1. Butch Jones Faces Toughest Challenge of His Football Coaching Career This Week

    Tennessee head football coach Butch Jones , by all accounts, has been a big hit on Rocky Top since his arrival in Knoxville after the firing of Derek Dooley...

    Mark Hancock Written by Mark Hancock about 12 months ago 2,776 reads 21 comments

  2. Tennessee Basketball: Martin's Pay Raise Raises Eyebrows Among Vol Fans

    Tennessee head basketball coach Cuonzo Martin asked for a raise and an extension from UT athletics director Dave Hart in the offseason...

    Mark Hancock Written by Mark Hancock about 1 year ago 3,008 reads 16 comments

  3. Tennessee Football: Will Vols Finish Lower Than Ever in SEC History?

    It's hard to believe, but Tennessee football, by all accounts, is ranked lower than ever in its storied history, no better than 13th out of 14 Southeastern Conference teams. The only other team predicted to clearly finish below UT is Kentucky...

    Mark Hancock Written by Mark Hancock about 1 year ago 3,771 reads 15 comments

  4. Road America, in Idyllic Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, Puts You in the Driver's Seat

    Tucked away between the much more well-known city and town of Milwaukee and Green Bay, a little-known gem in Wisconsin is Elkhart Lake. It is home to Road America, one of the most unique places celebrating motorsports on earth...

    Mark Hancock Written by Mark Hancock about 1 year ago 1,135 reads 1 comments

  5. Green Bay Packers' Annual Bike Parades from Lambeau Field Ready to Roll

    The Green Bay Packers open their training camp in their hometown on Friday, July 26, and it can't come soon enough for the kids who inhabit the unique Midwest town...

    Mark Hancock Written by Mark Hancock about 1 year ago 2,872 reads 1 comments

  6. Green Bay Bullfrogs Unexpected Surprise in College Summer League Baseball Play

    On a recent media trip to Green Bay to visit the NFL Packers' training camp, I had the opportunity to go to a college summer league baseball game. To be honest, I didn't even know such leagues existed, as they are rare in the Deep South, where I live...

    Mark Hancock Written by Mark Hancock about 2 years ago 264 reads 1 comments

  7. Derek Dooley Faces Make-or-Break '8-4 or out the Door' Season at Tennessee

    CBS has voted Derek Dooley 's seat the hottest among Southeastern Conference football coaches for 2012...

    Mark Hancock Written by Mark Hancock about 2 years ago 1,768 reads 7 comments

  8. Salem Sox a Big Hit in Roanoke Valley's Blue Ridge Mountains Region of Virginia

    America's pastime is said to be baseball. The definition of a pastime is what someone does regularly for enjoyment rather than work, and the Class A baseball team in the Roanoke ...

    Mark Hancock Written by Mark Hancock about 2 years ago 409 reads 3 comments

  9. Tennessee Football: The Phenoms Ain't Phenomenating in Big Orange Country

    As Casey Stengel once put it so eloquently, "Our phenoms ain't phenomenating!" That sums up the season this year so far for the Tennessee Volunteers football team. The coaches have rarely called the right plays or prepared the team well...

    Mark Hancock Written by Mark Hancock about almost 3 years ago 939 reads 13 comments

  10. Penn State: How Far and Deep Did Alleged Coverup of Child Rape on Campus Go?

    As Barry Switzer put it this week: "Everyone on the coaching staff had to know!" Switzer won national championships at Oklahoma. He's an authority on who knows what in a big-time college sports program...

    Mark Hancock Written by Mark Hancock about almost 3 years ago 603 reads 2 comments

  11. Southeastern Conference May Be the Best Basketball League in the Nation

    Take a look at the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll for men's college basketball. Look at which conference is the only one in the nation with three teams in the Top 10 nationally...

    Mark Hancock Written by Mark Hancock about almost 3 years ago 1,583 reads 0 comments

  12. Pat Summitt's Brave New Season Begins at Tennessee This Weekend

    Pat Summitt begins her quest for a record-breaking ninth National Championship in women's college basketball this Sunday afternoon in Knoxville against Pepperdine...

    Mark Hancock Written by Mark Hancock about almost 3 years ago 437 reads 0 comments

  13. Tennessee Volunteers: The Worst Men's Basketball Team in the SEC?

    When the annual preseason college basketball preview magazines came out this fall, the Tennessee Volunteers men's team was picked to finish dead last in the Southeastern Conference...

    Mark Hancock Written by Mark Hancock about almost 3 years ago 857 reads 10 comments

  14. Joe Paterno's Forced "Retirement" a Dismal End to a Distinguished Career

    The end came swiftly for Joe Paterno . After over six decades in a place called Happy Valley, deep in the heart of central Pennsylvania, it is over for the legendary coach, who has more wins than any other in big-time college football...

    Mark Hancock Written by Mark Hancock about almost 3 years ago 280 reads 4 comments

  15. Tennessee Makes Bold Move in Naming Joan Cronan Interim Director of Athletics

    Tennessee made a bold move nationally today by naming Joan Cronan, its Women's Athletics Director, as the Interim Vice Chancellor and Interim Senior Administrator for all athletics, men's and women's, on the flagship Knoxville campus...

    Mark Hancock Written by Mark Hancock about 3 years ago 2,425 reads 3 comments

  16. Tennessee Launches Its Historic First National Search for an Athletic Director

    General Robert Reese Neyland's statue was unveiled last fall in the venerable, century-old stadium that bears his name on the banks of the Tennessee River in Knoxville on the University's campus...

    Mark Hancock Written by Mark Hancock about 3 years ago 1,893 reads 8 comments

  17. Will Tennessee Fire Bruce Pearl, Their Best Men's Basketball Coach in Decades?

    Since the retirement of the legendary coach Ray Mears in 1977, Tennessee basketball had largely been a joke for nearly 30 long years. Then something happened. Tennessee hired a coach who got it...

    Mark Hancock Written by Mark Hancock about over 3 years ago 3,343 reads 11 comments

  18. NCAA Selection Committee Picked the Wrong Teams from Alabama and Virginia

    UAB instead of Alabama? VCU instead of Virginia Tech? Has the NCAA Selection Committee gone crazy? Perhaps the field of 68 that was selected today can be chalked up to a lack of basketball knowledge...

    Mark Hancock Written by Mark Hancock about over 3 years ago 1,442 reads 7 comments

  19. Tennesse Football: Will Derek Dooley Win the SEC Title by 2013?

    There has been a lot of debate in the national media for the past year on whether Lane Kiffin was the right hire for Tennessee's football program or whether Bruce Pearl should be fired from Tennessee's basketball program...

    Mark Hancock Written by Mark Hancock about over 3 years ago 2,201 reads 16 comments

  20. Tennessee Will Keep Bruce Pearl at Basketball Helm No Matter What NCAA Decides

    The University of Tennessee's administration has made the decision to keep Bruce Pearl at the helm of its men's basketball program no matter what NCAA sanctions are placed on the school or their coach...

    Mark Hancock Written by Mark Hancock about over 3 years ago 2,474 reads 8 comments

  21. Tennessee Football Dodges Major NCAA Bullet by Placing Blame on Departed Kiffin

    The University of Tennessee's football program can breathe a sigh of relief. The NCAA investigation of Lane Kiffin 's tenure at the school has basically concluded that Kiffin, ...

    Mark Hancock Written by Mark Hancock about over 3 years ago 2,938 reads 49 comments

  22. Trevor Bayne's Daytona 500 Victory Is One of Historic, Epic Proportions

    When I talked to Trevor Bayne last year on the phone in between his Nationwide races, after having been introduced to him by a mutual friend in Knoxville, he was struggling to find sponsors to continue on the junior NASCAR circuit...

    Mark Hancock Written by Mark Hancock about over 3 years ago 980 reads 2 comments

  23. Tennessee Vols Still Have Chance for 3 League Sweeps To End Season on a Roll

    With South Carolina coming into town, the Tennessee Volunteers men's basketball team finds itself in the unique position of having sweeps of three Southeastern Conference teams within its grasp...

    Mark Hancock Written by Mark Hancock about over 3 years ago 272 reads 8 comments

  24. Next Two Games Might Determine Coach Bruce Pearl's Future in College Basketball

    Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl enters perhaps the most critical stretch of his coaching career tonight when his Big Orange Volunteers go to Lexington to face their arch-rival, the Kentucky Wildcats...

    Mark Hancock Written by Mark Hancock about over 3 years ago 588 reads 13 comments

  25. Mike Jackson's Big Orange Club Tipoff Address Floods Crowd with Sweet Memories

    Mike Jackson was the unsung hero of the Ernie and Bernie Era at the University of Tennessee. He was the home state hero who was overshadowed by the duo from New York who made the cover of Sports Illustrated...

    Mark Hancock Written by Mark Hancock about over 3 years ago 613 reads 3 comments