1918 Tennessee (SATC) football team

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1918 Tennessee Volunteers football
Conference Independent
1918 record 3–2
Home stadium Waite Field
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The University of Tennessee Athletic Council, chaired by Professor Nathan Dougherty, officially suspended varsity football during the World War I years of 1917 and 1918 because the majority of the players were called into military service. In addition, Coach John R. Bender was enlisted as an instructor at Camp John Sevier in Greenville, South Carolina.

During this period without varsity football, two unofficial teams were formed from Army recruits and students. One team represented a training unit called the Fighting Mechanics and the other team represented the Student Army Training Corps (SATC).

Vanderbilt's program considers the game between the two schools as an official game, however, University of Tennessee does not since most of their team was enlisted in the military fighting in World War I.[1][n 1]


Date Opponent Site Result
November 2 Sewanee Waite Field • Knoxville, Tennessee L 0–68  
November 9 at Vanderbilt Dudley FieldNashville, Tennessee (Rivalry) L 0–76  
November 16 Maryville Waite Field • Knoxville, Tennessee W 9–7  
November 23 Milligan Waite Field • Knoxville, Tennessee W 32–0  
November 28 Tennessee Military Institute Waite Field • Knoxville, Tennessee W 46–0  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. All times are in Eastern.


  1. ^ The day before, Germany agreed to the surrender terms dictated by President Woodrow Wilson to end World War I (the armistice became effective on November 11). Tennessee Athletic Council officially suspended varsity football. This was necessary since Vols' Coach John Bender was enlisted in the military as an instructor in South Carolina and the majority of his players were called into military service.