KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee wants to eliminate a trip to North Carolina from its 2011 football schedule, even if it means paying a $750,000 buyout of a contract with the Tar Heels.
The two schools have a contract to play in Chapel Hill, N.C., in 2011 and in Knoxville in 2012, but Tennessee athletic director Mike Hamilton requested several months ago that the series be pushed back to future seasons.
Hamilton says he's looking to break up the Vols' schedule in the first half of the 2011 season, which also includes contests against Cincinnati, Florida, Georgia, LSU and Alabama.
North Carolina senior associate athletic director Larry Gallo says the final outcome hasn't been decided and the Tar Heels would prefer to play the series.
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