"While this will not always be a possibility, it worked for 2010 and we look forward to welcoming Skyhawk fans to Knoxville."
Tennessee becomes the last Southeastern Conference member since expansion in 1992 to schedule an opponent from the FCS, formerly Division I-AA. The Vols defeated The Citadel 45-6 back on Oct. 1, 1983, in Memphis. Since then, UT has maintained a schedule of major college opponents.
The Vols also welcome Oregon, Florida and UAB to Neyland Stadium in September, and then host Alabama, Mississippi and Kentucky to complete the home schedule. Away dates are against LSU, Georgia, South Carolina, Memphis and Vanderbilt.
UT Martin finished 8-4 last season, 6-2 in the Ohio Valley Conference and just out of the NCAA playoffs. The Skyhawks are 21-14 in four seasons under head coach Jason Simpson and were 2006 league champions.
"Coach Simpson and the team are looking forward to the challenge," UT Martin athletics director Phil Dane said. "This is a great opportunity for our school. We look forward to the trip."
Tennessee opens the 2009 football season under new head coach Lane Kiffin on Sept. 5 against Western Kentucky.
Date Opponent Place
Sept. 5 Western Kentucky Knoxville
Sept. 12 UCLA Knoxville
Sept. 19 *at Florida Gainesville
Sept. 26 Ohio Knoxville
Oct. 3 *Auburn Knoxville
Oct. 10 *Georgia Knoxville
Oct. 24 *at Alabama Tuscaloosa
Oct. 31 *South Carolina Knoxville
Nov. 7 Memphis (HC) Knoxville
Nov. 14 *at Mississippi Oxford
Nov. 21 *Vanderbilt Knoxville
Nov. 28 *at Kentucky Lexington
Dec. 5 SEC Championship Atlanta
Date Opponent Place
Sept. 4 UT Martin Knoxville
Sept. 11 Oregon Knoxville
Sept. 18 *Florida Knoxville
Sept. 25 UAB Knoxville
Oct. 2 *at LSU Baton Rouge
Oct. 9 *at Georgia Athens
Oct. 23 *Alabama Knoxville
Oct. 30 *at South Carolina Columbia
Nov. 6 at Memphis Memphis
Nov. 13 *Mississippi (HC) Knoxville
Nov. 20 *at Vanderbilt Nashville
Nov. 27 *Kentucky Knoxville
Dec. 4 SEC Championship Atlanta
*-SEC Opponent; HC-Homecoming.