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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.

Dee Virgin puts in his time on the practice field, in the weight room and in team and position meetings. The redshirt freshman cornerback, like most of his University of Tennessee at Chattanooga teammates, also puts in time on his own studying video.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team will open its 2014 season in a place it has never been: Mount Pleasant, Mich. And it's doing so for one reason, to generate money for a planned football building.

T.J. Warren certainly knows how to make an entrance.

It has not been a magical season for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga defensive line, of which much was expected after a very productive finish in 2012.

Welcome to the bizarro Southern Conference, where nobody seems to know what's happening or who's good from one week to the next.

It's a safe bet that ball security will be a hot topic in the state of Tennessee this week.

The 3-point shot was an integral part of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's basketball team's success during the past 15 seasons. It will remain relevant in new coach Jim Foster's system as well.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team took care of business Saturday against Western Carolina, picking up the Mocs' first Southern Conference win with little difficulty.

The defense picked off four passes, the offense hit on some big plays and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga picked up its first Southern Conference win of the season.

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.

In his final season Kevin Revis is rising to the occasion, both as a player and a leader.

Wednesday was an anniversary of sorts for the Western Carolina football program, though not one the Catamounts would care to celebrate.

D.J. Key led the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a career-high 13 tackles last Saturday against Georgia Southern. And the All-Southern Conference senior isn't even 100 percent yet.

Samford senior running back Fabian Truss came into this season as one of the top playmakers in the Southern Conference. So far in 2013 he's giving opponents even more to worry about, both when the Bulldogs' offense is on the field and as a kick returner.

The first thing that stands out is the difference in sound inside the Chattem Practice Facility.

Jacob Huesman ran the ball 14 times for 148 yards in the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's 23-21 loss at Georgia Southern last Saturday. He didn't go backward on any of them.

As might be expected following his post-game comments Saturday, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga coach Russ Huesman got a call from the Southern Conference on Sunday.

STATESBORO, Ga. — The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team walked off the field at Paulson Stadium frustrated and angry Saturday night.

There is much familiar about the 2013-14 University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's basketball team, which begins preseason practice Monday.

STATESBORO, Ga. — If the price is right, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga could make another visit to Paulson Stadium one day.

STATESBORO, Ga. — The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team walked off the field at Paulson Stadium frustrated and angry Saturday night.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga isn't just looking to walk out of Paulson Stadium tonight with a win in the Mocs' final Southern Conference football game against Georgia Southern, a program that has owned them for the past quarter-century.

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 Times Free Press.

Georgia Southern has handed its Southern Conference football rivals plenty of painful losses over the years. That will come to an end after this season as the Eagles move on to the Sun Belt Conference. For the remaining SoCon squads, that's perhaps one benefit of conference realignment.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga defense obviously wants to make as many plays as possible Saturday at or behind the line of scrimmage. But against Georgia Southern or any triple-option team, games can be won or lost based on backside pursuit -- what happens 10 yards or more downfield.

It took the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga nine possessions to score its first points of this football season. Points have come a lot easier since.

Georgia Southern football coach Jeff Monken had nothing but good things to say about the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga -- the Eagles' opponent Saturday at Paulson Stadium -- during Tuesday's Southern Conference coaches' teleconference.

B.J. Coleman began his Monday morning at Brown Acres Golf Course, where he played nine holes. He planned to go on a 20-mile bike ride a little later -- cycling is something he's gotten into recently -- and also wanted to get in a weightlifting session, if possible.

Sooner or later, Chaz Moore believes he has a chance to break one. Tommy Hudson wants to break one, too.

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga athletic director David Blackburn said Friday that progress is being made conceptually on the football building the school wants to erect across Each Fourth Street from 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.

Maybe it was unrealistic to expect Davis Tull to come out tearing through offensive linemen like they were tissue paper.

Jacob Huesman led the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with 904 rushing yards in 2012. He ran the ball 195 times, for a 4.6 yards-per-carry average, and by the end of the season the quarterback had the bumps and bruises to show for it.

Three games are in the books and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team ranks first or second in the Southern Conference in numerous statistical categories, including scoring offense (second), scoring defense (first) and total offense and total defense (both second).

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga athletic director David Blackburn is optimistic about his department's ability to increase ticket sales, increase giving and raise the operating budget by as much as 10 percent in the next few years.

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football coach Russ Huesman's contract was amended and restructured in late June by athletic director David Blackburn, and the fifth-year coach received a small raise and an extension through the 2016 season.

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga running back Keon Williams has been named the Southern Conference offensive player of the week for the second week in a row.

Even University of Tennessee at Chattanooga linebacker Gunner Miller was able to get in on the scoring fun Saturday in the Mocs' 42-10 rout of Austin Peay at Finley Stadium.

Even University of Tennessee at Chattanooga linebacker Gunner Miller was able to get in on the scoring fun Saturday in the Mocs’ 42-10 rout of Austin Peay at Finley Stadium.

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.

Figuring out what exactly Austin Peay is going to want to do offensively, and is able to do effectively, against the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga on Saturday is a challenge.

Daniel Ring is by no means new to college football having already played a season at Navy, with three starts. But the redshirt sophomore transfer is new to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga this season and he’s one of several first-year Mocs that are making an impact.

The question was this: Which was more impressive in the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team's 42-14 rout of Georgia State last Saturday, rushing for 401 yards or holding the Panthers to 30 on 17 carries?

The Georgia Southern men's basketball team averaged 61.2 points per game last season. Through two games this season, Georgia Southern's football team is averaging 68.0.

Athletic director David Blackburn said Monday that the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga needs to find a balance between protecting the confidentiality of the student-athletes in situations like the football program's suspensions to start the season and being as forthcoming as possible.

The push began on the first play from scrimmage, when University of Tennessee at Chattanooga running back Keon Williams cut through a hole for five yards. It was the beginning of a very good day for the Mocs' offensive line Saturday at the Georgia Dome.

ATLANTA — Keon Williams rushed for a career-high 147 yards, the offense topped the 500-yard mark and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga cruised to a dominating 42-14 win over Georgia State on Saturday in a mostly empty Georgia Dome.

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga dual threat Terrell Robinson didn't take the field until the third quarter of Saturday's 42-14 win against Georgia State.

ATLANTA — Keon Williams rushed for a career-high 147 yards, the offense topped the 500-yard mark and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga cruised to a dominating 42-14 win over Georgia State on Saturday in a mostly empty Georgia Dome.

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