UT, N.C. State to play home-and-home series; Marco Harris to be named director of basketball operations

Fans wait for the beginning of the game between Tennessee and Savannah State during the National Invitation Tournament at Thompson-Boling Arena Tuesday, March 13, 2012. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Fans wait for the beginning of the game between Tennessee and Savannah State during the National Invitation Tournament at Thompson-Boling Arena Tuesday, March 13, 2012. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

N.C. State is coming and Marco Harris is climbing.

Tennessee men’s basketball coach Cuonzo Martin confirmed to the News Sentinel on Friday afternoon that a home game against N.C. State has been added to the Vols’ 2013-14 non-conference schedule and Harris will be promoted to the program’s director of basketball operations position.

“It’s a good fit,” Martin said of Harris, who served as UT’s student-athlete welfare coordinator the past two seasons. “Marco will be locked in on the operations and administrative side.”

Harris replaces former director of operations Houston Fancher, who accepted an assistant coaching position at UNC-Wilmington in late April.

N.C. State joins a 2013-14 UT home slate that includes a visit from Virginia, another ACC school. Martin said he and N.C. State coach Mark Gottfried have agreed to a two-year, home-and-home contract.

The Wolfpack finished 24-11 last season and earned a No. 8 seed in the NCAA tournament, losing to ninth-seeded Temple in the opening game. Gottfried lost his top player, C.J. Leslie, who left this offseason to go pro, but welcomes the No. 17 recruiting class in the country according to 247Sports.

The Vols’ road schedule includes games at Xavier, Wichita State and the Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas. Martin said he’s still looking to finalize agreements on “two or three” more non-conference games.

Brendan F. Quinn covers Tennessee men’s basketball. Follow him at Twitter.com/BFQuinn

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Comments » 12

GerryOP writes:

OK! Coach Zo, take our basketVols and go get'em!

kyvol98 writes:

Message to most of the SEC: SCHEDULE SOMEBODY!

FeelVol writes:

I think anytime you can play ACC schools its a great opportunity in many ways.GO VOLS!!!

stevefrommemphis writes:

This is good news, and I hope they schedule at least a couple more legitimate non-conference opponents.

Plus, I especially hope that this scheduling strategy rubs off on the football program - fewer Austin Peay, UT-Martin, Western Kentucky
and more Oregon, North Carolina, Georgia Tech, etc...

bUTch_please writes:

Great schedule.

Zo VOLS!

rbwtn writes:

Great! If you don't play the Known Ranked teams how can you expect to be Ranked. Example (Pearl made it to #1)how quickly we forget.

johnlg00 writes:

This would have probably been a better game this past season. State lost practically everybody who mattered from last year. They have some great young talent coming in, so it may be just as well that the Vols get them early. They really need to win that one and all the rest against that caliber of opponent.

bUTch_please writes:

By the by...we played the known ranked teams last year. How about 2 more points against the Hoyas? Would've made a difference, right? Good to schedule 'em, but to echo johnig and Coach Zo...gotta beat 'em too.

Hadn't forgot CBP ascent to #1 rank. Those were two of the best days ever.

bobbyal52#1417564 writes:

in response to bUTch_please:

By the by...we played the known ranked teams last year. How about 2 more points against the Hoyas? Would've made a difference, right? Good to schedule 'em, but to echo johnig and Coach Zo...gotta beat 'em too.

Hadn't forgot CBP ascent to #1 rank. Those were two of the best days ever.

Well said,I hope to see it again, those special days!

johnlg00 writes:

Personally, I think the Vols will just cloud up and rain on darned near everybody this year. Barring any unforeseen catastrophes, anything less than a regular-season SEC championship and a Sweet Sixteen will be disappointing to me. I don't think I will ever live to see the Vols win the SEC tournament(;-P), but I do hope to see them in a Final Four some day.

mocsandvolsfan writes:

in response to johnlg00:

Personally, I think the Vols will just cloud up and rain on darned near everybody this year. Barring any unforeseen catastrophes, anything less than a regular-season SEC championship and a Sweet Sixteen will be disappointing to me. I don't think I will ever live to see the Vols win the SEC tournament(;-P), but I do hope to see them in a Final Four some day.

Maybe this could be the year.

brod writes:

good opponent. ut has played nc state a few times in the past before. must feel like they are a better fit than a home and home with duke or unc. maryland would be a good fit too.

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