Tennessee and Cincinnati have agreed contractually to a one-game football matchup in the 2011 season, it was announced Wednesday.
The Vols and Bearcats are set to play Sept. 10, 2011, in Knoxville.
UT previously was scheduled to host Southern Mississippi on that date, but the Golden Eagles asked to move the game to a future season. Tennessee now plays Southern Miss in Knoxville on Sept. 2, 2017.
“We were contacted about the possibility of Southern Miss moving its game to a future year,” UT athletics director Mike Hamilton said. “For us, that was contingent on finding a suitable replacement, as Southern Miss is obviously a quality opponent.
“We worked with our partners at ESPN and were able to schedule the University of Cincinnati, the defending Big East Conference champions. We’re very pleased with how things turned out and excited about welcoming coach Brian Kelly and the Bearcats to Knoxville for that game.”
UT and Cincinnati have met five times, all in Knoxville, with the most recent outcome a 40-0 Vols win in 1992. The other four meetings occurred between 1904 and 1942, and Tennessee leads the overall series 4-1.
Cincinnati (11-3) captured the Big East championship last year and played in the FedEx Orange Bowl. Kelly is entering his third season as head coach of the Bearcats.
“Our philosophy is to play the best possible out-of-conference schedule,” Kelly said. “The University of Tennessee’s football tradition and geographic location make it a great matchup for us.”
Tennessee’s future slate of games already announced now includes: 2010 – UT Martin, Oregon, UAB, at Memphis; 2011 – North Texas, Cincinnati, at North Carolina, Middle Tennessee; 2012 – N.C. State (in Atlanta), North Carolina; 2013 – at Oregon, South Alabama; 2014 – at Oklahoma; 2015 – Oklahoma, at Connecticut; 2016 – at Nebraska, Connecticut; 2017 – Nebraska; 2018 – at Ohio State; 2019 – Ohio State.