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Sporting director Mark Wharton digs up latest UTC student athlete report card

By on May 25, 2021 0

Chattanooga- (WDEF-TV) Winning games and titles is what we expect from UTC athletics, but you can’t forget to win in the classroom. Mocs athletes certainly made the note during the spring semester with numbers any athletic director would be proud of.

As of last spring, the Mocs had 14 sports teams with a cumulative average of 3.0 or higher for the third consecutive semester.
Mocs athletic director Mark Wharton said: “And do it all in COVID and zoom. A sort of overhaul of everything we’ve done. The model. To be able to come out the last two semesters as successfully as we are.
Another academic issue that stands out.
20% of UTC student athletes averaged 4.0 GPA.
Wharton said, “Two of our three athletes were on the AD Honor Roll, which is exceptional and incredible. You know, 20 years ago, or not even that long ago, four in ten student-athletes walked across the stage. We are now talking about nine out of ten graduates in five years. “
Wharton says UTC is taking steps to make sure athletes keep pace in the classroom.
Wharton said, “We have Sunday study rooms. Depending on the sport when they enter. It’s really a carrot to them that a certain GPA and above, they don’t have to go to the study room, but if you go down below it’s mandatory.
Wharton wants student athletes to be successful in all aspects of their college life.
Wharton said, “We’re not going to go out and just win first. I think it’s the total sports experience. Socially, academically and competitively. We do that very well here. We’re as close as you’ve seen to be pretty special in all three phases. “


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Rick Nyman grew up in Anniston, Alabama and attended the University of Alabama. His television career began at WJSU-TV in Anniston where he had the opportunity to cover SEC football with Alabama and Auburn. Anniston is only 20 minutes from Talladega Speedway, so NASCAR was a big part of its sports coverage. For this reason, he was able to interview Davey Allison, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon and several other renowned NASCAR drivers. Rick’s next TV job was in Savannah, Georgia, where he covered basketball player Kwame Brown (now with the Washington Wizards), who later became the first high school player selected as the No. 1 pick in the Draft. NBA. He covered the annual PGA Tour swing through Hilton Head and also had the opportunity to cover the Atlanta Falcons’ Super Bowl appearance in 1999 in Miami. Rick especially appreciates all the atmosphere, tradition and drama of college football. He also enjoys profiling sports personalities and learning what motivates them on and off the pitch. If he’s not covering sports, he’s watching Seinfield or David Letterman, golfing, reading or training. What he loves about Chattanooga is people’s passion for sports. The mountainous region of Chattanooga reminds him of his hometown of Anniston, which also has tall and beautiful trees and many hills. You can contact Rick at [email protected]

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