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The area's busiest Tennessee campuses during signing day were Baylor and East Hamilton, which had five players each who signed scholarships Wednesday.

The football staff at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga has big plans for the future. And they want to get there quickly.

For now Kareem Orr's cell phone buzzes with only the occasional call or text from friends. That soon will change.

It's a match made in heaven. Or at least on a Baptist college campus.

Hoping to bring back brighter days to its football program, Red Bank High School has dipped into the Sunshine State to find its new head coach.

Red Bank has hired a football coach from the sunshine state, hoping to bring back brighter days to its program.

It is a day as much about family as it is about football. In three days — national signing day — countless high school players will surround themselves with relatives, friends and coaches to celebrate an important accomplishment in their young lives.

For the first time in its fledgling football program's history, Chattanooga Christian is making a coaching change.

Aside from their football skills, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's 2014 recruits also could form a couple of really strong sprint relay teams.

The infectious smile is back. After years of clinching his jaw so tightly he wonders how he didn't break his teeth, Adarius Bowman finally has reached a level of contentment and no longer is trying to outrun his past the way he would an opposing football defender.

While Sunday was a day of rest for many, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football staff certainly wasn't taking time off. The recruiting momentum for the Mocs continued with a pair of Memphis-area players committing, giving the program 18 total with one week to go before national signing day.

When East Tennessee State University revives its football program next fall it will have a definite Chattanooga-area flavor to its roster.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga may have found the offensive centerpiece of this recruiting class, and its quarterback of the future.

While there's still work to do down the homestretch, with just one week remaining before NCAA football commitments officially join their chosen programs, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga staff has put together one of the most talented incoming classes in recent memory.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team's wave of recruiting momentum continued Friday with the fourth commitment in five days.

One of the biggest needs for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football staff to fill in this recruiting class is linebacker. Having graduated two starters at that position, the Mocs can offer recruits early playing time, and Thursday evening one of the state of Georgia's top outside linebackers bypassed scholarship offers from several FBS programs to commit to the Mocs while making an on-campus visit.

Jason Fitzgerald is going back home. Sort of.

Former Central head football coach John Allen has been hired to take over the program at Powell (Tenn.) High School.

Former Central head football coach John Allen has been hired to take over the program at Powell (TN) High School. Allen, who resigned last November after three seasons with the Purple Pounders, takes over a Powell program that played for the Class 5A state championship in 2011 and reached the semifinals the following season.

Jason Fitzgerald is going back home. Sort of.

The biggest decision remaining for Trevor Wright now is which side of the ball he will play on. The Greeneville (Tenn.) High School all-state athlete ended his recruiting battle Tuesday by committing to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga during an in-home visit from three Mocs' coaches.

JASPER, Tenn. — In a game that tested the nerves of players, coaches and fans on both sides Tuesday night, it was ultimately the experience in such times that helped the Marion County boys' basketball team hang on for a wild 74-71 overtime win over Sale Creek.

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.

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