Vols to play North Carolina in Music City Bowl

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WVLT) -- Tennessee will face North Carolina in the Music City Bowl.

A North Carolina team whose season was overshadowed by an NCAA investigation will meet a Tennessee squad in the midst of a rebuilding effort under a new coach in the Music City Bowl in Nashville, Tenn., on Dec. 30.

It's also game between two teams that were scheduled to meet at North Carolina during the 2011 season and at Tennessee in 2012, until Volunteers officials decided to pay a $750,000 buyout of the series contract with the Tar Heels.

North Carolina (7-5) finished third in the Atlantic Coast Conference's Coastal Division after a season that had the NCAA looking into agent-related benefits and academic misconduct.

Tennessee (6-6) finished third in the Southeastern Conference's Eastern Division in the Vols' first season under coach Derek Dooley, their third coach in as many seasons.

The Vols and Tar Heels have met 31 times, with Tennessee holding a 20-10-1 edge, but the two teams haven't played each other since 1961.


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