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Tennessee-Army matchup off the 2022 schedule, Akron named as replacement

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One of Tennessee’s non-conference matchups has been called off for the 2022 season. Army, which was set to visit Neyland Stadium next year, will no longer do so. Volquest reports that the two sides came to a separation agreement, and Akron has been named as a replacement game.

Tennessee has Ball State, UT-Martin and a trip to Pittsburgh on the 2022 non-conference schedule next year. You can now add Akron to that list instead of Army.

If you’re a college football fan at all, you probably know about Army and their dangerous triple-option attack. They nearly beat Oklahoma in Norman with it back in 2018, and Tennessee fans were already nervous about this matchup as they looked ahead. With an away game already scheduled with Pittsburgh, backing out of this game would seemingly give Tennessee the best path towards six wins and bowl eligibility.

According to the report from Volquest, Tennessee is paying Army $500,000 to cancel the game. They were set to pay Army $1.4 million to make the trip to Knoxville. Also per the report, Phillip Fulmer and Jeremy Pruitt began trying to get out of the game after Dave Hart scheduled it before they arrived.

This was clearly a priority, and Danny White officially gets it done today.