Dalton State College will be dedicating the renovated court of Bandy Gymnasium in honor of Melvyn Ottinger on Sept. 5 during the 7 p.m. volleyball match against Brewton-Parker. "Coach O" had a 10-year run of 228-78 with Dalton Junior College men's basketball during the 1970s, and he continued to teach at the school after it dropped the athletic program and eventually became a four-year institution. Ottinger was one of the behind-the-scenes forces in reviving the Roadrunners tradition. "We are blessed to have the private support to be able to upgrade athletic facilities on campus," DSC athletic director Derek Waugh said in a school release. "The new floor at Bandy Gymnasium looks fantastic, our volleyball team should be very good this year and we are honoring a man who put a lot of sweat equity into this institution. It should be a great night."
• The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga sports teams will be taking turns meeting fans and signing autographs Sunday at the Chattanooga Market. The golf, wrestling and volleyball teams will sign from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. just outside the main entrance to the First Tennessee Pavilion beside Finley Stadium, and the men's basketball players will join them from noon to 2. The football and spirit and dance teams will take their turns from 1 to 3, and cross country and track, softball, women's basketball and tennis athletes will sign from 2 to 4. The soccer Mocs will not be present because they will be playing a scrimmage match at Alabama-Huntsville.
• The Sewanee football team will open preseason camp Friday afternoon with four preseason third-team All-Americans, including junior kicker Callum Wishart from Ooltewah High School. A week before their season opener at DePauw, coach Tommy Laurendine's Tigers will host a "fan day" on Aug. 30, including a punt, pass and kick contest for area boys and girls starting about 11 a.m. CDT. Fans will be able to meet the players and coaches and watch a situational scrimmage. The other preseason All-Americans are two-time All-Southern Athletic Association offensive lineman Brandon Miller and defenders De'Nard Ford and Alex Kops.