Tennessee to Host FCS Runner-up Montana in 2011

By Beacon Staff

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee will host Montana in the 2011 season opener at Neyland Stadium.

The Volunteers announced the one-game deal on Monday.

Tennessee was scheduled to host North Texas on Sept. 3, 2011, but the Mean Green decided it wanted to begin its season at home in its new football stadium, which is scheduled to open then. The schools plan to reschedule the game for a later date.

The Grizzlies have twice won a national Football Championship Subdivision national title and have been runners-up for the championship for the past two seasons. The FCS national title game has been played in Chattanooga for the past 13 years.

Montana will receive a $500,000 guarantee from Tennessee, and Montana athletic director Jim O’Day says the game will be one of the biggest in UM history.