Mocs set to begin football practice with lone fall game a month away

Staff file photo / Cole Copeland might be the most experienced quarterback on UTC's roster right now, but he hasn't played since a standout freshman season in 2017.

While there is still some uncertainty regarding the details of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's football season this school year, what's known is that in less than a month, the Mocs are scheduled to play a game.

The Football Championship Subdivision program will return to practice Friday afternoon in preparation for an Oct. 24 contest at Western Kentucky, a Football Bowl Subdivision team in Conference USA.

The Hilltoppers were on the Mocs' schedule even before the coronavirus began to affect sports, and they remained there when the Southern Conference postponed league competition in fall sports. The Mocs had hopes of playing additional nonconference football games this fall at Troy and at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, but those opportunities were lost as some questions about how participating in games this semester would affect players' college eligibility weren't immediately answered by the NCAA.