After scratching their way to a perfect record in their inaugural season, the Northwestern Technical College Mustangs are set to play season two in the Technical College System of Georgia Athletic Association...and it all starts when the clock strikes midnight.

“Tryouts will begin Oct. 3 for those hoping to come out and find a spot on the 2008-2009 roster,” said Mustangs head coach David Stephenson. “We will hold a midnight madness tryout schedule which begins on Oct. 3 from midnight-2 a.m. It appears we’ll have about fifty players who will be trying out for the team.”

The first two phases of Northwestern tryouts will take place at the new gymnasium at Oakwood Baptist Church in Chickamauga. They will take place in the same twenty-four hour period.

“With session number one wrapping up at 2 a.m. on that Saturday morning, Oct. 4, those trying out will return mid-afternoon that same day for session number two,” said Stephenson.

Many of the members of the 2007-2008 team which took part in the undefeated run through their league are planning to try out for the much sought after spots.

“The only player I know of who will not be returning this year is Anthony Lumpkin,” said Stephenson about his former 6-foot-5 forward who is enrolled at the University of West Georgia for the fall semester. Lumpkin, standout at Ringgold High School and Chattanooga State, was Northwestern's leading scorer last season.

Northwestern officials estimate that there are approximately fifty former prep basketball players who plan to be enrolled by the beginning of fall quarter on Oct. 1 in hopes of making the second season roster.

“We see this as an opportunity to not only reach out and educate more students, but to also find one more way to reach out to our communities and provide something special for all of our neighbors,” said Don Foley, Director of Public Relations and Marketing at Northwestern Technical College.

The 2008-2009 season begins on November 8 at a Jamboree/Media Day in Rome.

“We’re playing our league colleges such as Coosa Valley, West Central, and Griffin, but we’ve added a couple of out of league games this year, too,” said Stephenson.

The Mustangs will play two games against Cleveland State (Tenn.). Northwestern will travel to L. Quentin Lane Gymnasium on the Cleveland State campus on Jan. 8, 2009. Cleveland State will return the favor with a trip to LaFayette High School to play the Mustangs on Jan. 17. LaFayette High School will again serve as the home site of the Mustangs for the 2008-2009 season.

Another addition to the schedule this year is a match-up with Tennessee Temple.

“They’ll actually have their junior varsity team match-up with us this year on their court,” said Stephenson.

The contest with the Crusaders will take place on Dec. 2. Northwestern will open their season at LaFayette on Nov. 15 against the Coosa Valley Bruins. The season will conclude with the Technical College System of Georgia Athletic Association tournament Feb. 27-28. The site of the tournament is yet to be determined.

Stephenson was also recently named Commissioner of the TCSGAA.

“We’ve done everything from set-up the by-laws to design the logo for the league,” said Stephenson. “It’s been an incredible team effort by representatives from all of the schools.”

Among the new by-laws this year are rules on eligibility. These rules apply to men’s basketball and women’s volleyball student-athletes.

Players must be a full-time student during the periods of participation and be in good academic standing. A grade point average of 2.0 and an annual minimum of 30 hours of classes must be successfully completed each year. Student-athletes are only eligible to play in the TCSGAA for two years, but students who played in last season's pilot year will still have two years of eligibility.

Ticket prices for all of this year’s regular season games throughout the TCSGAA will be $3 for adults and $1 for non-tech college students. Children 12 and under will be admitted free of charge