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Tom Mattingly: Walk-throughs become strolls down memory lane
Published 08/20/2011 at 10:46 p.m. 12 Comments
Tom Mattingly recalls some great moments in Tennessee football history.
Tom Mattingly: Geography of no concern for schedule makers in neutral-site games
Published 08/13/2011 at 4:39 p.m. 4 Comments
Sometimes you have to wonder if football schedule-makers or promoters ever took a course in geography. In an effort to make intersectional games "work" (that is, making them palatable for media exposure), geographic considerations often take a beating.
Tom Mattingly: 'Team game' summed up best in three recent examples
Published 07/30/2011 at 7:35 p.m. 16 Comments
When the experts say football is a "team game," they really mean it. It takes a "team" to win. That's been true since the days of Pop Warner and Amos Alonzo Stagg. Tennessee coaches from the days of Bob Neyland ...
Tom Mattingly: Bob Jones went from Vol foe to unforgettable assistant coach
Published 07/23/2011 at 7:55 p.m. 3 Comments
Here's an interesting question for all the armchair historians out there. Name an opposing quarterback who helped defeat Tennessee in a bowl game and became an assistant coach for the Vols several years later.
Tom Mattingly: Fall of Wyatt's tenure still mystery
Published 07/16/2011 at 5:57 p.m. 35 Comments
Talk about a gauntlet. Whoever worked up the 1962 football schedule didn't do Tennessee coach Bowden Wyatt any favors. Not in the least.
Tom Mattingly: Jim Maxwell brewed up special run in 1971
Published 07/09/2011 at 6:47 p.m. 6 Comments
The 1971 Tennessee football season offered Vol fans a crash course in what can happen when things are unsettled at quarterback.
Tom Mattingly: Choosing sides not straightforward
Published 07/02/2011 at 11:15 p.m. 2 Comments
Here's a question for your consideration during what is often called the "dog days" of summer, when everyone can barely wait for fall, or at least for the arrival of the Vols back on campus.
Tom Mattingly: Beauty in the tie of the beholder
Published 06/25/2011 at 9:51 p.m. 2 Comments
When, if ever, could the lowly tie game be perceived as a win?
Tom Mattingly: 1983 season ranks highly ... in memories
Published 06/18/2011 at 5:34 p.m. 15 Comments
You may not remember it, but there was once a 9-3 Tennessee team that was not ranked by the Associated Press during the entire season. It's all right there in black agate type on page 171 of the "2010 Tennessee ...
Tom Mattingly: The stories behind the scores are memorable
Published 06/11/2011 at 6:43 p.m. 9 Comments
There are times the game-by-game scores in the Tennessee Football Media Guide, pp. 165-173, are just a mind-numbing array of numbers, assembled neatly through seasons stretching from that first game in 1891, Sewanee 24, Tennessee 0, through recent years.
John Smartt, who went the distance in life, dies at 94
Published 11/16/2013 at 8:24 p.m.
John Madison Smartt, a man who had precious few wasted moments in his 94 years on this earth, died Wednesday at Shannondale Health Care Center.
Darris McCord, captain of 1954 Tennessee football team, dies at 80
Published 10/09/2013 at 10:36 p.m.
Darris McCord, captain of the 1954 Tennessee football team, an All-America selection that season, and a 13-year defensive lineman with the Detroit Lions, died Wednesday morning of pancreatic cancer at his home in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. He was 80.
Former UT track standout Mark Patrick dies
Published 09/26/2013 at 11:49 p.m. 1 Comment
Mark Patrick, a Tennessee track letter winner in 1982-83, died suddenly on Sept. 11 in the arms of his identical twin brother, David, at Seton Hospital in Austin, Texas. He was 53.
Dale Powell, who helped beat Kentucky in 1950, dies
Published 09/25/2013 at 7:12 p.m.
Dale Powell, who played basketball and baseball at Tennessee, died Sept. 9, at his home in Ocean Isle Beach, N.C. He was 85.
Paul Butterfield, former Vol runner killed in the line of duty, 'was a quiet leader'
Published 09/11/2013 at 12:26 a.m.
Paul Butterfield, a former member of Tennessee’s track and field and cross country teams, was being remembered on Tuesday as “a quiet leader” after he was fatally shot Monday night in the line of duty as a Michigan State Patrol ...
Pat Downey, who played for Vols from 1962-63, dies at 72
Published 07/17/2013 at 2:47 p.m. 1 Comment
Pat Downey, a Tennessee blocking back during the early 1960s, died Sunday in Knoxville. He was 72.
Terry Mattingly: Baptists with fewer baptisms raises questions, leader says
Published 06/14/2013 at 1:10 p.m.
Visitors who enter Southern Baptist churches these days will usually see posters and pamphlets for everything from marriage-enrichment retreats to tornado-relief fundraisers, from weight-loss classes to drives to find volunteers for African hospitals.
Former University of Tennessee punter Joey Chapman dies at 42
Published 05/26/2013 at 8:34 p.m. 11 Comments
Former University of Tennessee punter Joey Chapman, who led the SEC in punting with a 41.9-yard average in 1990, died suddenly on Thursday in Austin, Texas, from an undetected heart condition. He was 42.
Dick Evey, who played for Vols from 1961-63, dies at 72
Published 05/23/2013 at 10:39 p.m. 11 Comments
Dick Evey, a letterman on the Tennessee football and track teams from 1961-63, died Thursday at the Ben Atchley State Veterans Home after a debilitating illness. He was 72.
Man with cancer who kept scrapbook of 1956 Tennessee football team spends time reminiscing with his heroes
Published 03/26/2013 at 9:36 p.m. 5 Comments
DANDRIDGE — There’s no hero like the first hero, the saying goes. The passage of time cannot erase the memories that begin at a young age and continue across the years.
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