Report: Tennessee to Buy Out of 2013 Football Game at Oregon

TennesseeOregonThe Tennessee Volunteers will buy out of their 2013 football game at Oregon, Rob Moseley of The Register Guard announced on Twitter.

Tennessee and Oregon signed a contract for a home-and-home series back in 2005. In the first game in 2010, the Ducks crushed the Volunteers 48-13 in Knoxville.

Last year, Tennessee cancelled a home-and-home series with North Carolina that left the Tar Heels scrambling to complete their 2011 slate. They ended up scheduling a home-and-home with Louisville.

The Vols aren’t the first SEC school to cancel a road game at Oregon. The Georgia Bulldogs cancelled a 2015-16 series with the Ducks last September.

What does the cancellation of the trip to Oregon mean for Tennessee? It could mean that future SEC expansion will lead to a nine-game conference schedule. Or the Vols could simply be lightening their strength of schedule.

Update (7:45 p.m.) – Tennessee has released, through their official Twitter account, the following statement: “Contrary to reports, our head coach and team expect to make the trip to Oregon in ’13 unless they cancel.”

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43 Comments to Report: Tennessee to Buy Out of 2013 Football Game at Oregon

  1. Paul B

    I vote that they are lightening their schedule. In the SEC you need to schedule 4 non conference cream puffs, go 2-6 in conference, and then we can all talk about their depth….

  2. Tim

    Similar to how Indiana “ducked” out of a rematch w/ Oregon in 2005…

  3. Eric

    As a Volfan, I will boycott this team as long as DD is coach! First USC, Then UNC, now Oregon…enough already! It is too much shame for a proud Volunteers fan to bear. I refuse to support a coaching staff that runs scared and I won’t pull for Sissy U!

    • Tanner

      Are you an idiot? Derek Dooley has nothing to do with scheduling. Absolutely none. Become educated on your college football before you mouth off.

    • pa32

      Uhmmm….the coach has VERY much to do with scheduling. He doesnt make the actual phone call but you can bet your tail that he has a say so in it before the scheduling is done.

    • JOSEPH NASH

      wHY DON’T YOU GET YOUR HEAD OUT OF YOUR KITTY WAMPUS. YOU DON’T
      KNOW YOR REAR FROM HOME PLATE ANY FOOL KNOWS THAT A DANG CHICKEN
      AIN’T NUTHIN BUT A BIRD.

  4. Wtfsec

    Between Boise and byu pulling wins in SEC territory and auburn almost loosing to Utah state, I wouldn’t doubt it they actually got pressure from the SEC itself to cancel that game (though it was obviously already in the works). The SEC as a whole has a reputation to uphold, and you wouldn’t want them loosing anymore face and letting Oregon redeem themselves against the conference after dropping two straight games to the sec.

    Don’t think for a moment that conference as a whole doesn’t have a hand involved in many of these decisions because the sec has a reputation to uphold.

  5. Bill Duke

    They are just making room for Texan A&M on the 2012 TN schedule.

  6. Post updated to reflect statement from UT via their Twitter account (see above).

  7. David Crow

    What’sa matter, Tennessee? Chicken?

    • CB White

      Vols will be grown in 2013 and they will be eating duck.You will be eating crow!!!!!!!! I’ll except a bet. GBO CB

    • CJ

      i actually wanna play oregon so we can shut em out early at their own stadium so they wont have a shot at a bcs title and give ut a little more respect in the sec. i bet this was all dooley. thank god we got rid of him and are getting john gruden/tee martin next year for coach and assistant coach. hopefully they can redeem this and we will play them!

  8. greg

    thats some baby back bull spit, just like when mizzou backed out of playing iowa and played illinois instead, like brock lesnar said chicken salad from chiken spit, tennessee is trash anyway, iowa is the best, legends division, big 10/12/16 whatever, we rock tennessee is whack, vols, pffft, ick

  9. Matt

    Those of you hating on the SEC: First of all, this game (according to UT) is still on after all. Also, Tennessee will play Oklahoma in 2014 and 2015, Nebraska in 2016 and 2017, Ohio State in 2018 and 2019, and USC in 2021 and 2022. What more do you want/expect?

    • Tim

      For purposes of this (sad and silly) thread, absolutely right on both counts Matt. Not only is this game back on anyway, but Tennessee sure has set up some quality 1-1’s over the next 10 years. Can’t ask for more than that from the Vol. Could certainly ask much more from 70% of the other BCS schools in their future NC schedules.

      Only problem is, there’s little or no incentive for ANY BCS team to push themselves in their non-conference schedule…

    • David Crow

      I expect them to play Oregon in Eugene like they agreed to.

    • Tanner

      People are just un-educated ignorant idiots. I’ve learned to ignore it. Bottom line is UT plays in the SEC. Their schedule is harder than any other non-SEC team in the country. UT plays multiple top 25 teams every single year and have monster out of conference match-ups scheduled for the next 10 years!

    • Mike

      Correction they are scheduled to pay those games. Plenty of time to run crying into the hills.

    • Thanks, it’s noted at the bottom of the article.

    • CJ

      ohio state was cancelled. funny thing was they were the ones to buy out of it. not us

  10. Jinzo

    Tim…..those games are scheduled on paper only….if UT pulls itself from the Oregon game,there isn’t much doubt they might do the same for the rest of those series as well.

  11. Jinzo

    Holy crow….this is a active thread! Am hoping that UT will return the game at Oregon….better for the Vols to cancel a cupcake team like Memphis then back out of a high profile game like this.

  12. J Gardener

    I work at UT, we this game has NOT been canceled. We have every intention of coming to Oregon in 2013. It was never canceled in the first place.

  13. nick

    If you think the Vols are “scared” to play tough OOC opponents, just look at our schedules for the past ten years, and as stated above for the next decade. Here are some home and homes from the past ten or so years:Miami(around ’02/’03)Notre Dame(’04’05)California(when they were picked both years to overtake USC ’05’06)UCLA. UT played class teams when others in the SEC didn’t(Auburn,UGA)

    • I’ll preface this by saying I’m a UGA fan. Georgia has played some pretty good non-conference teams the past 10 years: Home and homes with Clemson, Arizona State, Oklahoma State and Colorado plus two games against Boise State. And we play Georgia Tech every year.

      You should have singled out Florida.

    • PNB

      In the past 10 years Auburn has played regular season games against Southern Cal, Syracuse, West Virginia, Ga. Tech, Clemson, Washington State, South Florida & Kansas State. Last time I checked all of those were out of conference BCS opponents. Please know what you’re talking about before making a post naming Uga and Auburn as not playing anyone.

    • PNB

      Kevin you are right about Florida to some extent but they have played FSU 10 times, Miami 3 times and South Florida once over the past 10 years.

  14. nwduck

    @ pmb, half those teams are or were worthless..

  15. vol for life

    To you non belivers just stand by the vols they are coming back MARK MY WORDS..

  16. michael

    UT will be playing MIZZOU next year and to be honest we schedule too many toughies already.DOOLEY job is hard enough as is as every sideline coach wants to second guess so cut him some slack.

  17. mizzou dude

    For 40 years i wanted a TENNESSEE MISSOURI MATCHUP in football and it will be in KNOXVILLE.Tell me VOL FANS just what scares you about the scheduling

  18. Robert

    I’m confused. The entire article was written saying Tennessee was buying out of playing Oregon in 2013 – and the rant ensued about possible reasons why. But the end of the article states that Tennessee says the game is on.

    Did the author of this article jump the gun a little bit with bad information? It sounds like it. But then why is the discussion on who is afraid to play who still on-going?

    • The article was based on a report and Chip Kelly’s words. Later in the day, Tennessee stated on their Twitter account that the game was still on. So we added that tidbit.

    • Jeff

      Yes, whoever wrote this obviously graduated from Orgon(mispelled on purpose). The Vols will be there in 2013, I will be there in 2013, will the duckys??? No Qb, no Rb…….time for a little revenge you fukers!

  19. Otime

    Revenge from the vols?!-at autzen?!! Lmfao Jeff..dude your smokin’ some good ish if you think that.. In 2013 benett or MM,or even Jake R will have a yr under the belt,sorry but sec’s vols your going to get HOUSED again

  20. Tmoney

    Oregon needs this game against the Big Orange it will be the only game other than USC that they will be playing stiff competition.

  21. charles ryan

    I AM A 40 YEAR OLD LIFELONG TENNESSEE VOLUNTEER FAN. I REMEMBER BEING ON THE TURF, YES TURF IN THE EARLY 80S GETTING AUTOGRAPHS AT THE SPRING GAME FROM THE LIKES OF REGGIE WHITE, WILLIE GAULT ,FAUAD REVIEZ ETC. NEEDLESS TO SAY I BLEED ORANGE. THAT BEING SAID, ALTHOUGH I DO BELIEVE IT MAY MAKE THE VOLS LOOK AS IF THEY ARE DUCKING THE DUCKS, AN SEC SCHEDULE ,ESPECIALLY WITH THE ADDITION OF MIZZOU AND A&M CAN AND MOST TIMES WILL BE DAUNTING. GIVE DEREK DOOLEY A CHANCE. WE WILL BE BACK. GO VOLS.

  22. CJ

    we will win of we get gruden/t. martin for a coach(as excpected), we will shut em out if CP stays one more year.

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