Tennessee has reached a tentative agreement to play Virginia in a home-and-home men's basketball series beginning next season in Charlottesville, according to a source in UT's program.
The source requested anonymity because the schedule has not been released and is not authorized to comment.
The Vols have not played the Cavaliers since March 18, 2007, when UT defeated Virginia 77-74 in the second round of the NCAA tournament in Columbus, Ohio.
UT's most recent trip to Charlottesville was on March 23, 1992, when the Cavaliers won, 77-52 in the National Invitation Tournament. Virginia owns a 7-4 advantage in the series, which began in 1917, a game UT won 23-21 in Charlottesville.
The Vols are in the process of making their 2012-13 schedule, which will include 18 SEC games with the inclusion of Missouri and Texas A&M.
The 2012-13 season represents the final year of contracted games with Oakland and Memphis, and both teams are expected to play in Knoxville next season.
Memphis coach Josh Pastner has been vocal about his desire to end the home-and-home series with the Vols, an annual event each of the past seven seasons. The schools have yet to negotiate a future contract, and scheduling between Memphis and UT in other sports is expected to play a role in the discussion.
UT coach Cuonzo Martin said he's willing to continue the Memphis series, which UT leads 14-10, but he'll accept whatever athletic director Dave Hart negotiates without any problem.
Martin has said he might be interested in exploring other options that would get the Vols exposure in Memphis, saying UT could discuss playing Arkansas in FedEx Forum or the convention center annually.
"I know Missouri and Illinois play each year in St. Louis — they call it 'Arch Madness,' " Martin said
Playing in Memphis is attractive because the city regularly turns out a number of Division I prospects. The Vols recently landed mid-term enrollee Jarnell Stokes out of the Bluff City, and Martin is involved in recruiting numerous other standout players in the city.
UT has not had any official discussions with Arkansas about moving the annual league game, which would likely require SEC league office approval.