"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.