Mocs Football Gears Up For Unusual Spring Season


Chattanooga-(WDEF-TV) It’s game week for the Mocs football team.
Sounds kind of weird to say since it’s February. Chattanooga kicks off the SoCon spring season this Saturday, as they host Wofford at noon at Finley Stadium. UTC is now scheduled for seven SoCon games thru April. Chattanooga head coach Rusty Wright has been calling it a winter season, adding it sure doesn’t feel like spring for many of the Mocs morning practice sessions.

Said Wright:”Last Tuesday I think it was 15 or 16 degrees Tuesday morning. Another day it was 20 or 25. IT comes to a point to where I’m not sure how well the concentration level has been as much as just trying to fight to stay warm while you’re out here doing things.”
Reporter:”Does this feel like an historic season?”
Wright:”I don’t know about historic. It’s unusual. How bout that. I wouldn’t say historic. I’m not sure. We’ll see how it all plays out. We will. We’ll see how it all plays out.”

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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