Tennessee confirms talks underway to address status of football series with UConn

UCon coach Randy Edsall speaks at media day at the Burton Family Football Complex in Storrs.

All has been quiet on the status of the home and home series with Tennessee until this week.

The original plan was for the teams to play at Rentschler Field on Sept. 26, 2015, followed by a game in Knoxville on Sept. 3, 2016.

UConn agreed to put the games against Tennessee on hold so Tennessee could play its 2015 opener in Nashville and a 2016 game at Bristol Motor Speedway.

On Sunday the Waterbury Republican-American reported that the series “is almost assuredly not going to happen.”

Since there is a signed contract, things could get interesting. A possible option would be for Tennessee to buy its way out of the contract or agree to pay UConn for one game.

In an email sent to Hearst Connecticut Media, Tennessee’s football sports information contact Zach Stipe said, “we are currently in discussions with UConn.”

UConn has shown that it is willing to make adjustments to its football schedule for the right price. UConn received a guaranteed payment of $1.125 million to move its scheduled 2017 home game against Boston College to Fenway Park. The Syracuse Post-Standard reported last week that Syracuse will pay UConn $350,000 to play the Sept. 22 game at the Carrier Dome as part of an agreement when the home and home series was negotiated, while the university will be paid $1.2 million to play a 2021 game at Clemson.

UConn’s non-conference slate in 2019 and 2020 includes games against Illinois and Indiana out of the Big Ten. The Huskies have agreed to play North Carolina State and Boston College in 2022 and 2023. Tennessee already has two games scheduled against non-Power 5 conference teams from 2019-2022 according to the www.fbschedules.com site.