Vols move season opener

By: local8now.com staff
By: local8now.com staff

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (Submitted) -- The University of Tennessee announced today that its season-opening football game against Utah State will move to Sunday, Aug. 31 at 7 p.m.

The game was originally slated for Saturday, Aug. 30, and the move to Sunday means that the annual Boomsday event held in the city of Knoxville will move to Saturday evening, giving Vols fans the opportunity for a memorable Labor Day weekend.

The game will be televised by the SEC Network.

“This will be a unique and exciting weekend for our city and our state,” said Tennessee head football coach Butch Jones. “With Boomsday on Saturday and our season opener on Sunday, the atmosphere and energy in Knoxville will be unrivaled. We’re also excited about being one of the schools featured on the first weekend of SEC Network football telecasts, and we are looking forward to this tremendous opportunity.”

The Utah State game will mark the seventh time Tennessee has played a game on Sunday, and the Vols are 3-2-1 all-time in those six games. The last Sunday contest for Tennessee was the season opener on Sept. 5, 2004, a 42-17 win over UNLV that marks the only Sunday game to date in Neyland Stadium history.

The game is one of at least six SEC games slated to air the opening weekend of football on the SEC Network, which officially launches on Thursday, Aug. 14. It joins a Thursday night doubleheader of Texas A&M at South Carolina and Temple at Vandy, in addition to a tripleheader on Saturday, Aug. 30.

”We are thrilled to have the Tennessee Vols home opener on the SEC Network,” said Justin Connolly, ESPN senior vice president, college networks. “Tennessee has a rich tradition of passionate college football fans, and we look forward to providing exclusive coverage of a packed Neyland Stadium Labor Day weekend.”

Fans wishing to ensure that their cable provider will carry the SEC Network should visit www.getsecnetwork.com.


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