One of the coolest, most unique events of the modern sports area could happen again down the road. On Thursday night during the final Big Orange Caravan stop, Tennessee athletics director Phillip Fulmer left the door wide open to the Vols returning to Bristol Motor Speedway for a potential Battle at Bristol part two.
“That was a great event. It was a nationally followed event on television. I don’t see any reason why we wouldn’t look at that sometime in the future,” Fulmer said.
Tennessee beat Virginia Tech 45-24 on that September night in 2016 after falling into a 14-0 hole. A record crowd of 156,990 people were in the stands for the event.
“If Coach Fulmer schedules us a game there, we’ll be there,” Pruitt said. “It’s important if you’re going to play away from your stadium or a home-and-home, you want to play at a place that has recruiting ramifications.”
Pruitt noted that Tennessee was the “first stop” for recruits in Virginia looking to play in the SEC.
Considering that this event had been talked about for decades beforehand, it’s worth a conversation on whether or not a second game would have the same draw.
The next question becomes about who the Vols would play. Virginia Tech is certainly an option again, but Clemson has emerged in the rumor mill. That makes the most sense from a geographical standpoint. North Carolina would also make sense — maybe even West Virginia.
We’re getting ahead of ourselves, though. Do you want to see a Battle at Bristol part two? Would it have the same success? Let us know below.