Pearl on UT telecast

Saturday night's Tennessee-Air Force football game will be televised on a pay-per-view basis across the state of Tennessee. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 Eastern time and 6 Central. Vol basketball coach Bruce Pearl is scheduled to make an appearance on the halftime broadcast.

The announcing team for the game telecast will be Randy Smith on play-by-play, former Vol and NFL quarterback Pat Ryan handling color analysis, and former Vol offensive tackle Mike Stowell on the sideline.

Cable systems across the state of Tennessee are scheduled to carry the telecast from the VideoSeat pay-per-view service. Fans should contact their local cable system to order the game and receive price information. The game also will be made available to Tennessee Dish Network (Channel 463) and DirecTV (Channel 797) subscribers. Customers are instructed to order/purchase the broadcast by going to the designated channel and following the ordering instructions on their TV screens using their remote before kickoff on Saturday. Home satellite dish owners with large, C-band dishes located outside the service areas of the participating cable systems in Tennessee may order the game by calling (800) 887-8277.

Rules and guidelines regarding pay-per-view telecasts: (1) The telecast is available only in the state of Tennessee to participating cable systems and home satellite owners. Not all cable systems in the state of Tennessee may have the event available; (2) Per Southeastern Conference rules, ESPN GamePlan has the option to offer the game to fans outside the states of Tennessee via the ESPN GamePlan package; and (3) VideoSeat pay-per-view telecasts are a production of HOST Communications, Inc., with the authorization of the University of Tennessee.


An annual Vol Network and Tennessee tradition headlines an exciting day at the "Kickoff Call-In Show" before the UT-Air Force game.

Saturday is "Beef Day," and Tennessee fans in attendance at the Vol Network's pre-game radio show located at the base of "The Hill" outside Gate 21 (corner of Phillip Fulmer Way and Andy Holt Avenue) will be treated to free samples of delicious sirloin steak. Officials from the Tennessee Beef Industry Council and chefs from the Texas Roadhouse will grill and prepare the steak on location and distribute samples to the fans in attendance on a first-come, first-served basis. Steak sampling begins at 5 p.m. Eastern time.

"The Kickoff Call-In Show" with Bob Kesling, Tim Priest and Jeff Francis hits the airwaves for an hour-long pre-game show at 5:30 p.m. Eastern time.

Several members of Tennessee's 1956 SEC Championship football team and Cmdr. Dean T. Nilsen of the U.S. Navy submarine USS Tennessee (SSBN 734) are expected to be guests. The official Air Force falcon mascot "Mach 1", an Arctic gyrfalcon, also is scheduled to make an appearance.


Host Communications and the Vol Network will donate 200 DVDs to the "Tunes 4 the Troops" collection event at Saturday?s UT-Air Force game.

The Vol Network will donate 200 of the popular DVD "This is Tennessee: The Sights and Sounds of Big Orange Football" for distribution to soldiers serving overseas. Tennessee fans are encouraged Saturday to bring used and new CDs, DVDs and books on CD for troops overseas. The UT Athletics Department in conjunction with "Tunes 4 the Troops" will have collection boxes located at the fan information booths at gates 1, 10, 21 and 22 and in front of Volunteer Village.

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