Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt and athletic director Phillip Fulmer have differing points on neutral-site games.
The Vols will kick off their season against West Virginia in Charlotte, N.C., which will be their third neutral-site season opener in the last four years.
Tennessee’s future Power 5 nonconference schedule only includes home-and-home matchups against BYU, Oklahoma and Pitt.
Pruitt said on the Big Orange Caravan stop in Nashville that he believes scheduling more neutral-site games in “a place that you’re going to recruit” is worth considering.
“The home-and-home is definitely great, but also if there’s a place that you’re going to recruit, it’s good to play a game there,” Pruitt said. “And I think when you’re going to play a neutral-site game, you’ve got to have that thought in mind.”
Pruitt, who previously worked as an assistant at Alabama and Georgia, has coached in several notable regular-season neutral-site games, including the Bulldogs’ annual matchup against Florida in Jacksonville, as well as the Tide’s last two season openers against USC at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, and Florida State in Atlanta.
Fulmer, on the other hand, would prefer that the Vols schedule more games at Neyland Stadium.
“In most cases, I think our home games need to be played at home in Knoxville,” Fulmer said. “We have a great place, great setting. So much of our economy centers around it, but I don’t think you ever say never.”
Tennessee will face West Virginia on Sept. 1.
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