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On shelves along the back wall of Mike Royster's office are all of the different University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football helmets the Mocs have used since he's been at the school. There are many.

It was a iconic image from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's football season: quarterback Jacob Huesman taking a knee in the end zone and pointing skyward after scoring the game-winning touchdown in the Mocs' 28-24 come-from-behind win over The Citadel on Oct. 26.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football program received the official word from the NCAA on Tuesday: senior defensive tackle Derrick Lott will be allowed to return for a sixth year.

The Chattanooga Football Club schedule for its sixth season will look a bit different from last summer's National Premier Soccer League slate — just as the 2012 schedule was different from the year before.

If you've been to a University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's basketball game at McKenzie Arena this season, you may have noticed that you don't see or hear "Lady Mocs" like you have in years past.

McCallie cornerback C.J. Fritz and lineman Cam Walker committed to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga on Sunday, following an official visit this weekend. The Mocs football program also got a commitment from Northeast (Tenn.) High School's Montrell Pardue.

Seven weeks ago Furman was the outsider, the long shot.

Bobby Lamb was realistically hoping for five or six wins this season, the Mercer Bears' first since 1941. Instead, Mercer set an NCAA record for a start-up football program with 10 wins.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga needs linebackers. A lot of them.

Marcus West has coached the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga defensive ends for five seasons, since Russ Huesman was hired as head coach.

When you come to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in pursuit of a career in engineering or athletic training — two of UTC's most renown areas of study — there's no reason to keep your dreams to yourself.

ATLANTA — At the end of a Georgia football regular season in which little went according to plan, one near-constant thing followed its recent course: The Bulldogs beat rival Georgia Tech.

ATLANTA — Georgia quarterback Hutson Mason played at times in the first half Saturday like someone making his first start. He was, and doing so against Georgia Tech in a bitter rivalry game.

ATLANTA — At the end of a Georgia football regular season in which little went according to plan, one near-constant thing followed its recent course: The Bulldogs beat rival Georgia Tech.

Derrick Lott might not have played his final snap for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

For now, the sting of missing the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs obscures many of the positive feelings the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga has after its best season in decades.

Tuesday was a good day for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football program and the Huesman family in particular.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga swept the Southern Conference football coaches' top postseason awards, which were released today.

The silence among the 100 or so in the University Center auditorium said it all.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team's 2013 season came to an end today when the Mocs were left out of the 24-team Football Championship Subdivision playoff field.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — University of Tennessee at Chattanooga coach Russ Huesman was right not to get his hopes up.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Making his first real start at quarterback since the 2012 season opener at South Florida, Terrell Robinson had to kick off any rust he had against the best college football team in America.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — University of Tennessee at Chattanooga coach Russ Huesman was right not to get his hopes up.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga has done what it can do in the Southern Conference and the Football Championship Subdivision.

The evening began with one University of Tennessee at Chattanooga freshman women's basketball player, Moses Johnson, belting out a stirring rendition of the national anthem before the Mocs' game against UAB.

The good news for Davis Tull, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga All-America defensive end, is that he's not likely to see many double- and triple-teams Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga coach Russ Huesman is worried about what he can see coming Saturday: one Alabama All-America player after another making plays against the Mocs.

No, the Packers haven't called.

It was a joke, Keionta Davis' postgame comment after The Citadel win about catching University of Tennessee at Chattanooga all-time sacks leader Davis Tull. Only a joke, yes, but it seems a little more credible now.

If he's healthy enough to play, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga quarterback Jacob Huesman will be on the field Saturday for the Mocs' regular-season finale at Alabama.

The exciting football finish has come to pass for the Southern Conference, which could have the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga as its outright champion at the end of Saturday's games. Or there could be a two- or three-way tie including Samford and Furman.

And so began, Sunday, a very long wait.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — There was no University of Tennessee at Chattanooga celebration Saturday at Seibert Stadium.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A pair of long completions, one for 36 yards and a 92-yard touchdown, accounted for 128 of Samford's 311 yards of offense Saturday in the Bulldogs' 17-14 overtime win against the 18th-ranked University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

It should be strength versus strength on the field at Seibert Stadium today, when the Southern Conference-leading University of Tennessee at Chattanooga defense matches up against Samford's prolific offense. Whether that compelling head-to-head duel actually decides the critical SoCon contest is anybody's guess.

Welcome to the SoConversation, featuring The Citadel beat writer Jeff Hartsell of the Charleston Post and Courier, Elon beat writer Adam Smith of the Burlington Times-News and UTC beat writer John Frierson of the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Wes Dothard has skill, instinct and experience, which has earned the two-time All-America linebacker some freedom in the Southern Conference's No. 1 defense.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's basketball team got a historic win over Tennessee to open last season, winning 80-71 at McKenzie Arena.

The numbers show the dramatic improvement: 1,845 rushing yards in 11 games during the 2012 season compared to 2,352 through 10 games this season.

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football coach Russ Huesman was happy and proud after his Mocs beat Wofford last Saturday, clinching at least a share of the Southern Conference championship. But he was far from jubilant.

The self-proclaimed "people's captain," University of Tennessee at Chattanooga linebacker Gunner Miller, likely will be a spectator the rest of this football season.

It didn't take Alicia Payne very long to show that she's a more confident offensive player than she was a year ago.

If the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga makes the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs, the Mocs will try to host as many games as possible at Finley Stadium, athletic director David Blackburn said Monday.

How does a football team put together a six-game win streak that includes three straight victories in tight games? Sure, having the top defense in the Southern Conference helps. So does playing clean, smart football.

It's one thing to build a Southern Conference championship team with all of your best tools at your disposal. It's another to do what the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team has done this season, build a winner when the tool box seems half full at times.

Chaz Moore doesn't have to dream about a Southern Conference championship ring anymore. He and his University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football teammates have earned their own.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's first two drives Saturday were among its best of the season. Two drives, two touchdowns and a 14-0 lead against a feisty Wofford squad.

Chaz Moore doesn't have to dream about a Southern Conference championship ring anymore. He and his University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football teammates have earned their own.

Taylor Hall got off to a fast start, and her University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's basketball teammates quickly got up to speed Friday night at McKenzie Arena.

The message all week from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, its players and fans, ever since the football team's 35-28 win at Appalachian State last Saturday, has been to fill Finley Stadium.

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