John Frierson

phone: 423-757-6268

John Frierson is in his seventh year at the Times Free Press and seventh year covering University of Tennessee at Chattanooga athletics. The bulk of his time is spent covering Mocs football, but he also writes about women’s basketball and the big-picture issues and news involving the athletic department.
A native of Athens, Ga., John grew up a few hundred yards from the University of Georgia campus. Instead of becoming a Bulldog he attended Ole Miss and read as much Faulkner as possible, graduating with a degree in Southern Studies.
Among the stops in his career was a three-year stint covering Georgia sports for the Athens Banner-Herald and two years at the Florence (Ala.) TimesDaily, where he split his time covering Alabama and Auburn.
In 2007, John earned Alabama Press Association first-place awards for column writing and game coverage.
Contact John at or (423) 757-6268 or follow him on Twitter @MocsBeat.
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On shelves along the back wall of Mike Royster's office are all of the different University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football helmets the Mocs have used since he's been at the school. There are many.

It was a iconic image from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's football season: quarterback Jacob Huesman taking a knee in the end zone and pointing skyward after scoring the game-winning touchdown in the Mocs' 28-24 come-from-behind win over The Citadel on Oct. 26.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football program received the official word from the NCAA on Tuesday: senior defensive tackle Derrick Lott will be allowed to return for a sixth year.

The Chattanooga Football Club schedule for its sixth season will look a bit different from last summer's National Premier Soccer League slate — just as the 2012 schedule was different from the year before.

If you've been to a University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's basketball game at McKenzie Arena this season, you may have noticed that you don't see or hear "Lady Mocs" like you have in years past.

McCallie cornerback C.J. Fritz and lineman Cam Walker committed to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga on Sunday, following an official visit this weekend. The Mocs football program also got a commitment from Northeast (Tenn.) High School's Montrell Pardue.

Seven weeks ago Furman was the outsider, the long shot.

Bobby Lamb was realistically hoping for five or six wins this season, the Mercer Bears' first since 1941. Instead, Mercer set an NCAA record for a start-up football program with 10 wins.

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