UTC again preseason pick to win SoCon football title

Staff file photo by Matt Hamilton / UTC football coach Rusty Wright, center, said he learned from a disappointing 2021 season in which the Mocs were the preseason favorites to win the SoCon but came up short.

ASHEVILLE, N.C. - At the end of last season, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football coach Rusty Wright took some time to evaluate the program. In doing so, he couldn't avoid evaluating himself.

The result of that introspection is that Wright, a former UTC player and assistant hired in December 2019 to lead the Mocs, has made some promises to himself that there are certain things he "wouldn't ever do again and not waver from."

The Mocs were last summer's preseason pick to win the Southern Conference championship, which would have been their first such title since 2015, but they limped to a 6-5 record with a team primarily made up of super seniors in their fifth, sixth or seventh college season. Now a fair portion of those players are gone, replaced by a new crop of recruits and transfers ready to make their mark at UTC.