UT/Kansas ink b-ball deal


pearlannouncement.jpgThe rumors floating around the Tennessee athletic department for the last month or so were confirmed yesterday when the official announcement was made.  And Tennessee basketball coach/marketing director Bruce Pearl continues to make strides to bring the Vols program into the national elite.

Today the University released word that Tennessee and Kansas have signed a two-year home-and-home deal. 

From Mike Griffith’s report:

Tennessee will travel to Kansas and play at Allen Fieldhouse next December. The Jayhawks will play at Thompson-Boling Arena during the 2009-10 season.

Next year’s matchup in the “Phog” will most likely be the first meeting between the two schools on the hardcourt (barring a potential NCAA tourney contest this year).

Continuing in AD Mike Hamilton’s recent scheduling philosophy of playing the best whenever possible–Vols hoops @ Gonzaga, Xavier and Memphis this year… Lady Vols v. UNC, UCLA, Stanford, Oklahoma, La Tech every year… Vol football v. UCLA, Oregon, Oklahoma, and Nebraska in the coming years–should continue to provide a foundation for national contention and respectability in an era full of cupcakes and buyouts (see: Billy Gillispie).  Not to mention the experience and preparedness these opportunities provide in the quest for titles.

Consider this homer continually impressed and excited about the future of Tennessee athletics… it is in good hands.

[Knox News-Sentinel] [A Sea of Blue]

11 Responses to “UT/Kansas ink b-ball deal”

  1. tommyhook Says:

    Oh yes apparently your excited about 2 ass kickens!! I did hear that Tenn. was scheduled to play the winningest college basketball program of all time.

  2. The W Says:

    You should have heard that by now- they play them twice EVERY year.

  3. ncaahoopstoday Says:

    This sounds likes a great made for TV matchup! December could mean a CBS matchup since CBS usually tip-offs in early December. It is certainly better than Duke-Michigan or Michigan-UCLA!

    Bruce Pearl is all over the place, a couple of weeks ago he was on Dennis Miller Unfiltered on Versus. He is creating his own star the hard way!

  4. TheGoldfishCowboy Says:

    Tommy, did you catch the IU/UK game by any chance?

    NHT, I love it. Its a win-win scheduling decision, assuming Kansas stays a top 10 program over the next 2 years, which isn’t a stretch at all. A win bumps you up a seed or two, a loss really does nothing to hurt your seed come March.

  5. Extra P. Says:

    Yeah, you can’t let Davidson out-schedule you. Fortunately, Tennessee actually has a shot at winning against top-ten programs.

    This is going to be great – I look forward to the matchup with great relish.

  6. smoothron Says:

    I will watch the game, but I’m not going to be eating any relish during it.

  7. TheGoldfishCowboy Says:

    I dunno, its pretty great.

  8. tommyhook Says:

    It will give me another much needed opportunity to pull for the orange. Speaking of relish;Relish this 2yr stretch of Tubbys tallentless recruiting debacle while BCG assembles the troops. If Tenn. wants an Sec tourny trophy they have a 2 year window before another streak for the cats. Good Luck!! I dont know though, Does Tenn want the trophy?? I cant tell.

  9. TheGoldfishCowboy Says:

    They lose on the first day each year as homage to Wade Houston.

    I expect that tradition to continue.

  10. tommyhook Says:

    That tradtion is over since they wont even be playing on the first day this year.

  11. Burnsy Says:

    I’ve read this post twice and nowhere do I see a mention of UCF.

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