Like cliff diving or ferret ownership, football is an endeavor best watched from the sidelines. Witness acts of bodily bravery with today's Groupon: for $15, you get two general-admission tickets to see the home opener for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Mocs football team as it takes on Jacksonville State (a $30 value) at Finley Stadium Davenport Field on Saturday, September 10 at 6 p.m. Groupon customers do not have to pay the $5 will-call fee.
The 2011 UTC Mocs squad storms the gridiron for its 104th season of collegiate football, returning from last season's campaign former Southern Conference Coach of the Year, Russ Huesman, along with 16 starters. With most of its 20,000 seats designated as general admission, Finley Stadium grants unobstructed views from above either sideline. Capture the collegiate spirit as it ascends into Saturday evening and as it ripples across the stands in the form of cheers, chants, gasps, and furious scribbling of letters to the editor.
Witness the early-season efforts of senior quarterback and double-dutch jump-rope virtuoso B.J. Coleman, who looks to build upon last season's impressive stats that placed him in the top 10 in the nation for touchdowns (26) and yards thrown (272.4/game). As the game presses into the fourth quarter, discover whether former Moc player and fourth-season sideline skipper coach Huesman can accomplish this season's motto of Restore the Glory.