Mocs Ready to Tackle Big Brother Vols on Rocky Top

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Chattanooga-(WDEF) The Mocs get a shot at their big brother on Saturday as they travel up I-75 to face Tennessee.

And UTC is looking forward to playing the Big Orange on Rocky Top.
   Interesting dichotomy for Tennessee and Chattanooga because there are Mocs fans who are Vols fans, and there are Vols fans who are Mocs fans.
Said offensive lineman Corey Levin,"Speaking to some of the student body. They don’t even know who they are gong to cheer for."
Said head coach Russ Huesman,"It’s different than playing Alabama, Auburn, and Nebraska. This is obviously Vols country here."
   It may be Vols country, but no Rocky Top will be blaring at Mocs practice, at least for today.
Said Huesman,"No it’s actually ‘Motown Monday’ today for us again. And ‘Motown Monday’ has been really good."
"I may play Rocky top. I actually like the song. It’s a pretty cool song."
   Coach Huesman says he admires Vols coach Butch Jones, although he hasn’t met him yet.
"I know my parents really liked him up there in Cincinnati when he was up there. They hated to see him go. I don’t know if that matters much or not."
    Huesman says the Mocs will face an elite team in Tennessee.
"Are we good enough to compete? That’s what we’ll find out on Saturday."
Added Levin,"A game is a game. You go up to compete. Whether they have more scholarships or not, you go out there and give it your best every time."
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Rick Nyman grew up in Anniston, Alabama and attended the University of Alabama. His television career started at WJSU-TV in Anniston where he had the opportunity to cover SEC football with Alabama and Auburn. Anniston is just 20 minutes from the Talladega Speedway, so NASCAR was a big part of his sports coverage. Due to this he was able to interview Davey Allison, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, and several other top-name NASCAR drivers. Rick's next television job was in Savannah, Georgia, where he covered basketball player Kwame Brown (now with the Washington Wizards), who later became the first ever high school player selected as the top pick in the NBA draft. He covered the PGA Tour's annual swing thru Hilton Head and also had the opportunity of covering the Atlanta Falcons Super Bowl appearance in 1999 in Miami. Rick especially enjoys all the atmosphere, tradition and drama of college football. He also likes profiling sports personalities and learning what drives them both on and off the field. If he's not covering sports, he's either watching Seinfield or David Letterman, playing golf, reading, or working out. What he enjoys about Chattanooga is the passion people have for sports. The mountainous region of Chattanooga reminds him of his hometown of Anniston, which also has big, beautiful trees and plenty of hills. You can contact Rick at rnyman@wdef.com.