Sept. 11, 2001: The day Tennessee vs. Florida did not matter

Sept. 11, 2001: The day Tennessee vs. Florida did not matter

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Sept. 11, 2001: The day Tennessee vs. Florida did not matter

Tampa Bay Time, Sept. 13, 2001

Tampa Bay Times, Sept. 13, 2001

September 11, 2001 started off as a normal day, and for the Tennessee football team it was game week to take on Steve Spurrier and the Florida Gators.

The Vols and Gators were preparing for their ninth head-to-head meeting in which both schools were ranked in the Top 10 since 1990.

But right after 8:45 a.m. ET, game week changed with the country being at a standstill as the United States was attacked by terrorists in New York and then later in Washington, D.C. and in Pennsylvania.

Terror started when a first plane hit the North Tower of the Twin Towers in New York at 8:46 a.m.

The game slated for No. 2 Florida and No. 8 Tennessee quickly became an afterthought and was eventually postponed as the week went on.

The Tennessean, Sept. 12, 2001b

The Tennessean, Sept. 12, 2001

2001 FL UT

The Tennessean, Sept. 12, 2001

The Tennessean, Sept. 12, 2001

The Jackson Sun, Sept. 12, 2001

The Jackson Sun, Sept. 12, 2001

The Tennessean, Sept. 14, 2001

The Tennessean, Sept. 14, 2001
Cover photo, The Tennessean, Sept. 12, 2001

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