Tennessee turns down chance to play USC in 2011

Volunteers athletic director Mike Hamilton said Wednesday he’s been approached several times by Chick-fil-A Bowl president Gary Stokan about a potential 2011 matchup in Atlanta. Hamilton said it would be too much for the Vols’ schedule, which already includes meetings with Cincinnati and North Carolina in addition to the regular Southeastern Conference schedule.

“We’ve got plenty to keep us busy in 2011 already,” Hamilton said. “We’re building our program back, and our schedule is tough enough as it is. The reality of it is if it was Texas or UCLA in the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game, we just couldn’t do it in 2011.”

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