The road ahead for new University of Tennessee at Chattanooga men's basketball coach Lamont Paris shouldn't be a straight uphill climb.
But that doesn't mean it's going to be easy, either.
The Mocs' top two players in the 2017 signing class — point guard Jalen Crutcher and shooting guard Terry Nolan Jr. — have asked to be released from their national letters of intent to play for UTC. Because of the personal nature of recruiting, it's not an uncommon occurrence when a new coach arrives.
UTC has not granted those releases yet, though, most likely to allow Paris a chance to meet with the new players, which he planned to do this week. According to a tweet from Commercial Appeal reporter Mark Giannatto, Paris will meet today with Crutcher, a Memphis native who played at Ridgeway High School.