Former Mocs QB Cole Copeland Rejoining the Team


A familiar face is back with the Chattanooga football team. UTC’s sports information has confirmed that former Mocs quarterback Cole Copeland has rejoined the team after missing the last two seasons. Copeland was suspended for the entire 2018 season reportedly for academics. During his true freshman season in 2017, the former Bradley Central stand-out wound up starting six games, where he threw for over 1,100 yards with seven touchdowns. Copeland will be with the team when they crank up spring drills. Chattanooga must find a new quarterback this year following the graduation of senior Nick Tiano.

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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