No Vols-Kentucky game in Knoxville for first time since 1952 season

Tennessee celebrates after a 88-58 win over Kentucky at Thompson-Boling Arena Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Tennessee celebrates after a 88-58 win over Kentucky at Thompson-Boling Arena Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

KNOXVILLE — Tennessee won't have a home game against Kentucky for the first time in over six decades.

Although the Southeastern Conference hasn't released its complete 2013-14 schedule, Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin confirmed Tuesday that the Volunteers would face Kentucky only once and that it would be at Rupp Arena. Tennessee's 247 Sports site earlier reported the news.

This will mark the first time since 1952-53 that Kentucky hasn't played a regular-season game at Tennessee.

The two former SEC Eastern Division rivals aren't guaranteed to play each other twice every season anymore because the conference no longer is divided into two divisions for basketball. Kentucky was one of the five conference opponents Tennessee played twice last season, but that won't be the case this year.

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UkJarhead writes:

This is a shame. Big money is ruining college sports for me. I couldn't tell you who is in the other big conferences anymore except the SEC. Tradition is heading out the window. This is my favorite rivalry in sports. I've lived around the Knoxville area for many years and so enjoyed this game, except last year....What a shame.

NowHearThis writes:

Bad news for scalpers. The UK game was one of the few where tickets actually sold above face value. Good news is it will be one less loss for the Vols.

rusty_shackleford writes:

After the arse whoopin' they took last winter, I'm not surprised.

UkJarhead writes:

in response to rusty_shackleford:

After the arse whoopin' they took last winter, I'm not surprised.

That was a good whoopin Rusty, I have to agree. The sad thing is, if you double that 30 point margin of victory, it's still not as much as the whoopin the Cats gave the Vols in the SEC tourney a few years back.

SummittsCourt writes:

in response to NowHearThis:

Bad news for scalpers. The UK game was one of the few where tickets actually sold above face value. Good news is it will be one less loss for the Vols.

Wrong poindexter! One less loss for kensucky!

Go Vols!

gc_scvol writes:

Don't want to hear any more about the big blue. They're afraid to come to our house to play. That makes them two things, smarter, and transparent.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

Cal said: No games at Knocksville again, EVER!

hillsborovol writes:

in response to UkJarhead:

That was a good whoopin Rusty, I have to agree. The sad thing is, if you double that 30 point margin of victory, it's still not as much as the whoopin the Cats gave the Vols in the SEC tourney a few years back.

It's sad when the Cats have to go back more than 20 years to find such an example.

SevenT writes:

This is Tennessee's Final Four game, Tennessee fan is obsessed with Kentucky. Kentucky fan could care less about Tennessee it is just another victory.

h8FLORIDA writes:

in response to SevenT:

This is Tennessee's Final Four game, Tennessee fan is obsessed with Kentucky. Kentucky fan could care less about Tennessee it is just another victory.

This could not be further from the truth. But that could be said for all of your posts Seven. I live in Lexington and work for UK. UK fans are obsessed with TN, almost as obsessed as you are with trolling. I wear my orange proudly to the office every day because it really gets under their skin. Go Vols, hang another 30 point beat down on UK this year. #VFL

Velo_Vol writes:

Eliminating conference divisions was dumb.

dv8ing writes:

in response to gc_scvol:

Don't want to hear any more about the big blue. They're afraid to come to our house to play. That makes them two things, smarter, and transparent.

Kentucky, like all other teams in the SEC do not get to choose who they will play within the conference.

mocsandvolsfan writes:

Too bad for what IS a geat rivalry. We'll just have to try to win at Kentucky. This year we have a shot in spite of their great recruits. Experience will WIN Yeah Go UT!

brod writes:

rupp has been a house of horrors for ut like many other teams. tennessee has played well there a few times, but can't seem to close it out even when they have a good team.

underthehill writes:

Win or lose..I have always been interested in the UT -Ky games..this is not good for UT..

mocsandvolsfan writes:

in response to hillsborovol:

It's sad when the Cats have to go back more than 20 years to find such an example.

I like your response but the fact of the matter is that Kentucky has and does own SEC college basketball.

UT shares ownership of last year.

But UT can beat them this year and that's what really matters.

Too bad we have to beat them at their place without a chance of beating them at UT.

Nunshalpass writes:

in response to SevenT:

This is Tennessee's Final Four game, Tennessee fan is obsessed with Kentucky. Kentucky fan could care less about Tennessee it is just another victory.

This is a silly statement. Which team has beaten Tennessee more than any other? Kentucky... AND which team has beaten Kentucky more than any other? Tennessee
This is a rivalry for both sides and always has been. UK has the upper hand but that doesn't diminish the rivalry for either side.

HoraceMorris writes:

Let's hope they get a home game with Florida and maybe one other good team in the SEC. Because their out of conference schedule looks pathetic as far as home games.

WetumpkaThumpa writes:

in response to SevenT:

This is Tennessee's Final Four game, Tennessee fan is obsessed with Kentucky. Kentucky fan could care less about Tennessee it is just another victory.

SevenT is obsessed with Tennessee.

CactusJack writes:

There ought to be some rivalrys that are preserved, and this is one of them. Like UT still plays Alabama every year, even though they are in different divisions of the SEC. I would say that the SEC East Teams need to play each other twice in basketball. Not having the UK game here does hurt attendance.

Olddogsrule writes:

in response to UkJarhead:

This is a shame. Big money is ruining college sports for me. I couldn't tell you who is in the other big conferences anymore except the SEC. Tradition is heading out the window. This is my favorite rivalry in sports. I've lived around the Knoxville area for many years and so enjoyed this game, except last year....What a shame.

Yup ... what you said.

Except I really, really did very much enjoy last year!

cheetah-vol writes:

in response to CactusJack:

There ought to be some rivalrys that are preserved, and this is one of them. Like UT still plays Alabama every year, even though they are in different divisions of the SEC. I would say that the SEC East Teams need to play each other twice in basketball. Not having the UK game here does hurt attendance.

I agree, but there are no more east/west divisions in basketball. However, with the number of teams we have in the conference, I'm wondering if this isn't an alert that very soon we won't be playing Bama every year in football either.

NO_DIGGITY writes:

in response to SevenT:

This is Tennessee's Final Four game, Tennessee fan is obsessed with Kentucky. Kentucky fan could care less about Tennessee it is just another victory.

Ignorant comment at Best Seven Teeth, but I do admire your consistency.

What is missing from the story is they didn't play in 1952 becasue KY was on an early version of the NCAA death penalty for point shaving. This under the regime of the same coach that got Bear Bryant fired.

Ponit shaving, Benjamins falling out of Emery World Wide Packages. ( Why didn't Asst Coach Casey at least use Fed Ex, better chance of the money not falling out). Hiring coaches that have vacated 2 final fours. World Wide Wes funneling Nike money to lure recruits. On and on and on.

By the way Seven Teeth, it will be five years in October when Coach Fulmer was fired. The official mourning period will be over and you are free to become a UT fan again. Why did you choose KY to become a Fake fan? At least choose UAT or the Lizards, they actually do have a good football team.

Hope your first day of school went OK yesterday. I hear you will be learning real writing and syphering your guzentas before the year is over.

MetroplexMojo writes:

in response to dv8ing:

Kentucky, like all other teams in the SEC do not get to choose who they will play within the conference.

The UK basketball program, due to their success, has a lot of power in the SEC offices when it comes to basketball issues. UK is the SEC's basketball cash cow and with that comes additional influence. If UK wanted the home/home setup this year with UT, it would have happened.

It's similar to football when the three teams with the easiest schedules since the SEC went to 12 teams in the early 90s are Bama, UGA, and UF. I don't think it's a coincidence that Bama has played Vandy more times in that time period than UGA/UF combined or that every time the SEC readjusts the scheduling format, UGA drops Bama and picks up a MS school (like last year).

stevefrommemphis writes:

Which idiot in the SEC office is responsible for this? Probably the same Alabama [expletive deleted] who was responsible for sending LSU to play at Georgia in football while Alabama gets to play Kentucky.

The football equivalent would be playing the Georgia - Auburn game every other year. Tennessee v Kentucky is the most played basketball rivalry in the SEC. Tennessee has defeated those low-life cheaters more than any other team.

NO_DIGGITY is on target. Kentucky has been skirting the rules and often outright breaking the rules basically since the time of the Korean War. SevenT won't learn about that in school, because Kentucky's corruption is one topic that is off-limits in classrooms in the Commonwealth.

Futbol_Phan writes:

The UT vs. UK game in Knoxville is, without question, the biggest basketball game of the year each and every year. The fact that the UT athletic department knew this game would not be held this year, and chose to withhold the information from fans until after season ticket renewal is LOUSY!

stevefrommemphis writes:

in response to MetroplexMojo:

The UK basketball program, due to their success, has a lot of power in the SEC offices when it comes to basketball issues. UK is the SEC's basketball cash cow and with that comes additional influence. If UK wanted the home/home setup this year with UT, it would have happened.

It's similar to football when the three teams with the easiest schedules since the SEC went to 12 teams in the early 90s are Bama, UGA, and UF. I don't think it's a coincidence that Bama has played Vandy more times in that time period than UGA/UF combined or that every time the SEC readjusts the scheduling format, UGA drops Bama and picks up a MS school (like last year).

Exactly. It's the reason I've been saying for years that the SEC headquarters needs to be moved out of Birmingham to a more neutral location, like Atlanta or Memphis, or for that matter, Chicago or Seattle. Almost everybody at SEC headquarters from the janitors to Slive's right hand man, Mark Womack, is an Alabama fan or graduate. Womack even played QB for Tuscaloosa High before heading across town to UA, then in the SEC office. So during these so-called "bridge seasons" in football, they send LSU to play at Georgia and Florida, while the Tide gets to go to Lexington to play the mighty football Kats.

stevefrommemphis writes:

in response to Futbol_Phan:

The UT vs. UK game in Knoxville is, without question, the biggest basketball game of the year each and every year. The fact that the UT athletic department knew this game would not be held this year, and chose to withhold the information from fans until after season ticket renewal is LOUSY!

If the UT athletic department knew the game would not be held, they should have gone to Birmingham first to camp out in Slive's and Womack's offices and demand that the schedule be adjusted.

I agree. UTAD should now do the right thing and allow basketball season ticket purchasers to revoke their commitments to renew, with a full refund of ticket costs and all stupid add-ons (shipping, "handling", etc...).

stevefrommemphis writes:

in response to brod:

rupp has been a house of horrors for ut like many other teams. tennessee has played well there a few times, but can't seem to close it out even when they have a good team.

It's Corrupt Arena, not rupp, named after the legendary coach Adolph Corrupt. If Corrupt had not established Kentucky's tradition of skirting the rules, UK basketball would have about the same history as Auburn or Ole Miss.

tennrich1 writes:

in response to Nunshalpass:

This is a silly statement. Which team has beaten Tennessee more than any other? Kentucky... AND which team has beaten Kentucky more than any other? Tennessee
This is a rivalry for both sides and always has been. UK has the upper hand but that doesn't diminish the rivalry for either side.

How could you read it with any flow...the tense were all off on his verbage and it made no sense...I read it three times and finally figured out what he was "trying" to say...then I saw who it was and realized he didnt care...he was lobbing a bomb hoping some pure smuck would respond to it...lol!!!

antonio14313 writes:

WHAT?!?!? thanks alot, NCAA football. :(

go vols.

t

Tru138 writes:

in response to SevenT:

This is Tennessee's Final Four game, Tennessee fan is obsessed with Kentucky. Kentucky fan could care less about Tennessee it is just another victory.

Hands down the most hypocritical post of the year. Thanks for playing, hero.

NO_DIGGITY writes:

in response to NINEwillstillbesofine:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

Gomer,

Are you at the YWCA again playing bingo with the little ole ladies? Hopefully you won enough to buy your weekly supply of Depends and Polident.

Start Acting like a Marine again, Man Up. You are a 65 year old Nam Vet, Act Like it. Get away from the Bingo tables.

Semper Fi.

Digger

Maxwell44 writes:

in response to h8FLORIDA:

This could not be further from the truth. But that could be said for all of your posts Seven. I live in Lexington and work for UK. UK fans are obsessed with TN, almost as obsessed as you are with trolling. I wear my orange proudly to the office every day because it really gets under their skin. Go Vols, hang another 30 point beat down on UK this year. #VFL

So true. I have worked with Kentucky fans as well. Tennessee is their biggest rival. Very sad that there will not be a home game this year.

gc_scvol writes:

in response to dv8ing:

Kentucky, like all other teams in the SEC do not get to choose who they will play within the conference.

That should be the case, but Kentucky gets what Kentucky wants in SEC basketball. The SEC can't afford to tell them no. They pull in the bucks. That is why their cheating is overlooked by both the SEC and the NCAA. It's a money thing and if you don't believe that, you are a lost ball in high weeds. Please walk toward the light.

WetumpkaThumpa writes:

in response to NINEwillstillbesofine:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

Vols own the Gators in basketball. Billy the kid can't beat Tennessee. Bingo

DawgDayAfternoon writes:

The sad thing is that the Cats are now on a par with the Vols in football, both of them duking it out yearly for the cellar. With Stoops (a coach with at least some major college experience) vs. Jones, Ky. will likely gain the upper hand there too.

gc_scvol writes:

in response to NO_DIGGITY:

Gomer,

Are you at the YWCA again playing bingo with the little ole ladies? Hopefully you won enough to buy your weekly supply of Depends and Polident.

Start Acting like a Marine again, Man Up. You are a 65 year old Nam Vet, Act Like it. Get away from the Bingo tables.

Semper Fi.

Digger

Do you really expect anybody to believe this. is two different people? You really ain't that smart.

NO_DIGGITY writes:

in response to gc_scvol:

Do you really expect anybody to believe this. is two different people? You really ain't that smart.

I am actually very smart. 9willstillbefine has long claimed to be a Marine and Vietnam Vet. I actually beleive him, which makes his comments very ignorant for someone of his background. Just ask him.

gameofvols writes:

in response to NowHearThis:

Bad news for scalpers. The UK game was one of the few where tickets actually sold above face value. Good news is it will be one less loss for the Vols.

In case you did not notice, I do not exactly call a 30 point loss to the Kittens, by the Vols a loss.

brokendownoldvol writes:

Why are they trying to destroy college sports?

Snapshot writes:

in response to Futbol_Phan:

The UT vs. UK game in Knoxville is, without question, the biggest basketball game of the year each and every year. The fact that the UT athletic department knew this game would not be held this year, and chose to withhold the information from fans until after season ticket renewal is LOUSY!

What the heck are you talking about? The SEC office sets the bb schedule, not the schools, and they just now released them.

Snapshot writes:

in response to DawgDayAfternoon:

The sad thing is that the Cats are now on a par with the Vols in football, both of them duking it out yearly for the cellar. With Stoops (a coach with at least some major college experience) vs. Jones, Ky. will likely gain the upper hand there too.

Butch Jones has major college experience, check his resume you moron.

1vavolfan writes:

A shame for season ticket holders. UT should be the rival game with a home and away each year with UK. Look at the history there, Florida has only been respectful since Donovan came to town, they were a SEC doormat before. The powers that be are more concerned with TV ratings than tradition and rivalry.

1vavolfan writes:

After reading some of these comments some of you are really clueless. UK and Cal have nothing to do with the schedule. Each year you play your rival team (Vandy) twice, there will be 4 other teams you play twice and this will change every season. The teams UT played twice last year (like Ole Miss, Bama)will only be on the schedule once this season.

tennlions writes:

in response to SevenT:

This is Tennessee's Final Four game, Tennessee fan is obsessed with Kentucky. Kentucky fan could care less about Tennessee it is just another victory.

except when it's not.

Futbol_Phan writes:

in response to Snapshot:

What the heck are you talking about? The SEC office sets the bb schedule, not the schools, and they just now released them.

Note how the article says the SEC has not yet released the entire schedule; however, the school has already confirmed no UT vs. UK game in Knoxville this year. The school knew this game would not be part of the ticket package, but did not release the info until now.

bigsteve92 writes:

not Sure WhyThey Would Do This. Its The Sec Biggest Basketball Rivalry They Have. Both Teams Usually Show Up And Play The Most Exciting Games In The Sec Out Of All Sec games

DawgDayAfternoon writes:

in response to Snapshot:

Butch Jones has major college experience, check his resume you moron.

Butchie Boy has experience at a directional Michigan School and Cincinnati, which is major college in name only. Plus, his tenure at those schools was as a clipboard holder successor to Brian Kelly who built the programs, as his mediocre 50-27 record (in these bush leagues) clearly demonstrates. Stoops was a coordinator at a major college, FSU, something Jones never was - just like Dooley.

Just the facts.

TrouserCough writes:

For the love of money

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