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Editor James Bennett's column: Don't break out those victory cigars (or tear down the goal posts) just yet, Vols fans


Alabama fans have passing out victory cigars for the last 15 years.

I have been getting messages all week about the Tennessee-Alabama game.

This will be the year the Volunteers break through and beat the Crimson Tide, I am told, after losing to Alabama 15 times in a row.


The Pride of the Southland bank honors Dolly Parton during a 2015 halftime show. 


Alan Cockrell, now 59, was Tennessee's quarterback when they upset Alabama in 1982. He also was a professional baseball player, drafted No. 9 overall in the first round by the San Francisco Giants in the 1984 draft. Cockrell played 13 years in the minor leagues. When he retired, he became a coach, including three seasons with the New York Yankees as hitting coach (2015-2017).


Alabama defensive lineman Terrence Cody blocks the first of two kicks in a 2009 game with Tennessee.

James Bennett is Executive Editor. Contact him at 256-235-3540 or