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


True Blue Blog: A Daily Review Of Dodgers' Minor League Teams

True Blue,  part of the  SB Nation's  internet empire, provides Lookouts' fans with information on each of the L. A. Dodgers Minor League teams -- including the Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts. Fans who not only enjoy information about the home town team can follow many of the former Lookout players who are playing at the Triple-A level or the future Lookouts playing ... (click for more)

Suns Sink Lookouts, 11-4.

The Lookouts (5-9) came into the game looking to get their first series win of the year against the Jacksonville Suns (5-9), but fell 11-4 in front of 3,500 fans.      Raydel Sanchez (L, 0-1) got the start for the Lookouts tonight, making his debut with the team. He was called up earlier today from extended spring training, taking Andres Santiago’s spot in the ... (click for more)

Shots Fired Durng Armed Robbery At Rossville McDonald's

Shots were fired during an armed robbery at the McDonald's on Rossville Boulevard on Friday morning. At approximately 6:15 a.m., Chattanooga Police responded to a robbery at 4502 Rossville Blvd. at the McDonald’s.  Investigators discovered that two masked suspects entered the McDonald’s. One suspect fired a round into the ceiling and then ordered everyone to the ... (click for more)

Man Shot On East Henderson Drive; Suspect Sought

Chattanooga Police responded to 740 East Henderson Drive at approximately 9:02 p.m. on Thursday for a person shot.  Officers located a black male victim who was suffering from a single gunshot wound to the chest. According to witnesses, the victim was in a physical altercation with multiple parties when a suspect fired at the victim striking him in the chest. The victim ... (click for more)

State Moving Forward In Educational Improvements

The State Collaborative on Reforming Education released the following statement from President and CEO Jamie Woodson regarding the 2014 legislative session in Tennessee and HB1549/SB1835, which passed the General Assembly Thursday: After a year of extensive public and legislative conversation regarding higher academic standards and related strategies to improve student learning, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Some Really Funny Tweets

I am not on Twitter so I don’t tweet. Difficulties with my right hand don’t even allow me to text and when you blend in the fact I am now a bonafide senior citizen, it is ample reason for me to live a life where I am lacking in what otherwise might be achieved through social networking. Twitter has done real well without me. It is one of the 10 most visited websites in the world; ... (click for more)