Tennessee HC Josh Heupel Comments on Music City Bowl Appearance

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    The Tennessee Volunteers are officially headed to the Music City Bowl in Nashville to take on Purdue (8-4). The game will be held in Nashville’s Nissan Stadium on Thursday, Dec. 30, at 3:00 p.m. ET.

    The news was released on Sunday afternoon by the TransPerfect Music City Bowl on Twitter.

    “Officially official,” the account tweeted out. “[Purdue] will play [Tennessee] on Dec. 30 at Nisson Stadium!”

    Immediately after the news was released to the public, Tennessee head coach Josh Heupel sent out a statement regarding Tennessee’s placement in the Music City Bowl. In his first year as the Tennessee head coach, Heupel has led the Vols to their second bowl game in the last five years.

    “We are excited about finishing this first season in our home state in the TransPerfect Music City Bowl,” Heupel said in a statement via Tennessee Athletics. “It’s a great opportunity for us to put the finishing touches on the positive momentum we have created over our first 11 months. I am especially thrilled for our seniors, who get one more chance to compete. Purdue is an outstanding and well-coached team. I look forward to seeing all of Vol Nation in Nashville, and I know our team has appreciated your support the entire season.”

    With the game in Nashville, it’s hard not to believe that Tennessee will pack the stands with their own fans. When Tennessee plays in Nashville, that’s usually the case.

    One of the significant storylines that have been brought to the light in the last week has been regarding Tennessee defensive back Alontae Taylor. On Dec. 1, Taylor sent out a note via social media explaining his intent to declare for the NFL draft. However, as he continues to work to get healthy, Taylor did note that he would forego the Vols’ bowl game in an effort to prepare his body for the draft and the Senior Bowl.

    As the Music City Bowl account noted this afternoon, it is “officially official.” Tennessee will take on Purdue in the Music City Bowl on Dec. 30 at 3:00 p.m. ET.

    Ric Butler is a Knoxville based sports media personality who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since 2017. Most recently, he served as the lead writer for the website of a local radio station. Ric also helped create and host a daily radio show called “The Blitz." Ric’s passion for sports, smooth vocal, and infectious personality have made him popular with both his peers and Vol Nation. Originally from Dallas, Ric didn’t grow up riding horses to school. But he did dream of the big city lights. When not chasing down the latest Tennessee story, Ric can be found watching the WWE, often attempting their moves in an embarrassing fashion.