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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.

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.

Wofford coach Mike Ayers is a stoic, determined-looking 65-year-old man. It's easy to picture him coaching at West Point, or even running West Point.

Jim Foster will coach his first official game as the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's basketball coach tonight against Alabama at McKenzie Arena.

Year after year, Wofford keeps winning. This season is no different.

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga quarterback Jacob Huesman was headed for the sideline phone to talk to offensive coordinator Jeff Durden last Saturday when he saw Mocs punter Nick Pollard running up the sideline.

The race for the Southern Conference football championship couldn't be much tighter with just a few weeks remaining in the season. It's a situation that surely puts a smile on commissioner John Iamarino's face.

On the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga sideline last Saturday, during the fourth quarter of the 35-28 Southern Conference win at Appalachian State, much was happening with the UTC defense.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga faced more than a little drama in its women's basketball exhibition game against Lee University on Monday night at McKenzie Arena. It wasn't a glorious debut for new coach Jim Foster, but he got to see how his team reacted under pressure.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is back where it started the season, ranked in both major Football Championship Subdivision polls.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's basketball played a more aggressive offensive style last season, which helped the Lady Mocs win the Southern Conference regular-season and tournament titles.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga took the long bus ride home from Boone, N.C., on Saturday knowing that the Mocs were alone in first place in the Southern Conference football standings. Coach Russ Huesman spent part of the ride watching the film of the Mocs' 35-28 win over Appalachian State at Kidd Brewer Stadium.

BOONE, N.C. -- Playing with an injury-riddled defense that was practically held together with duct tape, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga pulled off its best football win in ages Saturday at Kidd Brewer Stadium.

BOONE, N.C. — The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga freshmen are growing up fast.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team has lost eight straight games to Appalachian State, the Mocs' opponent this afternoon at Kidd Brewer Stadium in Boone, N.C. Fifth-year Mocs coach Russ Huesman is 0-for-4 against the Mountaineers, who have a 26-10 advantage in the series.

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.

October was a good month for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team.

Appalachian State's final season in the Southern Conference definitely hasn't gone according to plan. The Sun Belt-bound Mountaineers, a perennial title contender, are 2-6 overall, 2-3 in league play and are assured of their first non-winning season since 1993.

Jacksonville State is back on the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team's schedule.

The excitement was still in Mark Speir's voice Tuesday morning during the Southern Conference coaches' teleconference.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's basketball team has an unusual mix with six seniors and six freshmen, as well as some players in between. Despite the Lady Mocs' experience disparity, they're all first-year players under new coach Jim Foster.

In high school, Marquis Green was often the fastest player on the football field. He had the speed to take a handoff and scoot around the edge of the defense for big gains.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, despite having one of the top defenses in the Football Championship Subdivision, had one player honored as a Southern Conference defensive player of the week last season: cornerback Kadeem Wise, on Sept. 29, 2012.

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga linebacker Muhasibi Wakeel had a total of 12 tackles as a redshirt sophomore last season. The year before, he made 13.

Jacob Huesman rose to the occasion. So did Muhasibi Wakeel, Nick Pollard, Marquis Green, Keionta Davis and more.

Keionta Davis had seven tackles all season heading into Saturday's game. Playing behind University of Tennessee at Chattanooga defensive ends Davis Tull and Toyvian Brand, he hadn't been on the field a whole lot.

Jacob Huesman rose to the occasion. So did Muhasibi Wakeel, Nick Pollard, Marquis Green, Keionta Davis and more. The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga rallied to beat The Citadel 28-24 in Southern Conference football Saturday at Finley Stadium, winning with grit under very adverse circumstances.

The best win in University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football history comes down to two, and even then it's really not that close.

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.

For Twitter updates from the Mocs' game against The Citadel on Saturday, and throughout the season, follow @MocsBeat. You can also join the discussion on Twitter by searching #Mocs13.

With six seniors among 10 players returning from last season's Southern Conference regular-season and tournament championship squad, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's basketball team was the obvious preseason pick to win the league this season.

The Citadel has won just two of seven football games this season. The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga doesn’t care.

After a very good football career at Hixson High School, Zach McCarter got a couple of scholarship offers from some small colleges -- to play baseball.

Every game counts, right? Well, maybe not always, or at least not to everyone.

Davis Tull became the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's career sack leader this past Saturday in the Mocs' 20-9 win at Elon.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga defense is in some good company when it comes to red-zone defense, even if that company is to be found in an undesirable location.

ELON, N.C. — The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga put together another blue-collar football win Saturday.

ELON, N.C. — Taharin Tyson had six carries for 20 yards coming into Saturday's game at Rhodes Stadium.

ELON, N.C. — The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga put together another blue-collar football win Saturday.

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.

Josh Williams was in the crowd at Finley Stadium last Saturday, watching the assault on his record. And watching with pride.

It should come as no surprise that Elon has more passing yards than rushing yards.

Samford went to Boone, N.C., last Saturday and put a 34-10 hurting on Appalachian State in a game that might not have been as close as the score.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's basketball team has picked up commitments recently from two players with connections to current Lady Mocs.

Last season was one of firsts for University of Tennessee at Chattanooga defensive end Davis Tull. As a redshirt sophomore he set a school record with 12.5 sacks, he was the Southern Conference defensive player of the year and he made multiple All-America teams.

Faith Dupree and Ashlen Dewart, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's basketball fifth-year-senior post players, have spent about as much time working out in the pool as they have on the court in recent weeks.

While the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's rushing attack has produced more than 200 yards in each of the past five games, the passing game has been far from prolific.

While the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's already-thin defense was getting thinner during Saturday's 31-9 win against Furman at Finley Stadium, the unit managed to still play its best game of the season.

Bailey Lenoir didn't need any more time.

When A.J. Hampton was just 12 days old, on Nov. 20, 1993, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga beat the Furman Paladins 45-42 at Chamberlain Field.

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