Category Archives: UT sports

The “Vol Historian” on being a “cabana boy”

Tom Mattingly, a former city of Knoxville employee before joining the UT Sports Information Office for 18 years (1987 to 2005), has for the past four years written a Sunday column and daily blog for the News Sentinel. Both are … Continue reading

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Celebrating Vince Dooley’s other love

Legendary University of Georgia football coach and athletic director, Vince Dooley — also the father of UT football coach Derek Dooley — is in town to visit the Knoxville Botanical Garden tonight and sign copies of his new book about … Continue reading

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Johnny Majors on music, race and running it up

Former University of Tennessee football coach Johnny Majors was guest of honor Sunday at one of the Knoxville Symphony League‘s “Elegant Dining” dinners and I, for one, was surprised and touched by some of what he had to say. He … Continue reading

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Business crowd likes what it sees as new UT prez is introduced at a packed downtown gathering

• “He said all the right things.” • “He seems like a good guy. And he’s from UT!” • “He doesn’t seem like a loose cannon!” Those were some of the comments heard in the crowd of nearly 300 business … Continue reading

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Barbara Dooley on life, football and “Precious”

Barbara Dooley, the mother of UT football coach Derek Dooley and the wife of legendary University of Georgia coach and athletic director Vince Dooley, says her son has her under a gag order in Knoxville — she’s not allowed to … Continue reading

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Sexist Little League coach sent Joan Cronan, UT’s Women’s Athletic Director, on her career path

Joan Cronan was 12 years old and growing up in the town of Opelousas in southern Louisiana. “I was a tomboy before it was cool for women to be in sports,” the UT women’s athletic director told a lunch gathering … Continue reading

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Follies show delivers laughs, jabs at newsmakers

There was so much material this year that the annual Front Page Follies show was bound to be funny! Held Saturday at the Knoxville Convention Center, it did not disappoint. The Follies show is the annual performance by area journalists and … Continue reading

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Wow! That was one expensive football!

The Evergreen Ball, a fundraiser for Friends of the Smokies, was held at Cherokee Country Club Feb. 12th after being postponed from its original date by inclement weather. Of course there was the usual silent auction, dinner, live auction, dancing routine. But my … Continue reading

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Monte Kiffin blitzes United Way gathering

The invitation said Monte Kiffin was to be the guest speaker Tuesday at the United Way’s Tocqueville Society dinner. The party, which is an annual “thank you” to those who contribute $10,000 or more to the United Way, as well … Continue reading

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Pat Summitt shows soft side (honest!)

Ninety-one-year-old Mary Ellen Allen was only 5-foot-2 but she played basketball in elementary school, high school and two years of college. Wednesday, the Jacksboro woman fulfilled one of her dreams when she got to meet Lady Vols Head Coach Pat … Continue reading

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