The Tennessee Athletics Department released Monday its 2009 football schedule, highlighted by home games against powerhouse opponents UCLA, Auburn, Georgia and South Carolina.
UT still has one 2009 opponent to be determined, but the Vols are ticketed for at least seven home games against four road dates. The SEC Championship Game takes place Dec. 5 in Atlanta.
UCLA s Sept. 12 visit to Knoxville concludes a two-game series between the teams that opens in 2008 at the Rose Bowl. The Vols and Bruins have met 13 times, with Tennessee owning a 7-4-2 advantage.
Auburn also rotates onto the Vols schedule in 2008 -- that game set for Jordan-Hare Stadium -- before the teams meet in Knoxville on Oct. 3, 2009. The remaining announced home schedule is Ohio (Sept. 26), Georgia (Oct. 10), South Carolina (Oct. 31), Memphis (Nov. 7) and Vanderbilt (Nov. 21).
Road games for Tennessee in 2009 are Florida (Sept. 19), Alabama (Oct. 24), Mississippi (Nov. 14) and Kentucky (Nov. 28).
The Vols open 2008 with an Aug. 30 home tilt against UAB. Other 2008 home dates are Florida (Sept. 20), Northern Illinois (Oct. 4), Mississippi State (Oct. 18), Alabama (Oct. 25), Wyoming (Nov. 8) and Kentucky (Nov. 29). Road foes in 2008 are UCLA (Sept. 6), Auburn (Sept. 27), Georgia (Oct. 11), South Carolina (Nov. 1) and Vanderbilt (Nov. 22). The SEC Championship Game is Dec. 6 in Atlanta.
VOLS NAME FAYTON GRAD ASSISTANT FOR RECRUITING:
Tennessee head coach Phillip Fulmer announced Monday the hiring of former Vols wide receiver C.J. Fayton to the position of graduate assistant staff member in the recruiting office.
A Virginia Beach, Va., native, Fayton now handles the first leg of the recruiting process by evaluating tape and sorting prospects in conjunction with the position coaches. He spent last season as a student worker in UT s athletics development office and is in the process of completing his master s degree in recreation administration.
Having played here, I have a feel for what it takes, Fayton said. I know what the coaches are looking for and what the college football experience is about.
Fayton, 24, lettered four years with the Vols (2002-05) and finished his playing career with 74 catches for 981 yards in 49 games played. He caught seven touchdown passes, including a career-long 57-yarder against Texas A&M in the 2005 Cotton Bowl.
I want to be an AD someday, perhaps on the high school level, Fayton said of his career plans. But that is still a ways off. I also might like to stay in football, perhaps along the lines of a football operations director.
Sept. 1 at California (5 p.m. Pacific)
Sept. 8 Southern Mississippi (7 p.m. Eastern)
Sept. 15 at Florida* (3:30 p.m. Eastern/CBS & Volunteer TV)
Sept. 22 Arkansas State (7 p.m. Eastern)
Oct. 6 Georgia*
Oct. 13 at Mississippi State*
Oct. 20 at Alabama*
Oct. 27 South Carolina*
Nov. 3 Louisiana-Lafayette (HC) (4 p.m. Eastern)
Nov. 10 Arkansas*
Nov. 17 Vanderbilt*
Nov. 24 at Kentucky*
Dec. 1 SEC Championship (Atlanta)
Aug. 30 UAB
Sept. 6 at UCLA
Sept. 20 Florida*
Sept. 27 at Auburn*
Oct. 4 Northern Illinois
Oct. 11 at Georgia*
Oct. 18 Mississippi State*
Oct. 25 Alabama*
Nov. 1 at South Carolina*
Nov. 8 Wyoming
Nov. 22 at Vanderbilt*
Nov. 29 Kentucky*
Dec. 5 SEC Championship (Atlanta)
Sept. 12 UCLA
Sept. 19 at Florida*
Sept. 26 Ohio
Oct. 3 Auburn*
Oct. 10 Georgia*
Oct. 24 at Alabama*
Oct. 31 South Carolina*
Nov. 7 Memphis
Nov. 14 at Mississippi*
Nov. 21 Vanderbilt*
Nov. 28 at Kentucky*
One game still to be determined.
Dec. 6 SEC Championship (Atlanta)
*SEC Opponent / (HC) Homecoming.