Hamilton says there's a 'verbal agreement' for Vols-Trojans game

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- With no place to accommodate Southern Cal on the 2011 football schedule, Tennessee has turned down an opportunity to play the Trojans in the 2011 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game.

UT athletic director Mike Hamilton told Sports Overtime Wednesday afternoon that, on more than one occasion, he has been approached by Chick-fil-A Bowl president and CEO Gary Stokan about a Vols-Trojans match-up. The subject was recently brought up in June during the SEC's spring meetings in Destin, Florida.

Hamilton did tell WVLT that future schedules allow for a Tennessee-Southern Cal game, saying there has been a "verbal agreement" between the two schools to play in 2021 and 2022. Hamilton said he has asked for a signed contract to play the game, but has yet to receive one.

Tennessee's AD said the verbal agreement was in place before (now USC head coach) Lane Kiffin ever arrived in Knoxville to coach the Vols.

ESPN's Bruce Feldman first reported the news about a potential Tennessee-Southern Cal game in 2011. To read that article, click on the link below.

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  • by Wes Location: East Berlin, Pa on Jul 13, 2010 at 08:27 AM
    Why not play the game? Lane Killjoy can't hold a candle to the likes of Steve (the sharp tongue Spurrier). Don't be scard of that big mouth punk. He'll run around shooting his mouth off about how Tennessee won't play USC because either we're afraid or don't have the talent or both. The best way to shut up a punk is to smack him right in his big fat mouth. Go Big Orange.
  • by Tracy Location: Englewood, TN on Jul 8, 2010 at 10:25 PM
    I have been very supportive of Mike Hamilton in his decision making, but he dropped the ball big-time, in turning down playing USC next season in Atlanta. He should have consulted with the coaches and veteran players, and it WOULD BE ON! If it's not too late, call them back and ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE.......GO BIG ORANGE!


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