Vols, UNC set series

Tennessee athletics director Mike Hamilton announced Tuesday that Tennessee will play two football games against North Carolina. The Volunteers travel to Chapel Hill, N.C., Sept. 24, 2011, before the Tar Heels make the trip to Neyland Stadium Sept. 8, 2012. The home-and-home agreement with UNC renews a border-state rivalry that featured 31 meetings between 1893 and 1961.

Tennessee and North Carolina met annually from 1945 until the series ended in 1961. The Vols won 11 of their last 13 meetings with the Tar Heels and also lead the all-time series 20-10-1.

"We look forward to renewing the rivalry with the University of North Carolina after a 50-year hiatus," UT athletics director Mike Hamilton said. "This will be a great series for our team and our fans, and it continues our model of playing major interconference rivals that bring national attention to our program."

In the series' infancy, North Carolina won its first two contests with Tennessee by a combined score of 76-0 (0-60 in Chapel Hill in 1893 and 0-16 in Knoxville in 1897). The Vols posted their first victory over the Tar Heels in Knoxville in 1908 by a score of 12-0.

The series began to flourish in 1926, when legendary Vols head coach Gen. Robert R. Neyland guided Tennessee to a 34-0 victory. UT proceeded to win 18 of the next 24 clashes with the Tar Heels before the series ceased following the 1961 game.


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