NBC’s "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" has recently adopted the Chattanooga Mocs as its underdog team to root for during the 2009 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" will be showing clips and features on the Mocs throughout the week leading up to the first round game with UConn on Thursday, March 19, at 3:00 p.m.
“So much attention is given to the same 4 or 5 teams, so people forget that all the other teams also have a story to tell,” stated Fallon. “The more we learn about the Mocs the more we like them. They fought hard to get there. Winning the Southern Conference – it’s a big deal for them. Our whole staff has been watching tapes of Stephen McDowell. We’re all really invested. If they won, you’d hear screams in the state of Tennessee and on the 7th floor of 30 Rock.”
Members of the UTC Pep Band and cheerleaders are scheduled to be in studio on Wednesday, March 18. The show has also produced 200 Chattanooga Mocs T-Shirts for the studio audience. Men’s basketball head coach John Shulman is scheduled to make a remote appearance during Wednesday’s show.
“This is great exposure for our program and the institution,” stated Chattanooga Director of Athletics Rick Hart. “You never know what type of opportunities may arise from experiences like this. The attention we are receiving is a lot of fun and we are trying to soak it all in and enjoy it.”
"Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" airs on NBC at 12:30 p.m. (E.D.T.) after making its broadcast debut on March 2, 2009. "Saturday Night Live" alum Jimmy Fallon became the third host of the NBC comedy-talk franchise. The show serves as a platform for comedy, music and A-list talent out of NBC's Rockefeller Center Studio 6B.