Butch Jones, Dave Hart to be in Bristol on Monday for all-but-official announcement of game with Va. Tech

Tennessee coach Butch Jones, left, and Virginia Tech's Frank Beamer

Tennessee coach Butch Jones, left, and Virginia Tech's Frank Beamer

UT practice in Neyland Stadium

The University of Tennessee has cancelled Monday's football media availability so that coach Butch Jones and athletics director Dave Hart can be at Bristol Motor Speedway for an announcement, seemingly confirming what was widely reported on Wednesday, that the Vols and Virginia Tech have agreed to play a game there.

Hokies coach Frank Beamer had confirmed yesterday that he and Va. Tech athletic officials would be there for the all-but-official announcement of the game, with Speedway officials saying only that there would be a major announcement at the track at 11 a.m. on Monday.

Rumors of a game between the Vols and Hokies at the track go back around a decade, when Bruton Smith, whose company runs the NASCAR facility in Bristol, as well as those in Texas and Kentucky, first made an offer of $20 million to the schools to elicit their participation.

Since then, "confirmed reports" of the game have become so commonplace that many at first downplayed yesterday's news on social media, but eventually various sources were able to confirm the game — though no 'offiicial' word has still been given.

More on this story as it develops and in Friday's News Sentinel.

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slb1zellwood#1421797 writes:

will be a Hugh success at the gate and will set attendance records but good luck seeing the game unless you have ringside seats or one heck of a strong set of binoculars.

Volsreign1 writes:

So, the announcement Monday will be "all but official"? When will the official announcement be?

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