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 another the Student Army Training Corps (SATC).
Student Army Training Corps Schedule
November 3, 1917
11th US Infantry Division
15th and Cumberland Field •
November 10, 1917
vs. Battery B Virginia Field Artillery
November 16, 1917
†Homecoming. All times are in Eastern.