“Not This Year”

Found a great story in John Majors’ book (“You Can Go Home Again,” co-author Ben Byrd) about a legendary Knoxville Journal sportswriter named Ed Harris. Turns out that when John returned to Knoxville in 1977, Harris had been stricken with cancer and the prognosis was not good.

Here’s where the story takes an interesting turn.

“The doctor tells me I’ll last until you win the national championship at Tennessee,” Harris told the former Vol All-America and first-year head coach.

Majors recalled that Harris motioned him closer for one final comment. Here came the clincher.

“John,” he said. “Don’t win it this year!”

Monday, May 5, 2014