Former Tennessee Athletic Director Bob Woodruff was a crafty old dude. I had the privilege to interview him in his office during my undergraduate years at UT as part of a journalism project. I was researching the plans (that were never fulfilled) to retrofit the south end of Neyland Stadium so that the Vols basketball team could play a few selected home games there. This was the mid-1970s when Bernard King, Ernie Grunfeld and Co. were lighting up men’s hoops like a bonfire. The old Stokely Athletic Center was not big enough to hold the excitement of those days. All-night lines for student tickets were becoming commonplace, especially for the big games like Kentucky (that 103-98 war remains the best basketball game at any level I’ve ever witnessed in person).
In the wake of the emerging scandal at Penn State, Joe Paterno was fired and replaced with long-time assistant Tom Bradley on an interim basis until a full-time replacement could be found. It was confirmed this week that New England patriots assistant Bill O’Brian would be named the new Nittany Lion head coach. The problem for some prominent Penn Staters is that O’Brian has no connection to the school — not as a former player or coach.
Both Amos Alonzo Stagg and Joe Paterno will remain deadlocked at 548 for the most games coached in college football.
Wednesday evening, the Board of Trustees of Penn State University unanimously fired Joe Paterno, effective immediately. Dr. Graham Spainer is on the Board. He and the Board mutually agreed that Spanier is no longer the President of Penn State.
I had plans to do a little research on the Razorbacks and then write my thoughts on the upcoming game in Fayetteville.
Before beginning, I decided to read the 23-page Grand Jury report concerning the on-going scandal at Penn State.
Formulating and conveying my thoughts on the Tennessee-Arkansas matchup seemed such an inappropriate thing to do. Plus, I had no energy for it. Not after this.