It's Sweater Day at McKenzie For Coach Foster

UTC Coach Goes for 800th Win

Saturday, January 25, 2014 - by B.B. Branton

“Congratulations Coachie, from one sweater guy to another!”

  Lou Carnesecca, St. John’s Hall of Fame Coach

"Looie" Carnesecca and his vintage 1980s sweaters send their regards.

 With all this cold weather Bobby Knight (Indiana, Texas Tech)and John Chaney (Tempe) are most likely wearing a sweater on the final Saturday in January.

This afternoon at 4, Chattanooga women's basketball team (16-3, 8-0) looks to extend the nation's longest current home win streak to 35 with a win against visiting Samford and also give Lady Mocs coach Jim Foster his 800th win.'

It's Sweater Day: Hopefully, many UTC fans will attempt to be "Jim Foster look-alikes" today, wearing either a dark blue or black (the only colored sweaters Foster wears on game day).

Recording win No. 800 pwill put coach Foster in an elite group as only eight other NCAA D-I coaches have won 800 or more games.

A remarkable basketball coach, Foster has 200-plus wins at St. Joseph’s (248-126), Vanderbilt (256-99) and Ohio State (279-82) and now 16 victories in his first season at UTC.

Ironically, Samford (5-14, 3-5) is the last team to beat the Lady Mocs in McKenzie Arena, 68-66 on March 6, 2011.

Quotes From Two Former Assistants

"The big thing about Jim Foster has been his consistency. Very few coaches who have been able to coach at four totally different schools, still coach at an extremely high level and have a great impact on the game.  I learned a lot from him as a person and coach and I think the players that played for him are an example of how he runs his program.  I am really proud to have known him and to have followed his career and I expect him to win a lot more games."

-- UConn coach Geno Auriemma


"Jim has an incredible passion for our sport and is a true advocate for women's basketball. He is such a class act and does everything with the utmost integrity. I'm proud to call him not only a mentor, but a friend, and someone who has had a tremendous impact, not only on my career, but on those of so many other coaches and student-athletes. I couldn't be happier for him to be getting his 800th win and I'm sure there are many more to come!"

-- Notre Dame head coach Muffet McGraw

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



Chip Brindle Wins At Fort Payne Speedway

Chip Brindle of Dalton/Chatsworth, Georgia won his third United Crate Racing Alliance main event of the season,  Saturday  night at Fort Payne (AL) Motor Speedway. Turning back local favorite Kasey Hall of Geraldine, "Chipper" won the $2,500/40-lap feature race, while halting Hall's two-race series win streak.   Brindle in his  Team 17/Hill ... (click for more)

Smokies Snap Losing Streak Saturday With 6-4 Win Over Lookouts

KODAK, Tenn.  -- Charcer Burks, Andrew Ely and Daniel Spingola each had three hits, as the Tennessee Smokies beat the Chattanooga Lookouts 6-4 on Saturday. Chattanooga's loss and Montgomery's win Saturday gives the Lookouts a six game lead, and the magic number to clinch the second-half title remains at 11 games. Lookouts starter Fernando Romero (11-8) took the loss after ... (click for more)

Deborah Cox Of Graysville Dies After Wreck On Jones Gap Road

One person who was in critical condition after a wreck on Jones Gap Road has died. The victim was identified as Deborah Cox, of Graysville, Tn.  Hamilton County Sheriff's deputies, along with HCEMS and fire personnel, worked the accident near the 13,300 block of Jones Gap Road. Due to the crash, north and southbound Jones Gap Road were closed for a lengthy ... (click for more)

Excitement Builds As Tennessee Valley Prepares For Monday's Eclipse

Sandra Nicholson, director of the Edu-Care Daycare Center on Signal Mountain, is as ready for  Monday’s  historic solar eclipse as she’s ever going to be. It took some doing, she said, but she has finally enough pairs of NASA-certified solar safety glasses for everyone in her family.  She’s just one of the tens of thousands of Tennessee Valley area residents ... (click for more)

Mayor Invites Civil War II - And Response (18)

I just received an email from the Mayor stating that he filed paperwork to remove the city of Chattanooga as the trustee for the Confederate Cemetery on Third Street. I understand the Mayor's intent was to distance the city from it's racist past and subsequent hate, but I feel like this is an interesting move without much thought of the consequences. The Mayor prefaced his ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The New Mean

Until last Monday I believed nobody could ever hurt my feelings again. In the half-century I have been a writer I’ve had hundreds of people take swipes at me, been called more names, and received more hate mail than you can imagine. I also know the only way anyone can hurt you is for you to allow it and, brother, it is nigh impossible to get inside me. My defense mechanism is because ... (click for more)