Mocs Coach Lamont Paris Wants Team “To Be Like Mike”


Chattanooga-(WDEF-TV) The Mocs team bus is getting an early season work-out.
Chattanooga is back on the road once again Wednesday night against Virginia Tech.

The Mocs have played seven of their ten games so far this year on the road, going 3-4 in those road contests.

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To get better on the road, the Mocs need to get better in practice according to head coach Lamont Paris, so he wants his team to be like Mike, the legendary Michael Jordan.

Said Paris:”I think just continuing to have really productive practices. That’s a big part of it. I talked to the guys today about a video I saw of B.J. Armstrong, who was talking about Michael Jordan and practices and how much he was at practices than even in the games. How competitive he was in every shooting drill even.”

The Mocs and Hokies tip at 8:30pm on Wednesday in Blacksburg.

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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