According to a report by the Johnson City Press, the Tennessee Volunteers will host the East Tennessee State Buccaneers in 2018.
ETSU will reportedly receive a $400,000+ guarantee for the game at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville. An official announcement is expected in the next few days and it may include the exact date the game is slated for in 2018.
East Tennessee State is rebooting their football program and begins play this season at home on Sept. 3, 2015 against the Kennesaw State Owls. The Buccaneers will be a member of the Southern Conference (SoCon).
With the addition of ETSU, the Tennessee Volunteers will have three of their four non-conference games scheduled for the 2018 season. The Vols are set to open the season on Sept. 1 against West Virginia in Charlotte, NC and later play host to the Charlotte 49ers on a date to be announced.
Tennessee’s Orange & White Spring Game is set for Saturday, April 25 at 2pm ET. The Vols open the 2015 season on Sept. 5 against Bowling Green at LP Field in Nashville.