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By Jackson Sparks, Sports Editor–
The Chattanooga Times Free Press reported early Wednesday evening that the Chattanooga Mocs and the Nebraska Cornhuskers were closing on a deal to play in Lincoln this Saturday.
Nebraska had its game with Wisconsin cancelled due to a few positive tests within the Wisconsin football program. With Nebraska looking to find a replacement game, UTC became one of the attractive schools to fill in.
In early August, Mocs head coach Rusty Wright wrote via twitter “Wanted: Football games. In-Conf/Out of Conf/FCS/G5/P5 doesn’t matter. Have team, will travel. DM me.” Despite the Mocs’ clear willingness to play anyone, anytime, anywhere, the Big Ten voted against the game happening.
Mocs Athletic Director Mark Wharton said UTC had been in talks with the Big Ten, working through many approvals; losing on the final approval.
“If we could have gotten on the plane last night, we would’ve gone. I think the guys were excited,” said Wright of his team. “I thought it was going to be a neat deal and a good experience for us.”
The Mocs dropped its one and only game of the fall season at Western Kentucky 13-10 on Oct. 24. Unless another quick replacement game presents itself, they’ll have to wait until Feb. 20, 2021 to take the field in their home opener against VMI.