It’s been 10 years since UConn and Tennessee agreed to a home-and-home series for the 2015 and 2016 seasons. The series was later postponed and has been in purgatory ever since.
However, today the Hartford Courant reported that UConn’s Board of Trustees has approved a proposal that would have UConn travel to play at Tennessee at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville in 2026. The Huskies would receive a $1.8 million guarantee for the game.
“It’s a great opportunity for our student athletes to compete against one of the best programs in the country,” UConn Director of Athletics David Benedict told the Hartford Courant. “They compete in one of the most competitive conferences in the country and it’s a great opportunity for our fans to go to a place that has a great game day tradition and experience and I think for all those reasons, it’s a great opportunity.”
According to a copy of the original game contract, UConn and Tennessee were to exchange $300,000 for each game, which mainly covers travel costs. The contract also called for a $1 million cancellation fee.
Tennessee would be the first non-conference opponent for the UConn Huskies scheduled for the 2026 season. The Huskies have no announced games in 2024 or 2025.
The Volunteers have one other non-conference game scheduled for 2026. Tennessee is slated to play at Nebraska on Sept. 12 to kick off a home-and-home series with the Cornhuskers that concludes in Knoxville in 2027.