Tennessee Will Pay Army To Stay At Home, While Akron Will Be Paid $1 Million For Knoxville Trip

The SEC released the 2022 football schedule on Tuesday night, in a pretty long television show that could’ve been saved by a few tweets, but oh well. There was one team that was missing from Tennessee’s non-conference schedule.

The university has been working on a deal to get rid of the game with Army for quite some time now, dating back to the previous administration. It was announced on Tuesday night that Akron will be replacing the Black Knights, as part of an agreement reached by the school.

Tennessee was supposed to pay Army $1.4 million to travel down to Knoxville, according to a previous agreement signed. But after work started by the previous staff, the Vols will now pay Army $500,000 to get out of the game. Tennessee then started working on finding a team to fill the void left by this decision. It was announced that Akron will now play Tennessee next season in Knoxville and the university will owe them $1,000,000 for the contest.

The Volunteers also announced the remainder of their 2022 schedule. They will open the season with Ball State, before traveling to Pittsburgh for the return trip. In an interesting twist to the schedule, Tennessee will play Florida, at LSU and then at home against Alabama. There is a “bye” week in between the Gators and Tigers.

The Vols will then play UT Martin, Kentucky, at Georgia, Missouri, at South Carolina and then wrap the season up at Vanderbilt.

Written by Trey Wallace

Wallace started covering the SEC in 2012, as the conference landscape was beginning to change. Prior to his time in Knoxville, Wallace worked in Nashville for The Read Optional, where he first produced content that garnered national attention. His passion for sports is evident in his work and has led him to break some of college football’s biggest stories. His social media reach and natural podcast proficiency continue to make Wallace one of SEC’s most trusted sources.


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  1. So instead of paying Army $1.4 mil they’ll pay 1.5 mil to get out of it…yet another reason why Big Orange is a dumpster fire. And it would be nice if the UT homers that populate this website would own this and call the UT coaches/admin for being the cowards that they are. Go Army! Beat (The Volunteer) Navy!

    • Have we pretended or even stated we were going to beat the brakes off Army? Nope. We’re a 5 win type SEC team, it’s not like Army is matching up with a title contender or even a bowl team for crying out loud. You probably weren’t crowing so much about Army football before 2016 with that streak of greatness I can promise you. Everyone gets humbled eventually.

  2. I have no idea who thought scheduling Army at this point in the program’s history was a remotely good idea. For all you talking smack, your team is more than welcome to schedule Army as their non conference warm up, and I will grab the popcorn. Good luck, you’re going to hate it. Ask top 5 program OU how that goes. Prepping for the flexbone on a week’s notice among a schedule full of spread offenses is suicidal unless you’re a top 15 team right now. A bowl game sure, you’ve got time to prep. Have a team running it in your conference you want to practice for? No one does, but that would make sense. But a regular season outside your conference on a week’s notice is just dumb. You have nothing to gain and all to lose. UT isn’t ready for taking all comers yet and they don’t even pretend to be. We’re just trying to get back to playing in decent bowl games after 15 years of re- re-building with a carousel of coaches. So for those yapping, by all means, you can step right up and have them baby. Let me know how that goes for you.

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