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Stephen Hargis

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It was a no-brainer. With Thursday being a day off work for me and a day without college classes for my son Riley, we decided to drive to Atlanta to watch the Falcons play that night.

WHITWELL, Tenn. — The streak continues. But just barely.

FRIDAY UTC FEATURE. Robin has several good action shots of Nick Pollard from last week's game at Austin Peay to run with this.

Although it's a bye week for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team, the schedule has not slowed noticeably for the coaching staff.

Knowing the importance of getting the offense untracked early against Austin Peay last Saturday, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga had a simple and aggressive game plan: Get the ball into the hands of a proven playmaker.

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — Like a vitamin B-12 shot, an outmanned Austin Peay football team proved to be just the adrenaline boost the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga needed.

  • Sept. 14th, 2014  |
  • By Staff Writer

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football coach Russ Huesman on Saturday earned his 32nd win since taking over six years ago.

  • Sept. 14th, 2014  |
  • By Staff Writer

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — Like a vitamin B-12 shot, an outmanned Austin Peay football team proved to be just the adrenaline boost the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga needed.

It's a dilemma with a simple solution, but one that's not so easy to obtain.

  • Sept. 13th, 2014  |
  • By Staff Writer

Of all the missteps that have led to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team's frustrating 0-2 start this season, one of the most glaring breakdowns has been third-down conversions.

A soft-spoken, almost painfully shy kid away from the football field, Dee Virgin has a separate personality once he steps onto the field.

It all starts up front.

The silver lining to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's disappointing 0-2 start to the season is that the goals of winning the Southern Conference championship outright and earning an NCAA playoff berth are still there to be claimed.

In a continuation of the second-half struggles from the previous week's game, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga offense never found any footing Saturday night, and the result was a second straight heartbreaking loss.

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga sophomore cornerback Dee Virgin spent much of the night Saturday covering a Jacksonville State defender one-on-one.

Anticipation hung in the air Saturday evening as thick as the smell of burgers being grilled around Finley Stadium.

He's a 5-foot-9, 220-pound block of muscle and the biggest headache for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga defense going into this evening's showdown with Jacksonville State at Finley Stadium.

Taharin Tyson thought about giving the standard, politically correct answer. But after pausing to consider the question, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga senior fullback brushed the long dreadlocks from his face and decided instead to be honest.

It's the reason defensive coaches lose sleep, their hair and their patience more than their offensive counterparts.

The biggest second-half struggle for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in its football season opener was finding room to run.

So much for easing into the season.

Synjen Herren calls it part of "the brotherhood."

Stephen Hargis of the Times Free Press was granted exclusive access with the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team as the Mocs traveled for this past Thursday's season opener at Central Michigan. From the flight and team meetings to pregame and postgame experiences, here is a behind-the-scenes look at the preparation that goes into a college football game:

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. — The opportunity to pull off a road upset of an FBS opponent was within reach for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team, right up until the final two minutes of Thursday's season-opening game.

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. — Thursday's game at Central Michigan was a much tougher way to open the season than the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga had planned.

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. — The opportunity to pull off a road upset of an FBS opponent was within reach for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team, right up until the final two minutes of Thursday's season-opening game.

With the same captivated devotion of a woman watching "The Bachelor," Dee Virgin has spent countless hours bleary-eyed in front of a video screen. Knowing the stout challenge he is about to face, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga sophomore cornerback has studied as many highlights of Central Michigan star receiver Titus Davis as possible.

One of the last remaining depth-chart questions for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football program has been answered.

Chattanooga Mocs have great expectations

Senior All-American Tull plays with a chip on his shoulder

The memory of being a football orphan is still fresh for Davis Tull. When national signing day came and went his senior year at Bearden High School without a single call, Tull recognized the harsh reality — nobody wanted him.

While it may be better to give than receive, an unproven group of pass catchers are looking to give the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga offense a shot in the arm by receiving more.

It's a Sabbath day of rest, and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team intends to do just that.

SOUTH PITTSBURG, Tenn. — The bus trip from home took longer than it did for Bell County (Ky.) to establish who was the better team Friday night.

A coach's whistle chirps and six rows of players, each row 10 players deep, begin pumping their legs forward, one after the other high-stepping in quick motion.

In just six days, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team can officially turn the page from last season.

The 2013 prep football season ran the gamut.

It was the football version of kismet. A fateful relationship that is filling a void for both sides.

For the second year in a row the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team suffered a devastating blow in the final scrimmage of preseason camp.

Baylor quarterback Nick Tiano is the No. 2-ranked college football prospect among area high school seniors.

STEVENSON, Ala. — One thing is certain: Whatever happened on the field last season was not North Jackson football.

Whether sparked by the memory of the improbable ending to last year's Alabama/Auburn game or just the inner boy scout within coaches to be prepared for any situation, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team spent the final stages of the last day of preseason camp working on end-game situations Saturday.

For seven year old James McCorkle, getting to meet University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football players was great and all, but the biggest thrill was getting an autograph from 'Scrappy', the Mocs mascot.

South Pittsburg High School has named Brian Paris as its new head baseball coach.

Before either had spoken a word, the nodding heads were a sure sign that both Adam Braithwaite and Jeff Durden, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team's defensive and offensive coordinators, were satisfied with what they saw on video from the starting units during Friday's scrimmage.

With the exception of going over any mistakes coaches saw from Friday afternoon's scrimmage, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team can finally turn its full attention to the season opener.

WHITWELL, Tenn. — As debuts go, this one couldn't have gone much better. With his team hosting the annual Sequatchie Valley jamboree, new Whitwell coach R.C. Helton unveiled an impressive brand of physical football in front of a packed stadium.

The evaluation process is nearly complete as preseason camp winds down for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team.

After nearly three weeks of preseason camp, and only one off day mixed in, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football coach Russ Huesman decided it was time for a break.

Ralph Potter grimaces at the mention of it. When told that other coaches in Division II-AA chose McCallie as the team poised to join the ranks of league contenders, the Blue Tornado head coach makes a face like he just took a sip of spoiled milk.

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