UTC Basketball Opens Season At Wyoming

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

The Chattanooga Mocs open the 2017-18 season Friday at Wyoming. It’s not only opening night for the Mocs, it’s the first game of the Lamont Paris era.

"It's exciting on one hand,” Paris said. “On the other hand, it's one of many games where we just want to see where we are, and where we need to improve. How did we improve from the exhibition game? Naturally, it's exciting to have your inaugural game as a head coach, but it seems like I've been doing this for a while now.

“I'm just ready to get it going, play and improve, and find out where our strengths and weaknesses are against a good team.

Wyoming is a good team, good team. I'm more caught up in that than it being my first game. I'm just not that focused on me."

Paris’ debut is not the only one for a youthful Mocs roster. Eight student-athletes have the opportunity to see the floor in their first college game. There are just five letter winners back from last year’s 19-win team which makes the program one of just 14 nationwide with so few student-athletes back in the fold.
In a preseason survey sent to all Division I basketball schools, the Mocs are the youngest team in the country with an average age of 19.31 years old ahead of Kentucky (19.43).
Not to belabor a point, but the Mocs program is one of just five without a senior in its ranks. It’s one of seven without a starter back as well.
But flip the script to see there is a lot of opportunity. Paris said as much when asked what he’s learned since practice in October.
"There's a lot of unknown, and there will be for a while,” he noted. “There's opportunity here. Guys learn at different rates, but there's just a lot of unknowns.
“There's a lot of uncertainty with this team, but a lot of potential too."
Game time is at 9 p.m. It airs on the Mountain West Digital Network online and locally on the radio on Real 96.1 FM.
G - 0-Makale Foreman, 6-1, 185, So., 3.1, 0.4
G - 1-Rodney Chatman, 6-1, 175, So., 5.3, 2.1
F - 5-Nat Dixon, 6-4, 180, Jr., 2.5 ppg. 1.8 rpg
F - 21-Duane Moss, 6-6, 190, Fr., 13.8, 6.4 (HS Stats)
F - 22-Makinde London, 6-10, 220, Jr., 6.0, 3.5

‘Sonny’ Sumner, Former Successful Baylor Tennis Coach Of ‘60s and ‘70s, Dies

Ira Leonard Sumner, who was an assistant and later head coach of Baylor School’s tennis team when it was a perennial state and even national tennis power more than four decades ago, died Tuesday.  His daughter, Elizabeth “Randi” Sumner Wafler, sent an email to Baylor friends saying he had died after a six-year battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.  Coach Sumner, who was ... (click for more)

UTC Track Team At Emory Classic

 The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women’s outdoor track and field team will head to Atlanta this weekend for the Emory Classic to run Friday and Saturday. The focus for the Mocs will be participation in specialized events. “We have begun our outdoor prep and are moving kids into the events we are asking them to specialize and participate in at the SoCon meet ... (click for more)

Sheriff Hammond Says $4 Million Needed To Put SROs In All Hamilton County Schools

Sheriff Jim Hammond on Thursday night told members of the County School Board that $4 million is needed to provide School Resource Officers for all of the 79 schools. He said currently there are 31 SROs in 29 schools, leaving 50 uncovered. School Board member Rhonda Thurman said she believes the community could come together to provide the necessary funding. "It's something ... (click for more)

Judge Philyaw Denies He Did Not Reappoint Magistrate Because She Was Gay

Juvenile Court Judge Rob Philyaw told a federal jury on Thursday that the fact Elizabeth Gentzler is openly gay had no part in his decision not to reappoint her as a magistrate. "Absolutely not. I have a lot of gay friends, family and acquaintances," he said. However, a court officer at Juvenile Court sided with Ms. Gentzler. Jimmie Cannon said, "Ninety-nine percent ... (click for more)

Avoid Underage Drinking And Other Prom Drama

My high school prom took a dramatic turn when two guys got their tuxedo jackets mixed up. One of them belonged to my date, who kindly offered to keep my wallet in his pocket. That’s the jacket another young man mistakenly grabbed off the back of a chair before heading to an underage drinking party that got shut down by police well after midnight—as kids scattered in every direction.  ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: ‘In God We Trust …And Protecting Our School Children

On a day that the Tennessee Legislature overwhelmingly approved a bill that would prominently display the words “In God We Trust” in every school building in the state, the Hamilton County School Board gave my boy Bad Little Johnny cause to get a magic market and scribble underneath, “but ‘Everybody Else Is Gonna’ Need A Pistol!’” Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond, who was ... (click for more)