Staff Photo by Patrick Smith Former McCallie standout and Tennessee quarterback B.J. Coleman looks across the field during a pre-game warm up before their game against Northern Illinois.
In a decision that has been widely expected for several days, former McCallie School quarterback B.J. Coleman made it official Wednesday night by confirming to the Times Free Press that he will sign scholarship papers with the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga today.
Coleman, who left the University of Tennessee program two weeks ago, had spoken with several other teams before deciding to return home. He was in Knoxville on Wednesday but planned to return to Chattanooga Thursday morning to sign the paperwork and there is a 2:30 news conference scheduled today at McCallie.
“I’m excited,” Coleman said. “I think there are big things coming for the UTC program with this new staff, and I can’t wait to be a part of it and just get back to concentrating on football.”
Coleman will play for new Mocs coach Russ Huesman, who was also a college teammate of Coleman’s father, Bryon.
He will also be reunited with former Blue Tornado receiver Joel Bradford, a redshirt sophomore for the Mocs. Those two combined to lead McCallie to the 2006 Division II-AA state title game, a season in which Coleman rewrote the city’s passing records and claimed his second TSSAA Mr. Football award.
Coleman left UT because he said he believed he was not getting a fair chance to compete for the starting quarterback job. He had been impressive throughout the spring but was still taking most of the second-team snaps, behind rising senior Jonathan Crompton.
Coleman will begin competing for the Mocs’ starting job this fall and has three years of eligibility remaining.
Stephen has covered local sports in the tri-state area for more than 20 years, starting at the News-Free Press as a 19-year-old reporter. He has been with the Times Free Press since its inception and has been an assistant sports editor since 2005. Stephen is among the most decorated writers in the TFP’s newsroom, winning numerous state, regional and national writing awards. He was named one of the top 10 sports writers in the nation ...