Athletics News

Memphis and Tennessee Reach Athletic Competition Agreement

Dec. 8, 2003

MEMPHIS, TENN. - The University of Memphis and the University of Tennessee have reached an agreement that will have the two schools playing each other in both football and basketball over the next nine years.

Athletic directors R.C. Johnson of Memphis and Mike Hamilton of Tennessee agreed to the series during meetings held in New York in conjunction with the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame Dinner.

"There has been a great deal of enthusiasm generated statewide for the series between Memphis and Tennessee," said Johnson. "We are very pleased to have this matter resolved and that both the football and basketball rivalry between our two institutions will continue into the future."

The football contract calls for the two schools to meet five times between 2005 and 2013. The series will kickoff in Knoxville during the 2005 season and the Volunteers will play in Memphis in 2006 and 2010. The Tigers will also visit Neyland Stadium in 2009.

The game previously scheduled to be played in Memphis next year has been postponed until the 2013 campaign and is slated to be played in Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.

The basketball series between the two schools will start during the 2005-06 campaign in Memphis. The contract calls for eight games to be played on a home and home basis by 2013.

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