published Friday, February 11th, 2011

Sick Mocs board bus to game

Keegan Bell boarded the team bus with a needle in his arm and a trainer holding a bag of intravenous fluid above his head.

Omar Wattad followed with the same assistance.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga starting guards — in addition to Jeff Smith and Jeremy Saffore — have been cleared to play tonight when the Mocs face Western Carolina at 7 p.m. in the Ramsey Activity Center.

“The doc thinks we could get about 50 percent out of them,” coach John Shulman said. “Jeff is OK. Jeremy is OK. Keegan and Omar will have an interesting bus trip.”

Four players coming down with influenza forced a postponement of a game that was supposed to be played last night.

It was originally moved to Monday, then back to tonight.

“We look like a good team right here, don’t we?” coach John Shulman joked before Bell and Wattad found their seats. “Athletics is athletics and we’ll figure it out on the road.”

See Saturday’s Times Free Press for more coverage.

about David Uchiyama...

David Uchiyama is a sports writer at the Chattanooga Times Free Press who began his tenure here in May 2001. His primary beats are UTC athletics — specifically men’s basketball and athletic department administration — and golf, which includes coverage from the PGA Tour to youth events. He also covers other high school sports, outdoor adventures, and contributes to other sections of the newspaper when necessary. David grew up in Salinas, Calif., and began working ...

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