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: Lady Vols have it all going — except momentum
Published 05/14/2013 at 6:36 p.m. 4 Comments
Tennessee heads into the NCAA softball tournament this weekend holding numerous advantages.
Mike Strange: Brandon Fickey did it for 'Knoxville, team and Tennessee'
Published 05/12/2013 at 7:11 p.m. 15 Comments
In this era of diminished expectations, Tennessee fans long for a performance by somebody in orange they can stand up and cheer about.
Mike Strange: Butch Jones has turned team over to players
Published 05/06/2013 at 8:32 p.m. 32 Comments
As much as Tennessee fans wish it were otherwise, their football team cannot compare in talent or depth with several of its SEC opponents.
Mike Strange: With conference expansion should come the expansion of league games
Published 05/05/2013 at 6:06 p.m. 20 Comments
Nick Saban and I are proponents of a nine-game SEC football schedule.
Mike Strange: It's raining on Tennessee's parades
Published 05/04/2013 at 9:14 p.m.
The University of Tennessee’s two diamond sports operate at opposite ends of the SEC standings. Softball is playing for an SEC title. Baseball is playing to end a five-year absence at the conference tournament.
Mike Strange: Tyler Bray can look to Warner, Moon, Romo for inspiration
Published 04/29/2013 at 8:02 p.m. 43 Comments
While Tyler Bray might be crushed at being ignored by the draft, his dream of playing in the NFL shouldn’t be.
Mike Strange: Bray became the NFL draft's real "Mr. Irrelevant"
Published 04/28/2013 at 7:30 p.m. 93 Comments
We can only speculate as to when Tyler Bray really started expecting that he might see his name flash on the screen.
Mike Strange: Jarnell Stokes' return means high expectation for Cuonzo Martin, Vols
Published 04/27/2013 at 7:41 p.m. 13 Comments
Hail, hail, the gang’s all here.
Mike Strange: Lane Kiffin's Tennessee recruiting haul not reflected in draft
Published 04/24/2013 at 9:26 p.m. 36 Comments
They come on signing day, all with a dream. Time flies and then comes draft day, but for only a few.
Mike Strange: Reinforcements should bolster Vols' offense
Published 04/22/2013 at 5:43 p.m. 33 Comments
Two years ago during Tennessee’s spring football game, I took advantage of sideline access to ask a coach how closely what was going on resembled a real game.
Strong pitching the fast track to Women's College World Series
Published 05/23/2013 at 7:17 p.m. 9 Comments
As Tennessee co-head coach Ralph Weekly pointed out last week, they don’t call it fast-hit softball or fast-run softball.
Powerhouses Tennessee, Alabama collide in Super Regional beginning Friday at 7 p.m.
Published 05/20/2013 at 8:34 p.m. 3 Comments
To defend its Women’s College World Series title, Alabama has to beat a program with a perfect Super Regional record.
Lady Vols, Alabama meet Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2
Published 05/20/2013 at 10:44 a.m. 10 Comments
The schedule for the NCAA softball Super Regional was announced Monday morning.
Lady Vols overpower N.C. State 7-0 to win NCAA Knoxville Regional
Updated 05/19/2013 at 10:24 p.m. 23 Comments
Saturday, it took three hours and 23 minutes before the 41st Tennessee batter of the day finally scored off North Carolina State ace Emily Weiman.
Rain doesn't go away in Knoxville Regional
Updated 05/18/2013 at 11:53 p.m. 1 Comment
The third rain delay Saturday was the last straw.
Rainey Gaffin drives in Cheyanne Tarango to end marathon stalemate for Lady Vols in regional
Updated 05/19/2013 at 12:09 a.m. 18 Comments
They may be young, but Rainey Gaffin and Cheyanne Tarango can follow instructions, even in extra-inning, NCAA tournament pressure.
Lady Vols rout Longwood, face N.C. State next
Published 05/17/2013 at 10:41 p.m. 13 Comments
Longwood’s team bus absorbed a few dents in a traffic accident Friday on the way to Lee Stadium.
One breakthrough was all N.C. State needed to top James Madison in Knoxville Regional
Published 05/17/2013 at 8:19 p.m.
One swing of the bat. That’s what decided the NCAA Knoxville Regional opening softball game Friday at Lee Stadium.
Lauren Gibson beating up on Lady Vols' opponents, not herself
Updated 05/16/2013 at 6:09 p.m. 3 Comments
When Lauren Gibson returned to campus last August after her summer USA Softball campaign, she made a couple of promises.
Lady Vols to host NCAA softball regional, will host super regional if they advance
Published 05/12/2013 at 11:11 p.m. 17 Comments
As expected and as usual, Tennessee softball’s quest for the Women’s College World Series begins at home.
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