Big Ten denies possible UTC at Nebraska matchup

Staff photo by Troy Stolt / UTC running back Ailym Ford carries the ball during the first half of last Saturday's game at Western Kentucky.

A seemingly unbelievable situation started to become real for University of Tennessee at Chattanooga senior tight end Chris James on Wednesday.

Having been told of the possibility of the Mocs adding a second game to the fall portion of their 2020-21 schedule this Saturday at Nebraska, James and his teammates had approached the situation with a certain level of skepticism.

But then, after a team meeting, players walked out to see their equipment lined up along the hallway, ready to be put on a truck and sent to Lincoln on Thursday afternoon. Coach Rusty Wright's team, coming off a 13-10 loss last weekend at Western Kentucky, had been tested once for COVID-19 this week at that point - and would be tested again at 6:30 Thursday morning - with all results coming back negative.