Team preview: Chattanooga

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(Information in this team report is as of October 1.)

It was a dream season at Chattanooga.

In John Shulman's first year as head coach, the Mocs beat Tennessee, 69-68 -- the school's first win over the Volunteers since 1925 -- won the SoCon's North Division and finally got over the hump after two straight league tournament title-game losses to East Tennessee State, winning the tournament. Along the way, the Mocs eliminated ETSU, Shulman's alma mater, which made the program's first NCAA Tournament bid since 1997 all the sweeter.

In the NCAAs, they hung with Wake Forest for a half, then the offense faltered en route to a 70-54 defeat, but it was a good run. Chattanooga, winner of nine Southern Conference championships since 1980, was back where fans thought it belonged -- at the top of the heap.

After the season, Shulman was chosen the Tennessee coach of the year by the Tennessee Sports Writers Association. More importantly, in July he signed a one-year contract extension, giving him job security through the 2009-10 season.