Shulman, UTC vs. The Driesells

Mocs at The Citadel Tonight

Thursday, January 10, 2013 - by B.B. Branton

Chattanooga men’s basketball coach John Shulman takes his Mocs on the road (Charleston, S.C.) tonight against a familiar foe in The Citadel and a coach with a nationally-recognized last name.

Tonight, it’s Shulman v. Chuck Driesell with one win each in their short rivalry, but the UTC coach has also done X’s and O’s battles with the dad, hall of famer Lefty Driesell.

Tonight, the Mocs (6-9, 1-1) look for their fifth win in six games and Shulman hopes to go 9-2 overall against the Bulldogs in nine seasons.

While the Mocs have turned it around – 4-1 since a 2-8 start – the Bulldogs (3-9, 0-2) need a win for the first time since mid-November.

“The Citadel is a real tough place to play as they run a very deliberate style offense and the cadets are right on top of you yelling for 40 minutes,” said Shulman who is 4-1 in McAllister Field House.

“Playing at The Citadel is like going through root canal surgery. It’s no fun.”

While Shulman and Chuck Driesell are 1-1, Shulman has the upper hand on Lefty, who coached four schools in the NCAA tournament and is the only coach to win 100 games at four different schools (Davidson Maryland, James Madison and Georgia State).

As an assistant at East Tennessee State in the early 1990s, Shulman and the Bucs edged the elder Driesell and James Madison, 68-65 and 110-90, in back-to-back years.

A decade later, Shulman – then an assistant coach to Jeff Lebo and a year from the duo coming to UTC – helped Tenn. Tech to a 64-62 first round National Invitational Tournament win in 2002 against Lefty who was then in his next to last year as head coach at Georgia State.

Coach Driesell does have a pair of NCAA tournament wins against UTC in 1981 and 1983 during the Mocs Murray Arnold Era, while Shulman was developing his basketball skills as a young player in his hometown of Johnson City, Tenn.

 Tonight: UTC (6-9, 1-1) vs. The Citadel (3-9, 0-2)

Coaches UTC, John Shulman (138-136) … The Citadel, Chuck Driesell (19-55 at The Citadel, 107-127 overall)

McAllister Fieldhouse, Charleston, S.C.  … 7:05 p.m. … ESPN The Zone, 105.1 FM

 

contact B.B. Branton at william.branton@comcast.net


Venable, Barringer Win Dan Tribble Junior Titles

Tucker Venable shot 72-69--141 on Monday and Tuesday and won the Boys 16-18 Division of the 2014 Dan Tribble Chattanooga PGA Junior at the Creeks Bend Golf Club. Heidi Barringer shot 72-74--146 and won the Girls 15-18 Division. Dylan Lillard (74-74--148) won the Boys 14-15 while Tucker Windham won the Boys 12-13. Olivia Williams won the Girls 12-14 on the first playoff ... (click for more)

Men's 3.5 Tennis Team Win State

The "Chattanooga" men's 3.5 tennis team posted a 4-0 record to win the USTA Tennessee state team title this past weekend and will compete in the Southern Sectional August  22-24 in Asheville,N.C. Coached by Greg Hadden, the champions defeated previously unbeaten Memphis Worth, 3-2, for the title with the final match decided by a third set, 10-point tie-breaker. ... (click for more)

EPB Says It Did Not Overbill The City; Says City Got $685,877 Break

EPB officials said Tuesday that an exhaustive audit of its street light contract with the city showed that it did not overbill the city. Instead, it said it found that the city was underbilled $685,877. EPB said it only goes back one year on errors so the amount owed by the city would be $178,314. Officials said that would be discussed with the city. Stan Sewell, the city's ... (click for more)

Citizens To Comment Next Tuesday On Sound Control Ordinance That Allows Higher Sound Around Downtown Clubs

Citizens will be allowed to comment next Tuesday on a new Sound Control Ordinance that allows higher sound from nightclubs in a downtown Controlled Sound Boundary. Track 29 behind the Chattanooga Choo Choo, that has drawn the wrath of some nearby Southside residents, is within the boundary, which goes along the river on the north and west, to around Erlanger Hospital on the ... (click for more)

I'm Number One In A Round About Way

Roundabouts have been popping up all over Chattanooga over the past few years and for the most part have been successful.  Unfortunately there are some who just don’t get it as I have found out the hard way.    My latest instance was last week when a young woman on her cell phone almost t-boned me as she flew into the roundabout without yielding.  A near miss ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Oscar Brock’s True Passion

I don’t pay much attention to the Hamilton County School Board. Once the moon and the stars aligned behind Superintendent Rick Smith, you hear very little, if anything, from the nine-member council that oversees an annual budget of almost $400 million and employs 4,480 people. So chew this for a minute: approximately 2,000 of those people are not teachers. Yes, there are 78 principals ... (click for more)