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For those that have a favorite college team and others that are simply fans of the sport, college football brings us the best of times and the worst of times.  Comeback stories like that of … more
For over a decade, the Tennessee Volunteers have been in a perpetual state of rebuild after parting ways with Phillip Fulmer.  During Fulmer’s last season as head coach in Knoxville, … more
When Oklahoma and Texas secured their spot in the SEC with a unanimous vote for admission last week, it officially set in motion a cascade of events that will lead to a drastic change in the landscape of college football—a change that nobody seems to want... more
Well, that’s not the start we wanted. Early Wednesday morning, several sports began their Olympic journey in Tokyo, notably with softball and women’s soccer. In a stunning upset, Sweden blanked the U.S. Women’s national team, 3-0, breaking a 44-match win streak by the U.S.... more
Nick Saban began his tenure at Alabama in 2007, and has undoubtedly dominated the SEC since. The last 14 years has produced seven SEC Championships, six National Championships, and two Heisman Trophy winners in Mark Inrgam and Derrick Henry. It is obvious that the Crimson Tide are the favorites to repeat as SEC champions this upcoming season, but they might not hold that spot for long... more
I admit, I got it wrong. Earlier this week, I posted a column concerning members US Women's national soccer team "protesting" the national anthem being played prior to kickoff against Mexico in the final tune up game before the Olympics in a few short weeks... more
We're on the verge of the greatest event in sports. After COVID derailed the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, which were originally scheduled to be held last summer, nations around the globe are holding Olympic Trials and teams who will compete are holding their final tune up games to prepare for the Games, which begin with the opening ceremony on July 23... more
Finally, we are on the cusp of what a true playoff environment could be in the FBS division of college football. Earlier this week, the College Football Playoff announced that it will consider expansion from four to 12 teams in the national playoff... more
Too often, the lower levels of college football seem to get lost in the mix with the FBS teams dominating the headlines. Since the FCS division of college football opted to play its season in spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all eyes were on Sunday afternoon's championship game between Sam Houston State and South Dakota State... more
Watching sports has been one of my favorite hobbies I've ever done. I love it so much, I decided to pursue a career in sports (go figure). I was born into Cincinnati Reds fandom and a solid 60 % of my attire is Reds-related gear. For years, I've made trips to Cincinnati and been able to watch nightly games... more
Almost 10 years ago, I moved to Bedford County to take on the role as sports editor at the Times-Gazette. There have been a lot of memories throughout the years and a lot of significant news events I've had the honor of covering. The primary job of someone working in the news industry is to report the local events without bias... more
What a wild year this has been. There's been plenty of hardship, loss, pain and suffering to go around, but if there's one thing that I've been able to take away from 2020, it's to appreciate what you have, and not long for what you want. The same kind of applies to the world of sports... more
On Monday, Governor Bill Lee signed Executive Order No. 70, which goes into effect through January 19. The executive order directly impacts athletics during the ongoing pandemic. The past few weeks have seen a distinct surge in COVID-19 cases and as such, the governor directly addressed the possible exposure point of high school athletics... more
Typically, by the time the calendar flips from late July to early August, the excitement is at a fever pitch while everyone prepares for the opening football kickoffs. From the Pop Warner leagues, to high school, college and the NFL, excitement is buzzing around here... more
In recent weeks, sports fans have been treated to a slow return to action, including golf, NASCAR, the MLB, NHL and NBA. With those various leagues able to return to play, all eyes have been patiently waiting to see how a possible return to college football could happen... more
We’re nearly two weeks into a return to sports since the coronavirus pandemic began in March and it’s quite honestly been a bag of mixed results for the various leagues that have tried to begin a return to action. The MLB got off to a solid start during opening weekend, but has since showcased the flaws of not playing in a controlled “bubble” like the NBA and NHL have opted for... more
As far as the sports world is concerned, the next two weeks are the most important fans and athletes have had in nearly five months since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. On Thursday, the MLB will finally begin the 2020 season with the long-awaited opening day... more
I’ve always been a “hope for the best, plan for the worst,” kind of guy. I like to have all my bases covered so nothing ever surprises me. When news broke on Thursday the Ivy League would be suspending all fall sports, it came as little surprise to me... more
There’s been a term used in the media and business advertisements over the last several weeks—“The New Normal.” I didn’t think much of it, but after hearing the phrase said in several different advertisements and media reports, it started weighing on me... more
It seems there's not much good news on the sports front these days. The COVID-19 pandemic essentially has changed life for anyone with any interest in any sport. Professional leagues have been halted, tournaments canceled, and even the 2020 Olympic Games have been delayed a year... more
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