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Mark Wiedmer

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KNOXVILLE — The announcement was made in the press box late in the third quarter, just after Tennessee sophomore quarterback Josh Dobbs had fumbled away the football to No. 19 Missouri.

Tennessee football coach Butch Jones has, for the most part, chosen his words quite carefully and correctly this week regarding the suspensions of linebacker A.J. Johnson and cornerback Michael Williams for their alleged rape of a UT coed.

For any University of Tennessee at Chattanooga supporter still needing proof that Christmas has come early to the Mocs, we're pleased to inform you that Santa arrived at Hamilton Place mall wearing UTC blue and gold Tuesday night.

It was easily one of the more touching moments of the Bruce Pearl Era at Tennessee. Just before his final home game at Thompson-Boling Arena, senior guard Dane Bradshaw learned that Pearl was endowing a scholarship in the Memphis native's name.

Want to know the Southeastern Conference's worst football nightmare this morning?

KNOXVILLE — The scoreboard told the story of an outcome that was certainly predictable, if not preordained. Tennessee had 50 points, Kentucky 16, same as it ever was.

KNOXVILLE — A tough football weekend for fans of Signal Mountain Middle/High School hit rock bottom with 5:07 to play in Saturday afternoon's first quarter between Tennessee and visiting Kentucky.

In the wee small hours of Saturday morning, Aug. 30, 76 Ooltewah High School football players returned to their campus following a 24-20 victory at Murfreesboro Siegel a few hours earlier.

It was the kind of line only Jim Foster can deliver.

It is what it is.

A University of Tennessee at Chattanooga yellow plastic hard hat positioned tightly atop his shiny blue wig, Eric Cooksey held high a sign that read: "SoCon Champs."

Could Tennessee sophomore quarterback Josh Dobbs decide who, if anyone, represents the Southeastern Conference in the College Football Playoff?

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga athletic department's director of ticketing is enjoying a pleasant surprise this week.

A couple of weeks ago at the Southeastern Conference's basketball media day, Texas A&M coach Billy Kennedy was asked about the fairness of ESPN's multiple outlets -- including the new SEC Network -- televising No. 1 Kentucky's August Bahamas tour and both of its exhibition games, but no exhibition games by any of the conference's other 13 schools.

When it comes to Southeastern Conference football fans, patience is right up there with "love thy arch-rival" and grits without butter.

CULLOWHEE, N.C. — As the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Mocs began warming up for Saturday's Southern Conference game at Western Carolina, they were greeted by much, um, chatter from the home team, especially quarterback Troy Mitchell.

Derrick Lott needed but four words to describe Saturday's Southern Conference showdown between the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and host Western Carolina.

Visiting San Antonio's AT&T Center to deliver the world champion Spurs their championship rings Tuesday night, NBA commissioner Adam Silver said of the best team and organization in pro ball:

The first item on the “Saturday Night Live” long-running “Weekend Update” skit three days ago understandably touched on Ebola.

You can't say for certain that Mike Smith's days as the Atlanta Falcons' head coach are almost over.

KNOXVILLE — Josh Dobbs, where have you been all year?

Fifty years later, the 1893 Lady Liberty silver dollar still takes up space in Rick English's wallet. It's a daily reminder of just how poor he was on the August day he first arrived at the University of Chattanooga to play football in 1964.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — His Volunteers may be the media's pick to finish next-to-last in the 14-team Southeastern Conference this season, but first-year Tennessee basketball coach Donnie Tyndall has no illusions about his fan base's patience.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — After three years of NCAA-imposed exile, Bruce Pearl is the only basketball coach in the country whose first media question upon his return would concern body paint.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — First-year Tennessee basketball coach Donnie Tyndall knows the time will come when his fan base will expect him to beat Kentucky on a semi-regular basis. He just hopes they don't expect it to be this year.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — First-year Tennessee basketball coach Donnie Tyndall knows the time will come when his fan base will expect him to beat Kentucky on a semi-regular basis. He just hopes they don’t expect it to be this year.

KNOXVILLE -- We've correctly heard much praise the past couple of days for the late Voice of the Tennessee Valley -- our dear, sweet Luther Masingill -- never saying a bad word about anyone.

The Atlanta Falcons again chose not to activate Jacques Smith for Sunday's 29-7 loss at Baltimore.

SEWANEE, Tenn. — Bill Barry has witnessed college football at both its loftiest levels and more humble roots.

Could it be we now know why former Alabama football player Eddie Williams brutally mugged a student in February of 2013, stealing his university identification card in order to buy snacks from a vending machine inside the football dorm?

The best and worst job in intercollegiate athletics is now accepting resumes.

When it comes to Autographgate, which Heisman Trophy hopeful is next? Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott? Notre Dame QB Everett Golson? The Aflac duck?

ATLANTA — The elephant in the Atlanta Falcons' locker room stands 5-feet-9, weighs 192 pounds and answers to Antone Smith.

KNOXVILLE — There may be but one certainty gleaned from Tennessee's 45-10 college football victory over little brother UT-Chattanooga on Saturday afternoon: On Oct. 11, 2014, beneath a pale gray sky, the Volunteers were 35 points better than the Mocs.

By Mark Wiedmer

Quick question: What do the four largest payrolls in Major League Baseball have in common this morning?

OK, so maybe Tuesday's news that our town has landed the USA boxing team qualifying tournament without so much as trying won't generate the immediate electricity that corralling a similar event in women's figure skating or gymnastics might have.

Positioned in the middle of Chattanooga's defensive line that early November Saturday afternoon in 1958, Jerry Arnold gave the Tennessee offensive lineman crouched across from him a shoulder fake, then broke toward Volunteers place-kicker Gene Etter.

For proof that not all sports weekends are created equal, allow me to nominate the four days just past — Thursday night, Friday, Saturday and Sunday — as the best in a long, long time.

KNOXVILLE — What a waste of that outstanding checkerboard visual in the Neyland Stadium stands on Saturday afternoon.

KNOXVILLE — No player on the Tennessee football team bleeds orange more than freshman safety Todd Kelly Jr., whose father will be honored as a Vols "legend" at the SEC Championship Game weekend in Atlanta on the first weekend of December.

KNOXVILLE — What a waste of that outstanding checkerboard visual in the Neyland Stadium stands on Saturday afternoon.

Sixteen games into his tenure as Tennessee's head football coach, Butch Jones has enjoyed remarkable cover.

When it comes to wisdom, former University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football player and assistant coach Joe Lee Dunn has imparted a lot of it over the years.

Wendy Tiech climbed off her bike after riding it for 116 rolling miles in Sunday's Little Debbie Ironman competition.

Imagine an orange-wrapped crowd at Tennessee's Neyland Stadium on the Third Saturday in October paying tribute to former Alabama quarterback Joe Namath. Or a basketball gathering at North Carolina's Dean Smith Center rising to its feet to applaud Duke's Christian Laettner.

ATHENS, Ga. -- Most Tennessee football fans would never admit this, at least not yet, but both the Big Orange Nation and Georgia's Bulldog Nation may have gotten exactly what they needed from the Dawgs' 35-32 win between the hedges Saturday afternoon.

ATHENS, Ga. — Tennessee senior quarterback Justin Worley got it right when he said freshman running back Jalen Hurd played “lights out” in Saturday’s 35-32 loss at Georgia.

If you're looking for something inspirational to do late Sunday evening, something on the order of cheering the Father of the Century across the Ironman finish line, you might want to drop by Ross's Landing a shade before midnight to root home Chattanooga firefighter Jason Greer.

KNOXVILLE -- It's not that Tennessee defensive coordinator John Jancek doesn't appreciate the five years he spent at Georgia coaching the Bulldog linebackers. He'll swiftly say of that time, "Lots of good memories with the coaches there, lots of friendships made."

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