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.