Mocs Lead SoCon In Learfield Sports Directors' Cup

Monday, June 30, 2014

Thanks to strong performances in 2013-14 competition, the Chattanooga Mocs had their second-best showing in the final Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Standings.  UTC led the Southern Conference, finishing 120th among all NCAA Division I programs. 

The Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today.  Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 20 sports -- 10 women’s and 10 men’s.  This is the 21st year of the Directors’ Cup which began in 1994. 

The Mocs scored in five sports for a total of 136 points.  Points are awarded for team finishes in NCAA Championship events.  Chattanooga won five SoCon titles to score in women’s basketball (25), men’s golf (40), women’s golf (23.5), softball (25) and wrestling (22.5). 

“We had a really strong year in competition and that is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our student-athletes, coaches and staff,” said UTC Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics David Blackburn. “We want to continue to move up the ranks in the Directors’ Cup and not only be a leader in the Southern Conference, but also among all FCS institutions.” 

The Mocs top finish in the Directors’ Cup was 99th in 2009.  That was also the last time UTC led the SoCon in the standings.  This year’s 120th place showing is up from last season’s 171st finish.  Chattanooga has finished in the top four in the SoCon in the Director’s Cup every year since 2007.



Howard Continues Torrid Scoring With 38 Points In Bearettes' 63-36 Win Over Lady Canes

CLEVELAND, Tenn. – Bradley Central senior Rhyne Howard is hot. The University of Kentucky signee, coming off a career-high 41-point effort against McMinn County on Friday, lit up East Hamilton for 38 points and 10 rebounds Tuesday night as the unbeaten, No.2-ranked Bearettes rolled to a 63-36 victory to clinch the District 5-3A regular-season title at Jim Smiddy Arena. ... (click for more)

PHOTOS: Bradley Central Thumps Lady Canes, 63-36

City Council Balks At Approving New $600,000, Two-Year Contract To Father To The Fatherless For VRI Program

The City Council on Tuesday night declined to approve a two-year $600,000 contract with a local non-profit group for the city's Violence Reduction Initiative. Father to the Fatherless previously had the contract and was seeking an extension. Kerry Hayes of the mayor's office asked for a one-week delay, saying the office wanted to make sure that all concerns of the council ... (click for more)

City's Top Traffic Reconstruction Expert: "Man, This Truck Just Creamed A Dozen Cars"

The Chattanooga Police Department's top traffic reconstruction expert testified Tuesday that when he first viewed the scene of an horrific crash at the Ooltewah exit he thought "Man, this truck just creamed a dozen cars." Officer Joe Warren told a jury from Nashville that, according to his calculations, Benjamin Scott Brewer was traveling at 81-82 miles per hour when he struck ... (click for more)

Dismal Educator Teaching At UTC - And Response

Roy Exum,  People are talking about the inability of UTC to turn out high quality teachers. Well, should any university be expected to turn a sow's ear into a silk purse? We all know how our school system students fail miserably on national scholastic aptitude tests as a whole.  Forget Tcap tests, those are teacher tests not meant for measuring student progress, but ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Man’s Need To ‘Jaw’

On the first day of every month, I’ve gotten into the habit of taking a stroll in “my garden.” I mix up the “orchids” (good stuff) and “onions” (bad stuff) that has idled in my brain from the month before and most people seem to like it. I know I do. One of the “onions” for this January read like this: “AN ONION to the disappointing realization Chattanooga no longer has Bill Kilbride ... (click for more)