Tennessee will pay Bowling Green $275K more than UAB for opening game
Tennessee’s decision to name Bowling Green as a replacement opponent in its 2015 opening game proved to be an expensive one. The Vols will pay the Falcons a guarantee of $1.2 million, $275,000 more than the agreement they had with UAB prior to the school’s decision to discontinue the football program last week.
According to Wes Rucker of 247Sports, it is unclear whether there was a cancellation fee included in the contract with the Blazers. If the Vols have a cancellation, it would help offset the additional $275,000 the program will pay Bowling Green.
Tennessee announced its plans to face the Blazers during its opening game of the 2015 season on Sept. 5 at LP Field in Nashville, the team announced Tuesday. Bowling Green is 7-6 this season after appearing in the MAC Championship Game last weekend.
The upcoming matchup marks the first meeting between the two programs. The Vols last game against a MAC opponent was on Sept. 22, 2012, when they defeated Akron 47-26.
Tennessee has appeared in two games at LP Field, including a season opening win in 2002 against Wyoming. The Vols’ most recent appearance came in the 2010 Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl against North Carolina. Tennessee lost 30-27.