published Monday, January 9th, 2012

Chris Early dismissed from UTC basketball team

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    UTC coach John Shulman, right, talks to Chris Early during a game at McKenzie Arena in this file photo. Early was dismissed from the team on Monday, he had been on suspension since Dec. 16 when disparaging tweets about Shulman were revealed to the coach.
    Photo by Angela Lewis /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

UTC senior Chris Early was dismissed from the team on Monday afternoon, according to a source close to Early.

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga basketball coach John Shulman is expected to address the situation before a team meeting scheduled for 3:30 p.m. today.

Early was suspended since Dec. 16, when disparaging tweets about Shulman from November were revealed to the coach.

According to the source, Early will remain on scholarship, have access to academic support and full access to athletic facilities so he can prepare for a professional basketball career overseas.

Early averaged 7.4 points and six rebounds per game in 10 games this season before his suspension began by missing UTC’s 87-62 loss at Kentucky on Dec. 17. The Mocs went 5-2 while Early was suspended.

“You can talk to 20 people and get 20 different opinions,” Shulman said on Jan. 4. “But nobody has been through the wars with Chris and I’ve got the relationship with Chris and I’m making the decision.”

See Tuesday’s Times Free Press for more coverage.

about David Uchiyama...

David Uchiyama is a sports writer at the Chattanooga Times Free Press who began his tenure here in May 2001. His primary beats are UTC athletics — specifically men’s basketball and athletic department administration — and golf, which includes coverage from the PGA Tour to youth events. He also covers other high school sports, outdoor adventures, and contributes to other sections of the newspaper when necessary. David grew up in Salinas, Calif., and began working ...

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