- Tennessee football canceled its future game against Army, and Paul Finebaum finds it embarrassing.
- Finebaum ridiculed the Vols for canceling the game and rescheduling Akron.
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Tennessee used to be one of the most respected programs in all of college football. The keywords there are used to be. While the Volunteer fanbase is filled with some of the cockiest (delusional) fans in all of sports, even UT fans have to feel embarrassed about the program canceling its future game against Army.
The SEC announced next season’s schedule for each team in the conference earlier this week and Tennessee’s schedule had the expected Army game missing. Instead, the Volunteers will host Akron. You can’t necessarily blame the Vols for ducking Army, the Black Knights are a tough out for any team, but it shows just how far Tennessee has fallen over the years.
Canceling a game isn’t as easy as calling the school up and saying ‘hey, we don’t want to play you next year,’ it costs money to cancel a game.
Tennessee is taking a $100,000 hit to switch from Army to Akron as the Vols were supposed to pay Army $1.4 million to play, but will instead pay $500,000 to cancel, according to Knox News.
Paul Finebaum, who is a graduate of The University of Tennessee, thinks his alma mater’s move to cancel the game against Army is pathetic.
“I think it’s pathetic,” Finebaum told a caller on his radio show. “First of all, whenever you play a service academy I think it’s a tribute to your institution and it shows great respect for them. And if you don’t feel confident enough to beat a program like Army then your program’s in a world of hurt… I don’t want to see a game against Akron. It’s a waste of time.”
Nothing Finebaum said is a lie, that’s for sure. The Vols have been, and continue to be, in a pretty bad spot and paying six figures to avoid playing a lesser opponent in Army is flat-out embarrassing.