By JESSE SMITHEY
The question was only natural to think about.
And it has surfaced before.
When the TSSAA Board of Control, in mid-March, awarded Chattanooga the rights to host the BlueCross Bowl Championships for the 2021 and 2022 football seasons, many in East Tennessee wondered aloud on social media as to why Knoxville hasn’t been in the mix.
After all, the city houses the state’s Mecca of college football: the University of Tennessee’s Neyland Stadium, a cathedral that holds more than 100,000 and would be certain to give players, coaches and fans a thrill to be in to punctuate their season.
So, calls were made. Some emails were sent. And text messages fired off.
Responses came, from Visit Knoxville Sports Commission, from the TSSAA and from the University of Tennessee.
And here’s what we learned: the interest is there.
In a BIG way.