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Derrick Lott needed but four words to describe Saturday's Southern Conference showdown between the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and host Western Carolina.

Visiting San Antonio's AT&T Center to deliver the world champion Spurs their championship rings Tuesday night, NBA commissioner Adam Silver said of the best team and organization in pro ball:

The first item on the “Saturday Night Live” long-running “Weekend Update” skit three days ago understandably touched on Ebola.

You can't say for certain that Mike Smith's days as the Atlanta Falcons' head coach are almost over.

KNOXVILLE — Josh Dobbs, where have you been all year?

Fifty years later, the 1893 Lady Liberty silver dollar still takes up space in Rick English's wallet. It's a daily reminder of just how poor he was on the August day he first arrived at the University of Chattanooga to play football in 1964.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — His Volunteers may be the media's pick to finish next-to-last in the 14-team Southeastern Conference this season, but first-year Tennessee basketball coach Donnie Tyndall has no illusions about his fan base's patience.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — After three years of NCAA-imposed exile, Bruce Pearl is the only basketball coach in the country whose first media question upon his return would concern body paint.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — First-year Tennessee basketball coach Donnie Tyndall knows the time will come when his fan base will expect him to beat Kentucky on a semi-regular basis. He just hopes they don't expect it to be this year.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — First-year Tennessee basketball coach Donnie Tyndall knows the time will come when his fan base will expect him to beat Kentucky on a semi-regular basis. He just hopes they don’t expect it to be this year.

KNOXVILLE -- We've correctly heard much praise the past couple of days for the late Voice of the Tennessee Valley -- our dear, sweet Luther Masingill -- never saying a bad word about anyone.

The Atlanta Falcons again chose not to activate Jacques Smith for Sunday's 29-7 loss at Baltimore.

SEWANEE, Tenn. — Bill Barry has witnessed college football at both its loftiest levels and more humble roots.

Could it be we now know why former Alabama football player Eddie Williams brutally mugged a student in February of 2013, stealing his university identification card in order to buy snacks from a vending machine inside the football dorm?

The best and worst job in intercollegiate athletics is now accepting resumes.

When it comes to Autographgate, which Heisman Trophy hopeful is next? Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott? Notre Dame QB Everett Golson? The Aflac duck?

ATLANTA — The elephant in the Atlanta Falcons' locker room stands 5-feet-9, weighs 192 pounds and answers to Antone Smith.

KNOXVILLE — There may be but one certainty gleaned from Tennessee's 45-10 college football victory over little brother UT-Chattanooga on Saturday afternoon: On Oct. 11, 2014, beneath a pale gray sky, the Volunteers were 35 points better than the Mocs.

By Mark Wiedmer

Quick question: What do the four largest payrolls in Major League Baseball have in common this morning?

OK, so maybe Tuesday's news that our town has landed the USA boxing team qualifying tournament without so much as trying won't generate the immediate electricity that corralling a similar event in women's figure skating or gymnastics might have.

Positioned in the middle of Chattanooga's defensive line that early November Saturday afternoon in 1958, Jerry Arnold gave the Tennessee offensive lineman crouched across from him a shoulder fake, then broke toward Volunteers place-kicker Gene Etter.

For proof that not all sports weekends are created equal, allow me to nominate the four days just past — Thursday night, Friday, Saturday and Sunday — as the best in a long, long time.

KNOXVILLE — What a waste of that outstanding checkerboard visual in the Neyland Stadium stands on Saturday afternoon.

KNOXVILLE — No player on the Tennessee football team bleeds orange more than freshman safety Todd Kelly Jr., whose father will be honored as a Vols "legend" at the SEC Championship Game weekend in Atlanta on the first weekend of December.

KNOXVILLE — What a waste of that outstanding checkerboard visual in the Neyland Stadium stands on Saturday afternoon.

Sixteen games into his tenure as Tennessee's head football coach, Butch Jones has enjoyed remarkable cover.

When it comes to wisdom, former University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football player and assistant coach Joe Lee Dunn has imparted a lot of it over the years.

Wendy Tiech climbed off her bike after riding it for 116 rolling miles in Sunday's Little Debbie Ironman competition.

Imagine an orange-wrapped crowd at Tennessee's Neyland Stadium on the Third Saturday in October paying tribute to former Alabama quarterback Joe Namath. Or a basketball gathering at North Carolina's Dean Smith Center rising to its feet to applaud Duke's Christian Laettner.

ATHENS, Ga. -- Most Tennessee football fans would never admit this, at least not yet, but both the Big Orange Nation and Georgia's Bulldog Nation may have gotten exactly what they needed from the Dawgs' 35-32 win between the hedges Saturday afternoon.

ATHENS, Ga. — Tennessee senior quarterback Justin Worley got it right when he said freshman running back Jalen Hurd played “lights out” in Saturday’s 35-32 loss at Georgia.

If you're looking for something inspirational to do late Sunday evening, something on the order of cheering the Father of the Century across the Ironman finish line, you might want to drop by Ross's Landing a shade before midnight to root home Chattanooga firefighter Jason Greer.

KNOXVILLE -- It's not that Tennessee defensive coordinator John Jancek doesn't appreciate the five years he spent at Georgia coaching the Bulldog linebackers. He'll swiftly say of that time, "Lots of good memories with the coaches there, lots of friendships made."

It would not be inaccurate to look back at the Atlanta Braves' organization over the past couple of decades and compare it to those Las Vegas tourism ads: What happens inside their inner sanctum stays within that inner sanctum.

That 10-2, stink bomb of a loss the Atlanta Braves suffered against the New York Mets on Sunday? Call it a favor. A big favor.

His Scenic City Youth Football League having taken over Finley Stadium on Saturday, SCYFL president Bobby Dunn stared down from the press box at his undersized scrappers in oversized helmets and said, "I like to think we've been successful because we're about more than football."

It didn't take Chattanooga Lookouts president and general manager Rich Mozingo long to put a human touch to Wednesday's announcement that the American League's Minnesota Twins will now be the parent club of the Looks.

Former Tennessee tight end Jason Witten didn't get a chance to watch every minute of his alma mater's 34-10 loss at Oklahoma on Saturday night. Something about his day job with the Dallas Cowboys forced him to hit the pillow early in the third quarter.

NASHVILLE — Once more brought to the ground by an angry and aggressive Dallas Cowboys defense, Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker was subjected to the following critique from a frustrated young fan early in the third quarter of Sunday's 26-10 loss at LP Field: "You're ruining everything, Locker."

The University of Tennessee football coaching staff posted the list on the back wall of the school's indoor practice facility a couple of weeks ago. For 10 young men lucky enough to find their student ID numbers on that list, it was Christmas in September.

  • Sept. 14th, 2014  |
  • By Staff Writer

My mother has always said that the best way for any young man to learn how to treat a woman is for his father to treat the son's mother well.

Three words of advice should you feel inclined to ask University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football coach Russ Huesman why he didn't replace his quarterback son Jacob at some point during last Saturday's overtime loss to Jacksonville State:

Pat Shea was suddenly a very busy woman late Monday afternoon. The president and CEO of the Nashville YWCA, Shea was sought out for television and newspaper interviews following another senseless act of domestic violence.

With the first Sunday of the 2014 NFL regular season now officially in the books, is anybody ready to pencil in our Atlanta Falcons and our Tennessee Titans for the Super Bowl?

KNOXVILLE — Years ago, when Phillip Fulmer was still the Tennessee football coach, Trooper Taylor coached the Volunteers' receivers and recruited many of their top players.

KNOXVILLE — Another game. Another win. Another test for all those first-year Tennessee Volunteers, more than 30 total.

ATLANTA — The Atlanta Braves were probably all feeling more than a little heat beyond the suffocating weather as they arrived at Turner Field on Wednesday afternoon to face the Philadelphia Phillies.

It wasn't exactly a "White Out" or "Get out" ultimatum that University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football coach Russ Huesman issued his fan base Tuesday afternoon. But he clearly believes Saturday night's game against No. 9 Jacksonville State is as much a test for the school's supporters as the 13th-ranked Mocs.

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