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While many in the Chattanooga area enjoyed a leisurely summer Saturday, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team put in another day's work, holding the first scrimmage of preseason camp.

Chris Mayes admits there are still times when, as the team breaks into groups, he starts to take a step toward going with the defensive line.

"Anxious" and "eager" don't adequately describe the emotions for University of Tennessee at Chattanooga redshirt basketball players Justin Tuoyo and Tre McLean, as they get closer to playing their first games since March of 2013.

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga vice chancellor and athletic director David Blackburn was not surprised by the vote by the NCAA board of directors giving more autonomy to the five biggest athletic conferences, but the decision raised more questions about where schools such as UTC will stand if the changes are upheld.

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's basketball coach Jim Foster picked up another piece for his team Thursday with the addition of Jacksonville University guard Queen Alford.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team held the first of four planned two-a-day practices Wednesday, with the evening session held in shells (shorts, helmets and shoulder pads) and a lot of emphasis on specific late-game situations.

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football coach Russ Huesman typically is not big on slogans. He prefers a hard day’s work over clever word play to inspire his team.

Regardless of the drill or whether players are in shorts and helmets or full pads, the one constant since spring practice and throughout each day of preseason camp for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team has been the emphasis on ball security.

From Metallica to Lil Jon, nothing gives the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football practice the early-morning jolt players need to stay energized for two-plus hours each day better than music blaring across Scrappy Moore Field at somewhere near jet-engine decibels.

Although University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football coach Russ Huesman downplayed the progression to a full-pads practice today, several players admitted it's a move they're eager for.

There were a few louder thuds during the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's 2 1/2-hour football practice Friday morning.

The braces hugging both their right knees, worn mostly for precaution, are the only reminders.

Like a character from the Snickers commercials Russ Huesman just wasn't himself Wednesday.

Housing has been assigned, physicals have been administered and equipment has been handed out. The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team now is ready to take the field this afternoon for the start of preseason camp and the first steps toward the season opener at Central Michigan in just four weeks.

Four teams that finished in the top 25 at last season's NCAA Division I tournament are on the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's 2014-15 wrestling schedule.

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