Southern Conference announces spring football schedule, UTC to open against VMI

Staff photo by C.B. Schmelter / UTC football coach Rusty Wright, shown during practice on Oct. 14, is getting his team ready for Saturday's game at Western Kentucky. On Wednesday, though, the SoCon released its spring semester schedule.

With the probability high the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football roster won't be the same the next time the Mocs step on the playing field after Saturday's game at Western Kentucky, the program's focus this fall has been on the Hilltoppers.

Now, though, there's a plan for what's next - COVID-19 permitting, of course.

The Mocs will begin their unprecedented 2021 spring semester football season, a postponement forced by the pandemic and the Southern Conference's decision to delay, with a home game against Virginia Military Institute on Feb. 20.

The SoCon released its league schedule Wednesday, and UTC also has home dates against Wofford (Feb. 27), Mercer (March 27) and Samford (April 10), plus trips to The Citadel (March 3), Furman (March 20), Western Carolina (April 3) and East Tennessee State (April 17).