Only a slow sports week like this could create the situation I find myself
in now: a Tuesday afternoon with nothing to write.
But, I do have a responsibility to the dedicated readers of the
Beacon, and with that in mind, I press forward with the information I
find important, or at least interesting.
Vols place seven on All-Conference first team
After leading Tennessee to an undefeated record and finishing 20th in
the nation in passing efficiency last season, Tee Martin was snubbed by the
voters and not recognized as an All-Conference performer.
But Martin found redemption this season and was voted as the top
quarterback in the SEC. Joining Martin on the list of top SEC performers
are Cosey Coleman, Shaun Ellis, Darwin Walker, Raynoch Thompson, Deon Grant
and Dwayne Goodrich.
Chad Clifton was named to the second team and, much to my surprise, Jamal
Lewis was also named to the second team.
Why a surprise?
How about these numbers: Jamal Lewis ran the ball 182 times for 851 total
yards, a 4.5 yards-per-carry average that included seven touchdowns. Travis
Henry carried the ball 125 times for 824 yards, a 6.3 yards-per-carry
average and eight touchdowns.
However, if you ask coach Fulmer, he says both backs are the No. 1 option,
and they do not even know which back is in the backfield when they are
calling a play.
Don't sweat it, though, Travis - next year you'll be the man and carry home
the hardware at season's end.
Movin' on up
After a few impressive wins, the men's basketball team moved from No. 18
to 16 in the Associated Press poll.
If the Vols keep playing with the same sense of urgency and determination,
I foresee a top-10 ranking before the men in orange drop one into the loss
Lady Vols follow suit
Unlike the men, the Lady Vols already have a loss, but that has not
stopped their ascension in the polls.
After their quality wins against Purdue and Wisconsin, Tennessee moved up
to No. 2, and with a showdown with No. 1 UConn just around the corner, the
Lady Vols could regain the place at the peak of women's basketball.
In the you-have-got-to-be-kidding-me sports news of the week, Rae
Carruth will soon be indicted on charges that he killed his wife.
Rae, buddy, what's the deal?
No matter how bad your girl disses you, you just can't go settle the issue
in a drive-by shooting. They may have let that type of behavior slide in
Colorado, but not in the NFL.
My only hopes are that Johnnie Cochran and Jesse Jackson will not become
part of his defense team.
A look outside
Many students at this most prestigious of community colleges have
already grown tired of hearing about the presidential race, especially when
considering the election is still 11 months away.
Unfortunately for my readers, and much to the disgust of my girlfriend, I
am one of the geeks who enjoys C-SPAN and the CNN debates.
I justify my devotion of valuable space and time to politics only because
the candidate I back first made a name for himself as a guard.
First on the hard court of Princeton University where he scored 26 against
Michigan in the NCAA tournament, and then with the New York Knicks where he
led the team to two championships, Bill Bradley has a touch any basketball
fan has to envy.
Oh yeah, in between his stint at Princeton and with the Knicks, Bradley
also found the time to travel a bit. Mainly in England, where he was a
Do yourself a favor a read up on the guy who wants to change America.
UT teams deserve much praise
Published: Wed Dec 08, 1999 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 02:05 p.m.