(Syndicated) former-Tennessee Featured Columnist
John was born and raised in Kingsport Tennessee, nestled into the middle of the Appalachian mountains. He is an amateur historian, and an avid Volunteer fan, in fact Rocky Top was played at his wedding. He served his country for a short time where he acquired a passion for writing, he will tell you that ability, and passion are two very different things. John resides in Georgia, but travels to and from the Knoxville area each week. John also does freelance scouting for high school athletics.
John can be contacted through the writer contact link, or by simly leaving a message on the writer profile page.
John has also been featured as a special guest on 105.9 ESPN radio "Out of Bounds".

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  • David Boutin posted 2129 days ago

    David Boutin

    Just a quick "I told you so" since you were so nice in your comments on my article last season...http://bleacherreport.com/articles/879370-sec-bowl-projections-way-too-early-predictions-for-every-sec-team/page/11. I just for fun went over that article and it was pretty spot on for predictions made two weeks into the season. By the by, I wasn't drinking when I wrote that article. See ya on the gridiron next fall.

  • Sherrie G posted 2335 days ago

    Sherrie G

    When the Vols enter the field on Saturday, so will my heart along with every other fan’s in, around or nowhere near Neyland Stadium. Because we are Tennessee. We are a family of Volunteers, bound and bred by a tenacious spirit that doesn’t live and die by wins and losses – but an invisible tie that binds us to the greatest love in college football. University of Tennessee football. ♥

  • Hirm Ski posted 2348 days ago

    Hirm Ski

    Great article on whether players should be paid. It opens itself up to a number of different debates that transcend sports all together and allow us to critique aspects of society that should be challenged. With that said, I'd shoot myself reading all the close-minded attacks on something I wrote that have no facts behind them to disprove what I was saying...lol.

  • Rob Mays posted 2349 days ago

    Rob Mays

    Should college athletes get paid? This question is as old as college athletics itself. Pay for play, however, is not something that is new in the world of college athletics. It is immoral in the eyes of some but necessary in the eyes of others. To avoid any unnecessary penalties to the school, college athletes should be given some kind of stipend for their services. Most college sports, especially football, are the reason that some universities are able to operate. Schools like Ohio State, Michigan, Texas, and Florida State make massive amounts of revenue due to their football teams. The athletes, however, see none of the profits. Sure, some of them receive scholarships but that does not account for the money missing from their pockets.
    The demand that comes from studying and practice, as well as road trips, leave little time for work, therefore, paying college athletes is a good way to keep them focused on their academics as well as their sport because they no longer have to worry about how they will pay their living expenses. Paying athletes could also curb abuses such as players taking money from boosters or agents. If players are given some type of stipend, maybe they would not be inclined to accept other “improper benefits.” Some might argue that players would still accept benefits because the stipend would not be enough. While that may be true in some cases, there are some student-athletes that only want to be able to pay for their groceries, their rent or children and being paid to play would only help their cause.
    Players should be entitled to some compensation because of the revenue they bring in and the risk of injury they face. Imagine it being your senior season and you have a freak injury. Not only do you lose out on a scholarship but you likely lose out on your chance to become a professional athlete. The argument against this is that players are already paid because they get a free education, however, if a player has a career ending injury, that free education is taken away. Moreover, paying them could stem the tide of players going pro early, especially “one-and-done” players in college basketball. There are so many players leaving after their freshman seasons, that if the program doesn’t win the championship that year its almost like a wasted scholarship. There then is the fact that while any other student on a scholarship, whether it be a dancer, actor, or mechanic, can be use their services for a profit, athletes cannot. They are still considered amateurs but are really unpaid employees. The coaches make millions of dollars and live in mansions but the students live either on campus or in a home with two or three people they may or may not know. Most of these players will go pro in something other than their sport of choice, therefore, their major would likely be something that require a lot more studying than someone majoring in physical education.
    While there will always be those who will still accept improper benefits, regardless if there is a stipend put in place, the majority of college athletes would benefit greatly from the institution of payment. The question of where the payment would come from is an easily answered question. The NCAA as a whole generates billions of dollars due to athletics. That revenue could be used to help out student-athletes in need. The coaches who recruit these young men need to be more conscience of their players well-being financially and not just health wise for their respective sports.
    The NCAA cannot let a few rotten apples cause them to make a blanket judgment on the whole. Athletes would benefit greatly from a stipend. It would allow them to focus more on their sport and their studies. It will allow them to make better judgment when it comes to accepting payments from boosters, and it will also show that the NCAA actually cares about its players. Now is as good a time as any to make a change that could benefit the player, the university, the NCAA, and the college sport fan.

  • Hunter Tester posted 2363 days ago

    Hunter Tester

    I enjoy your articles and your faith in the great volunteers. Keep it up!

  • Jay Thomas posted 2392 days ago

    Jay  Thomas

    John, thanks for the solid writing over the past weeks. Like you I'm a bit more optimistic about the upcoming season than most. This year reminds me alot of 2009, when we had some talent and our overall success depended more on the team believing in themselves and solid coaching than in how the rest of the SEC (or the nation for that matter) saw us.

    If Dooley learned his lesson from his freshman season think we'll all be happy in December and looking forward to January.

  • Delores Smith-Johnson posted 2394 days ago

    Delores Smith-Johnson

    You're welcome, John! Thanks for the Gaelic dialect compliment and lesson!

  • Sherrie G posted 2416 days ago

    Sherrie G

    "be required to help mend the Jr. LB's ankle, bencing four at least four games."


    GREAT article, btw! :)

  • Rick Morton posted 2447 days ago

    Rick Morton

    Love'd your pick of Jon Bostic #52 UF MLB as a Top 20 SEC pick next season but, I thought the Jim Thorpe Award "only" went to D-backs & Corners??? I hope I am wrong because I LOVE the play of Bostic and his impeccable character. Kudo's to his Parents!

  • Maria Cane posted 2568 days ago

    Maria Cane

    Happy New Year! Check out my first article of the year 2011! Comments, retweets,likes, anything appreciated!