April, 2015


Here’s how Rick Barnes and his staff will recruit at Tennessee


One month into what figures to be Rick Barnes’ final stop as a college basketball coach, we begin to get an idea of how Tennessee will procure its talent. Recruiting is the lifeblood of any program, and the way Barnes and his staff operate, there will be no rush to judgment, no scramble to fill jerseys with warm bodies, just for the sake of completing a roster. This philosophy applies to the crazy, early days any coach goes through after taking a new job, and it applies to the future.Read More

Why Tennessee hoops will develop Canadian connection

The fact that two basketball players from Canada are making official visits to Tennessee this weekend is no coincidence. Rob Lanier, one of new coach Rick Barnes’ assistants, has ties north of the border, evidenced by the success Lanier and Barnes had luring Canadian players to their previous employer, Texas. No, Kyle Alexander and Ray Kasongo, the Vols’ weekend visitors, aren’t to be mistaken, talent-wise, for former Longhorns Tristan Thompson, Myck Kabongo or Corey Joseph, not yet anyway. But both are skilled. And their presence begs a question. Why hasn’tRead More

Is the best 9-hole golf course in the country located in Tennessee?

Photo Courtesy King-Collins Golf

The complete version of this story and several pictures of Sweetens Cove can be found in the latest edition of Tennessee Golf Quarterly.   It seems hard to believe, but within a 15-minute drive of one another, across Interstate 24 between Chattanooga and Nashville, sit two of the finest nine-hole golf courses in the world, both restoration projects, both compelling in their design, both playable for golfers of all skill levels. One man helped jumpstart their Lazarus-like second acts. King Oehmig’s tireless work on behalf of the Course at Sewanee,Read More