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Another weekend of work by the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football staff helped pay dividends as the Mocs landed their 12th commitment of the 2014 recruiting class Monday evening. And Bingo is his name-o.

While the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football staff is still recruiting quarterback options for the current recruiting class, the Mocs may have landed their future defensive signal caller Sunday.

For the seventh time in the past 11 years, Whitwell High School is looking for a new head football coach.

Believing it was worse to allow rumors surrounding his dismissal from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football program to fester, Terrell Robinson decided to admit publicly why his Mocs career came to an end.

A recruiting class that had been loading up on beef got a little sizzle Thursday when the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga landed its 10th commitment. Washington County (Ga.) all-state running back Melvin "The Thrill" Hill became the first offensive skill position commitment for the Mocs in this class and brings with him a dynamic skill set.

One of the few accomplishments still left for Ken Colquette to achieve can now be added to his legendary coaching career. Colquette, who has spent much of his career coaching in the Sequatchie Valley, is one of eight new members to be inducted into the TSSAA Hall of Fame on April 5.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga has dismissed junior receiver Terrell Robinson, sophomore running back Kenny Huitt and redshirt freshman longsnapper Will Sharpton from the football team for violation of athletic department policy.

Austin Gatewood knows a thing or two about helping start a football program from scratch. His first year of varsity competition at East Hamilton High was only that program's second season in existence and now the three-year starter will help lay the groundwork for East Tennessee State University's fledgling program.

One of Chattanooga's coaching icons has decided to hang up her whistle.

STEVENSON, Ala. — After having just four head coaches in the program's first 25 years of existence, North Jackson High School has hired its fourth football coach in the last year. This time, however, it's a familiar name to the community and a man who is expected to return not only stability but success to the Chiefs.

One of Chattanooga's coaching icons has decided to hang up her whistle.

The biggest recruiting weekend this winter for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's football program has paid immediate dividends. On the heels of getting one offensive line commitment Saturday evening the Mocs picked up two more commitments Sunday afternoon — a gigantic lineman and a dynamic safety.

Branden Parker couldn't even wait for his official visit to end before making a decision. The 6-foot-3, 250-pound two-way lineman from Miller Grove High School in Lithonia, Ga., committed to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football staff Saturday evening, giving the Mocs seven commitments in the current class.

By the time James Franklin left Vanderbilt to take the Penn State coaching job Saturday, Tre Herndon already knew how that move would affect his commitment to the Commodores.

By the time East Hamilton made its first field goal of the game, the outcome looked to be all but decided. Walker Valley scored the first 12 points and had a 14-1 lead before Mac Brower finally hit a 3-pointer for the host Hurricanes' first made shot from the floor Friday night.

Chandler Gouger will use this weekend's official visit to the Wofford College campus in Spartanburg, S.C., to get to know his future home. The Baylor School tight end has committed to the Terriers and said he's eager to begin the next chapter in his football career.

Deciding he wanted to help build a new football program, rather than be part of an established one, Kahlil Mitchell put an end to his recruiting process Thursday afternoon. South Pittsburg's all-state running back and linebacker committed to East Tennessee State University, which won't renew its program until the fall of 2015.

The Chattanooga area is well represented in all classifications of this year’s Tennessee Sports Writers Association all-state football teams.

Once she started holding her own in the bruising "no blood, no foul" pickup basketball games in the family's back yard, Jamee Ward knew she could compete at any level.

If E.K. Slaughter was looking for a new challenge, he certainly found one.

Heritage High School has named E.K. Slaughter as its new head football coach. Slaughter had been the head coach at Red Bank High School the past two seasons and also has been a head coach at Cleveland and Soddy-Daisy.

The biggest move of his coaching career took Tank Montgomery only about a foot farther down the bench. When Ooltewah boys' basketball coach Jesse Nayadley was suddenly thrust into taking over as assistant principal and athletic director three months ago, it also sped up the process of Montgomery taking over the team.

John Gibson was looking to speed up the pace of the game.

Any drama about the outcome was short-lived. Brainerd's girls opened with an 11-0 run and never allowed Lookout Valley to threaten in claiming a 42-30 opening-round win in the annual Times Free Press Best of Preps basketball tournament Thursday.

Six weeks of rehab following elbow surgery just didn't give Andrew Godsey the feel for the game he wanted.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football program has added another big component to its recruiting class. And the latest addition is literally a big one as Northwest Whitfield defensive tackle Isaiah Mack verbally committed to Mocs coaches early Wednesday afternoon.

A severe knee injury forced BriAnna Workman to miss almost all of her junior season. However she didn't allow it to make her miss an opportunity.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football program picked up its second commitment in as many days Wednesday when Northwest Whitfield defensive tackle Isaiah Mack told coaches he'll sign with the Mocs.

Even before making an official visit to the campus, Tim Whatley was sold on making the University of Tennesse at Chattanooga his new home. The two-time all-state linebacker from Columbus' Carver High School committed to Mocs coaches Tuesday afternoon, becoming the fifth commitment for February's signing day.

It took just one year as an assistant coach in Chattanooga for Mark Teague to prove he was ready for the next step in his career.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football program has picked up its fifth commitment for February's signing day when Carver High School's Tim Whatley committed to Mocs coaches Tuesday.

Howard High School has named Mark Teague as its new head football coach. Teague worked as defensive coordinator last season at East Ridge and has previously been an assistant at prep schools in Alabama and Arkansas.

There will be plenty of familiar faces at this year's Times Free Press Best of Preps basketball tournament, including Baylor's girls and McCallie back to defend last year's titles.

It was an offer too good to pass up that became too good to be true.

Just four days after agreeing to become the new head football coach at Coahulla Creek, Vic Grider has informed school administrators he will no longer take the job.

The Chattanooga area will be well represented in tonight's annual Toyota East/West All-Star high school football game, which is set to kick off at 8 EST at Tennessee Tech University.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — With plenty of questions stil facing his team in the early stage of the season, Bradley Central's first-year basketball coach Chuck Clark was glad to see his team find an answer to rival Cleveland on Tuesday night.

VARNELL, Ga. — It took just one season and the right opportunity for Vic Grider to decide he was ready to return to coaching football. One of the area's most accomplished coaches has become the head coach at fledgling Coahulla Creek High Schol.

It took just one season and the right opportunity for Vic Grider to decide he was ready to return to coaching. One of the area’s most accomplished coaches has agreed to become the new head coach at fledgling Coahulla Creek.

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. — It wasn't simply what Union City did that helped earn the program's second Class 1A state football championship Friday afternoon, but also what the Golden Tornadoes didn't do.

Union City dominated the first half and made just enough plays in the second half to claim a 23-14 victory over South Pittsburg in the Class 1A state football championship game here Friday afternoon.

SOUTH PITTSBURG, Tenn. — It was exactly one year ago to the day that Vic Grider stunned a packed room of players, parents and supporters at South Pittsburg's football banquet by announcing his resignation as head coach.

Marion County High School is setting aside its county rivalry for a day to support South Pittsburg.

SOUTH PITTSBURG, Tenn. -- Tougher even than bringing Kahlil Mitchell to the ground is trying to find the right label to describe what type football player he is.

There will be no more dark clouds hanging over the Marion County High football program.

After meeting with Marion County High School administrators earlier this week, the TSSAA has accepted a two-step, self-imposed sanctions by the school for violating the state's practice rule.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — As the final Mr. Football award winner left the Embassy Suites Hotel & Conference Center late Monday afternoon, one thing was clear: What a difference a year and a lot of hustle can make in the world of recruiting.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — The handshake was one of mutual respect. Marion County's Blake Zeman congratulated cross-county rival Jajuan Lankford after the South Pittsburg senior was named the TSSAA Class A Mr. Football back of the year, and in turn Lankford reminded Zeman he also had come up short the first time he was a finalist for the award.

It took just one frozen visit for the Brazilian surfer Rafael Gaglianone to decide he didn't mind the Wisconsin cold.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — In the hectic moments leading up to tonight's kickoff, Tre'Var Moore will attempt to do the impossible, stepping away from his teammates to steal a few seconds of solitude. Surrounded by the noise and excitement of Cleveland High School's biggest football game in nearly two decades, the senior defensive lineman will find a spot somewhere along the sideline to bow his head and say a silent prayer.

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