UT completes 2010 schedule with UT Martin

Tennessee completed its 2010 football schedule Tuesday with the announcement that the Vols are hosting UT Martin to open the season, marking Tennessee’s first game against a member of the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision in 27 years.

“The University of Tennessee always has placed a priority on scheduling FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision) opponents in football,” UT athletic director Mike Hamilton said in a release. “FBS buy games are becoming much more difficult to acquire. As we began to review the possibilities of playing an FCS opponent, it made sense to schedule a game against a school in the UT System and keep the money in state.

“While this will not always be a possibility, it worked for 2010 and we look forward to welcoming Skyhawk fans to Knoxville.”

Tennessee becomes the last SEC member since expansion in 1992 to schedule an opponent from the FCS, formerly Division I-AA. The Vols defeated The Citadel 45-6 back on Oct. 1, 1983, in Memphis.

The Vols also welcome Oregon, Florida and UAB to Neyland Stadium in September, and then host Alabama, Mississippi and Kentucky to complete the home schedule. Away dates are against LSU, Georgia, South Carolina, Memphis and Vanderbilt.

UT Martin finished 8-4 last season, 6-2 in the Ohio Valley Conference and just out of the NCAA playoffs. The Skyhawks are 21-14 in four seasons under coach Jason Simpson and were 2006 league champions.

“Coach Simpson and the team are looking forward to the challenge,” UT Martin athletics director Phil Dane said. “This is a great opportunity for our school. We look forward to the trip.”

2010

Date Opponent Place

Sept. 4 UT Martin Knoxville

Sept. 11 Oregon Knoxville

Sept. 18 *Florida Knoxville

Sept. 25 UAB Knoxville

Oct. 2 at LSU Baton Rouge

Oct. 9 at Georgia Athens

Oct. 23*Alabama Knoxville

Oct. 30 at South Carolina Columbia

Nov. 6 at Memphis Memphis

Nov. 13 Mississippi (HC) Knoxville

Nov. 20 at Vanderbilt Nashville

Nov. 27 Kentucky Knoxville

HC-Homecoming

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pastorlee#372395 writes:

It's about time. I've always wondered why we didn't play some of the schools in our own state. Good job by everyone involved.

BigRngFan_9 writes:

GET READY FOR THE BEATDOWNS IN K-TOWN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

KAvolsfan writes:

as a utm grad i am very excited about this... go vols

kjneel#238751 writes:

This is the year we run the table.

SignalMtnVol writes:

I, for one, am unhappy about this. I hate that we sink to the level of Florida, Alabama, and Georgia as far as playing DII schools. I know Tennessee has more pride than those bastards.

ArealVolFan writes:

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You are aware that even Florida regularly schedules a 1-AA (screw the bowl subdivision stuff) to play pretty much every year. So if your going to cook up some Kiffcakes you might want to cook up some Urbcakes as well. For any reasonable fan this is sad, because we do pride ourselves on always having a good schedule. From listening around though it seems this was fairly unavoidable. I like that we are sticking in state though and keeping the revenue within TN and the TN school system.

bspurlingcac#225603 writes:

This will be a great opportunity to play our number one ranked 2010 recruiting class for the whole second half of the game. This is a great start up game. Oregon will provide a good test before the Gators come to town. Go Vols!!!

SignalMtnVol writes:

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Florida 641 - 373 - 40. # 24 all time wins

Tennessee 776 - 327 - 53

#9 all time in wins.

Yeah, I think we got ya on wins, dumbarse.

101st_AIRBORNE_VOL (Inactive) writes:

In 2010, in the house that Neyland built...

ut 63
uf 6

No more Tebow, Spikes, write it down.

G8RH8R writes:

DO NOT FEED THE INTERLOPERS!!!!!!!!

Colliervol writes:

Perfectly fine to play UT Martin. Auburn did it and I see no problem with it when you play in the SEC. Frankly, UT has been over scheduling for years with all these high powered non-conference games. I say bring on the cupcakes.

nicksjuzunk#646117 writes:

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nice

DroopyDrawers writes:

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Gator

therewillbeorange writes:

Oregon excites me. I enjoy it when good competition from other conferences come to Neyland.

Was there no practice today?

DennisVols writes:

The thing I hate about these types of games is the risk of a player getting hurt in a no win game.
If UT wins by 50 everyone says they were suppose to win by 50. If UTM makes it even close it is considered a loss.
Someone like Berry could take a bad hit and break or tear something.
There is just no way to win in a game like this. Sure it goes in the win column but it doesn't count as anything and could cost you when the puter geeks look at strength of schedule.

txvolsfan writes:

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u got that backwards arse wipe
Big Orange- 75
Cryers- 3

Book it Gator

Down_The_Field writes:

in response to SignalMtnVol:

Florida 641 - 373 - 40. # 24 all time wins

Tennessee 776 - 327 - 53

#9 all time in wins.

Yeah, I think we got ya on wins, dumbarse.

signal, you forgot to end it with "write it down"

USMCVolFan writes:

First thing I notice is 4 games in Knoxville to start the season.......which could be a good thing.

BigOrangeVol writes:

SEC teams should be ashamed of buying these pathetic D-I and D-II wins. Who wants to watch those games? It's humiliating!!! Why don't we just schedule Karns and Farragut instead? Brentwood Academy or Maryville would probably be decent games! Were Ouachita Baptist and Birmingham Southern not available?

Florida wins National Championships in '08, '06 & '96 by playing : Citadel; Western Carolina & Georgia Southern. This year they schedule Charleston-Southern, Troy and FIU.

Bama plays Florida International, North Texas and UTC this season.

Cow College plays Ball State and Furman this season.

UGA schedules Tennessee Tech for '09.

LSU took on Appalachian St., North Texas and Troy last year.

UK goes with Norfolk State, MTSU and Western KY.

VU steps up to play Western Carolina, Rice and Army.

Ole Miss picks up Memphis, Southeastern Louisiana, UAB and Northern Arizona.

The Hogs take on Missouri State, Eastern Michigan and Troy.

Miserable State schedules Jackson State and MTSU.

ARE WE NOT BETTER THAN THIS IN THE SEC???

How do you expect to claim that you are the toughest football conference in the nation when 25% of your games are against vastly inferior teams that you have no business playing with your JV team?!!!

What do you gain?

SEC alumni and fans should boycott these "games".

chaos001 writes:

for all the negative nancy's...this is about $$$MONEY$$$ and keeping it in the UT system.

chargervol writes:

I don't see anything wrong with scheduling teams like ut-martin. have you ever noticed notre dame,michigan,ohio state,etc. schedules. wonder how all these programs heisman winners ballooned their stats. GO VOLS.

matrosscbc writes:

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...yeah...fla never plays cupcakes....PLEASE!!!

Down_The_Field writes:

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after watching the mempus high punks infiltrate this site the last months, i've got to admit i smiled when i saw that game.

gohawks1 writes:

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Agreed. That's like Pee Wee Herman giving fashion advise.

chargervol writes:

by the way, the 2010 schedule will still be a pretty difficult schedule. we still play in the SEC. GO VOLS!

CoverOrange writes:

If I remember correctly, The Citadel was a substitute for someone else that backed out of the game a few months before the season began. May have been Memphis State, don't recollect rightly. So, skipping 1983, when was the last time UT scheduled a Div I-AA team?

Like some others, I vote "nay" on playing FCS teams.

volsoutwest writes:

NFL teams play pre-season games for practice, so this is no worse. Could be a nice tune-up for the remainder of the season. Anyway as a UTM grad, this is a big day. Look forward to it.

CoverOrange writes:

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Oregon excites me. I enjoy it when good competition from other conferences come to Neyland.

Was there no practice today?

Article over on UTSports.com says they practiced four minute offense today and had turnovers on successive plays. Nick Stephens also got some work in.

volfan8 writes:

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didnt Fla play The Citadel last year?

belayvol writes:

I kinda wished they would at least stay Div. 1 to play cupcakes. Teams not SEC caliber. Ohio State, Michigan, Notre Dame, any of those would do.

GahLee writes:

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Look at your teams schedule this year, pretty soft if you ask me...anything less than an undefeated season will be a disappointment. Also, I like hoe you guys play The Citadel seemingly ever other year....I would bet anything on that 63-6 score...I mean anything...realistically it will be more along the lines of 27-21.

ajbake writes:

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shipperman#280095 writes:

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As I would guess the Gators thought Ole Miss was a cupcake game. Florida always plays a weak non conference schedule

pdhuff#552644 writes:

Well, there went my retorts about the gators playing Fla International.

OLROCKYTOP writes:

in response to SignalMtnVol:

I, for one, am unhappy about this. I hate that we sink to the level of Florida, Alabama, and Georgia as far as playing DII schools. I know Tennessee has more pride than those bastards.

I AGREE, I UNDERSTAND SCHOOLS SCHEDULES ARE MADE YEARS IN ADVANCE, BUT CAN WE NOT FIND A FBS SCHOOL. WHEN IT COMES NOVEMBER AND THE POLLSTERS LOOK AT THE BIG PICTURE A CLOSE WIN AGAINST A MEDIOCRE TEAM MEANS MORE THAN A BLOWOUT AGAINST A FCS TEAM.

volhammer#634294 writes:

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Dream on !!!

volpreacher writes:

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You have been spouting off this mythical score for months. You have never responded to anyone about it. I don't bet but I would take this wager. UT and 57 points. In fact, if I was really a person who places bets, I would bet for UT with any points, in fact no points because the Volunteers will drain the swamp.

OLROCKYTOP writes:

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GET A JOB AND GET OFF WELFARE. ANYONE WITH A JOB WOULD NOT HAVE ENOUGH TIME TO POST THIS EVERYTIME A NEWS STORY IS POSTED!!!

diggerland17#448133 writes:

That looks like an NFL schedule.Two tough home games early with the Titans and New England. Then back to back roadies against the Colts and Cowboys and if thats not enough we come back home to face the Steelers. Two other tough games down the road against the Redskins and a home date left with the Broncos. BRUTAL! Coach KIFF will have those boys ready! Some days when Im feeling blue - One of the things that brings a big smile to my face is the fact that MONTE KIFFIN is the Def Cordinator of the BIG ORANGE!!

VolPatrick writes:

We only leave the state 3 times that year. Granted, Memphis is longer trip than the trip to UGA or SC, but still it is nice to stay in-state. That also will be year two under the new regime. That could be a magical season...

OhioVol3 writes:

I just don't understand some people saying UT shouldn't be playing cupcakes. The SEC is so brutal, I think they are the ONLY conference that should be allowed to schedule cupcakes like UT-Martin. The object is to win games. It's easier to win more games playing UT-Martin than UCLA or Oregon.

About the only advantage I could see in playing a good non-conference schedule is for recruiting. Other than that it's stupid.

SFOrange writes:

DIV 1-A (ok, FCS) is not where we should be headed. Why not a non traditional, like Rice?

BamaVol writes:

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Only in your dreams,
Charleston Southern, Am I missing something?

BamaVol writes:

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Charleston Southern

BSweet writes:

Not a fan of this move. I always took pride in the fact that we were the only SEC school that didn't sink to playing teams in 1AA, FCS, or whatever you want to call it. Maybe we didn't always face the toughest teams, but they were at least in our division. This is just weak, dollars or not. I hope this doesn't become a habit. It's like watching a senior in high school beat up a sixth grader. UT should hold itself to a higher standard than that. This just feels wrong. Wow, I really hate this move.

BamaVol writes:

It just takes a quick glance at Scout.com’s first rankings of the Class of 2010 to see the ongoing impact of Lane Kiffin, and his all-star staff on the SEC and national recruiting landscape, as Tennessee is currently listed as a school of interest with 20 prospects ranked among the top 10 players at their respective position.

BSweet writes:

So many steps forward, this just seems like a step back.

VOLKING writes:

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I'll take that bet. Give me UT and the 57 points. Now, put your money where your mouth is or STFU and stay off of here. Awaiting your reply. No wagers less than $1000.

surfmaster writes:

If at first you can't succeed, lower your standards.

Timed_vol (Inactive) writes:

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no; I refuse to write it down. you are welcome to be one of the biggest Internet a##holes out there, but I refuse to write it down.

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