The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga has a long-term plan to build offices, meeting rooms and more for the football program in a building separate from McKenzie Arena. In the short term, if Don Lepard gets his wish, lights will be going up at Scrappy Moore Field.
A former UTC offensive lineman (1979-81) and teammate of Mocs coach Russ Huesman, Lepard is the owner of Global Green Lighting -- a leading developer in energy-efficient LED lights. Lepard said he is donating the lights and poles, with a projected retail value of around $200,000, and hopes to have them up at UTC's practice facility in time for preseason practice in August.
"This will be the first time we've done something like this, and we're excited about it," Lepard said, adding that each of the poles, possibly 10 total, will be about 50 feet tall, with around 10 LED lights on each pole.