis Powell and Henry Josey.
Mike Strange: On further review, this class couldn't catch a break
Published 11/28/2013 at 6:52 p.m. 3 Comments
They’ve seen it all, and too much of what they saw was heartbreaking.
Mike Strange: A day to give thanks, not point fingers
Published 11/27/2013 at 1:35 p.m. 8 Comments
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.
Mike Strange: Butch Jones outlines aggressive plan to stop the bleeding
Published 11/25/2013 at 6:41 p.m. 17 Comments
The standing ovation that greeted Butch Jones at the Knoxville Quarterback Club on Monday seemed genuine.
Mike Strange: Jordan McRae still getting his shots — and making them
Published 11/22/2013 at 11:02 p.m. 1 Comment
Jordan McRae had a breakout junior season for Tennessee last winter. He proved for all of college basketball to see that he could carry a team offensively.
Mike Strange: 24 hours after JFK assassination, a Vol win with no cheers
Published 11/21/2013 at 8:44 p.m. 4 Comments
Fifty years ago Friday, Tennessee’s football team boarded a plane to Lexington, Ky. Then, as now, the Vols needed to close with wins over Kentucky and Vanderbilt to avoid a losing season.
Mike Strange: This is the week Martin can evaluate Vols' rotation
Published 11/18/2013 at 10:43 p.m. 1 Comment
There’s a mysterious Mr. Half on this Tennessee basketball team, but we’ll get to that in a minute.
Mike Strange: Sometimes, the other guys are just pretty good
Published 11/17/2013 at midnight 4 Comments
To the casual fan perusing Tennessee’s basketball schedule, a lot of the Vols’ opponents look alike.
Mike Strange: Robert Hubbs will make his points in time
Published 11/13/2013 at 8:38 p.m. 5 Comments
Wednesday is the start of the annual early signing period for college basketball recruits.
Dave Hart says 9-23 record in volleyball was 'a blip on the radar screen'
Updated 12/09/2013 at 8:58 p.m. 4 Comments
December means the top women’s volleyball programs are underway in the NCAA tournament.
Mike Strange: From lean times, West Rebels crash the party
Published 12/04/2013 at 10:26 p.m.
For years, Scott Cummings attended the TSSAA state championship football games, sitting in the stands.
Vols, seniors go out with a win
Published 12/01/2013 at 12:30 a.m. 6 Comments
“This means a lot,” a buoyant Ju’Wuan James said after the Vols’ 27-14 win over Kentucky at Commonwealth Stadium. “It’s going to be our last memory. I wouldn’t have it any different. And, it’s big for the future, too.
Tennessee defeats Kentucky, 27-14
Published 11/30/2013 at 10:21 p.m.
LEXINGTON, Ky.— Tennessee rediscovered that winning feeling Saturday night, not a minute too soon.
Inside the matchups: Can Tennessee muster any sort of air attack?
Published 11/29/2013 at 5:38 p.m. 1 Comment
Inside the matchups between Tennessee and Kentucky.
UT police department unaware of death threat against Cameron Sutton
Published 11/25/2013 at 6:32 p.m. 5 Comments
Tennessee cornerback Cameron Sutton received a death threat following the Vols’ loss to Vanderbilt on Saturday night, according to coach Butch Jones.
Butch Jones: Cam Sutton received death threat after Vandy loss
Published 11/25/2013 at 2:14 p.m. 10 Comments
Butch Jones joked that he was glad he didn’t need a bullet-proof vest to speak to the Knoxville Quarterback Club on Monday.
Vanderbilt ends Vols' bowl hopes, 14-10
Published 11/24/2013 at 12:48 a.m. 10 Comments
OK, Tennessee fans, it’s safe to go ahead and make New Year’s Eve plans.
Inside the matchups: Tennessee has to contend with Vanderbilt's Jordan Matthews, turnover-forcing defense
Published 11/22/2013 at 4:20 p.m. 1 Comment
Auburn runs all over Vols, 55-23
Published 11/09/2013 at 7:37 p.m. 5 Comments
One way to look at Auburn’s 55-23 rout of Tennessee on homecoming Saturday is as a face-to-face comparison of first-year rebuilding projects.
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